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The Farmers Dog Dog Food Review

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When I first heard about fresh dog food subscription services several years ago, I was wanting something other than just kibble to feed my dogs. I have been leery about just how much nutrition and how safe is commercial kibble dog food. I thought about making their food and actually do make it once in awhile, but frankly I’m too lazy to be consistent at making it on a regular basis.

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My fur babies are my life and I want them to have the best. I decided to give The Farmer’s Dog food a try. It was a hit with them. There are a lot of things I love about The Farmer’s Dog and a few I don’t and I will be entirely honest about our experience with it. Be sure to check out all of our posts on the best dog food for chihuahuas.

chihuahua dog eating dog food out of yellow bowl

Since we first tried it about 3 years ago or so, we have tried several other subscription food services too. I want to write about as many as I can and give you an honest opinion on each of them. I went back and ordered The Farmer’s Dog food again recently, just so I could see if anything has changed and to give the latest information.

The Ordering Process

When you first go to their site, they will often have a coupon at the top, so be sure to click that. 

You will be taken to a screen where you will be asked for information about your dog or dogs. Since fresh food can be a pricey, I just buy it for 1 dog and then split it 3 ways at each meal. They also get a little bit of kibble  (they eat freeze-dried Rawwble from Bixbi)and a dash of a topper. You can however, get individual food packs for each of your dogs. You just put in how many dogs you have and their names. It will ask a few more questions about you and your dog such as their age, weight, breed and if they have been neutered or spayed. It will also ask about their body type (are they chunky, skinny, etc.) and are they active, a good eater, do they have any health issues and what they are currently eating.

the Farmers Dog packets of food

After all the questions it gives you a recommended meal plan. Then you check out. One thing that is cool, is they have several different recipe packets you can choose from. You can choose just one flavor for your shipment or up to 3 flavors for your your shipment. We picked turkey, beef and pork. They also had chicken and lamb.

For your initial checkout, you will get a trial shipment for 2 weeks worth of food, and then after the trial they will ship out the food to you every 7 weeks.

Receiving the Shipment

The Farmers Dog box

The box has dry ice in it so it stays cold. The food comes in packets with your dogs name on it and feeding instructions. You also receive a cardboard container to store the food in your fridge.

Storing The Farmer’s Dog Food

I do like the shape of the packets, They are long and kind of flat so they are easy to store in the freezer. So I keep the current packet that my dogs are eating in the fridge, in the container provided by the company. Then when their food is down to one meal left in the fridge (I feed my dogs once a day, in the morning), I will take out another packet from the freezer and put it in the fridge to thaw. It’s thawed out by the next day when I need it.

Preparing The Farmer’s Dog Food

cutting the packet of The Farmers Dog food

It’s pretty simple. On the packet, it will tell you how much to feed your dog a day. 

cut packets of the farmers dog food

So if it says to feed 1/4 of the packet, I just get out my kitchen shears and eye ball the packet and cut into 4 portions. The plastic is still around the food. Then I store the unused food into the container that came with the shipment of food. 

Pouring the farmers dog into bowl

The next morning, I just pull out another serving from the container and empty into the bowl.

The Quality of The Farmer’s Dog Dog Food

dog bowl with the farmers dog food

It’s very good. Good enough for you to eat if you wanted to. All the food is human grade. The recipes are basic without chemicals. Everything is made fresh.

What my Dogs Thought about The Farmer Dog food

2 small dogs eating from dog bowls and 1 dog watching them

Ziggy is notoriously a picky eater. Lucy and Lucas can be picky at times too. All 3 of them love The Farmer’s Dog food. If I don’t have to coax my picky little Ziggy to eat, I consider it a big win.

How it Affects My Dogs

My dogs are very healthy. I know they are relatively young at 6, 3 and 2 but I believe part of the reason for their good health is because of the quality food that they eat.

They don’t poop as much as they did when they ate cheap food. And their poop is never runny or too hard. 

I feel by investing in good food, they will stay healthy as they age.

Canceling the Subscription

Unlike some of the other subscription services I have used, The Farmer’s Dog makes it pretty easy to cancel your subscription. The easiest way to do it is to go to the FAQ page and click on the link under Account Management and then Can I cancel my subscription anytime? When you click on that link, you get the option to cancel or delay your next shipment. You can delay it up to 4 months. You can easily reactivate it too if you do cancel such as I did. 

What I don’t Like about The Farmer’s Dog

There’s a whole lot I do like about this food service but I can be picky and tell you the few things I don’t like.

First, I wish there was a way in pause deliveries without having to pick a date to start them back up again. In other words, I’d like to pause it indefinitely but not cancel. But it’s really not a big deal since they do keep your account information and it’s super simple to start it back up again.

Second, they give you a cardboard container to store the dog’s food in the fridge with each shipment you get. But after a week or so, that container gets nasty and you need to throw it out. I like how Ollie’s does it better. They give you really nice high-quality container with your first shipment that you can wash and reuse forever.

Third, it can be pricey. The price depends on the size of your dog and how much you buy at a time. But all of these fresh dog food subscription companies charge more than what you would pay for a bag of kibble at the grocery store. You get what you pay for. If you can afford it, I’d say it’s worth it. It will save you money in vet bills in the long run.


So would I recommend The Farmer’s Dog for your dog? Definitely. 

If your dogs have tried this food, I’d love to hear about your experience. And if you’d like to try it, click here or the button below:

button to order The Farmers Dog


Friday 22nd of March 2024

I tried Farmers Dog on my 12 year old female Chihuahua. It was great at first but then after 3-4 weeks in, she started to get really bad bloating at night and would sometimes wake up and her belly would be hard and distended and would be rather agitated and restless. Eventually it would subside but led to some sleepless nights! Unfortunately, I had to take her off Farmers Dog after putting her back on her old diet and the bloating went away. Just wanted to share! I really wish it had worked out! I'm guessing it was a food intolerance or something.


Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

A HUGE tip-of-the-hat to Farmers Dog! These folks truly care about OUR PETS and they CARE about us, the pet owners! Allow me to explain. My wife and I had two Boston Terrier rescue dogs. We lost one, Dustie Rose, suddenly last November and our remaining girl, Maggie Mae has Cushings and advanced dementia. We just started feeding Farmers Dog to Maggie Mae and have had her on it for about a week now. She is responding quite well and has new found vigor and appetite. She is more alert than we've seen in several months! We are truly grateful for Farmers Dog! My review doesn't stop there. It is with great pleasure that I bring you "the rest of the story". After Farmers Dog learned of what my wife and I have been through since Dustie Rose passed, the fine folks at Farmers Dog sent us a BEAUTIFUL POTTED PLANT and a very thoughtful card! How many companies elevate to this LEVEL OF CARING for their customers and pets?! This POTTED PLANT will serve as a living memorial to the FOND MEMORIES we have of Dustie Rose and Maggie Mae for MANY YEARS TO COME! THANK YOU, FARMERS DOG for going ABOVE AND BEYOND! My wife and I are grateful!

Cathy Bendzunas

Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

That's awesome Richard! They are such a great company. I'm so glad it has helped your fur baby.

Phyllis Smith

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Hi, Cathy. I'm 75, and have had Chihuahuas all my life. For 10 years I have cared for a Japanese Aikita. She started on Farmers Dog food recently. The first 2 weeks she really liked it. Then she stopped! I took her to the vet. Diagnosed with Cushings Disease. Its been hard to get her to eat anything. I've been giving her chicken (baked), hopefully get her back to eating Farmers Dog. They people have all been concerned and helpful. I hope she gets back to eating again. I've got a month or more of frozen food for her. I'll try to keep in touch with you about this. Thanks for all you do. I miss my chihuahua (Angel, 21 yrs at death). Phyllis


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Oh I hope she feels better soon! If she eats your baked chicken start adding just a spoonful of The Farmers Dog and mix it in and see if she eat it that way. If so, you can gradually start adding more of Farmers Dog and less of baked chicken.