In Part 1 of Dog Food Matchmaking I proposed a plan for discovering the “perfect” dog food. I was going to investigate nutritional requirements, find a good representative for each type of dog food, create a chart summarizing how each type measures up against the others, then make my “perfect” choice.
Easier said than done. And naïve, given the endless array of products and food sources.
After spending many hours researching perspectives on dog food, reading technical research papers, and talking to pet store food specialists, I decided to change my search plan.
This week I will be posting daily into the “Dog Food Matchmaking” series, discussing the aspects that can influence dog food decision making.
Dog Food Dating
Just like in the world of dating, finding the “perfect” dog food match is very much a personal choice.
Besides having to figure out:
- what the nutritional requirements are for individual dogs
we need to take into consideration:
- lifestyle (are we uber-busy or do we have some spare time?)
- food philosophy (do we believe whole ingredients are essential or feel prepared foods are just fine?)
- budget and availability (are we pinching pennies or have a little extra to widen our choices? Is the food locally available or will we have to plan ahead and pay for shipping?)
For weeks, the search for the “perfect” dog food overwhelmed me. Until I realized we can serially “date” dog foods! We don’t have to marry just one. We can be serially monogamous dog food daters! *with the exception of when we have to be two-timers during dog food transition periods. I will date the best choice for now, then move on if circumstances change or when new discoveries are made.
Are you a serial dog food dater or have you found a great committed match?
Read More in this Series
Part 1 proposed a plan to find the “perfect” dog food.
Part 2 recognizes that dog food choices are personal (like dating).
Part 3 outlines basic nutritional requirements for dogs.
Part 4 discusses driving forces behind dog food decision making.
Part 5 helps us narrow down our dog food choices by being picky about ingredients.
Part 6 discusses cost estimates and success factors. It is the final entry in this series.