Book Review: Feed Your Best Friend Better

You do all you can to make sure that your family eats real, whole food.  You buy organic when you can, and everyone has become more conscious about what they eat.  So then- what is the next step?

What about your family pet? When we started eating less processed food and began on our journey to a more natural, healthy diet I often wondered how natural and healthy commercial dog food was.  We have had several dogs over the years, and I have quite a bit of knowledge about pet nutrition.  With our latest family pet, a miniature dachshund, we found that he had reactions to the corn and wheat in most commercial foods.

After a bit of searching, we did find a grain-free dry dog food that he enjoys.  But the process of reading tons of labels sparked a curiosity in me.  Most of the higher end dog foods were using ingredients I could find in my kitchen.

When I saw the book Feed Your Best Friend Better on my possible review list, I knew I had to read this book.

Rick Woodford, otherwise known as “The Dog Food Dude“, has written a wholesome food manual for your family dog.

It covers everything from foods to avoid, portion control, balanced nutrition, and of course recipes for meals and even treats.

We have started our doxie on a mixture of 50/50 dry commercial dog food and homemade food.  The book even helps with that aspect, listing ingredients in processed dog foods that you want to avoid and those that are higher quality.  It also shows how you can balance your feedings and treats to give your dog a full, balanced nutrition.

From the publisher:

Rick has researched nutrition for dogs and has used the same manuals veterinarians use to develop his recipes. Feed Your Best Friend Better makes the transition to homemade dog food simple, so you can make natural food for your dog every day.

And the man has done his research.  Everything is very well presented in the book. Nutritional information gives you a starting point.  Every recipe has portion sizes for different sized dogs.  There are even suggestions for the difference in activity levels within a breed.

Along with the scientific information, the book is filled with gorgeous pictures.  The author even provides a personal testimony as to the power of fresh, wholesome food for dogs.

The recipes are mostly doable.  Some of them are just not feasible for our budget, but there are plenty of alternatives given.  So far our favorites include:

  • Hamburger (and more) patties
  • Turkey Minestrone
  • Pup's Parmesan Cookies
  • and this recipe for a Kong filling:

You can find out more about the book and The Dog Food Dude at his website.

The book will be published April 10th, so reserve your copy today!

Disclaimer:  I received a free e-copy of this book for review.

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Aadel Bussinger
Aadel has been married to her career Army man for 13 years and they have 2 daughters and a freshly made son. She is a homeschooling mom, volunteer, and online college student. Her hobbies include cooking, organic gardening, sewing, and crocheting.She blogs about their military, unschooling life at These Temporary Tents.
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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Feed Your Best Friend Better

  1. Ensuring that you have all of the vital ingredients in your dog food is essential for keeping that spring in your pup’s step! Always check with a vet before making a change to an all natural homemade dog food regimen by showing him or her your recipe and analyzing it for nutritional completeness.

    1. Thank you for the advice.  Yes, I agree that you should always run the diet by your vet.  The book details this issue as well!

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