Current dog parents know the importance of a quality dog food brand. You want your dog to receive all the quality nutrition and none of the bad stuff with his dog food, but sometimes there's a problem: dogs don't eat any type of dog food. How to go about this issue? The best way to figure out whether your pooch will like his kibble or not is to find free dog food samples and test them with your pet.
Some dog owners may find it odd to search for free dog food samples. However, anyone who has ever tried to switch the brand of dog food that they feed their canine knows that it can sometimes be a challenging task. There are certainly dogs out there that will eat any kind of dog food that is put in front of them, and often many other things they shouldn’t eat as well.
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More often than not, dog owners will run into a canine that can be quite picky when it comes to the brand and flavor of his kibble. There is nothing more frustrating than buying bag after bag of dog food and having your dog refuse it. This is exactly where free dog food samples come in very handy.
So where do you find free dog food samples, and should pet parents even consider this before splurging their cash on some of the most popular dog foods?
Where to Find Free Dog Food Samples?
What are free dog food samples?
Free dog food samples are exactly what you think they are: companies sending you little portions of dog food to try out so that you know whether your canine will love the taste of that dog food brand or not. Finding free dog food samples can sometimes be a challenge, but hopefully this article will help you with that.
Samples of free dog food are often categorized using the following criteria:
- Single formula per sample
- Paid shipping (usually)
- No more than five samples per order
- Subject to availability
Pet parents who want to know where to find free dog food samples must remain cautious and careful, however. There are many poor quality dog products out there, and some may cause harm. For example, if you avoid spending extra on good electronic dog training collars, the poor quality ones may hurt your dog. The same applies to dog food and free dog food samples.
Always remember that much like anything else you purchase, or dog products you get for free, you need to request your free dog food samples only from trusted brands and reliable companies. Once you receive your free dog food samples, be sure that they are in a completely sealed package and there are no holes or tears.
In light of all the recent dog food recalls, you should be sure to research the company and brand of food that you choose to sample. Make sure that the dog food company is reliable and their brand of kibble has not been recalled in recent months. Although they are just small samples of dog food, you still need to be certain that they are safe for your Fido.
Want to know more about the best dog food brands and which dog food brand is currently the most popular among pet owners? Take a look at the below articles, especially the first one from our DVM contributor:
- 10 Vet Recommended Dog Food Brands
- Best Dog Foods for Adult Dogs
- 59 Most Popular Puppy Food Brands
- Best Grain Free Dog Food Brands
- 101 World’s Most Popular Dog Food Brands
Where to find free dog food samples?
Surprisingly, finding free dog food samples is easy. Many popular dog food manufacturers provide free dog food samples, those companies often include Purina, Pedigree, The Honest Kitchen, Nutrish, Timberwolf and others.
If you have selected a particular brand of dog food instead of cooking for your dog at home – which is what most of us will do – then the best places to find free dog food samples are usually directly on the manufacturer’s website. There are also several websites that point dog owners where to find free dog food samples and other free dog products.
Here are a few places where you can get free dog food samples and dog treats:
In terms of dog food brand specific sources of free samples, you can find them simply by searching “[dog food brand] + free samples” on Google. Here are a few examples:
If you’re not sure which dog food brand to try, or you don’t have a preference, you can do a generic search for free samples of the type and kind of food you are interested in the most and try some of the options available on the above websites.
Additionally, you can also do a general online search for a keyword free dog food samples, and you should immediately find tens (if not hundreds) of sites offering free samples of dog food and dog treats.
Always remember to only select samples from reputable manufacturers and trustworthy brands. Make sure you're also familiar with how to read dog food labels, and other dog nutrition related information. Here are a few helpful articles from Top Dog Tips for pet parents who want to learn more about dog food:
- How to Read Dog Food Labels
- What Ingredients Should You Look For in Dog Food?
- Harmful Additives in Commercial Dog Food
- Should Your Dog Eat People Food?
- Raw Dog Food Diet
How to choose free dog food samples?
There's an abundance of free dog food samples to order online, so we need to filter through the bad stuff and find only the good dog food samples. To start off, the best thing you can do at first is to decide what type of dog food you would like to feed your Fido, and focus on searching for free dog food samples specifically of that type and brand.
Here are a few examples:
- Wet dog foods: Dog food with high moisture content. Usually canned dog food.
- Dry dog foods: Dog food with low moisture content. They can include shapes, pellets, kibbles, flake foods, biscuits, or mixers.
- Semi-moist dog food: Soft pellets with a chewy texture that are usually packed in pouches.
Then you’ll need to decide whether you want to feed your dog a complete dog food or a complementary dog food.
In short, complete dog foods are nutritionally complete and will provide your canine with all the nutrients that he needs. Complementary dog foods are only designed to be part of your pooch’s diet and must be fed along with another dog food type to provide a good diet balance. AFFCO has a great PDF document on this subject that you can read for more details.
Once you have decided what type of dog food you want to feed your canine, you should think about the nutritional content of that dog food. This may already be decided for you if your dog has been diagnosed with an allergy to certain foods or has a health condition that requires a certain diet.
Most dog owners can feed their dogs an all-natural dog food, organic food, wheat-free/corn-free/soy-free dog food, non-GMO dog food, or one of the many different diet options that are available. You must also know the basics of dog nutrition to ensure you're providing your dog exactly with what he requires. Take a look at these two posts:
If you're uncertain about the doggy diet that would be nutritionally best for your pet, speak with your veterinarian. Vets can give you some recommendations based on your dog's age, breed, health condition, and weight. Don't forget to take your dog's personal preferences into consideration. Your pet may not like a certain texture or flavor of dog food.
Once you’ve chosen the type and kind of dog food that you will feed to your dog, you will be able to narrow your search and find free dog food samples quickly. Again, remember to always check and make sure that there haven’t been any recalls on the pet food you are sampling. It is your responsibility to choose dog kibble that will be safe and healthy for your Fido.