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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!

Homemade Dry Dog Food Recipe: Puppy Muddy Buddies

by Lorna Ladd
Homemade Dry Dog Food Recipe: Puppy Muddy Buddies

If you love your dogs as much as we do, chances are you want to give them treats from time to time. And while your dog may love store bought treats, like the tasty blueberry and peanut butter DOGSBARS you get from DOG for DOG, there’s a lot to be said for putting in a little extra work to make a special treat for your dog yourself. If you want a chance to show your dog just how much you care about him or her, try this homemade dry dog food recipe for puppy muddy buddies.

Puppy Muddy Buddies Recipe

Unlike regular muddy buddies (for humans), which are usually sweet, this recipe is full of the savory flavors that dogs love best. Pour a stick of melted butter into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan and stir in half a cup of Kraft Grated American Cheese Food Powder, half a cup of bacon bits, and two teaspoons of dry gravy mix. Add two cups of Cheerios, two cups of spoon size shredded wheat, and two cups of Chex cereal, stirring until all the cereal is coated in the cheese, bacon, and butter mixture. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every fifteen minutes. Once the puppy muddy buddies come out of the oven, toss with your dog’s favorite treats, like DOGSTREATS chicken flavor, and store in an air tight container for the perfect homemade dry dog food treat.

Dry Dog Food with a Twist

Homemade dry dog food recipes, like puppy muddy buddies, let you put an exciting twist on your dog’s regular dry food and treats. DOGSFOOD and DOGSTREATS from DOG for DOG make the perfect bases for all your favorite homemade dry dog food recipes. With flavors like chicken, turkey, pork, salmon, and peanut butter, you’re sure to make a mix your dog will love.

Help Dogs in Need

Your purchase of DOGSFOOD and DOGSTREATS, which can be used for homemade dry dog food recipes, represents a good deed for your dog, as well as a dog in need. For each package of all-natural DOGSBARS, DOGSTREATS, DOGSFOOD, and DOGSBUTTER we sell at DOG for DOG, we donate an identical product to a local rescue shelter. There’s no better way to show your dog that you care than by caring for other dogs that need help too.

If you want to impress your favorite furry friend with a homemade dry dog food treat, or just make a purchase that you can feel good about for years to come, order from DOG for DOG today. Help dogs in need while feeding the dog you already own! If you have any questions about our products or our donation program, feel free to contact us to find out more. Otherwise, head on over to our shop and start picking out treats for your favorite canine today.