Article by Trainer Macy Blatter

Have you ever thought twice about what ingredients are in your dog’s food? While we promote feeding a raw/balanced/fresh diet here at Valor K9 Academy, we understand that feeding raw isn’t for everyone. So if you feed kibble, we’ve got some recommendations for you!

The outside of dog food bags can be very misleading. It is important to always check the ingredients, and read them carefully. Feeding your dog high quality food is key to helping your dog live happy and healthy. It can be hard to find quality food for your dog, especially on a budget! In this post, we give eight suggestions, all ranging in prices.

In this post, we include ratings from Dog Food Advisor for every brand on this list. Dog Food Advisor is a privately owned website that rates dog food brands, so that dog owners can better understand what goes into their dog’s food. They rate hundreds of dog foods on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. Ratings are based off of the ingredient list, as well as the meat content within the food. According to Dog Food Advisor, a quality bag of dog food is high in meat content, and does not have “any generic animal by-products, suspicious chemicals or plant-based protein boosters or concentrates”.

Priced lowest to highest

VICTOR Classic Hi-Pro Plus Formula Dry Dog Food

  • $1.43 per pound (40lb bag for $57)
  • First five ingredients: Beef Meal, Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat, Pork Meal, and Chicken Meal
  • 30% protein, 20% fat, 9% moisture, 3.8% fiber, 6% ash
  • Medium sized kibble
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • Made in the USA
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

Eagle Pack Power Adult Dry Dog Food

  • $1.55 per pound (40lb bag for $62)
  • First five ingredients: Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Peas, and Chicken Fat
  • 30% protein, 19% fat, 10% moisture, 4.5% fiber, 6% ash
  • Medium sized kibble
  • Made in the USA
  • No corn, wheat, or by-products
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

Dr. Tim’s Active Dog Pursuit Formula Dry Dog Food 

  • $2 per pound (40lb bag for $80)
  • First five ingredients: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat, Whole Oat Groats, Dried Beet Pulp
  • 30% protein, 20% fat, 10% moisture, 3% fiber, 7% ash
  • Medium sized kibble
  • No corn, wheat, soy, or peas
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe Dry Dog Food

  • $2.77 per pound (26lb bag for $72)
  • First five ingredients: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, and Dried Ground Potatoes
  • 34% protein, 16% fat, 10% moisture, 4% fiber, 6% ash
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • Grain free
  • Medium sized kibble
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Adult Recipe Dry Dog Food 

  • $2.81 per pound (22lb bag for $62)
  • First five ingredients: Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal, Deboned Chicken, and Deboned Turkey
  • 34% protein, 16% fat, 10% moisture, 3% fiber, 6% ash
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • Grain free
  • Medium sized kibble
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Lamb & Blueberry Medium & Maxi Adult Dry Dog Food

  • $2.84/ per (26.4lb bag for $75)
  • First five ingredients: Lamb, Dehydrated Lamb, Whole Spelt, Whole Oats, Chicken Fat
  • 28% protein, 18% fat, 9% moisture, 2.9% fiber, 8.2% ash
  • No corn, wheat, soy, pea, or gluten
  • Medium/large sized kibble
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Beef Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food

  • $3 per pound (20lb bag for $60)
  • First five ingredients: Beef, White Fish Meal, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat, and Peas
  • 36% protein, 20.5% fat, 10% moisture, 3% fat, 6% ash
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • Grain Free
  • Medium sized kibble
  • Made in the USA
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

ORIJEN Original Grain-Free Dry Dog Food 

  • $3.64 per pound (25lb bag for $91)
  • First five ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Deboned Turkey, Atlantic Flounder, Whole Eggs, Whole Atlantic Mackerel
  • 38% protein, 18% fat, 12% moisture, 4% fiber, 6% ash
  • No corn, wheat, soy, or gluten
  • Grain-Free
  • Medium sized kibble
  • Made in the USA
  • Dog Food Advisor Rating: 5/5

For more in-depth information on what to look for and what to avoid in pet food, check out Healthy Dogs Are Spoiled Dogs. You can also check to see what your dog’s food rating is on the Dog Food Advisor. Remember – what you feed your dog makes a huge impact on their lives! Take some time to check out your dog’s food. What is truly in the bag? Are you feeding them the best that you can?

Macy is a Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. She’s a huge dog lover and a Border Collie Mom!