The Farmer’s Dog Review: Farm To Bowl Dog Food

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The Farmer's Dog box and contentsReading the nutrition labels of some dog foods can be scary. They often include ingredients you can’t pronounce and who knows what kind of manufacturing process was used. When it comes to dog food, if you wouldn’t eat it then why should your dog? That’s where The Farmer’s Dog comes in.

This company provides human-grade (and tested), grain-free recipes with food sourced from small farms so you can trust it’s real food. Plus you can take comfort in knowing that a certified nutritionist created a balanced and nutritious meal for your pup (without having to do all the cooking and research yourself).

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Article Overview

The Farmer's Dog

4.65 / 5
The Farmer's Dog
Variety 4.0
Nutritional Value 5.0
Pricing 4.5
Customer Support 4.8
Customization 5.0

Pros

  • Choose from three healthy recipes (developed by board-certified ACVN veterinarian nutritionists)
  • No preservatives or fillers
  • Food delivered within days of cooking (never deep frozen)
  • Auto-shipping and you can adjust shipping frequency and pause or cancel anytime
  • Free shipping with ability to ship more food at one time to reduce delivery frequency and environmental impact
  • Made in the USA
  • Plans can be customized and meals pre-portioned to best meet your unique needs

Cons

  • Since the food is so fresh, you may need to freeze it before it’s used up
  • More expensive compared to more traditional dog food options (kibble, homemade)

Key Features

  • Recipes developed by board-certified ACVN veterinarian nutritionists)
  • Complete and balanced meals according to AAFCO standards
  • Human-grade USDA ingredients made in New York
  • Freshly made prepared foods with a short shelf life to ensuring food is as nutritious as possible
  • Meal plans are all grain-free and customized to each dog’s unique qualities, goals and lifestyle – you can adjust the flavors and quantity of packs in each shipment
  • They don’t currently offer a grain-inclusive option, but claim to be looking into expanding their recipe selection in the future.
  • Packages are individually packaged with your dog’s name and date it was made
  • Delivered to your door on a recurring basis

Price

The Farmer’s Dog bases its pricing on your dog’s age, weight, and other factors. Smaller dogs start at less than $3/day. The following price* is based on the profile of a mixed-breed male, 7 years old, 24 pounds, healthy size, no health problems or allergies.

Pro Tip: Mix the food with rice to make it last longer and stretch your dollar.

Coupon

Our readers have access to 50% off your first box. No code needed, just use this link and the discount will be applied!

Our Personal Experience With The Farmer’s Dog

We got the opportunity to test out The Farmer’s Dog on my dog Lexie in exchange for an honest review. She already ate pretty healthily (cooked rice and chicken) so was excited to give this a try.

First, I filled out a quick form with some basic info like my dog’s name and where we live.

The Farmers Dog Step 1 ordering screenshot

Then, I was asked about her size and activity level.

The Farmer's Dog ordring process step 2 screenshot

Finally, I picked out the flavor and entered our shipping details. The ordering process was super easy!

The Farmers Dog ordering process step 3 screenshot

The cardboard box arrived sealed with ice packs and biodegradable insulation to keep the food cold. Upon opening, I found four pouches of food, a reusable cardboard container and feeding instructions.

Inside Farmer's Dog box

I read the instructions which said to put two bags in the freezer and two in the fridge. According to her size and weight, she should get a fourth of a bag per day (since she eats twice a day this is 1/8th of a bag per meal). They also recommended starting by mixing the fresh food with her current food to make a gradual digestive transition, but since Lexie already ate a pretty fresh diet, I wasn’t too concerned about going “cold turkey” on her turkey (pun intended).

Pro tip: Upon thawing out, gently squeeze out the entire bag into the container provided. Once you open the bag, the food tends to stick to the sides of the inside of the bag which is difficult to get out.

The verdict? Lexie LOVES it! She gobbles it down fast and has had much more consistent bowel movements since switching. She’s also lost and maintained a much healthier diet since she was on kibble (and her coat is noticeably more shiny and healthy).

Since it’s refrigerated, I usually zap it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds just to bring it to room temperature. It smells so good that I’ve considered trying it, and I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my adult life!

Video: Unboxing And Eating The Farmer’s Dog

Watch this quick unboxing video to see some of our experience. Not pictured: the biodegradable insulation made of cornstarch which dissolves under warm water in the sink.

What Do People Think Of The Farmer’s Dog?

Positive Reviews

“It’s significantly more expensive than regular kibble, but the health benefits are worth the cost.” – Kate Barrington, Business Insider 8/8/2018

“The plastic pouches were easy to store in my freezer and in my fridge and I just cut the package in half, squeezed the morning meal out, and did the same for the evening meal — no fuss whatsoever. ” -Geraldine, The Kitchn 2/8/2018

Negative Reviews

“Currently, they can’t support dogs on a prescription diet, and there’s no way to specify “no green beans” in case of allergies.” – Jaden, Steamy Kitchen

“The container was not air tight sealed. I ended up using my own tupperware to retain nutrition and avoid harmful bacteria from growing. It would be nice if they could invest in an airtight tupperware in the future.” – A Frenchies Life 8/21/2017

Is The Farmer’s Dog Food Worth The Price?

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The Farmer’s Dog does come with a steep price tag, but the premium food may be worth it to enhance the long-term health and well-being of your dog. See why it is our choice for best fresh dog food for weight loss. Now, not everyone can afford gourmet meals all the time, but it is nice to splurge every once in awhile. The company also offers recipes and nutrient packs so you can make your own healthy dog food at home, but these nutrient packs were on backorder at the time of publishing. Learn more in our interview with The Farmer’s Dog founder, Brett Podolsky.

If you’re looking for alternate fresh meal and dog food delivery options like The Farmer’s Dog, check out our full dog food delivery comparison. We also have some homemade dog food recipes that you can try, if you’re up for making your own dog food.

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About The Author:

Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and two cats. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

She has been covering dog-related topics since 2012 and is proud to share her latest personal experience, resources and information with fellow pet parents. Her expertise has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, Apartment Therapy, and other regional news organizations.

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