I am extremely fussy about my dogs food. I cook for them but also supplement their diet with dry food (for behavioural rather than nutritional reasons) . But because it needs to meet so many of my requirements I’ve only managed to find three dry food producers who made it to my shortlist. The food needs to be grain-free because I don’t want any fillers (rice, maize, other cheap carbs sources)-not because I believe dogs can’t eat grains at all. The meat must be good quality. The fruit, veg and herbs need to be varied and their presence in the food justified. The food needs to be made locally with ecological considerations. So, I asked my dogs to test Fish for Dogs dry food (one of the three shortlisted). They do samples, so I ordered all available ones.
Alas, none of the samples got eaten. Lily had a sniff and decided it wasn’t for her. Brian picked some up but spat it out and left it on the floor for me to take care of. Every single sample got rejected in the same fashion, even the fish jerky was only consumed reluctantly by Brian after having been tossed in the air a few times. Shame, because it seems to be good, healthy and good value for money.
Good quality food is often less attractive to dogs as it’s not artificially scented and has no sugars (which dogs crave, like people), but this one was definitely a fail for my dogs. They like fish cooked by me, so I’m not too bothered. And the wrapping was very popular!
All the wrappings got thoroughly mauled, actually.
Brian, as always, carried on chewing them so long that Lily got bored.
So, even though I still believe it is a good choice I will stick to Eden Holistic Pet Food. And cooking, which is, in my opinion, the best way to provide the highest quality meat, vegetables, fruit and herbs for my dogs. It’s also cheaper if you make friends with your butcher, buy odd cuts (less popular and more nutritious), plan ahead to waste nothing and find new ways of supplying your larder (friends who hunt, Asian shops, online retailers of odd cuts/offal, growing herbs at home and vegetables in your garden).