The benefit of commercial kibble dog food is convenience - simply scoop and serve. Unfortunately, commercial kibble dog food is highly processed and often contains artificial preservatives, colors, flavorings and by-products that are hard to digest and over time can cause your canine companion to be more susceptible to long term health problems. Commercial kibble is cooked, extruded and baked at such high temperatures that it destroys many of the nutrients.
In comparison, Happy Dog Food, is made with human quality whole grains and dehydrated vegetables and are not highly processed. Dehydration is the process of removing water or moisture from a food product at a much lower heat level. This keeps the foods rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and amino acids that every dog needs in order to remain strong, healthy and resilient to disease. Happy Dog Food does not contain any meat, intentionally as we want your dog to eat FDA approved human edible grocery store meat. The same meat you would eat yourself. The benefit of homemade healthy Happy Dog Food is really having control over each ingredient. It is particularly beneficial for pet owners who are concerned with the food’s origin. Happy Dog Food is essentially a homemade meal, made easy.
Many of the reasons dogs are taken to the vet are often related to the foods they eat. Many of these reasons disappear when a fresh homemade healthy diet like Happy Dog Food is introduced.
The most important thing you can do for your dog is feed a fresh, whole food made of human grade ingredients. Eliminating the junk ingredients such as, fillers, preservatives and by products will have a direct impact on your dog's health.
Customers report that the conditions listed below resolve when they introduce a healthier food, free of artificial ingredients, preservatives and by-products.
Digestion - many dogs suffer from GI problems, like diet-related diarrhea and colitis. These conditions are often a side effect of highly processed commercial kibble foods. Many of these foods are difficult to digest and cause irritation to the GI tract.
Skin, Coat and Ear Infections - dry flaky skin and a dull coat are visible outward reflections of how your dog is feeling and can be directly related to the food you are feeding. Ear infections can be a chronic problem with many dogs. A buildup of smelly, yeasty debris in the ears can be closely linked to diet. Often dog owners will find that their dog is treated with oral and topical ear medications for extended periods of time without resolve. A grain-free diet can drastically improve these conditions.
Overweight Dogs - Dog obesity is a huge problem, feeding commercial kibble is like eating fast food everyday of the year. Feeding an appropriate diet and exercise is essential to overall good health. Because our foods are all natural, human grade, balanced with highly digestible grains and vegetables your dog will naturally slim down to an appropriate bodyweight without going hungry.
The well-being of your dog is very important to us. Feeding your dog the same kinds of wholesome foods you would eat yourself, will help to ensure your dog is healthy and happy.
The most obvious difference between Happy Dog Food and commercial canned or kibble dog foods, is the ingredients used to make our foods. The gentle process of dehydration leaves the vibrant colors of the vegetables intact. Studies have shown the importance of the vibrant pigments that exist in fresh vegetables. These substances are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, which are highly beneficial for the overall health and well-being of your canine companion. The enzymes are much higher in dehydrated foods than in conventional commercial kibbles.
Our whole grains, pearl barley, brown rice, flake barley and steel cut oats are the same whole grains you would eat yourself. Our vegetables are dehydrated, moisture is removed gently, this slow process is much gentler that cooking, canning or extruding and protects the nutrition that mother nature naturally provides in each vegetable. The finished product, blended together gently in our warehouse and packed fresh daily is a nutrient-rich blend whole food that smells delicious, taste great, and wholesome & healthy for your canine companion.
Whole Grain Goodness (Original Basemix) - Pearl Barley, Brown Rice, Split Peas, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Celery, Parsley, Garlic
Hearty & Healthy Express - Flake Barley, Steel Cut Oats, Flaked Peas, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Celery, Parsley, Garlic
Vitality Veggie (Grain Free) - Flaked Peas, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Celery, Parsley, Garlic
Making the change from processed commercial kibble or canned should be done gradually, over a period of a week or so depending on your dog's sensitivity to food changes. If your dog is already eating a varied diet of raw or home cooked foods, Happy Dog can be introduced more quickly.
To get started, add a small amount of Happy Dog Food into your dog's current food. Gradually increase the amount of Happy Dog while decreasing the amount of your dog's current food. By introducing Happy Dog Food gradually, you will allow the digestive system to become accustomed to the new diet and avoid intestinal upset.
All of our recipes require the addition of water, meat and nutrient supplements (included in every bag, packaged separately). We recommend twice a day feeding, however growing puppies may require additional feedings.
Happy Dog Food has a shelf life of twelve months, depending on the temperature and humidity. We recommend storing in a cool, dry place.
To learn more about our base-mix foods, please visit that product page for detailed information on ingredients, nutritional analysis, how to prepare, how to feed, and our suggested daily serving amounts.
Raw Meat vs Cooked Meat
A raw food diet provides your canine companion the foundation for a healthy immune system, resulting in healthier skin and coat, a reduction in allergies and an overall improvement in joint health and mobility.
Raw meat has an abundance of heat sensitive nutrients, such as trace minerals and amino acids that are destroyed during the cooking process. Dogs are carnivores and from a nutritional standpoint, carnivores thrive when they consume diets that are structured as nature intended: high in the best quality animal protein and fat, rich in vitamins and minerals.
Dogs have been designed by nature to not only tolerate, but to thrive on raw meat. People worry that their canine companion will get sick from eating raw meat, however a dog’s digestive system is stronger than that of humans and can tolerate bacteria that might otherwise be harmful to us.
But if using raw meat with Happy Dog Food just isn’t for you, we would recommend when preparing our foods you add the meat while cooking, not separately.
Beef, Chicken or Turkey (ground or whole)
When choosing a meat type for your canine companion, we suggest you consider a few things:
Beef, chicken and turkey all have different fat contents. If your dog is young and very active or you are having trouble keeping weight on your dog, or feel like you are having to feed more food than normal, you might want to consider using ground beef 80/20 which is going to have a higher fat content than chicken or turkey. Our dogs tend to drop weight when we feed turkey or chicken as they are very active herding breeds and require more fat in their diet.
Ground meat is usually more expensive than whole meat such as chicken or turkey breasts or different cuts of beef. If you choose to use ground meat I would suggest looking for a local butcher or small locally owned grocery store that has a meat department and ask if they would custom grind or find you a source for ground meat and in most cases you will find that you can negotiate a pretty good price.
Buying your meat from a local store that has a meat department that does their own cutting will ensure that you are getting the best quality ground meat.
Whole chickens are usually pretty cheap and if you decide to use a whole chicken and are cooking your meat, make sure that when you cook your chicken you remove any bones and use the broth from that chicken to prepare your Happy Dog Food.
If you are using ground turkey, ask your local butcher/grocer if they can order that turkey in a 10lb frozen roll. If they are able to get that for you, have them cut that frozen turkey roll into 10 equal frozen parts, that way you don’t have to defrost the whole roll, you will be able to defrost just the amount you need to make your Happy Dog Food.