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The Honest Kitchen's Force is a delicious grain-free offering for adult dogs with dog food allergy concerns or adult dogs who are intolerant of grains. Force is formulated with moderate protein, higher fat and total calories, with a moderate level of carbohydrates. Great for sensitive dogs or those with moderate activity levels.

  • 4 lb. Box contains approximately 16 cups of food
  • 10 lb. Box contains approximately 40-43 cups of food

Honest Kitchen uses eco-friendly packaging! A fine, recyclable 'minimalist' and unprinted barrier bag that efficiently protects the food inside helps reduce materials usage and waste. The bag is enclosed in a 100% recycled box made from unbleached kraft paperboard. The box is printed with soy-based inks and the finished product is 100% biodegradable or recyclable again after use, too.

The Honest Kitchen makes wholesome, natural food for dogs using gentle dehydration, a unique new approach to canine nutrition. These foods help you create delicious and nutritious meals made with real, recognizable, and human-grade ingredients that are ready to prepare and serve at home. Simply add warm water to rehydrate, and you have a complete meal with USDA meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, organic flaxseed, herbs, vitamins and minerals.

The Honest Kitchen's dehydrated food offers many of the benefits of a biologically appropriate raw pet food diet, combined with the convenience and peace of mind of a nutritionally balanced, ready-blended product. Dehydration simply removes the moisture, which prevents decomposition. As an ancient form of preserving food, virtually all of the nutrients are left intact. This is a much "fresher", and therefore healthier, approach than the extrusion process that dry kibble undergoes. See below for a description of each formula.

All of Honest Kitchen's dog food and dehydrated raw dog food products are formulated to meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles for dogs and you don't have to add anything to make them 'complete'. However, the original idea behind these diets was as a base for a raw or other fresh homemade diet and to facilitate that, they are somewhat 'lite' in terms of fat and protein, so that your own choice of raw, or cooked, meat can be added, if desired.

It is entirely a matter of personal choice (and your dog's taste!) whether you add in extra meat and other ingredients, or not. Most people with younger and more active dogs like to mix in the additional meat, and those with senior or overweight animals usually prefer to feed the organic dog food alone. The Honest Kitchen supplies pet owners with the best in fresh dehydrated raw dog food and other organic dog food products.

About Dehydration

Dehydration or drying, is one of the oldest and gentlest methods of food preservation. Food dehydration works by removing only the water content from the ingredients. All other nutrients remain, and become highly concentrated. Dried foods are extremely nutritious, easy to prepare and store, and light weight to ship.

Because dehydration takes place at moderate temperatures, the ingredients are still considered raw. The only exceptions are the meat and egg ingredients, which are dehydrated at high enough temperatures to kill any bacteria present and are therefore essentially considered 'cooked'. This is because they must be human-edible grade, to enter our manufacturing facility.

The removal of moisture prevents enzymatic activity, which can lead to browning and decomposition of foods, and also prevents the growth of bacteria, yeast and molds. Dehydration does not actually destroy or kill the food enzymes, as occurs in baking and freezing or high pressure processing such as extrusion. Enzyme activity in dehydrated foods is simply suspended, until the food is rehydrated.

A remarkable example of the way dehydration preserves without destroying, is in Africa, where scientists have discovered live fish being hatched from fish eggs, that have been dehydrated in the sun, during droughts that sometimes last for years. When the rains fall, the lakes and rivers refill with water to rehydrate the eggs - and live fish emerge. The eggs are actually preserved and remain viable throughout the natural dehydration that takes place.

Review Rating: 4.5

Country of Origin: USA

Manufacturer: Honest Kitchen

Ingredients - 100% Human Food Grade USDA Chicken, Organic Flaxseed, Potatoes, Celery, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Alfalfa, Kelp, Honey, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cabbage, Bananas, Papayas, Yogurt, Basil, Garlic, Rosemary and Vitamins and Minerals: Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid Chelate

Force Nutrient Profile
Dry Matter
Basis
As Served
(Hydrated)
PROTEIN 23.54% 10.97%
ARGININE 1.47% 0.69%
HISTIDINE 0.56% 0.26%
ISOLEUCINE 0.86% 0.40%
LEUCINE 2.15% 1.00%
LYSINE 1.28% 0.60%
METHIONINE-CYSTINE 0.83% 0.39%
PHENYLALANINE-TYROSINE 1.51% 0.71%
THREONINE 1.12% 0.52%
TRYPTOPHAN 0.23% 0.11%
VALINE 0.93% 0.44%
FAT 15.67% 7.31%
LINOLEIC ACID (Omega 6) 3.67% 1.70%
GAMMA-LINOLENIC (GLA) 0.03% 0.02%
ARACHIDONIC (AA) 0.01% 0.01%
LINOLENIC ACID (Omega 3) 2.88% 1.33%
Alpha-Linolenic (ALA) 2.79% 1.29%
DOCOSAHExAENOIC (DHA) 0.02% 0.01%
EICOSAPENTAENOIC (EPA) 0.05% 0.03%
CALCIUM 1.92% 0.90%
PHOSPHORUS 1.20% 0.56%
CA:P RATIO 1.59:1 1.59:1
POTASSIUM 3.04% 1.42%
SODIUM 0.41% 0.19%
CHLORIDE 0.10% 0.05%
MAGNESIUM 0.12% 0.06%
IRON 142.25 mg/kg 66.31 mg/kg
COPPER 8.21 mg/kg 3.83 mg/kg
MANGANESE 89.21 mg/kg 41.58 mg/kg
ZINC 130.82 mg/kg 60.98 mg/kg
IODINE 1.61 mg/kg 0.75 mg/kg
SELENIUM 0.19 mg/kg 0.09 mg/kg
VIT A 77805.19 IU/kg 36265.00 IU/kg
VIT C 685.84 mg/kg 319.67 mg/kg
VIT D 615.03IU/kg 286.67 IU/kg
VIT E 64.36IU/kg 30 IU/kg
THIAMINE 2.72 mg/kg 1.27 mg/kg
RIBOFLAVIN 4.37 mg/kg 2.04 mg/kg
PANTOTHENIC ACID 17.12 mg/kg 7.98 mg/kg
NIACIN 82.24 mg/kg 38.33 mg/kg
PYRIDOXINE 9.34 mg/kg 4.36 mg/kg
FOLIC ACID 31.59 mg/kg 14.73 mg/kg
B 12 0.06 mg/kg 0.03 mg/kg
CHOLINE 1687 mg/kg 786.31 mg/kg
BIOTIN 0.02 mg/kg 0.01 mg/kg
FIBER 5.90% 2.75%
CALORIES 4215.83 Kcal/kg 1965 Kcal/kg
CALORIES 479.07 Cup 223.30 Cup
CARBOHYDRATES 56.64% 26.40%
MOISTURE 0.00% 75.00%

Preparation

  • Each cup of Force should be rehydrated with 1.25 to 1.5 cups of pure, warm, filtered or tap water, or boiled water that has been allowed to cool.
  • Add the water to the food and stir well.
  • The product will initially resemble soup.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes for the ingredients to rehydrate sufficiently.
  • Add your own ingredients if you wish.

Feeding Guidelines

The following suggested dry-measured amounts should be adjusted to suit your own dog's unique nutritional requirements, which will vary according to age, breed, level of activity and what other ingredients are added. Force may be fed ad-libitum during growth, gestation or lactation.

Dog's Weight Amount Per Day (Dry)
Less Active Very Active
Up to 10 lbs 1/2 cup 1 cup
Up to 30 lbs 1 cup 2 cups
Up to 50 lbs 2 cups 4 cups
Up to 70 lbs 2 1/4 cups 4 1/2 cups
Up to 90 lbs 2 3/4 cups 5 1/2 cups

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Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food
 
4.7

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Dog likes it (51)
  • Nutritional (45)
  • Easy to digest (44)
  • Tasty (37)
  • Improves coat (27)

Cons

  • Messy (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Special needs (28)
  • Active dogs (26)
  • Older dogs (26)
  • Smaller dogs (21)
  • Larger dogs (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Long-time pet owner (39), Single dog owner (5), Multiple dog owner (3)

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1.0

Doesn't work for our dog

By Peg, another dog lover

from Winchester, TN

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

    Cons

    • Dog Doesn't Like It
    • Expensive
    • Messy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

      I mixed this, per the instructions. My dog won't come near it; and he's not a picky eater. This dogfood looks like a big bag of powdered green, dehydrated vegetables. There are so few chunks of anything, that it simply turns out to be a bowl of green mush. This is a lot of money to waste! Honestly, I don't know what to do with the bag. Perhaps add it to my garden compost?

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      5.0

      GREAT HONEST DOG FOOD

      By Dog lover

      from Beaverton Oregon

      About Me Long-time Pet Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dog Likes It
      • Easy To Digest
      • Nutritional

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Active Dogs
      • Larger Dogs
      • Older Dogs
      • Puppies
      • Smaller Dogs
      • Special Needs

      Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

      This is a great, wholesome dog food that does not contain anything that my dog should not be eating. Everyting is wholesome, organic and true to what a canine should be eating...including in what portions they should be eating: protein, fat, fiber.

      Yes its a little more expensive that kibble..but you pay for what you get.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good replacement for homemade food.

      By Greytmom75

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Long-time Pet Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dog Likes It
      • Easy To Digest
      • Nutritional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Larger Dogs
        • Older Dogs
        • Special Needs

        Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

        We feed this mix to our 11-year-old greyhound. For many years we made his food ourselves...raw fruits, veggies and meats in the food processor. Eventually we got tired of our freezer being packed with dog food, so we transitioned to Honest Kitchen Force. It's been great and our dog has had no difficulties adjusting.

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        5.0

        It is like a garnish to dry food

        By Louie's Owner

        from Glendale, AZ

        About Me Long-time Pet Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dog Likes It
        • Easy To Digest
        • Good Value
        • Improves Coat
        • Nutritional
        • Tasty

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Older Dogs
          • Smaller Dogs

          Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

          This is a meal time treat for dogs. Was really glad when a friend recommended this product to us. She rescues dogs and has to deal with many picky eaters.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best food out there

          By Renee the rescue mom

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Long-time Pet Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dog Likes It

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Older Dogs
            • Smaller Dogs
            • Special Needs

            Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

            I always fed premium foods but since trying this my dogs seem to do so much better. I have 5 special needs little dogs (I'm a rescue mom) and I feed them half Orijen dry food (the senior formula works best because it isn't so rich as the others) and then I feed them half Force with every meal. Everyone is doing wonderful and I haven't had any digestion problems at all since I put them on this food. It has helped all of them. I did try the other flavors of Honest Kitchen but this one is the best tolerated by all and they seem to like it more.

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            4.0

            A meal for a picky dog

            By watevrr

            from Gallup, NM

            About Me Long-time Pet Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Dog Likes It
            • Easy To Digest

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Older Dogs
              • Smaller Dogs

              Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

              My two dogs are up in age and have lost quite a few teeth this food is easy to chew and digest. One of my dogs have had a gall stone and was on a special food that caused him to gain weigh I switched him to this food and he lost weight and feels fuller this is a healthy food so he has not had any more problems with his gallbladder.

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              5.0

              My pets favorite meal

              By 32

              from Gallup, NM

              About Me Long-time Pet Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Older Dogs

                  Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

                  My dogs are older and don't have a lot of teeth so they are able to eat this and digest it without any problems.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good food with problems

                  By 2dog mom

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Dog Likes It
                  • Good Value
                  • Improves Coat
                  • Nutritional
                  • Tasty

                  Cons

                  • Causes loose stool
                  • Messy

                  Best Uses

                  • Active Dogs
                  • Only as supplement
                  • Smaller Dogs

                  Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

                  My dogs like this food and it makes their coat shine. However, perhaps it is due to the flax seed, I don't know, but if I give more than 1/8 of a cup to my small dogs mixed in with meat... or if I give it to them too often, they develop very loose stool and go all over the apartment. I can only use it as a minimal, occasional supplement.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My dogs love the dehydrated food

                  By Doxie Moxie

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Dog Likes It
                  • Easy To Digest
                  • Good Value
                  • Nutritional
                  • Tasty

                  Cons

                  • None that I see

                  Best Uses

                  • Older Dogs
                  • Puppies
                  • Smaller Dogs
                  • Special Needs

                  Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

                  I feed my 2 mini dachshunds twice a day and they have loved the food from the first time they got it. They wait eagerly at the kitchen entrance until I finish mixing the food with the water and they dig in once it is served. I switched over from a dry kibble food because I wanted something that was healthier but also just as convenient as the dry kibble. The dehydrated food fits on both counts. I have only been using the food for less than a month so I have not seen any dramatic changes in their health but I know that I am feeding them a food that meets all of their dietary needs and does not add unnecessary ingredients or chemicals.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Dogs love this food.

                  By KD

                  from Wappingers Falls, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Dog Likes It
                  • Easy To Digest
                  • Good Value
                  • Nutritional

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Honest Kitchen Force Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food:

                      I love this dehydrated dog food. It is much easier to use than raw dog food and much more nutritious.

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