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Mike and I (Steph) have tried almost every fresh dog food delivery service out there. As we kick off 2021, here are our (and Django's) favorite fresh dog food brands based on overall popularity on the market, customer reviews, and years of personal experience feeding the food to our adorable little sausage dog, Django.
We've been feeding The Farmer’s Dog to Django for several years now and only have good things to say about this company and their dog food. The Farmer's Dog offers four fresh dog food recipes—turkey, chicken, beef, and pork—that are gently cooked at low temperatures to preserve the nutritional value of each ingredient. Each recipe is also fortified and boosted with The Farmer's Dog Nutrient Blend, a proprietary mix of essential canine vitamins and minerals.
The quality of The Farmer's Dog ingredients stands out. All proteins are high quality ingredients sourced from local farms and food suppliers that meet USDA standards. All ingredients are from the USA, and all meals are prepared and packaged in USDA facilities. One last plus? The Farmer's Dog offers environmentally-friendly packaging. The main cardboard box is recyclable, all insulating materials are biodegradable, and the food storage container that is included is biodegradable. Even the meal packages are made from BPA-free and non-toxic materials.
For a more comprehensive overview and review of The Farmer's Dog, read our in depth review of The Farmer's Dog here.
Recipes: Beef, Chicken, Turkey, and Pork
Shipping: Free shipping across the 48 contiguous states
Pet Plate is another very popular fresh dog food brand that Mike and I know and love. This was actually the first fresh dog food we ever fed Django, and we've since had the opportunity to meet Pet Plate's awesome and dog loving founder, Ronaldo, in New York City. The first time Django ate Pet Plate, he actually carried his bowl out of the kitchen and into the family room so he could continue licking it.
Pet Plate offers four dog food recipes: Chompin' Chicken, Barkin' Beef, Tail Waggin' Turkey, and Lip Lickin' Lamb. Each recipe is made with high quality animal protein, whole vegetables and fruits, legumes, and essential vitamins and minerals. You'll notice high quality animal protein is always the first ingredient listed - something to always look for when selecting high quality dog food. Pet Plate meals are slow-cooked, quickly frozen to preserve nutritional content, and formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages. The meals are made in a USDA-inspected facility in upstate New York, following the same food safety protocols used by Whole Foods.
If you're looking to spend less, Pet Plate has popular topper plan. This lower cost plan sends less food to your home and allows you to mix your Pet Plate with a high quality dry dog food.
Recipes: Barkin’ Beef, Chompin’ Chicken, Lip Lickin’ Lamb, and Tail Waggin’ Turkey
Shipping: Free two-day shipping across the 48 contiguous states
Nom Nom offers healthy and small-batch dog and cat food that is prepared and slow cooked in Nom Nom USA facilities. All ingredients are restaurant quality and come from U.S. growers and suppliers. Many ingredients are also sustainably-sourced. Recipes are boosted with the NomNomNutrient Mix, a proprietary formula developed by board-certified veterinary nutritionist and containing many essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for optimal dog health.
Nom Nom meals are individually packaged, easy to freeze, and quick to thaw. The pre-portioned packages are incredibly convenient– no scooping, measuring, or prep work required.
Recipes: Beef Mash, Chicken Chow, Pork Potluck, and Turkey Fare
Shipping: Free shipping across the 48 contiguous states.
Spot & Tango makes fresh dog food as well as high quality dry kibble. Meats, veggies, fruits, and whole grains are cooked separately then mixed together and frozen to lock in nutrition, texture, and flavor. The individually-packaged meals must be frozen immediately after delivery and will stay fresh for six months. Spot & Tango’s kibble is gently pasteurized at a low temperature. Open bags have to be used within four weeks.
Shipping: Free two-day shipping across the 48 contiguous states
We'd love to hear from you! If you have any questions, want to share your experience with one of these fresh dog food services, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
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When Mike and I (Steph) brought Django home, we instantly fell in love with him. He was adventurous, playful, mischievous, and absolutely adorable. Like most dachshunds, he was also notoriously hard to housebreak. Django had a ton of accidents throughout our Brooklyn apartment up until he was 7-8 months old.
Potty training your puppy can be a daunting task if you have never done it before. That is why we sat down with Steffi Trott, the founder of SpiritDog Training in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, for potty training tips. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we also share some of our favorite potty training products that we used with Django and link to other current best sellers and customer favorites.
In 2019, Mike and I (Steph) came across Nom Nom fresh dog food. Now, it is a regular part of our dachshund Django's diet. It's impossible to resist feeding Django Nom Nom when he literally does a little dance every time we open a Nom Nom sleeve and pour it into his dinner bowl.
Do we only feed Django Nom Nom? Nope. We like to feed Django a variety of high quality dog foods—Nom Nom being one of them. Django's most common meal is a mix of high-quality dry dog food with nutrition-dense, freshly made dog food (aka Nom Nom).
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide an honest review and comprehensive overview of Nom Nom. We include pricing estimates for various breeds and a 50% off Nom Nom promo code for your first order. All opinions are our own and based on our own personal experience feeding our sausage dog Django.
Puppies need to be socialized between 3 and 16 weeks old. Socialization is not the same thing as exposure. Simply introducing your pup to new people, animals, objects, and places does not mean he will feel safe around them in the future.
Whether you are social distancing because of COVID-19 or prefer staying at home, you can introduce your dog to people, animals, objects, sounds, smells, and surfaces. We teamed up with Empire of the Dog's founder, Denise Harmon, to come up with more than 100 ways to socialize your puppy at home.