Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food

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A better way to feed kibble, Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food is high animal protein, boosted nutrition featuring bites of freeze-dried raw meat throughout. Created to unlock your dog’s potential to thrive, and put the benefits of raw nutrition into every bowl, it’s made with cage-free chicken as the first ingredient for strong, lean muscles. It also includes a probiotic boost for digestive health, higher levels of omegas* for healthy skin and coat, plus more antioxidants* for immune health—and it all comes from the finest ingredients from around the world.

Key Benefits

  • Boosted nutrition with high-protein kibble + freeze-dried raw.
  • Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient so it’s packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles.
  • Includes a probiotic boost for digestive health, higher levels of omegas* for healthy skin and coat, and more antioxidants* for immune health.
  • Never contains any grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.

*Compared to Instinct Original

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  • Item Number
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Breed Size
    All Breeds, Large Breeds, Medium Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food, Freeze-Dried
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Salmon Meal, Chicken Eggs, Tapioca, Freeze Dried Chicken, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Meal, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil, Blueberries, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

4,279 kcal/kg, 491 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 37.0% min
Crude Fat 20.5% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Zinc 120 mg/kg min
Selenium 0.6 mg/kg min
Vitamin A 18,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin E 120 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 100 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.35% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 3.2% min
Bacillus Coagulants 60,000,000 CFU/lb min

Feeding Instructions

Weight Adult Maintenance Daily Feeding (cup) Adult Weight Loss Daily Feeding (cup)
5 - 15 lbs 1/2 - 1 1/4 - 1/2
16 - 25 lbs 1 - 1 1/4 1/2 - 3/4
26 - 50 lbs 1 1/4 - 2 1/4 3/4 - 1 1/2
51 - 75 lbs 2 1/4 - 3 1/4 1 1/2 - 2
76 - 100 lbs 3 1/4 - 4 2 - 2 1/2

Puppies (Except Large Breed [70+ lbs as an Adult]): Feed up to twice the Adult maintenance amount shown above.

Pregnant and Nursing Females: Feed up to 3 times the Adult maintenance amount shown above.

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight, and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation. Divide the per day by the number of feedings per day. Be sure to always provide clean, fresh water. Along with dry food, we recommend feeding raw or wet food to help increase the amount of water in your pet’s diet.

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 - 7 days, mixing increasing amounts of Instinct with the current food each day.

About Instinct Raw Boost Dog Food

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food


Instinct Raw Boost is a better way to feed-combining grain-free, high-protein kibble plus freeze-dried raw in one bag. Each recipe starts with real meat like cage-free chicken, USA-raised beef, or grass-fed lamb.



These protein-packed recipes offer a natural probiotic boost, higher omegas* and more antioxidants* (*than Instinct Original) for digestive health, skin and coat, and a healthy immune system.

Pure, real nutrition of raw in every bowl

Pure, real nutrition of
raw in every bowl

Minimally processed, all-natural, protein-packed bites of real meat and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.

The Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw Is In Everything Instinct Does

Instinct's Responsibility as The Raw Brand


It all started with Instinct's raw pet food. Since the beginning, they've led with raw because they know the good it can do. They're rewriting the rules of pet food and championing raw nutrition to bring its superior benefits to all that they do.


Delicious and nutritious pet food should only use real ingredients. For Instinct, this means all-natural, real meat, fruits and vegetables, with nothing artificial.


Feeding raw should be simple, and it should easily fit into your everyday routine. Instinct believes raw should be accessible to pet parents so every pet can experience the benefits of raw nutrition.


Instinct believes in the power of raw nutrition. It only makes sense to share it. Together with Best Friends Animal Society, they're furthering the no-kill movement and their shared mission of transforming and saving the lives of pets.


Instinct has never been afraid to challenge the status quo of pet nutrition. They continuously redefine what better means—always pushing their standards of nutrition to raise the bar in pet food.

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece


All pets deserve food that's real, nutrient-rich, grain-free and natural. That's why Instinct provides over one million meals annually to the dogs and cats at Best Friends Animal Society adoption centers nationwide. Because what we feed them can make all the difference. Here "we" refers to the pet parent, not Instinct.

About Instinct

Instinct believes deeply that it's up to them to find a way to make it possible for more people to feed their pets the pure, real nutrition that only comes from raw. They know that if they can get the nutrition of raw into more bowls, they'll transform the lives of more pets. And that's really why they do what they do.

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    I've been feeding Instinct to my medium and large dogs for a couple years now, and it's great. It's consistently rated very highly in terms of the quality of ingredients and nutritional breakdown. One of my dogs is very picky but she loves this food, and both dogs have very shiny coats and maintain a healthy weight easily with this food. Highly recommended!

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  • Great product, great customer service!

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    My 11-year old dachshund is very healthy, energetic and has a beautiful coat and has been on this food for a few years. This product is great, but was getting hard to find locally so I looked online. Glad I found Chewy. The Chewy customer service is fantastic; very helpful and provided immediate responses to my questions. Thanks!!

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  • Love this Raw Boost Instinct kibble

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    I have 4 dogs ranging from ages 6 months to 4 years. Maintaining good coat and muscle with a protein balanced food is always tricky. All 4 of mine are now switched to Instinct Raw boost Grain-Free Recipe, including the puppy variety of this, and all are healthy, happy and looking great.

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    I’ve been feeding my poodle Instinct Raw for 3 years and the last bag purchased with the new bag design hardly had any Raw in it! Had to search for one piece!!! I’ll try this food again, but if the same thing happens, I’m sending it back.

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    Thanks to your social media folks on twitter, I got a great recommendation for Instinct dog food for my finicky little Stinkerbelle! She's actually eating her food! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Stinkerbelle sends kisses!

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  • Poms seem pleased

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    I have just transitioned to this food. My dogs seem to like it alot and I have had no issues in the transition to this food. Even my veteran who had recently refused kibble seems to love this food.

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  • Great product!

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    My dog is very sensitive. We went from prescription diet to instinct. Unlike other foods this one did not give him allergies. Plus he likes it. And his fur is impressively softer and healthier.

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  • The best we have tried

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    We have tried a few different brands for our dog. This seems to be her favorite and the one she does the best on. We give her one cup twice a day and this fills her up. We noticed using other brands that we had to feed her more than that or she would start begging for food during the day. She also poops less and smaller on this. When she is eating this she poops once to twice a day and its small. On other brands she was pooping three to four times a day and it was huge stinky piles. She loves the little rawboost pieces and sometimes well use them as treats. I love that the new bags are now resealable.

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  • Great Food But...

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    I rated this food only 4 stars because it contains GM ingredients. BUT it is a wonderful food! We have been struggling with trying to find a good food (for our blind and deaf rough coat collie) that agrees with his tummy. We have tried several high quality foods and no success, until now. With the first feeding I noticed his stools went from very soft and 5+ times a day to looking like normal dog poops and only twice a day. I was so impressed! I also did a very aggressive switch since his other food was bothering his tummy so bad. I would highly recommend this food.

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  • Excellent value, great nutrition.

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    We'd started with Origen (Chewy no longer carry it) so then switched to Instinct and our Goldendoodle loves it. She seems as healthy as ever!

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