Instinct Be Natural Real Beef & Barley Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food

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  • Made with USA-raised beef as the first ingredient for lean, healthy muscles, plus whole grains like brown rice and barley.
  • Raw on every piece as the kibble is tumbled with minimally-processed, crushed freeze-dried raw beef for real meat and flavorful nutrition.
  • No fillers and zero corn, wheat, soy, chicken or poultry by-product meal, brewer's rice, artificial colors or preservatives.
  • With added vitamins and minerals so it’s a complete and balanced diet in every bowl for dogs of all ages.
  • Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.

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About Instinct Be Natural Kibble for Dogs

Raw Coated Kibble

With Instinct’s raw-coated kibble adding the nutrition and taste of raw to your dog’s daily diet is easy. Choose from a variety of delicious and nutritious recipes with added vitamins and minerals to suit your canine’s needs.

Whole Grain Kibble

Instinct Be Natural Kibble is crafted with whole grains and features real meat as the #1 ingredient. Each piece of kibble is covered with freeze-dried raw coating and every recipe is completely free from fillers.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw on Every Piece


Not only is real meat the #1 ingredient in every recipe, but it’s also responsibly sourced  


Real animal proteins are always the #1 and #2 ingredients in Instinct’s Be Natural Kibble.


These recipes are made without corn, wheat, soy, brewers rice, or artificial colors or preservatives.


Whole grains are included to provide beneficial fiber for digestive health.


Instinct crushes and tumbles their freeze-dried raw with their kibble, ensuring raw is on every piece!


Each recipe is made in the USA with the world’s finest ingredients.

The Benefits of Raw

Instinct believes that eating a diet rich in raw, unprocessed foods is just as good for our pets as it is for us. They make every meal with the understanding that real, less-processed, whole raw foods can have the power to transform lives.

Better Digestion

More Energy & Vitality

Weight Improvement

Improved Skin And Coat

Excitement At Mealtime

About Instinct

Instinct has been crafting and perfecting raw recipes for over 15 years. From 100% raw frozen meals to freeze-dried, raw-coated kibble, Instinct gives you a variety of ways to incorporate raw into your pet’s diet. Their raw recipes are crafted in their own kitchens in Lincoln, Nebraska, to ensure the highest standards in quality and food safety according to SQF standards.
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Questions & Answers

18 Customer Questions

This food does not appear to have Taurine in it, does it?
Answer by ChewyJul 15, 2019
The taurine content of this food is derived from the high meat content and is not added synthetically. Meat naturally contains a lot of taurine through amino acids methionine and cysteine and is the primary source of naturally derived taurine. All Instinct recipes have more than adequate levels of these naturally-occurring amino acids given the amount of animal ingredients they include. Because taurine naturally occurs in their recipes, they do not need to supplement with taurine in their dog diets.

Do these ingredients contain GMOs?
Answer by ChewySep 30, 2019
Instinct sources non-GMO fruits and vegetables for their raw diets.

What percentage of this food comes from animal products?
Answer by ChewyJul 18, 2019
The percentage of animal products in this recipe is 44%.

Does this product come in a resealable bag?
Answer by ChewyJan 15, 2019
All Instinct bags are resealable.

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Rated 4.1786 out of 5 stars
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55 Customer Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Heidi on Sep 26, 2023

overall it's good

3 out of 4 dogs prefer this flavor, but there is always that one lol Too rich (?) for my 8 yr old Frenchie. Switched from the turkey and now he exhibits acid reflux and gagging throughout the day and finally today after breakfast, he puked it up!!! But the other 3 think it's great!!!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Connie on Jun 2, 2023

I think she likes it!

We've made the switch about 2 weeks ago. Grace is 6 and it's made a big difference in her activity. She seems like her old self and back to being goofy, She's a boxer. Hopeful that we continue to see more positive changes.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By frugaldogmom on Jul 3, 2023

Pretty good stuff..

I'm impressed with the ingredients, and she seems to like it.. Bag zipper is a pain. We mix with freeze-dried raw or fresh, and fresh pureed veggies.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Gail on Jun 26, 2023

Instinct Naturals Beef

My dogs have always loved Instinct products until now. Out of the 7 dogs I’ve given this to, only 1 seemed to like it. I’ll go back to the original formulas.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By 1Review on Jun 4, 2023

Instinct Yes

My Shih Tzu baby girl has been eating Instinct Natural for 5yrs plus. She loves all flavors. I feel confident that the ingredients are natural with no fillers or bi products.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MiMi on Jun 14, 2023


My dog has several allergies and Be Natural Beef doesn’t contain them! Great to find it

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By lightweight on Jan 19, 2023

Good enough

My very picky eater seems to enjoy this enough. She doesn't eat it all in the AM but will finish her PM meal so that is a win to us. I really wish the kibble wasn't so tiny. She is 65lb and this seems like kibble for tiny doggos. I might get the same type but dif. flavor and go back and forth to keep her interested. Also a terrible re-close bag- so I don't recommend relying on that.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Neal on May 4, 2023


Had to try a new kibble fir our dog and this has good ingredients.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By lori on Jul 12, 2023

All 6 of my dogs love this food.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By T971 on Jun 11, 2022

Great food option

My 9 month old puppy has been eating the Be Natural Lamb for awhile so I switched him to the beef for a mix-up as he seemed to be getting bored of the Lamb. I love the smaller size of this kibble compared to the lamb. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a fan, but I don’t think it’s the food’s fault, I think he’s just being super picky about kibble in general right now.