Don't sweat the small stuff
Switching from the ease of dog food to preparing your dogs food can be intimidating but it doesn't have to be. One of the most important factors in good nutrition both with our own and our dogs is variety. By feeding a variety of foods you have a better chance at complete nutrition. Sure there is a lot of things to learn about it; and if you really want to do it at an optimum level then get researching.
I think the best thing to think about is how you eat yourself. There are few of us that eat a completely balanced meal everyday. Sure we know what we should eat but do we all the time? Nope. In fact many people live on very poor quality food and so do many dogs who get the poor quality dog food. But when you've seen what good nutrition can do first hand there is really no going back.
I have been able to cut down Luke's seizures to almost non existent. And little Jessie grew all her hair back that she had lost over the years. My guys are 10.5, 14 next week and almost 15 and are amazingly healthy. I started out feeding real food with very little knowledge of what their diet should consist of ideally. But even the small change from dog to real made a huge impact. It is amazing what nutrition can do.
I understand that there are many people who love the convenience of dog food. I feed my guys dog food every so often, sometimes I run out of real, I might be just plain lazy one day and I want them to be able to eat dog food in case. Just make sure that you are feeding the best food that you can get. What grade would your dog food score, I'm sure many of you would be very surprised to find out. Here is a great website that rates most of the dog food brands.
Dog Food Analysis
The old saying "you are what you eat," is very true.