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  • A SMART START FOR PUPS
  • DOG FOOD MANUFACTURERS
  • HOWLING IN THE UNCANNY VALLEY
  • STRESSED OUT
  • PAIN AND BEHAVIOR

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  • A SMART START FOR PUPS
  • DOG FOOD MANUFACTURERS
  • HOWLING IN THE UNCANNY VALLEY
  • STRESSED OUT
  • PAIN AND BEHAVIOR

Download the Full March 2020 Issue

  • Meat and Meat Meal
  • Peace Among Species
  • Sound Effects
  • Canine Massage
  • Porn-Sniffing K9s

Understanding the “Guaranteed Analysis (GA)”

The guaranteed analysis (GA) is a highly regulated part of a pet food label, and the facts printed there are subject to surveillance and enforcement. State feed control officials may sample and test the product at any point in its production and sale; they often do visit stores and pull product from the shelf to […]

How to Shop Dog Food Labels

Alright! You’re in the pet supply store, armed with information about what you have been feeding your dog. You know which nutritional adequacy (AAFCO) statement to look for, you know how much protein and fat should be in the guaranteed analysis of the foods you are going to consider, and, presumably, you know how much […]

In the Fine Print: Nutritional Adequacy Statements

It’s bizarre, but one of the most important things on a pet food label is often in the tiniest print: the nutritional adequacy statement, aka the “AAFCO statement.”  AAFCO stands for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. This is the organization that developed the standards the industry uses to determine what constitutes “complete and […]
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Rotation, Rotation, Rotation: Choose Several Dog Foods

You may have not noticed, but we’ve been using the words “foods” and “products” in the text above. We strongly encourage owners to rotate among at least three different products from different pet food companies throughout the year. And more may be better! Here’s why: Most pet food companies use the same vitamin/mineral premix for […]

Four Steps to Personalized Nutrition

The beginning of your dog food buying journey actually starts with what you feed your dog right now. You are feeding your dog something already, correct? Good! In order to make choices that will maintain or, better yet, improve your dog’s health, you need to know what’s in the food you already feed him. Otherwise, […]

The Best Foods for Your Dog

We know that many of you subscribe to Whole Dog Journal in order to learn about dog food. We’re also aware that, more specifically, many of you are hoping that we will tell you which foods are best; you want to know what you should be buying to feed your dog.  Well, we have some […]

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  • The Best Foods For Your Dog
  • Four Steps to Personalized Nutrition
  • How to Shop The Labels
  • The 2020 Approved Dry Foods
  • Dogs in The Workplace
  • Socially Conscious Sheltering

Whole Dog Journal’s Approved Dry Dog Foods for 2020

Products appear alphabetically by best-known name. In some cases this is the name of the company that makes the food; in others, it’s the name of the food line. We have split some lines made by the same manufacturer into separate rows to better distinguish prices, # of varieties, etc. Read about our criteria when […]

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  • Gear of 2020
  • Useful Matters
  • How to Reform a Reactionary
  • Forty-Three Books
  • Teach Your Puppy To "Leave Alone"

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  • "No-Look" Reinforcement
  • Canned Advantages
  • Best Canned Foods
  • Winter Woes and Wags
  • Canine Cancer Resources and Hope

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