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DOGSFOOD Wins BEST IN SHOW!!

by DOG for DOG Team
DOGSFOOD Wins BEST IN SHOW!!


We are pleased to announce that DOGSGOOD won BEST IN SHOW at the New Product Showcase from the 2014 Global Pet Expo!! This is the highest award that can be won in the pet industry!

DOGSFOOD is all natural, packed with fruits and vegetables, probiotics, amino acids and contains multiple protein sources. And DOGSFOOD is extruded NOT baked to ensure the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins. DOGSFOOD is available in Grain Free with Ocean Fish, Pork & Brown Rice and New Zealand Lamb. And the best part is that for every bag purchased we give a bag to a dog in need. In 2013 we gave 52,000 pounds to shelters!

 

How Much Food Does Your Dog Need

by Lorna Ladd
How Much Food Does Your Dog Need

You know your dog loves to eat. Sometimes you may even wonder if your furry friend would eat the entire bag of dog food if you allowed it.

This inability to stop eating when full can make it difficult to determine how much food your dog needs each day. While you can refer to the labels on the bag of dog food for a general idea, the information isn’t specific enough to determine the needs of your specific dog.

The amount of food a dog needs includes factors such as breed, age, activity level, size, and the type of food you’re providing.

Determining the Proper Amount of Food

Most puppies need to eat three times per day until they’re eight weeks old. After that, you can put them on a twice-per-day feeding schedule.

Figuring out exactly how much food to put in their bowls can be a bit trickier. Thankfully there are a number of online calculators available, where you can plug in pertinent information about your dog, to see how much food he needs.

Many dog owners also don’t realize the impact the type of food you feed your pet has on portion size. The first ingredients listed by many major manufacturers is often cornmeal and meat-based byproducts, which aren’t intended for consumption by dogs. Ironically, the best tasting dry dog food ─ that with first ingredients including chicken, turkey, beef, or fish ─ is also the most nutritious.

Find the Best Tasting Dry Dog Food at DOG for DOG

You don’t want to eat foods that taste bad and neither does your dog. While your furry friend can’t use words to tell you which dog foods taste good and which ones should be left off the menu, you may notice a difference in their level of enthusiasm for the food.

At DOG for DOG, we take pride in producing the best tasting dry dog food on the market. Dogs have taste buds too, and it’s our job to make sure they’re satisfied. Our delicious line of dry dog food includes delicacies like DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice, 4.5lbDOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon 4.5lb, and DOGSFOOD Lamb & Brown Rice, 4.5lb.

Additionally, all of our products are corn, soy, and wheat free, so you can be rest assured your best friend is eating a well-balanced diet.

We also offer all naturaldog treats that are not only tasty, but good for your dog.

When you purchase the best tasting dry dog food for your dog, you’re also feeding those in need. For every bag of dog food you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need.

The Best Dry Food for Small Dogs

by Lorna Ladd
The Best Dry Food for Small Dogs

It can be difficult to determine the best dry food for small dogs, especially for new pet owners trying to get their dog settled into a routine.

Every dog has different needs, so you can’t use the general guidelines given on pet food containers to determine what’s best for your small dog. The size, breed, age, activity level, and ideal weight of the dog all play a major role in its diet.

It’s best to talk to your vet about the best dry food for small dogs and how much to feed your dog each day, as this is different with each pet. Your vet can also help you choose a type of food that may help prevent your dog from certain diseases. Your vet can also help you determine the number of calories your dog needs to consume each day, but most pet food labels do not provide information on calories. It’s important to contact the manufacturer to obtain this information, so you know the proper amount to feed your dog.

Also, choose a brand of dry dog food that is AFFCO certified for all life stages. Don’t let labels containing words like “gourmet” and “premium” sway you, as these are just fancy words not actually representative of ingredients in the bag.

Switching Dog Food

If you feel like you’re not feeding your furry friend the best dry food for small dogs and you want to switch brands, be sure to do so gradually. Give your dog a mixture of 75% old food and 25% new food for a few days, then a half-and-half mixture for a few days, then mix 75% old with 25% new for a few days, until finally making a complete switch.

Find the Best Dry Food for Small Dogs at DOG for DOG

At DOG for DOG, we know what your small dog needs to stay healthy and strong. Our corn, soy, and wheat free products are specially designed to give your tiny four-legged friend all the nutrients he needs.

All DOG for DOG products are all natural and locally sourced, so you can be confident that your dog is eating only the finest quality food. Our products, such as DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice and DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon are not only delicious, but also serve as the best dry food for small dogs due to the health benefits offered. Our products are also AFFCO certified for all life stages.

At DOG for DOG we think every dog deserves to eat a balanced diet, so for every bag you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need.

Dog Food News: Taxing Pet Food?

by Lorna Ladd
Dog Food News: Taxing Pet Food?

The issue of taxation has recently been a hot topic in dog food news. The guidelines regarding which pet food is taxed and which is not has become a seriously gray area.

Forbes Magazine recently published the article, “Tax Pet Food? Even Amazon Can’t Define It,” highlighting the dodgy rules surrounding the taxation of food.

When it comes to human food, people typically do not pay taxes on uncooked food ─ such as fare purchased at a grocery store or farmer’s market ─ but are taxed on prepared food.

However, the same rules to not apply to food specifically made for pets, such as dog food.

News outlets have picked up on the fact that stores charge for packaged pet food, but if for example, you told a grocery store cashier you were buying a steak to prepare for your dog, they would not have a way to tax your purchase.

Taxation on Dog Food ─ News Stories

A small family produce wholesaler recently made headlines in California, after tax auditors attempted to hit them with eight years of back taxes for goods delivered to the zoo. The company had clients all over their local area, including schools, hospitals, and the zoo. While produce delivered to schools and hospitals was sold tax-free, officials argued that all food sold to the zoo should have been taxed as it was fed to animals, not humans.

Some of the produce sold to the zoo was worked into menu items sold to humans at snack bars, but as the company only delivered the goods, they were unable to satisfy tax auditor’s demands of wanting to know the exact percentage fed to animals.

Tax auditors attempted to charge the small wholesaler with eight years of back taxes on produce sold to the zoo, which would have put them out of business. Ultimately, a ruling in favor of the wholesaler by the California Board of Equalization saved the company from the tax penalties.

This is just one instance of taxation making waves for pet owners, including those trying to purchase dog food. News of bizarre taxes faced by pet owners often make headlines.

DOG for DOG Keeps Your Pet Healthy

Your furry friend deserves the best, so let DOG for DOG take care of all of your dog food needs. Our all natural products, such asDOGSFOOD Lamb & Brown Rice, 4.5LB andDOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon 4.5lb are AFFCO certified for all life stages.

Not only does purchasing our products ensure your dog receives all proper nutrients, but each purchase also allows us to help another dog in need. For every bag of dog food that you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need.

5 Signs Your Dog May Be Allergic to Grains | Best Grain Free Dog Food

by Lorna Ladd
5 Signs Your Dog May Be Allergic to Grains | Best Grain Free Dog Food

If you’re the proud owner of a canine companion, chances are you’ve noticed that when it comes to nutrition, your little furry pal doesn’t discriminate. Whether it’s a filet mignon on a silver platter or a bundle of weeds on the side of the road, dogs will gladly indulge with just the same enthusiasm. If only the nutritional value of a food could be judged based on our desire to consume it…but just as this isn’t the way it works with humans, this is certainly not the way it works with dogs either.

Dogs can be allergic to a spectrum of nutritional elements, such as dairy, wheat and soy. One major allergen that is only coming to light as of recently is grain. Taking a look at the evolution of our beloved canine companions, it is important to note that when dogs were restricted to the wild, their diet consisted almost entirely of meat and small amounts of plant/vegetable matter ingested by the prey they caught. This was plenty to sustain them and their lifestyle at the time, and it is more than enough today. However, if you don’t seek out the best grain free dog food, you may end up with food that contains added ingredients. While these ingredients are not harmful to most dogs, there is a chance that certain dogs are allergic to these grains and can experience negative side effects as a result.

What to look for

If your dog has been experiencing discomfort that you think could be due to a food allergy, here are 5 things to look for that could indicate an allergy to grains.

Skin irritation: In many dogs, an allergy to grain will manifest as an irritation on the surface of the skin, often causing itching and scabbing. If you notice your dog scratching, particularly around its face or paws, you may need to look into choosing the best grain free dog food to relieve these symptoms.

Digestive issues: Dogs, much like people, already process meat and vegetables much more efficiently than grains, but if your dog is allergic to grains and is not fed the best grain free dog food, you’ll notice that it can result in additional digestive issues such as vomiting, diarrhea or frequent bowel movements (classified as more than two per day).

Frequent ear infections: Recurring ear infections are a common symptom of a grain intolerance in dogs. If your dog regularly scratches or paws at his ears, it may be a sign of an allergy.

Affected anal glands: While it’s normal for a dog to attempt to relieve the surface of their anal glands occasionally, if you notice that your dog is doing this frequently, it could be a sign that its anal glands have been impacted by a food allergy. This can actually be a very serious issue, as it can lead to ruptured glands, so if you find this to be the case, it is recommended that you take your dog to a vet as soon as possible.

Behavioral changes: One of the best ways to identify an allergy is to use your intuition when it comes to a dog’s behavior. They are known to hide discomfort, so watching their behavior closely to look for scratching, uneasiness or lethargy can be a great way to identify an issue before it becomes a health problem.

For the best grain free dog food, find DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon at DOG for DOG today!

Holistic Dog Foods: Because We Love Them

by Lorna Ladd
Holistic Dog Foods: Because We Love Them

To say that we love our dogs is putting it mildly, really. We give them baths, clothes, and even pedicures (if we have some extra cash to burn). Basically, we treat our four-legged friends—with their wet noses, panting tongues and soulful eyes—like one of us.

And what’s wrong with that?

Some people would argue that domesticated dogs aren’t any different from their wild wolf ancestors. If you give them raw meals, that’s fine with them. If you give them cooked food, that’s fine too. So why bother giving them all natural, holistic dog foods?

Dogs Aren’t Humans

The proponents of the “dogs can eat anything” idea should take a closer look at the streets. There, you’ll see poor, unfortunate and abandoned canines roaming around and surviving on leftovers. It’s not uncommon for stray dogs to have mange, or to look as though their skins are barely clinging to their skeletons.

If they truly have the killer instincts of their ancestors, then why are they just “getting by”, instead of actually living?

The answer is that they’ve adapted to the human lifestyle. The longer they live around us, the more they become like us. And the more they become like us, the more they deserve humane treatment. That’s why we keep the ingredients for their holistic dog foods all natural and healthy.

Of course, there’s always a truckload of reasons why they’ll never truly become “human”. They can’t speak, use tools, or analyze the mysteries of the universe like we can…you know, pesky reasons like that.

Granted, they still display the pack behavior of their ancestors. Skilled dog trainers often advise owners to assert themselves as “leaders of the pack” if they want to control their canine companions. But that’s the point: we’ve become part of their pack, and, in their eyes, they’ve become part of ours.

So we at DOG for DOG believe that there’s nothing wrong with humanizing our pets. There’s nothing wrong with choosing holistic dog foods instead of giving them mixed leftovers or commercial dog food. There’s nothing wrong with pushing your pet’s health at the top of your priority list.

A Matter of Choice

Choice is something we value here at DOG for DOG. All our ingredients are all natural and locally sourced. Aside from offering holistic dog foods, we also have nutrition bars specifically formulated for your pooch. Check out our DOGSBUTTER, DOGSTREATS and DOGSBAR selections!

Also, for every product you purchase from us, we donate an item to a local pet shelter or rescue organization. In exchange for the health and happiness of your dog, we help another dog— hence our name, DOG for DOG. Buy the best dog food in the market from us today.

Grain Free Dog Food Recipes: Pumpkin Dog Treats

by Lorna Ladd
Grain Free Dog Food Recipes: Pumpkin Dog Treats

Humans aren’t the only ones who appreciate a home-cooked meal every so often! At DOG for DOG, we’re fans of living a healthy lifestyle, whether you’re walking on two legs or four. Grain free dog food recipes are now all the rage, and we’re not arguing one bit.

There are actually a lot of ways your canine companion can benefit from the incorporation of grain free dog food recipes into their diet. One reason some people consider a grain free diet for their dog is because of a gluten intolerance. Believe it or not, dogs can be intolerant to gluten just like humans can.

Another factor to consider when planning your dog’s diet is that gluten is not a necessity in any diet (humans and canines alike), so many times it is just an empty filler, much like corn, soy and wheat. Here’s one of our grain free dog food recipes to make your furry friend for a nutritionally dense and beneficial meal.

These pumpkin dog treats are one of our favorite grain free dog food recipes, just in time for the holidays!

Ingredients

¾ cup pumpkin puree (canned)

2 large eggs

2 ½ tablespoons peanut butter

2 ½ cups garbanzo flour

Preparation

1. Prep: While preheating your oven to 300 degrees F, add all ingredients (pumpkin puree, eggs, peanut butter and garbanzo flour) into a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

2. Roll and Cut: Before rolling the dough, you’ll want to be sure that all parts of this equation are thoroughly floured, as the dough is extremely sticky (one of the many joys of cooking with peanut butter). This includes the rolling pin, the wax paper, the cookie cutter(s) and even your hands. From there, roll the dough until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Cut your cookies out of the dough using your favorite cookie cutters (it’s okay to use a gingerbread man even though there’s no ginger involved, he won’t know the difference and neither will your dog).

3. Transfer: Line a baking sheet with baking parchment paper and transfer your cookies to this baking sheet. You can place cookies as close together as you’d like since this dough doesn’t expand during the baking process.

4. Bake: Bake your creations for 30-40 minutes. They should be golden brown when done. Fight your dog’s impatience to try these delicious treats and allow them to cool to room temperature before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

5. Refrain: Try not to eat these dog treats yourself (although we won’t tell if you do).

Want to start your dog on a path to a healthier lifestyle? Check out DOG for DOG’s nutritious corn, soy and wheat-free dog food today, as well as our DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon today!

8 Reasons to Buy Dog Food without Corn

by Lorna Ladd
8 Reasons to Buy Dog Food without Corn

Health has become an increasingly popular topic of research and conversation in recent years. We now know that what goes into our body affects us in both the short and long term, and that making healthy choices now will set us up for a better and longer life in the future. We are lucky to have increasingly effective studies and ongoing research that points us in the right direction, but it is up to us to make a concerted effort to not only seek out and use this information on a daily basis.

Help your dog make the choice it can’t make itself

Until recently, a group has been overlooked that doesn’t have the power to make nutritional choices themselves—our four-legged friends. Food choices affect animals just as much as they affect humans, meaning that certain foods can cause the same harmful effects as humans may experience after consuming a food that doesn’t work well with their body chemistry. That being said, if you want your canine companion to live the longest, healthiest life possible, it is essential that you give their diet the same amount of research and planning that you give your own by switching to dog food without corn, soy, or wheat.

If you’re just beginning to research the healthiest nutritional options for your furry friend, we’re here to help. One ingredient to keep a particular eye on is corn. Corn is used in many forms in conventional dog food and is often one of the main ingredients in less expensive (many times meaning less nutritious) dog food, making dog food without corn a rarity. However, it can be a very harmful ingredient to canines and should be avoided if possible. To give your non-human friend the best chance at a healthy life, it is always best to choose dog food without corn. Not completely sold yet? Below is a list of 8 harmful effects of corn in a canine’s diet.

Toxins: Almost all commercially distributed corn today is sprayed with the toxic insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis, which can easily end up in your dog’s food unless you actively choose dog food without corn.

Shortened life span of your companion: multiple studies on rats have shown that those fed genetically modified (as most corn is today) corn lived shorter lives.

Organ damage: GM (genetically modified) corn has been proven to cause liver damage, kidney failure, heart failure and damage to many other internal organs.

Increased allergies: Corn is one of the top three known allergens for canines.

Genetically modified corn is unstable: Corn that has been genetically altered has been shown to be unstable, meaning that it could undergo a harmful change at any time.

Adverse gastrointestinal effects: Corn is not easily digestible and can cause swelling and discomfort in the intestinal tract.

Dilutes nutritional value of food: Since corn does not have a high nutritional content but is often added as a filler, food made with this as one of the main ingredients is often sparse on overall nutrition.

Environmental damage: As much of today’s corn crop is being genetically modified to withstand damage caused by frequent spraying of pesticides, these harmful toxins often damage their surroundings in the process.

At DOG for DOG, our dog food ingredients are kept all-natural and locally sourced, and none of them contain corn, wheat, or soy – and our products aren’t just good for your dog. For every bag of DOG for DOG you buy, we donate an equal amount to a local shelter to help out dogs in need. Shop DOG for DOG today!