Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let the Challenge Begin..

We were invited by DogTime Media to enter the 28-Day Eukanuba Challenge.   This means all three dogs (Remi, Noelle and my foster dog Ziggy) get to eat Eukanuba food for 28 days, and I get to tell you about the experience.  So I decided that the most fun thing to do would be to have a taste test.

I ordered the Eukanuba Adult Large Breed formula for Remi and Noelle, and compared that to Remi and Noelle's current food (let's call that Brand A) and Ziggy's current food (let's call that Brand B).   Remi and Noelle eat a relatively inexpensive brand which has more fillers and probably a higher fat content, which also means although it is not as healthy, it is usually more appetizing to dogs.  As a result, I expected Brand A to be the most popular, and was more interested in whether Brand B (a higher quality food due to Ziggy's allergies) or the Eukanuba would be next most popular.  So let the testing begin.

I like to be scientific, and since I didn't have three matching bowls, and I was late for a fundraising meeting, I decided I would just put a handful of kibble in three separate groups on the floor.  I needed to mop the entryway anyway. So this is how the taste test began:

Remi started out at Brand B, the closest pile of kibble.  He sniffed it, then moved on to the Eukanuba.  He stopped there and started eating the Eukanuba brand kibble as quickly as possible.

At this point, I wanted to be fair to Brand A, so I led him away from the Eukanuba and over to Brand A.  He then started gulping down Brand A as quickly as possible.  No surprise there - Remi loves to eat.

But then, with absolutely no coaching from me (this is a scientific study, remember?), Remi left Brand A before finishing it and headed back to the Eukanuba.

It wasn't until all the Eukanuba food was gone that he headed back to Brand A.

And as for Brand B?  Well, it didn't fare so well in Remi's taste test.  Even when all the other food was gone, he only ate about half of Brand B before leaving the scene.

So at least according to Remi, Eukanuba is a pretty good tasting food!  Come back tomorrow when we'll perform the same taste test with Noelle, the only finicky eater in the house.


Kari in WeHo said...

We got invited to do this as well but opted out since we aren't fans of Eukanuba. Can't wait to here how your pups do :)


Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Oh boy you all just have so much fun...are you sure you don't need a 30 pound cockapoo? You have large piles of food on the floor and ziggy as a playmate. What more could a boy ask for?

Wags and Licks,
Uncle Puppy

brooke said...

Love seeing more of Remi! :)
Great taste test! Surprising results! Can't wait to see how the other dogs do.

Two Pitties in the City said...

I'm surprised he left food behind. But I guess it must have been filling enough for him.

Cupcake said...

Remi is so great! Very interesting study going on. I can't wait to see what Noelle will do.

JackDaddy said...

Jack would have eaten the food AND the floor.

Texas The Doxie said...

LOL this wouldn't work at my house all the food would have ben completely gone before I'd seen which one they went after first :)


Anonymous said...

Oh, I just luv super scientific tests like this. And that one was Most Exciting! I can't wait to see which one the other doggies like.

Wiggles & Wags,

Kristine said...

This is so cool! My dog eats everything we put in front of her as fast as possible, but I wonder if she actually would have a preference. Somehow I just see her eating the first pile she could get to.

I look forward to your next post!