We at The Light of Dog spend many a night toiling away in the commercial kitchen on our farm to create the best food for our dogs.
Even our local wildlife venture close in the dark of night to peer into our windows to see what wonderful recipes we are working on – it's common to see the deer and bunnies, with the occasional visit by a coyote and a bobcat.
In the meantime, our own dogs dream during the night of the latest food concoction they will get to taste test.
Most of our waking moments (and some of our sleeping ones) revolve around dogs: training dogs, playing with dogs, feeding dogs, and everything else you can think of. We spend a lot of time discussing, researching, planning, testing, and making dog food and treats. In the past, most of us didn't give much thought to what we fed our dogs. But that is starting to change. People are talking more about and learning more about dog food.
We thought the best way to talk food for dogs is to give dog owners an easy way to think about how to feed their dogs.
We humans have food pyramids, why not something similar for our dogs?
So we developed the Food Stack For Dogs, which is our roadmap for how we feed our dogs. We designed it with the following major considerations in mind:
- Comprehensive. We want to make sure we are our fueling our dogs with the right foods to keep them healthy and in top-shape for all their adventures, so this visual guide helps us do that by considering EVERYTHING we feed our dogs, not just meals.
- Balanced. We use the Food Stack to help us make sure we keep their diet balanced between proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
- Varied. Like humans, our dogs do best on a wide range of foods to maximize nutritional intake and so they do not get bored with eating the same things all the time.
- Easy to do. We're super busy and the last thing we want is to spend lots of time with highly specific meals and ingredients. We want to be able to feed our dogs with foods that we normally use for the humans in our households and in our usual food shopping routines.
How to Utilize The Food Stack For Your Dog
The Food Stack might seem overwhelming, but don’t tackle it all at once.
Pick a section or food group within a section at one time, incorporate it into your dog’s diet and into your food shopping and food prep routine. Make sure you watch how your dog feels and performs with the new food item. If they are good with it, move on to the next one.
If you want to learn more about how to buy high quality commercial foods used in the Food Stack For Dogs, please consult our Guide How To Make Healthy Food Choices For Your Dog
If you want to learn how to make raw dog food, which is surprisingly easy to do, please consult our Raw Dog Food Preparation Video and Guide.
If you want to purchase foods in each section from us that we make, please go to our food page here.
Food Stack Sections
Our dogs' main meals should comprise at least 80% of their diet.
As a result, this is the area where dog owners can do the most for their dogs in terms of giving them a healthy diet.
There are two goals with meals:
- Keep them balanced among their protein, fat and carbohydrate intake. The latest research tells us to follow an ancestral diet, which is roughly 75% lean meats, 15% vegetables, 5% fruits and 5% other foods, like eggs. This approach also gives a dog their required fat intake.
- Try to sel