Black Gold Explorer Beef Meal & Barley Formula Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag

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Give your champion canine a competitive edge with Black Gold’s Explorer Beef Meal & Barley Formula Dry Dog Food. This great-tasting formula is packed with high quality protein designed to deliver all the energy needed for your pooch to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to feed your working class dog or simply searching for something for your household pet—this complete formula delivers the perfect balance of nutrients for any canine. Formulated with all the essential oils needed to maintain strong cognitive function and gut-friendly prebiotics for increased digestibility, your dog will thrive on Black Gold Explorer.

Key Benefits
  • This wholesome formula is made without corn, wheat, soy, by-products, artificial colors or chemical preservatives.
  • Includes DHA sourced from fish oil for improved brain and vision development.
  • Crafted with an essential oil blend of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids for DHA and EPA.
  • This nutrient dense formula contains prebiotics and oatmeal for sensitive stomachs.
  • Packed with antioxidants sourced from real fruits and vegetables for stronger immune systems.

Provide plenty of fresh, clean water in a clean container at all times. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands after handling your dog’s food or feeding utensils.

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  • Weight
    40.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Sensitive Digestion
Nutritional Info

Beef Meal, Brown Rice, Grain Sorghum, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat )Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Flaxseed, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Dried Eggs, Fish Meal, Turkey Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Pea Protein, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Dried Chicory Root, Yeast Culture, Tomato Pomace, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries.

Caloric Content

Metabolizable Energy (ME) = 3454 Kcal/kg or 342 Kcal/cup (calculated)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein24.0% min
Crude Fat14.0% min
Crude Fiber3.5% max
Moisture10.0% max
Linoleic Acid2.0% min
Zinc150 mg/kg min
Vitamin E150 IU/kg min
Omega-62.3.0% min
Omega-30.5% min
Glucosamine350 mg/kg min
Chondroitin SulFate500 mg/kg min
Feeding Instructions

The chart below shows the of Black Gold Explorer Beef Meal & Barley Formula Dog Food that is required daily to maintain condition and to support a normal level of activity in Adult dogs of varying sizes. Amounts are based on a standard measuring cup. A cup will hold about 3 1/2 oz of Black Gold Explore Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula Dog Food.

WeightDaily Guide
5 - 10 lbs2/3 - 1 cup
10 - 15 lbs1 - 1 2/3
15 - 25 lbs1 2/3 - 2 1/3
25 - 40 lbs2 1/3 - 3 1/3
40 - 60 lbs3 1/3 - 4 1/2
60 - 80* lbs4 1/2 - 5 1/2

*For larger dogs, feed an additional 1/2 cup per day for each 10 lbs. of additional body weight over 80 lbs.

Transition Instructions

When transitioning your dog to Black Gold Explorer Dog Food, substitute a small amount of current food with Black Gold Explorer, gradually increase over a 6 day period. Suggested transition as follows:

  • Day 1 - 1/4 Black Gold Explorer, 3/4 current food
  • Day 2 - 1/2 Black Gold Explorer, 1/2 current food
  • Day 3 - 3/4 Black Gold Explorer, 1/4 current food
  • Day 4 - 100% Black Gold Explorer

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Allergies and Gus

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    So I bought this after having read the ingredients for doggie allergens, specifically my dog's allergies. It worked well for about two weeks, now he's exhibiting the same allergies as he has done to all other dog foods we've tried. So back to the drawing board.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product!!

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    Our two dogs love this product, they ate it right away. We like that there isn't corn in this product

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Dogs like it!

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    I wanted to try something new for my two large dogs. They like it, but it does give them soft stools, so I add a little rice. I would recommend this food to your dogs, maybe mine are just used to chicken, so I will try their chicken brand next month.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Love the other flavors

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    I have 2 dogs. A German Shepherd and a Lab Retriever. I have been using the Black Gold Beef Formula and my dogs LOVE IT! I tried the Beef Meal and Barley and for some reason neither of the dogs will touch it! I tried to give them a little variety but I guess it is back to the old tried and true that they love

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but expensive

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    Black gold explorer is what I feed all my dogs. It is great for dogs that have sensitive stomachs. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that chewy has it overpriced. I buy from my local animal supply store where they charge around $32 for exactly the same thing. I know it costs extra for shipping, but I doubt they're paying over $20.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Food weight of bag

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    Good ingredients 40 pound bag nice to have. Smells good.

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