The Farmer’s Dog Review: High-Quality, Customizable Dog Food
The Farmer's Dog
Freshly made human-grade dog food
The Farmer’s Dog delivers “balanced, freshly made pet food with simple recipes, guided by science, and driven by love.”
Their vet-developed plans and recipes use fresh, real food, like human-grade meat and vegetables, to ensure your pup is getting a nutrient-rich diet. “Fresh” means that meals are delivered within days of cooking and are never frozen or stored on a shelf.
Plus, subscribers can customize their plans to fit their dog’s individual needs.
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About The Farmer’s Dog
The Subscription: The Farmer’s Dog
The Cost: Plans start around $2/day. Pricing depends on your dog’s size and nutritional needs.
The Products: USDA grade food prepared fresh then frozen in easy to portion packages.
Ships to: The 48 contiguous states
Pros & Cons
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The Sign-Up Process
The first thing you’ll do when signing up is fill out a detailed quiz about your dogs.
For the sake of this review, I am going to sign Piper and Tucker up, as Charlie (my pug) has been on a special diet recently. Piper and Tucker are also both the most drastically different of my three dogs, so I feel like this is a great trial for this food.
Piper: 13-year-old MinPin. Sassy. Half-blind. One tooth left. Perfect.
Tucker: 5-year-old Standard Poodle. Stoic, but super happy. New leash on life.
The questions are all very easy to answer and give The Farmer’s Dog team a good baseline. After answering all of these questions about your dog’s needs and diet, your dog’s plan pops up for your approval. This is also an opportunity to choose between turkey, beef, and pork dog food recipes.
Piper’s plan ended up costing $1.65 a day, which is less than her normal food. I was really surprised by this!
Tucker’s plan ended up costing $6.59 per day, which is significantly more than his normal dry food. I expected this since dry food is always less costly than wet, and he consumes a lot of food in one day.
My First Delivery
Before we dive into this, I thought it might be important to calculate how much I actually spend on dog food right now, though the prospect terrifies me.
The Cost Compared to Dry Dog Food
Let’s start with Piper. She gets one can total each day of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe for Seniors. A case of 12 costs $22.68, meaning we spend about $1.89 a day on her food. We usually buy a case at a time online, but I have had to buy them individually before at PetSmart and Target when in a pinch, and they are a whopping $3.69 each there. Piper’s daily food cost with The Farmer’s Dog is $1.65, which is savings either way, but huge savings compared to the single can price.
Tucker eats dry dog food, and a lot of it. He is currently on dry Blue Buffalo food, and depending on how big of a bag we buy at a time, he generally costs about $2.00-$3.00 per day to feed. In contrast to Piper’s bargain total, Tucker costs $6.59 a day to feed with this sub. It feels pricy, but that is still less than a Chipotle burrito or a giant latte with modifications.
How It’s Packaged
Our dog food delivery arrived frozen solid and thoughtfully packaged inside a large box.
Each pup also received a paper with their feeding guide. These pages have helpful info on transitioning between Piper and Tucker’s old food and this new deliciousness. It suggests slowly easing them both into their new food, by combining it with their old stuff and gradually moving to full Farmer’s Dog food.
Because I am going to have open bags each day, a disposable container was also included for storage. This was actually a nice little addition that came in handy for both pups, but mostly Piper since she had smaller portions.
Each pouch was clearly labeled for either Piper or Tucker, and included how much of each pouch they should be served per day. Tucker gets a whole pouch a day, where Piper only needs 1/4 pouch per day.
Tucker received seven pouches of beef food and seven pouches of turkey food in his dog food delivery.
Piper received two pouches of each because she is a dainty little lady.
We feed all of our pups twice a day, so I ended up giving Tucker half a pouch in the morning and half at night. Piper was a little harder to guesstimate since she would need 1/8th a pouch per dog meal to equal 1/4th total a day.
The food itself looks like legit real food, which makes sense, because it is. The turkey even smelled surprisingly appetizing. You can actually see bits of veggies and fresh ingredients inside too. I decided to try out the turkey recipe for the first few days. It admittedly doesn’t look like a lot at first (especially Piper’s portion) but I fluffed it with a fork and then it suddenly became what felt like a ton of food.
The dogs were obsessed. Tucker especially; he’s always been somewhat of a picky eater and is usually pretty indifferent about food. He certainly enjoys it, but never barks or carries on as I fill his bowl, and he finishes his meals calmly and without ceremony. After his first taste of his Farmer’s dog meal, he was hooked. He licked his bowl for 15 minutes after everything was gone and then carried it to the living room, dropping it on the floor at my feet. This would have been cuter if it wasn’t his massive stainless steel bowl and we didn’t have hardwood floors, but I will take the startling clang he created as two paws way up. He also has taken to doing this really cute wiggle dance when he sees me opening a pouch. Piper also ate enthusiastically, also licking her bowl way after it was empty, in total disbelief that her food was gone.
The beef took a longer adjustment time than the turkey did, but I think that is because all of my dogs have a more poultry-based normal diet. Tucker had some loose stool after his first beef meal, but nothing that was too traumatic for either of us. Both he and Piper enjoyed this food just as much as the turkey blend after their tummies adjusted.
I am really impressed. Did I notice some massive changes in my dog’s looks or energy levels? No, but this was only a two-week test period. I know fresh food is just healthier for any dog, and I do feel like mine deserve the best. This plan is obviously going to be a lot more cost-effective for smaller dogs and could be prohibitive for some people out there with larger pups. I would absolutely consider making this Piper’s full-time food, especially since it would literally save me money as well as be better for her. Tucker is a lot more to budget, but I know he loved the food, and since he is a larger and more active dog I still want to make it work for him, too. All in all, the only one who wasn’t totally thrilled with this subscription was Charlie, since he didn’t really get to partake. (Sorry Charlie!) If you are searching for a fresh dog food delivery subscription, I highly recommend this one. Give it a try and see what your pups think.
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