1. Can I still give my dog regular packaged dog treats (dry cookies) if they're on raw? I use commercially prepared soft treats for training - is that still ok?
Sure. A treat is just that, a treat. I typically shy away from cheapy, bright colored treats but it's fine as long as it stays in the "treat" catagory.
2. I like the idea of creating meals that are well-balanced (rmbs, offal, veggie) - can someone give me a % breakdown if I were to go this way of which % of the total meal should be each?
I don't do veggies so I can't help with that but I do 2-3% of ideal body wieght depending on how active your dog is. Raw Meaty Bones (emphasis on meaty) should be the main course with about 10% of your dog's weekly amount in offal with about 1/2 that in Liver. I typically suggest for Newbies that it they can to give just a little bite of offal each day. Like a couple of little snacks of liver and then a couple of little snacks of another offal meat (kidneys are fairly easier to get).
3. I am putting probiotics on their meals now to ease the transition - how long do I need to do this for?
ummm, until the bottle runs out? I've actually never used probiotics while doing a transition.
4. Cottage cheese - low fat/ whole fat?
Cottage Cheese falls under the "treat" catagory here so we buy 2% for people and they dogs get a spoonful or a bowl lick for fun.
5. Eggs - I tried giving my dogs whole eggs with the shells - they ate the eggs, left the shells - I'm afraid maybe they just don't like it - should I keep trying or toss the shells?
Some dogs do the shells, some don't. I have one that does and 1 that doesn't. Since my non-eater still likes to crunch them: I crack them into a bowl for her. As long as you are feeding bones in the diet as a whole: shells are not a "must".
6. Can I just put a squirt of grizzly salmon oil on each meal and consider the omegas covered?
I do 2 squirts for my 60 pound girl. I'll assume that you are not using exclusivly pasture-raised meat so you want to get some O3 in there. I typically do a couple/a three squirts into the egg bowl 2-3-4 times a week.
7. Kelp & alfalfa - whole? powder format? Where do I find this?
I don't do either but I'd guess you can find it in your local health food store.