Rated 4 out of 5 by LuckyDog Comparison with Hi-Tek and Dr. Tim's - this is the runner-up!
Clearly, some people obsess even more about dog food than I do. In the end, all I want is a high quality food for a fair price that meets certain criteria:
1.) My dog must like the food.
2.) My dog must respond positively to the food.
3.) The food does not stink up the house.
4.) The food does not produce stinky breath or body odor.
In my quest for the perfect food, I have tried just about every single quality food available at the large retail stores. To guide me, I have relied on a certain dog food review and rating site - even though I have no way to verify that their ratings are unbiased.
Thus, I have been through anything from Canidae to Blue Buffalo. In fact, Blue Buffalo actually led me to the expansion of my quest because it emitted a very potent odor that permeated my house while also making my dog's breath smell strong enough to cause blisters on people's skin!
Having exhausted the regularly available brands, I felt I had no choice but to try a few rather obscure ones. Again, I relied on the rating site to find high quality foods. Chewy had some of them available and thus, I looked at each one, picked the price for the largest bag available, divided the price of that bag by the quantify contained within, and arrived at a price per pound for each food. The three most reasonably priced foods were:
1.) Blackwood 1000
2.) Hi-Tek Naturals Grain-Free Lamb
3.) Dr. Tim's Kinesis All Life Stages
I ordered all three.
Once they arrived, I made them available to my dog in equal portions on identical plates, while also providing some of the other dog food I still had available in the same way. I arranged them in a row and released the hound!
He, then, sniffed at every plate and went to Hi-Tek without hesitation. When he got close to finishing the Hi-Tek plate, he switched over to Blackwood, which he finished completely. He, then, went back to Hi-Tek and finished it as well. He did not touch Dr. Tim's or any of the other foods I provided.
I repeated the experiment the next day: He immediately went to the Hi-Tek, followed by Blackwood.
Third day: Hi-Tek, followed by Blackwood.
In other words, his preference seems clear. I have been feeding Hi-Tek since then and my dog is happy.
While Hi-Tek does emit the odor typical for dog food, I don't find it strong enough to make my house smell like a pet store. My dog digests it well, his coat is shiny, and his breath can no longer be used by the military to invade foreign nations.
In other words, I am happy as well!
Now, Blackwood is the clear runner-up and I would not hesitate to purchase it, either. Obviously, I do not have prolonged experience with it, but I didn't think that it smelled bad, either. In the absence of Hi-Tek, Blackwood would be my next choice.
Dr. Tim's was simply rejected by my dog and I have given the remainder of the food to a friend whose dog seems to like it.
Obviously, dog's vary not only in their preferences but also in their response to the foods we provide. I cannot tell you which one would work best for you and your companion, but perhaps my experiences can help guide you toward a perfect match. Too many people simply accept that a dog's breath stinks, that their stool is loose, that their fur is dull, or that the dog simply smells like dog. I have owned dogs for many decades and know that all of these issues can, potentially, be addressed by switching to a different food.
In the past, I have had very positive experiences with Nature's Recipe (this is long ago when Nature's Recipe was considered one of the best foods available) but it simply did not work for my current dog.
So, go ahead and experiment a bit. Sure, your dog might initially have some digestive issues from the many switches (alas, some dogs seem to have absolutely no problem with switching foods), but finding the right food seems like a worthwhile endeavor with long-term benefits.
November 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by GinCin4 Our Goldens Raised & Maintained on Blackwood Products
It was good to find an organization that could send me this product at a reasonable price and within 2 weeks.
Since our two female Golden Retrievers have been raised on Blackwood Dogfood Products, we were glad to be able to continue purchasing them when local merchants could not deliver same. These girls are over eleven years old and in good health and consum this brand of dog food quickly.
December 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shepardandpitbulls Excellent Product
I used blackwood when I first got my dogs and have found its definitely the best. I have tried all different types of food and have found that this keeps the dogs fuller, they keep on their weight, and don't have as many digestive issues. Before they have lost weight and got really sick even after tapering from food to food and really giving it the month to work. Miserable. Blackwood is my brand! Best food yet!
July 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Twila love this food
my dog Whoopie who is a Puli has eaten this food for 10 yrs. Never tried anything else! Very picky eater!! With a Puli being corded the food is very important ! I think you understand where I am coming from. Her coat and skin is perfect! Love this food!!
Twila and Whoopie
April 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by rsparro Good Food
I have fed this food to my two labs for years now...while Labs are not known for being picky eaters, they do like this food.
January 14, 2013