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Site help and suggestions / Country of Origin filter
« on: Aug 16, 2016, 10:34 »
Some of the more eagle-eyed of you may have spotted a new filter on the dog food directory - Country of Origin.

You can now narrow your results by country or continent which I hope will help of those of you concerned about supply chains or carbon footprints.

I am still waiting for a few companies to come back to me but the origins of 90% of the foods and treats on the site have been confirmed.

Give it a whirl here.

Next on the to do list is a filter for the targeted health conditions!

What else could we add or change on the site to make finding the right dog food easier?

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Over the next couple of months, I am going to be giving our rating algorithm a long overdue overhaul.

Until now, it has only analysed the ingredients list - a system that has worked well but a little restrictive nonetheless. As well as re-examining the way we score ingredients, I will also be adding in other key factors like the nutrient levels in the finished product and the way in which the food was made. Other, more abstract issues like company ethics and carbon footprint may also enter the equation if I feel you, our lovely members, have an appetite for them.

So here's my question to you...
What factors do you look at when your picking a food? Just the ingredients? Nutrient levels? Cooking/preparation method? Ethical matters? Something else?
AND...
How much import do you give the different factors? If a food were awarded a score out of 100, what proportion would you assign to each aspect?

Our ratings are there to help you so if you have any preferences on how they should be calculated, now is the time to let me know

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Introductions / Show and tell!
« on: Oct 15, 2015, 10:09 »
Pictures can now be attached to posts (although they can only be seen by members) so let's see those lovely pooches!

This is Ned, my handsome little border terrier. He's coming up to 2 years old. Loves food, dogs, people, sticks, balls, walks, mud, wrestling... Hates sirens, nail clipping and the clothes wrack (still not sure why)

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The AllAboutDogFood forum is a place for honest, friendly discussion of pet related issues amongst pet owners. Nevertheless, we have always found that manufacturers and other vested interests (distributors, wholesalers, retailers etc) have a lot to bring to the discussion and are often the best sources of information and guidance on their own particular brand. We do however have to protect our members from unsolicited advertising and other forms of salesmanship and for that reason we ask all vested interests to strictly adhere to the following rules:

1. Any vested interest must be clearly declared and visible to other forum members. For manufacturers, the best way would be to use your company name as your user name and your company logo as your profile picture.

2. Outside of the 'Classifieds' section, vested interests are only permitted to comment in relation to their own products and then only after the topic has first been explicitly raised by a non-vested interest member. No other posts are permitted from vested interests.

3. Unsolicited personal messages from vested interests to other forum members are not permitted.

4. The 'Classifieds' section is provided to allow vested interests to notify members of pet product releases, special offers, pet related events and so on. Elsewhere in the forum, direct or indirect advertising is not permitted.

5. Repeated violations of these terms may result in the revocation of the member's account.

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Dog news / Rip Off Britain!
« on: Apr 09, 2015, 08:17 »
Well I finally received confirmation that Rip Off Britain's pet food piece is to be aired on April 22nd at 9.15am on BBC1!

It was filmed way back in November and my interview alone was 2 hours. Gloria Hunniford was genuinely interested (not to mention shocked) at what I had to say on the subject of pet food ingredients and labelling and we covered some really important points that, if kept in, could really rock the industry. Of course, with the final piece only lasting around 8 minutes, the cut will have to be brutal and only time will tell what they will leave in and what will never see the light of day.

One thing is for sure, with over 1 million regular viewers, the potential of this programme is enormous so with a bit of luck, the BBC is ready to rock the boat!

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Site help and suggestions / Guest articles
« on: Mar 25, 2015, 09:08 »
Hi all!

I'm looking for guest collaborators to help build the article library and put more information into the hands of the dog owners that need it.

Any dog nutrition and/or health related subject would be eligible but I'm especially interested in hearing from pet care professionals like vets, veterinary nurses, trainers, groomers, breeders and experienced pet shop staff to hear their take on how nutrition can affect our pets.

Naturally, anything that goes on to the site needs to be well researched and completely impartial. Although I'm afraid I can't pay for contributions, I can provide a hyperlinked reference and plenty of coverage on the AADF social media.
If you can help, you can comment or PM me here or email me at info@allaboutdogfood.co.uk.

I really look forward to hearing from you!

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Home cooking / Home-cooked dog food recipes
« on: Mar 11, 2015, 07:42 »
Please share your home-cooked dog food recipes here. They could be a huge help to others  :)

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Over the years I have met dog owners with all sorts of different strategies for making sure their dog gets the right amount of food from sticking religiously to the guide on the label, feeding by eye, feeding a strict percentage of body weight, free feeding and many many more but with almost half of British dogs now overweight, something is clearly going awry.

So, today's quick question: How do you work out how much to feed your dog and how do you know it's the right amount?

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General discussion / Happy new year and a big thank you!
« on: Jan 01, 2015, 14:08 »
A very happy new year to all of our fantastic two and four legged friends out there!

2014 was a great year for British dogs. As customer awareness continues to spread, more and more owners have been moving their dogs from the low grade supermarket brands that have dominated the pet food market for decades on to better, more nutritious diets and their dogs are living longer, healthier lives as a result. I'm very proud of All About Dog Food's part in the ongoing revolution but without you, our amazing members and contributors, the site would have stumbled to a halt a long time ago.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your posts, questions, comments and feedback and a very special thank you to the two incredible members that have worked tirelessly to make this forum the fantsastic resource that it is, Tinyplanets and Dottie!

Wishing you all the very best for 2015,

David

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I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this. Have you talked about your dog's diet with your vet? What were their thoughts? Do you think they know their stuff when it comes to nutrition? And do you think their advice is truly impartial?

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Dog foods / The big question: What do you feed?
« on: Nov 13, 2014, 08:06 »
This is the big one - a What do you feed poll!

Please try to stick to the foods that make up the core of your dog's diet on a day-to-day basis. You can vote for up to 5 foods.

I have entered all of the most viewed foods from the site but if yours isn't here, just comment below and I'll get it added to the list for you.

Can't wait to see the results!

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General discussion / Carnivores or omnivores?
« on: Oct 19, 2014, 16:56 »
A subject that always sparks a good debate :)  Please let us know what brings you to your conclusion.

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Introductions / Welcome to the All About Dog Food Forum!
« on: Sep 13, 2014, 15:33 »
A very warm welcome to the brand new All About Dog Food Forum! Please introduce yourself and your dogs to the community and whenever you have any doggy stories, questions or comments you would like to share, you know where to come!

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