Regular readers will know that we are huge proponents of home cooked and fresh food diets for dogs. Unfortunately, many people who share this interest shy away from it because they don’t have the time-to prepare the food or do the research that is needed to create a balanced diet for their dog. While a raw or homemade diet can fit into many budgets, for many busy families time is of the essence and its tough to beat the convenience of kibble.
Today we are excited to tell you about a new company that is working to overcome these barriers and make a whole food diet accessible to everyone…
Introducing The Farmer’s Dog
Believing that REAL FOOD is best, The Farmer’s Dog is a subscription service that creates and delivers balanced, freshly made meals formulated specifically for your dog. Each shipment is prepared to order and pre-portioned to give your dog just what he or she needs for optimal nutrition each and every day.
The Farmer’s Dog Review – Trying it Out
- Body Type
- Activity Levels
- Special Considerations
Based upon your answers, The Farmer’s Dog will determine a daily caloric requirement for your pup, and give you a handful of recipe options that vary in price. Choose as few or as many as you like, in order to add some variety to your dog’s diet.
All of their food has been carefully crafted by their team of board certified veterinary nutritionists and formulated to AAFCO standards.
Online Portal Screenshot
We enjoyed going through the customization process for each dog and seeing how their nutritional needs varied based on activity level (Charlie is a runner, Harley is a relaxer), their age (Charlie is 3, Harley is nearly 11), their size (Charlie is about 65 lbs, Harley is about 82 lbs), body type (both are optimal weight, not trying to lose or gain), and special considerations (ie. allergies, intolerances, etc).
Just take a look at those ingredients in the screenshot above…this is real food we are talking about! Once prepared, your dog’s human grade food is frozen and never processed for shelf stability, keeping the food you serve nutritionally sound and safe!
Our order of The Farmer’s Dog arrived at our home within just 3 days of ordering online. Really amazing when you consider that each batch is made to order! The shipment comes in an insulated box, which has been designed to keep the food cold until 11PM on the day of delivery.
Included inside the box are simple feeding instructions and daily portions of food for your dog. One touch that we love is the made by date printed on each individual bag. It was especially cool to see that date was only 2 days ago!
How to Prepare the Farmer’s Dog Food
Since each order comes frozen, it will need to be thawed before use. The simplest method is to rotate your stock into the refrigerator a day or two ahead of time and let it thaw in there. Remember that The Farmer’s Dog does not use any preservatives in their food, so you will want to treat it just like human food – because it is!
If (like us) you are not always on top of things, don’t fret – These packs can be defrosted in warm water in just a matter of minutes! Once your packs are adequately soft, all you need to do is squeeze out the appropriate amount and you are good to go.
Each sleeve has been packaged to meet your dogs daily caloric needs, so you will need to divide it up into however many meals you typically feed in a day. In our house Harley and Charlie eat twice a day, so we simply weigh out each pack on our kitchen scale and save half in a plastic container for dinner time. If you don’t have a scale, no problem-I think its easy enough to simply eye ball the amount and serve the second portion for dinner! As long as your dog is getting the whole pack in one day-you will have met his or her nutritional needs!
TIP: Sometimes there will be a bit of remnant stuck on the inside of the plastic sleeve after squeezing. We recommend adding in a bit of water and giving it a good shake. This will loosen any remaining pieces and allow you to get all of that tasty goodness out of each pack! Don’t worry about adding a bit of extra water into the food – most dogs could use some extra hydration anyway!
Now doesn’t that look good?! And trust us, it smells amazing too!
The Taste Test
If we were salivating at the aroma, I can only imagine how Harley and Charlie were feeling as we prepared their meal!
The moment they had been waiting so patiently for was finally here and we let them have at it. Both boys dug in with enthusiasm and licked their bowls clean – even returning a time or two just to make sure that they had gotten everything.
Note: Extra water was our addition!
How Did They React?
It is always advised to transition your dog into a new food before diving straight in. Since we already feed a form of homemade, we thought that they would be OK to transition all at once and thankfully this turned out to be correct. Harley and Charlie had no digestive upset and no change in the quality or consistency of their stools after giving The Farmer’s Dog a try.
If by chance your dog does not like the food, let them know and you can try out some of the other recipes or opt for a full refund.
Wondering Why you Can’t Just Make Food Like this at Home?
Well, you can – and The Farmer’s Dog will even help you do so through their DIY program. The biggest problem with most homemade diets is that they have not been formulated by a veterinary nutritionist and may be lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. The Farmer’s Dog cares about the health of your pets and have included recipes on their website and even offer a special nutrient pack for home feeders which can be added to make sure that your dog is getting everything he or she needs!