Dog Food & Behaviour Affecting Dogs

Dog Food & Behaviour Affecting Dogs

Choosing The Best Food For Our Dogs

This article will tell you all about the food I tested and what I personally feed my own dogs. I have tested dog food since 2006 and have come up with what I believe is the best in each category. These include Dry Food (Kibble), Wet Cooked Food. Cold Pressed and Raw Feeding. You can make an informed decision on what to feed your own dogs. What do I feed my lot? Fish4Dogs and Bella and Duke. I have recently opened my own specialised natural Dog Store in Hampton Hill. I will be stocking some of the brands I have recommended there, that will include Raw and Kibble So I will be selling Bella a Duke, Paleo Ridge and Fish 4 Dogs

What Food To Give Your Dog. Best Kibble is Fish4Dogs
What Food To Give Your Dog.

Different Types of Dog Food: When it comes to dog food, there are more bones of contention than you can shake a stick at. (all puns intended) There are dozens of brands of dog food and many ways of feeding. All claim to take the high ground.

These include, Holistic, BARF, Raw, Free Range, Kibble, Complete, Tinned, Pouched, Organic and the list goes on………One thing for certain, it is an extremely emotive subject and one that brings out many opinions.

Go on too many of the canine forums, you will see half a dozen back threads where people have argued the merits of their particular way of feeding. Food can have a serious effect on our pet’s behaviour, as well as their health; many have additives, ethoxyquin, colourants, preservatives, some of these additives can and do affect our pets dramatically.

It is often obvious from its appearance that food contains artificial colours. Some almost look as though they were made in Sellafield. Bakers, for instance, will fall into this category, it looks as though it should glow in the dark. I have now written a critical article reference (1) Bakers and Pedigree Complete Dog Food. Explaining the ingredients in these two best-selling UK dog foods.

However, it is not so obvious when other additives are present. As Chairman of PAACT the Professional Association of Applied Canine Trainers. I get to discuss and debate food on our behavioural forum. Many members claim to be able to spot a dog that is being fed certain foods just by their behaviour.

Certainly, a number of well-known brands appear to create aggression and hyperactivity. The behaviour is quite marked and is not that difficult to spot to the trained eye. I am not saying these foods affect every dog the same way. Some dogs are OK with them, but many are not. I have also written about Hils Science Plan, Burns, and Royal Canin. I am afraid I am not impressed with any of them.

In a recent PMFA (Pet Food Manufacturers Association) press release, they state: “In light of recent media coverage about prepared dog foods, the PFMA speaks out on behalf of an industry deeply committed to enhancing pet welfare through optimum nutrition”. They trotted out a so-called expert called Peter Neville, to confirm these ludicrous statements. I have commented on their press release and Peter Neville in my article (2) Peter Neville and the PFMA. I do not pull any punches, I believe they are taking the general public as fools.

The Dog Store Hampton Hill

I thought it prudent to also write an article about the old wive’s tale of high protein causing kidney and liver problems and hyperactivity. T

This is believed to badly affect older dogs. In fact, the opposite is true. Therefore, it is worth reading (3) The Myth of High Protein.

Before making any appointment to see a problem dog, I always ask a whole series of questions, one of the first on the list is always what food are they feeding?

I get lots of problem dogs in my physical store in Hampton Hill Greater London. I have a large online store as well and if people write to me or ask me about their dogs’ behaviour.

The first question I ask is have there been any recent changes in day to day routine or diet? In some cases, this simple question triggers an awareness that the behaviour started when they changed brands of food.

Therefore, a simple change of diet may be all that is needed to alter inappropriate behaviour. Because I have such a motley crew, sizes, breed, temperament etc they are good candidates for testing various preparatory foods including Kibble, Raw, and Cooked meat.

These are all the brands I tested.

  • Arden Grange (Kibble)
  • ATTU (Kibble) 
  • Bakers (Kibble)
  • Bella and Duke (Raw)
  • Beta (Kibble)
  • Burns Kibble
  • Eukanuba (Kibble)
  • Eden (Kibble)
  • Fish4Dogs
  • Forthglade (Wet)
  • Forthglade (Raw)
  • Guru (Cold Pressed)
  • James Wellbeloved (Kibble)
  • Hills Science Plan
  • Iams (Kibble)
  • Lifestage Menu (Wet)
  • Lily’s Kitchen
  • Natural Instincts (Raw)
  • Naturediet (Wet)
  • Natures Menu (Raw) 
  • Paleo Ridge Raw
  • Prize Choice (Raw)
  • Pedigree Tinned (Wet)
  • Pedigree (Kibble)
  • Poppys Picnic (Raw)
  • Royal Canin (Kibble)
  • Pro Plan (Kibble)
  • Science Plan (Kibble)

These brands were tested over a period of 18 months. Obviously, these tests were not under laboratory conditions. However, they did cover observable data such as coat, stools, behaviour, general health and eyes plus a wagability tail test.

Of the foods I tested it became apparent that cost and quality tend to go together, but not in every case. A 15kg bag of dog food costing £14,95 could not possibly contain the same level of human-grade ingredients as the £45.00 or £60.00 brands. They would run at a loss if that was the case. So as a general rule of thumb the more expensive the better the quality of the ingredients.

This exercise also changed my opinion on some RAW foods. Before these tests I was actually strongly against all raw feeding, I was won over by the quality of some of the raw food available. I have changed my opinion on what was my first choice of kibble and Fish4Dogs now gets that pride of place. c2011

Kibble: Dry Pellet Type Food: Of all the brands I tested three came clearly at the top, they were (1) Fish4Dogs, (3) AATU (3) Eden Multi-Meat and Fish Formula and

Fish4dogs logo(1st) Fish4Dogs: They have a selection of large and small bite puppy and adult food. Prestige and weight control. One of the great things about this food is even fussy eaters and one of my dogs is a very fussy eater woof it down, therefore, this food with its high proportion of natural fish is ideal. There are three choices, Salmon, Fish and Sardine My dogs seemed to like all of them. One thing I have noted about this food is the stools are small and hard and they do not smell.  This is a food that will keep them fit. and with lots of vitality and no adverse behavioural changes were observed, in fact, the opposite was the case. I liked the consistency and ease of this food though it would be nice if it was available at some more outlets. Though any good pet shop including my own The Dog Store will stock it.

The website is informative and up to date. And the people at Fish4Dogs are very helpful. Just give them a call and discuss your particular needs and they are more than happy to help. I now feed my own dogs this food. I also use their wide variety of treats. See at the bottom of the page. I have also recently tried out their Salmon Oil and Salmon Mousse, and I was very impressed with my dog’s overall coat, condition, and bright eyes. I now sell this on my store.

Click logo to go to ATTU website(2nd) AATU: They have three recipes, Chicken, Duck, and Salmon. All of these have a very high percentage of quality meat products. Dogs really liked this food it is also enriched with fruits, herbs, and botanicals. It is based on an 80/20 ratio That is 80% Meat and 20% other high-end ingredients. This food is not cheap you are looking at £60 for chicken and £67 for the other two ingredients for 10KG. However, because of the meat content, you are looking to feed far less per serving.

It is free of grain, white potato and gluten (a composite known to cause allergic reactions).naturally made without artificial colours, artificial preservatives, artificial flavours and without GM ingredients. I was very impressed with the food and so were the dogs. The care that they take with this food is impressive and it deserves its place. AATU is the first single protein diet to include freshly prepared, preservative-free meat. Availability will not be the Supermarkets. They do have a list of stockists on the website.

Eden Holistic Pet Food(3rd) Eden Multi-Meat and Fish Formula: Do not have a large variety of recipes, But they do have a high degree of quality protein. Both fish and meat. Eden has an impressive 80-20-ingredient profile.

The range of highly nutritious vegetables, fruits and herbs contained in Eden is also very impressive and includes excellent additions like sweet potato, lucerne (alfalfa), spinach, seaweed, and cranberry as well as a wide range of herbs and supplements to help with digestion and joint mobility. 80% from animal sources, 20% from veg, fruit and herbs and 0% grains. The idea is to recreate the ‘ancestral diet’ of the dog, although there is still a lot of discussion over what exactly the ‘ancestral diet’ should be.

Cold Pressed Dog Food: This is a fairly new process into the dog food market. What makes it very different from Kibble is that it not ultra heat-treated and extruded. Cold pressing is a method of producing complete dog food at very low temperatures.

The Cold Pressed Food ExpertsGuru: Not a large selection but has quality ingredients. They currently have two main recipes. Their top brand is called Full on Feast and is totally grain and additive-free, the ingredients are:  Dried Ground Duck Potato Dried Ground Sea Fish  Green Tripe Mixed Dried Vegetables & Fruits (apples, carrots, chicory, cranberry and parsnip), Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Organic Minerals, Oils (Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil, Rice Germ Oil & Wheat germ oil), Seaweed, Yucca Schidigera (dried), Prebiotics FOS/MOS, Dried Green Lipped Mussels. Their other recipe is Surf and Turf this does have maize germ in the menu. Main ingredients are Dried Ground Beef, Brown Whole Grain Rice, Dried Ground Sea Fish  Sweet Potato, Dried Poultry Liver, Maize Germ, Mixed Vegetables (alfalfa, broccoli, carrots.

This is not available in supermarkets. However, they will give free delivery if you buy two bags or more. My dogs really enjoyed this food. It is almost like feeding raw without the mess. it is quite hard and crunchy and comes in small squarish chunks. You can add water if you wish.

Tinned or Pouched Wet Food Cooked: This included pouched, tinned, tray, sachet type meals that are primarily wet rather than kibble or cold-pressed which are dry.  All of this food is cooked and the ones I chose had vegetables mixed in

Barking Heads Great Wet Food(1st) Barking Heads: The dogs really liked this food it comes in a sealed tray, It was their favourite of all the wet type foods and they really appeared to look forward to it, wagbility was very evident and the stools were good, Coat and eyes bright. These adult and puppy cooked complete foods a number of choices. Chicken, Lamb, and Salmon with Sweet Potato. The Meat Recipe comes with 80% Meat, Brown Rice, Carrots, Peas, Potato, Sunflower oil,  The Salmon has Salmon oil, Tomato, Seaweed & Basil in it.  The puppy version is chicken and salmon which includes Chicken 80%, Brown Rice, Carrots, Peas, Potato, Sunflower Oil, Salmon Oil, Tomato, Seaweed & Basil.  No artificial colourings, No artificial flavourings, No artificial preservatives, and no GM ingredients… And they say that’s a promise! Great nutritious food made from fresh ingredients and it smells really nice as well.

Lily's Kitchen Tinned coocked Premium Wet Food(2nd) Lilys Kitchen: This is a tinned food. The dogs lapped this up. Only real fresh meat used: For example, the meat for their tinned food is delivered fresh in the morning and the food is made that afternoon. No rendered animal parts or derivatives, nothing Genetically Modified, no artificial preservatives, colours or sweeteners. No wheat, corn or soya. Comes in a number of flavours: An English Garden Party, Homestyle Chicken and Turkey Casserole,  Slow Cooked Lamb Hotpot, Beef Potato and Vegetable Dinner, Wild Campfire Stew, Fishy Fish Pie with Peas, Goose and Duck Feast with Fruits, and  Venison and Wild Rabbit Terrine. Sounds like something we would order and that is clearly the message Lily’s Kitchen is putting over. The website has an old-style kitchen feel about it, is a bit fussy getting around it but in keeping with the quality of the food.  I intend to test all of these foods on a regular basis, as ingredients do change.

Raw Food: This included minced and free-flow chunks and raw frozen blocks mixed with vegetables and rice and in some cases maize. I would have no hesitation in recommending Raw to anyone who feels that it suits their beliefs and lifestyle. 
Bella and Duke: To some extent, this company was born out of sadness. Mark and Tony who started the company lost both of their dogs last year to cancer. Probably one of the biggest killers of dogs today, caused by numerous reasons including some dog foods. This caused them to investigate the dog food market and Bella and Duke named after the two dogs was created. Though a very new company I decided to test their recipes that currently includes, Beef, Duck, Lamb, Tripe, Wild Haddock, Chicken & Turkey,  Puppy Food is also available in four different flavours Beef, Chicken, Fish, Turkey these have a higher rate of meat and bone and Calcium and Phosphorous for a healthy coat and bone growth in growing youngsters. Should be fed until the pup is 12 months.

Their food is all sourced from human-grade factories in the UK and is fully traceable. In all their varieties they add salmon oil ground bone, vegetables and most have tripe added to them. I like this food the packaging and containers and the fact that every one of my dogs including miss fussy chops our spoilt Dachshund, Flossie.

The packaging and containers were quality and they have a professional feel about them. However, what is far more important is the dogs also loved it. The meat had a great texture and it sang quality.  This is certainly one to give a try. I look forward to testing the new recipes due out shortly. They now have a Freeze-Dried Variety. Same raw food but you do not need a freezer great for holidays and days away.

Paleo Ridge: ls the UK’s industry leader in Quality Raw Dog Food. Multi-Award winning and family-run. Their aim is to always provide outstanding products and excellent customer service.

They have been voted The Best Raw Dog Food In the UK for consecutive years, and they continue to strive to offer only the best for your dogs.

When I tested this food I was surprised to see that all the packaging is compostable, they are aware of their carbon footprint.

They also offer a comprehensive complementary range that helps support a balanced raw diet or can be offered as a treat. I was impressed with Paleo Ridge the meat content was amazing and is a quality product

They only use farm fresh human-grade ingredients of the highest quality, with a firm commitment to ethically sourced produce with high animal welfare standards. (organic, free-range or wild where possible).

They are certified Organic processors, which means we have met the strict requirements laid down by the Organic Farmers and Growers Association. This allows us to purchase, process and sell organic goods.

The Dog Store:
I now stock in my physical Dog Store in Sheen Fish4Dogs, Paleo Ridge
and Bella and Duke.

I do not sell any of it online except for the smaller bags because of the cost of transport and the difficulty of transporting raw frozen food. They are not on here because I sell them, they are on here because they are the best and I have recommended them for many years.

Some I recommended have been removed as the quality changed or some concerns have been raised and after research, If I have found the concerns to be true. I am not paid for these listing, these people are here by their own merit

We have just launched a new website and we will deliver within 24 hours if you are in our catchment area of the Hampton Hill Store

Why I No Longer Recommend Natures Menu: I have had quite a few people contact me and ask me why I no longer recommend Natures Menu, There are a number of reasons. I do not believe they have kept up with changes in the market, I believe that other manufacturers are probably now producing better quality Raw Ingredients. I had not tested their food for about five years. When I contacted them, they did not want me to test their products and preferred for us to remove the listing despite the fact they had received thousands of click-throughs in the last few years from this page. I think that says it all.

Why would any company with a good product be concerned about a third party assessing their food again? And also not want thousands of click-throughs for free? I do not charge any company to be on this page. Probably, because I say it as it is and do not pull any punches if it is bad I say so. But make your own mind up?

Natural Air Dried Treats for Dogs: I have now started my own ethical brand of totally natural air-dried dog treats

Click on the picture left which is Gunner one of my five dogs and it will take you to the range of all my treats scroll down to see all of them. All grown as nature intended with no growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics and non-halal.

All meat and animals must come from EU regulated livestock. Made from fresh raw ingredients No chemical additives.

No flavourings or colourings Gently dried and natural. No preservatives, No sugar, rancid fat or caramel

Most are suitable for puppies and older dogs Come from EU regulated livestock Human grade meat.

These are never stored in massive warehouses for years on end waiting for the price to rise. They come from the open field air-dried. You cannot get any fresher than that.

I currently have 40 different treats that will rise as new ones arrive. They range from cows horns to bull willie, beef scalp to chicken necks, rabbits ears, Pigs tails, dog spaghetti and ear shells (Auricles) and lots more.

I have started a range with fur in including  Beef Scalp with Hair and  Rabbits Ears With Fur. Why? Simple, they are natures natural dewormers. As they pass through the stomach and intestines the fur picks up the worms and eggs and deposits them outside the animal

Supplements: Especially in very active dogs and dogs with injuries joint problems and age and lifestyle-related diseases like arthritis, lameness and stiffness. Then there are many tried and tested supplements on the market I have tested numerous ones there are two that really stand out. These are the three I use on my own dogs.

hip and joint variety pack
hip and joint variety pack

now stock a pack of  Air Dried Natural Dog Treats that are selected because they are particularly good for joint and bone health.

They are natural, healthy, and full of chondroitin and glucosamine as well as been natural teeth cleaners

All of the treats in this joint aid pack are naturally very high in these two vital ingredients.

Glucosamine and chondroitin are the primary triggers for glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues.

Similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, glucosamine sulphate has been shown to have unique anti-inflammatory effects.

Additionally, in some laboratory tests, the glucosamine supplement demonstrated a protective effect on the cartilage as well. These studies suggest that these two compounds may inhibit the breakdown of cartilage associated with osteoarthritis and may have the potential to help build up damaged cartilage

Winton and Porter The Supplement SpscialistsWinston and Porter the supplement specialists and they manufacture three types of supplements that can be added to the food and given separately I personally add it to the food.

(1) Nourish + C for All round Health and Vitality – A Comprehensive  ALL IMulti-Vitaminitamin and Mineral Dog Supplement for ALL Dogs. Shiny coat, superb skin condition and great for the gut and digestive health. Puppies to adults.

(2) Nourish + C MAX STRENGTH with all the benefits of Nourish + C and the additional advantage of TRIPLE ACTION (MSM for dogs, Glucosamine and Chondroitin for dogs) High Spec ingredients for JOINT Health. Great for Very Active Dogs, Working  Dogs, Injured or Older Dogs. Aids arthritis discomfort, dog joint stiffness and mobility.

(3) Nourish + C MAX STRENGTH Pain-Free with all the benefits of Nourish + C MAX STRENGTH containing a Natural Anti Inflammatory and Pain Killer for our Injured or more Senior Companions.

I put this in with my senior dogs and one that broke his elbow earlier this year on one of the last days of the pheasant season. Though i doubt he will work again it certainly has eased the pain and has allowed him to be more mobile and keep up with the other dogs. I give this and Joint Aid for all my senior dogs and any dogs with stiffness, Aches and pains and especially arthritis.

I now sell the full range of the above supplements in the physical and online store.

Joint Aid The second one I use is for all my gundogs and older dogs and especially for dogs that are older or who are arthritic. Joint Aid, just a small scoop a day makes an enormous difference. I came across this company called GWF Nutrition about 8 years ago whilst working with dogs from the audience at the East of England Showground. It made a massive difference to my White German Shepherd called Kai. He almost turned into a puppy again.and enjoyed his last years of life with this wonderful little formula. I put both Winston and Porter and Joint into the food once a day.

Kennel Club Survey: Our dogs are dying far earlier than they were ten years ago according to a recent Kennel Club Survey. These are frightening statistics and came right out of the blue as no survey before showed this trend. I decided to investigate and research the reasons for this drop in longevity. The Kennel Club just announced the findings, without suggesting why this may be happening. My research pinpointed three areas that I believe is instrumental in these shocking figures. One I believe is dog food, the other two may just surprise you? (7) Why Our Dogs Dying So Early.

Dog Treats: I have been asked on many occasions what treats I use. If I am training I use Sprats, Jerky, and fish4dogs. For special treats used to occupy the dogs for longer, then I use Bulls Pizzles Ends or Calves Hooves and  Beef Scalp They are brilliant for instance as a final treat at night or when you want to give them a treat that lasts a long time such as going out or leaving in the morning.

For indoor work, I now use Whole Dried Sprats. you can break them off for any size dogs and dogs go absolutely mad for them and the coats of my dogs are amazing. I also use them for stuffing Calves Hooves especially for Separation Anxiety

Be very wary of any treats you feed your dogs they could be full of the very things you are trying to avoid in their food. (6) Since 2012, I have added four dogs to my little pack.  Fizz a female working Cocker and Flossie a Miniature Dachshund and Cora a Black Female Working Cocker that I got as an 8-week old puppy and Gunner, a working Cocker Spaniel That I personally bred. The first litter of puppies ever.

I have also lost three of my pack to the curse of old age. Kai my White German Shepherd and Edward my Springer and a couple of years ago Charlie the cross Jack Russell Dachshund They are always in my thoughts and my heart.

(1) Bakers and Pedigree Complete Dog Food

(2) Ludicrous Statement by Peter Neville 

(3) The Myth of High Protein in Dog Food

(4)  Royal Canin Hills and Burns a Critical Review

(5) Dental Disease in Dogs

(6) Dog Treats Causing Obesity

(7) Why Our Dogs Dying So Early

©Stan Rawlinson 2006
Updated regularly
last updated June 2019

Comments (25)

  • Doglistener

    Mixing Raw and Kibble

    I have had a number of emails from people who after reading my article where I state that I feed Raw and kibble together have said that they thought this was not recommended as they digest at different rates. This is partially true but it makes no difference anyway as often there are shards of bone and they digest at different speeds.

    The speed kibble and raw digest are negligible. In conclusion, the raw meal appears to have digested slightly slower than the kibble diet. this means that little credence can be given to the claim that mixing raw and kibble is harmful to your pet because raw sits in the stomach longer. Rarely, a dog does not tolerate a mixed kibble and raw meal, but it has nothing to do with digestion rates. Any kind of sudden diet change typically results in digestive upset; it is not exclusive to feeding raw and kibble together. However, do not take my word for it read this article from The Raw Feeding Community Where they tested this theory thoroughly

    August 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm
    • kjaves_265712

      Implementing the mix of raw and kibble
      I already feed my puppy fish4dogs. How do I implement the combination of kibble and raw with Bella and duke?
      When do they have raw and when do they have kibble? What do they have daily and weekly on a raw and kibble diet? Thanks

      November 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm
      • Doglistener

        Implementing the mix of raw and kibble

        Some people feed raw in either the morning or the evening and kibble at the other feeding time. They often have concerns about how these two types are passed through the dog’s stomach. However, these concerns are unfounded and if you wish you can mix the two foods together and feed at the same time.

        November 29, 2020 at 6:48 pm
  • chalkiemjb_251654

    Forthglade Complete meal.
    Some time ago having read a favourable review of Forthglade dog food I started feeding my dog on it.
    I notice it has now dropped out of your list of recommended food.
    Can you let me know if i have missed some news about this food?

    September 27, 2017 at 10:08 am
  • Doglistener


    Forthglade has moved out of the frozen food market and no longer sells raw frozen food they have changed to cold pressed. I contacted Forthglade to speak about this and ask about their cold-pressed food and I was basically shooed away and refused a telephone number to contact them from their dept.and told to put my request in writing

    I do not recommend or deal with companies that act in this way. If I or a client contacts the company I expect to deal with the company, not some outside agency, therefore, Forthglade will no longer be a recommendation. And are unlikely to be in the future.

    September 27, 2017 at 11:39 am
  • Jax MacFadyen

    Skinners Duck and Rice
    I have been feeding Skinners Duck and Rice to both my Black Labradors. Baxter, the male, has skin allergies and is now on tablets from the vet to help the itch. I am desperate to get him off these Apaquel pills but don’t know what to feed him. Can you advise.Someone suggested Burns pork and potato but after reading your review I wont be using Burns at all.

    February 18, 2018 at 7:40 am
  • Doglistener

    Skinners Dock and Rice

    Not a bad food for the price. However, it has a high degree of rice. Brown Rice (40%), Duck Meat MealC (20%), Naked Oats, Peas, The level of rice could be the cause of the skin irritation. You may wish to consider a raw diet for a few weeks and see how the dog gets on

    February 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm
  • simonmoorcroft_255418

    I was at Crufts and looking for food ideas for my 2 yr old black lab. he is the 2nd black lab I have had, not related, that seems to have sensitive digestion, which is of course ironic as he will eat anything. He is always a tad underweight whatever but really in great energetic form – working strain but family pet. I don’t chop and change but over his life we have been advised Acana first of all – never really suited – I came across Millies Wolfheart – better but interestingly lot of waste. He has been best on wet diet, Forthglade or PAH alternative. Reason for this query is I have tried Eden recently and what struck me was less waste but still bit soft. Before chopping and changing again – just wondering what you think of Akela or whether it would be no different to Eden – of course Akela saying their fish recipe would be ideal for my boy…..

    May 11, 2018 at 8:27 am
  • Doglistener


    Sounds like your dog may be sensitive to certain foods. Chicken is normally ok for most dogs but some dogs react badly to it. I have found raw tripe mixed with vegetables and minerals rarely causes sensitive stomachs or adverse reactions

    I don’t mix it, Where I get my raw from they add it in most raw manufacturers do this for you. You also may want to try a probiotic yoghurt try and get an all natural one with no sugar or fructose. Akela is a good manufacturer I believe but is not one I have tested Eden I have tested and it is good.

    June 22, 2018 at 8:40 am
  • suebellthomas_256220

    I just wondered if you had any opinion on Orijen kibble? They talk the talk!

    July 5, 2018 at 7:03 am
  • Doglistener

    Orijen is one of the better

    Orijen is one of the better foods on the market. 

    The Orijen 80% meat range contains up to 7 meat sources in each variety and a whopping 38% protein. On paper this goes against everything we British nutritionists used to hold true, and yet the high protein and multiple meat sources have done anything but cause problems. As their legions of fiercely loyal supporters will testify, Orijen really works.

    The idea behind Orijen is that dogs are essentially unchanged from their wolf ancestors and so should receive a similar diet – plenty of meat, some fruits and veg and no cereals. This is not a philosophy I entirely agree with – dogs, for example, may not have changed that much physiologically but their lifestyles are entirely different from wolves, and many dogs in the UK have been doing very well on cereal-based diets for generations, but nevertheless, the quality of Orijen is obvious and the benefits to the dog are clear to see.

    The quality and range of ingredients are very impressive. With 7 meat sources, all of which are of outstanding quality, a fantastic range of natural fruits, vegetables and nutritional supplements, nothing that could be described as a filler or a bulking agent and nothing remotely artificial, 

    July 16, 2018 at 8:56 am
  • anniefamos_261586

    Change of food affecting behaviour?
    My 10 month old sprocker recently went off her kibble (james Wellbeloved junior), having previously been a gannet needing a slow feed bowl, so we tried mixing in some forthglade wet to encourage her to eat.
    She now leaves the kibble so we upped the wet food but since doing this she has become extremely hyper and uncontrollable. Could this be the food that is causing this and if so, what would you suggest as an alternative? I know she is probably going through the adolescent phase on top of this but she just won’t relax and is becoming a bit too aggressive when we try to calm her down.

    August 28, 2019 at 9:37 am
    • Doglistener

      Food may be affecting behaviour

      Other than the food has anything else changed recently? for instance, has she been neutered if not could she be coming into season?

      Look first to see if any other source could be causing the reactive basis yes it could be the food but there are many other influences do you give her dentastix (crap) or any other treat with a whole host of additives and preservatives in them. Strangely enough, the question below is about an additive called  Carrageenan that is in Forthglade

      September 16, 2019 at 9:38 am
  • [email protected]

    What are your thoughts on Carrageenan
    Carrageenan (E 407) — a thickening agent used by many manufacturers of dog (and cat) food — is tested on lab animals to induce inflammation and inflammatory disease. As far as I am aware, from all that I have read, the ingredient does have to be declared on pet food labels in the US, but not in Europe.

    I know it is difficult to find a (especially wet) dog food that contains no thickeners at all. “Some companies use cassia gum, xanthan gum, guar gum, locust bean gum as thickening agents. After an absolute ton of research, I believe these are less harmful by far than carrageenan, and some or all may not cause harm.”

    What are your thoughts on carrageenan?

    September 13, 2019 at 12:34 pm
  • Doglistener


    Carrageenan is an extract of seaweed that has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years. It is widely used in the pet food industry, especially in wet foods, as a gelling, thickening, and stabilising agent. Despite its widespread use and long heritage, though, carrageenan is cited by many as one of the most potentially problematic additives out there.

    A whole host of studies have linked food grade carrageenan (also known as un-degraded carrageenan or just CGN) to gastrointestinal inflammation as well as higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumours. Degraded carrageenan (dCGN), though, is far more potent. It is a widely recognised carcinogen and is routinely used to induce inflammation in lab animals so that scientists can test anti-inflammation drugs. There is some concern that the acid environment of the stomach may degrade food-grade carrageenan to form dCGN.

    While food-grade carrageenan is still permitted as a food additive for both animal and human consumption, it has been banned from infant formula in the EU for precautionary reasons.

    I recommend giving it a wide berth. You may be surprised at some of the wet foods that have Carrageenan in them Lilys Kitchen, Naturediet, Naturesharvest and Forthglade. I may have to relook my stance on Lily’s Kitchen.

    September 16, 2019 at 9:49 am
  • [email protected]

    What are your thoughts on the food?

    January 14, 2020 at 8:32 pm
    • Doglistener

      I have not tested it and do not know that much about it other than the ingredients I have looked at and that makes me less than impressed. Anything in red makes me concerned.
      Chicken 35.4% (Including 23.6% from Dehydrated Chicken), Maize, Lamb 10.1% (Including 6% from Dehydrated Lamb), Beet Pulp, Sweet Potatoes, Maize Gluten, Potatoes, Brown Rice, Dried Yeast, Linseed, Dried Seaweed, Monocalcium Phosphate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Salt, Chondroitin Sulphate.

      April 11, 2020 at 10:56 am
  • vhall773_263183

    Feeding 6 month old cockapoo
    I have been feeding hills puppy kibble as recommended by the breeder – but as it’s often left, I’ve started to add cooked chicken – which he loves and occasionally liver in the last 2 months. Plus in the more recently tried Lily’s kitchen puppy wet food again he loves it – but often leaves the kibble
    I’m looking to change to Lily’s kitchen kibble – any recommendations about whether to just go for wet food plus cooked treats – or should I continue with kibble as well!
    And when should he go from 3 to 2 meals a day?

    February 13, 2020 at 9:30 pm
  • Doglistener

    Feeding six month old Cockerpoo

    I would certainly ditch the Hills Science Plan. I feed my own dogs Fish4dogs and Raw. He should go on to 2 meals a day at 6 months of age. The smell is what attracts dogs to the food and of course, wet food has more aroma than dry. You coudl try putting dry into the microwave for 10 seconds just to enhance the smell. Must not be a metal bowl when using a microwave.

    April 11, 2020 at 11:02 am
  • [email protected]

    Nutrient puppy chubb
    I was feeding our ten week old puppy on the nutriment puppy chubb raw food but he was always sick after eating it, do you have any idea why this would be affecting him and what would be a good raw food to try him on? Also our vet seems to be really negative about feeding raw because of bacteria in the uncooked meat

    September 2, 2020 at 9:54 am
    • Doglistener

      Nutrient puppy chubb

      Did you mean to say Nutriment? Raw is very popular I feed my own dogs on Bella and Duke raw plus Kibble. The Vet will be negative about anything they cannot sell in the Surgery. Read my article Is The Veterinary Profession Broken.  It is 1st on Google. The bacteria argument is absolutely stupid. tell that to Dingoes, African wild dogs, Wolves and all the other wild canids. The reason they do not sell it as Surgeries are small and they cannot stock frozen food there, as they do not have the room for large freezers. The god of profit is alive and healthy in the veterinary profession.

      November 23, 2020 at 1:12 pm
  • [email protected]

    Canagan Free-Run Turkey Dental food
    I have a rescue 6 year old dog(nobody really knows how hold he is but that’s estimate) and his teeth aren’t in a good condition. Fangs are chopped from biting stones and sticks at the shelter. So would like to ask what’s your thoughts on Canagan brand? I am about to try this Free – Run Turkey Dental dry food.
    And wonder if they can help with my dog’s teeth.
    Thank you

    September 3, 2020 at 1:50 pm
    • Doglistener

      Canagan Free-Run Turkey Dental food

      I think Canagan is quite a good food though I am not sure what they are saying when they say turkey is good for dental disease in dogs? in what way?  If you want really good natural dog treats that are brilliant teeth cleaners and very long-lasting try these. Beef Scalp, Cows Hooves. Beef Lips, Lamb Scalp, Bull Pizzles,  Achilles Tendon, Pigs Trotters,  and Yakkers. all are really good for teething. You can view them here. Totally Natural Air Dried Dog Treats.

      November 23, 2020 at 1:26 pm
  • AmANDA

    We are looking to change our lab puppy from royal canine after reading your article on it .Have you any views on Wilsons 100% natural dog food or Wolfworthy ?

    September 12, 2021 at 12:16 pm
    • Stan Rawlinson

      Unfortunately, I have not tested these products so I do not have a particular comment to make other than to anyone can start up a pet food company and it is the ingredients and quality of them that is important. There are new one starting daily

      November 4, 2021 at 11:57 am

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