sydneynicole. I find that rational little difficult to accept, although I know it is a reality.
If the owner is prepping a meal for the family.....it only takes about 5 more minutes to prep for the dog. Same with buying the food. When at the grocer buying for the family, then just pick up a few items for the dog. Just a few more minutes of time. In truth, everything a dog needs for a good DIY raw diet is available at the grocery store.
I'm in China and the food selection and quality is difficult. Although, I am able to provide a good DIY raw diet for my dog. No, its not perfect diet due to limitations of selection. I get a few items at the grocer, the rest I get at the local Wet Market (similar to an expanded Farmer's Market in USA).
As far as the research goes. Yes, I agree it can be daunting if you desire the knowledge level of a pet nutritionist. The reality is there are many good books written by reputable Vets and pet nutritionist with recipes. Buy a book, read a little each time you are sitting on the toilet. Of course, this would require people exiting their cell phone world to rejoin the actual world.
Be aware, there are many mythconceptions about a DIY raw diet. What do you think dogs ate before kibble was invented in the early 1900s? Remember, dogs evolved with humans for about the last 30,000 some odd years. Dogs must have ate something before kibble and I doubt if a "balanced diet" was much of a concern.
In the long run, feed your dog what you think is appropriate. Watch the dog, their health and activity will tell if you are doing well with the diet.