The Honest Kitchen Brave Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food

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The Honest Kitchen Brave Dehydrated Dog Food is a minimalist dog food designed for dogs with touchy tummies and certain food sensitivities. Each box contains only six, grain-free, nutritious ingredients — including Marine Stewardship Council-certified pollock — and a healthy dose of soluble fiber, good fat and irresistible flavor. Brave is higher in protein and moderate in calories. It’s great for dogs with food allergies or those who just require simplified diets.

Key Benefits

  • Grain-free limited ingredient dog food that contains only six, carefully chosen ingredients and is made with wild-caught Marine Stewardship Council Certified Pollock as the main protein source
  • Perfect for canines who need a limited ingredient diet, can't tolerate grain, poultry or white potatoes or just simply love the taste of fish.
  • Made with minimally processed, dehydrated, whole-food ingredients in the USA, with no ingredients from China
  • No by-products, preservatives or GMO ingredients
  • Easy to prepare, just add warm water, mix and serve with love in just 3 minutes!


This product is made with human grade food ingredients. It contains no animal feed grade ingredients and is made in an FDA inspected facility but it is intended for your dog to eat, not you! Although all ingredients in this product are gluten-free, production does take place in a facility that processes grains.

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  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All Breeds
  • Food Form
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Sensitive Digestion, Limited Ingredient Diet, Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, GMO-Free, Human-Grade

Nutritional Info


MSC Certified Pollock, Organic Coconut, Chickpeas, Celery, Pumpkin, Spinach, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate.

Caloric Content

4,120 kcal/kg, 468 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 34.0% min
Crude Fat 14.0% min
Crude Fiber 8.0% max
Moisture 6.5% max

Feeding Instructions

Mix food with warm water. Stir well and hydrate for 3 minutes, then serve. Marvel can be served alone as a complete and balanced meal, as a healthy whole food topper for kibble, or in place of raw food when traveling.

Transition Instructions

For dogs making the change from a processed diet of kibble or canned food, our food should be introduced gradually, over a period of 4 to 7 days depending on your dog’s sensitivity. If your dog is already consuming a varied, raw or home cooked diet, our foods can usually be introduced more quickly, over one or 2 meals. Start by adding just a small amount of the Honest Kitchen (with water added) into your dog’s current meals. Gradually increase the amount of the Honest Kitchen while decreasing the amount of your dog’s original diet. This will allow the natural ‘friendly’ gut flora in the intestines to get accustomed to the new diet and become more efficient at digesting the new food. How much you start with will depend on the size of your pup and how sensitive they are to change. For some, ¼ of the Honest Kitchen and ¾ of the original diet may work well. For more sensitive dogs, start with a smaller amount. For more robust tummies, you may try ½ and ½. Feel free to adjust the amount and schedule to suit your pup’s individual needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is your food raw?

Our recipes are made from dehydrated whole food ingredients, but they're not quite the same as raw. Dehydration is a slow, gentle method of preserving food. It helps to keep many of the natural nutrients in the raw ingredients in tact. On the other hand, cooking denatures many of these nutrients including delicate enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids (making for a less nutritious finished product).

What exactly does 'Human Grade' mean?

Human Grade means ‘food grade’ or fit for human consumption. For us, it’s a line in the sand about the quality and integrity of the finished products we send out the door. We blend our healthy pet food in a human food facility that makes things like breakfast cereal and bakery mixes. So, we abide by the same strict standards for safety, cleanliness, record-keeping and overall quality as the place that whips up your favorite cookie dough.

How will my dog’s teeth get clean with a soft food?

Contrary to popular belief, kibble doesn't actually clean the teeth. For the most part, dogs (and some cats) actually swallow their kibble whole and don't chew their food at all. You'll know this if you've ever had the misfortune of seeing your pet regurgitate his kibble, when those pellets come back up the same way they went in! This means the pellets don't have a chance to come into much contact with the teeth, and even if they were to be crunched, they aren't really hard enough to have an abrasive action that's effective enough to scrape tartar from the teeth. If kibble is chewed (which may happen in some smaller dogs and cats) the sugars and refined carbohydrates are actually more likely to get impacted into the gum line, which is detrimental for the long term health of the teeth and mouth.

I can see bits of food in my dog’s stool, are they not absorbing the nutrients?

When dogs eat a high moisture, whole food diet such as ours, the stool will not look the same as it did when consuming a dry kibble or raw food. The stool will reflect the colorful ingredients going in. It's not abnormal to see pieces of carrots, spinach, etc. present in the stool. The nutrients, phyto-nutrients and antioxidants from the foods are still being absorbed. Since the food is high in moisture and fiber it's also common for the stool to be more voluminous. Our office dogs go 3 - 4 times a day.

Once I’ve added water, can I refrigerate the food? For how long?

Once the dehydrated food has been rehydrated with warm water, you may cover and refrigerate any uneaten portions for 2-3 days. Frozen leftovers will keep for even longer. We suggest adding a little bit of warm water to the mix and stirring before serving.

Do I have to add extras, like meat or other foods?

No, adding other ingredients to our diets is not necessary (except for our base mixes which require protein to be added). Our foods are formulated to meet the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles and can be fed alone. However, many of our customers love to mix up their companion’s meals with home-made extras. We encourage this because we think pet’s deserve variety in their diets just like we humans do. Our foods have balanced calcium: phosphorus ratios to allow you to add in extras in moderate amounts without throwing these important minerals outside their optimum ratios.

If I want to add extras, what do you recommend?

Popular add-ins are meat, raw meaty bones, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, veggies and fruits. We recommend 1/2 to 1 cup of extra ingredients for each dry-measured cup of the food. A more active dog would have these quantities added to the regular food serving. For a less active or senior pet, you can cut back the amount of Honest Kitchen food to allow for the additional ingredients being included, and prevent the calories from increasing too much.

How do I store your food and what is the shelf life?

Our dehydrated foods are naturally shelf stable and should be stored in a cool, dry place - out of sunlight. We don’t recommend refrigerating our food when it’s dry, because this can introduce moisture. If you want to freeze the food, you should hydrate it first (some of our customers like to freeze in individual pre-made portions). If you do choose to place the dry food in the freezer, we recommend keeping the box in the freezer for the remainder of its use. Our Complete Diets have a shelf life of twelve months from the manufacturing date, depending on the ambient temperature and humidity where you live. The date of manufacture is printed on the top of every box in a specially designed ‘tear out and keep’ card.

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Human grade means that it's good enough for humans to eat, but formulated just for pets. The Honest Kitchen follows the same quality standards for their pet food as the foods you would find at the grocery store. They source the highest quality ingredients directly from the human food chain and produce their recipes in the USA in an FDA-inspected human food facility.

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Just Add Water for a Meal in Minutes

Every 10-pound box of The Honest Kitchen dog food contains concentrated nutrition that rehydrates to 40 pounds of fresh food. It might be a small box, but it's full of nutrients from over 15 pounds of fish or poultry plus whole foods like pumpkin, sweet potatoes and leafy greens. Simply add warm water, stir and wait just three minutes to serve a great-tasting, nutritious meal for your pup.


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About The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen uses the highest possible quality standards to create human-grade, FDA-approved food for dogs and cats. Their pet foods are made with fresh, whole food ingredients that are gently dehydrated to remove moisture, leaving the natural nutrients and flavor. The Honest Kitchen is a company of pet lovers committed to helping pets get on the path to good health with natural, wholesome food.

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  • tasty and healthy

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    My very picky, sensitive four-year-old Havanese was refusing to eat anything but home-cooked meals. It took a while to transition her to this food--she didn't love it at first--but once I started sprinkling a little cheese on top she went for it. Now she gobbles it up. Her stool is great. She is full of energy. Her coat is shiny, eyes are bright. What a pleasure to hear her licking up every last bit.

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  • Dehyrated Dog Food

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    I switched to this food because of my English Bulldogs food allergies and the fact that wanted better for her. I am so happy with the Honest Kitchen! Her skin and coat look amazing and she loves it! The smell isn't the best but I am not a fish eater! The 10lb box lasts me about 4 weeks. Definitely love this product and I already recommend it to all my friends.

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  • Best food ever

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    We switched our mini Poodle to the Kindly base mix due to food allergies and stomach issues and she loves it. She goes to pantry/refrigerator and asks for her food. It cleared up her constipation. Her coat looks better and she has more energy. She is friendlier and wants to be petted more. Now going back and ordering new kinds of Honest Kitchen. We are very pleased.

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  • Real Food!!

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    Highly recommend. The Honest Kitchen makes dehydrated food that is vastly more nutritious than traditional wet or dry food. For those of us that want to feed raw but can't, dehydrated food is a great option. I can't afford to feed only this food to my two large dogs, so I mix with kibble. My dogs go crazy over this food. They literally lick the bowls clean.

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  • Great food

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    Due to limited ingredients, it was a smooth transition from old to new. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars due to packaging. I would prefer to have food divided into multiple packages so a smaller amount, like 1/4, of the food is open to air and oxidation at a time.

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  • Doesn't smell like others have said...

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    I don't eat fish so I was very worried about the fish smell. Some have posted that 'Brave' has a strong fish smell. That has not been my experience. I would liken the smell to opening a can of tuna. And both of my Shih Tzu's love it! They also eat 'Preference' with tilipia added as the protein and they love that even more. I bought this as a back up for when I don't have fish on hand. One of my Tzu's is very itchy and my vet recommended fish & it has really helped reduce her itchiness. Thanks Honest Kitcken! The only 'problem' is my white Shih Tzu Raffi ends up with a green beard after eating.

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  • Dogs seem to love it

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    My 2 yellow labs seem to love this product. One of my dogs has food allergies and this seems to help. She whines when it is time to be fed and goes to the fridge. I mix up a batch and keep in fridge to mix in their dry food. They aren't very patient waiting for me to dish it up so I think that means they like it. I was a bit surprised that it is so powdery and tiny little pieces of dehydrated food. I guess I was expecting the tiny little pieces to be bigger like the picture on the box. Unfortunately I can't afford to feed this as their only dog food. With 2 bigger dogs it just way to expensive. If I had one small dog I would feed just this product.

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  • My dog loves it!

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    My female lab devours all of the Honest Kitchen grain free dehydrated dog foods. I've noticed her coat is healthy and shinier than before. I feel confident that I'm providing her with wholesome, healthy food. The only reason I didn't give this particular product 5 stars is because it's really smelly. Their other products smell better.

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  • The best dog food

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    Honest kitchen is the best dog food my dogs go crazy for this stuff they do backflips for this their coats are shiny and their very energetic

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  • Satisfied!

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    I usually buy Ziwi Peak and love it. I bought this to add variety to their diet. I add a little less water otherwise I think it's too soupy. It's a nice alternative.

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