Meet Walk About Dog Food
Walk About has an interesting concept. The Australian company embraces the idea that the best way to feed your dog is to blend kibble and wet foods to encourage eating while maintaining the dental benefits of the kibble. The result? Walk About pet foods.
This could be a unique idea, but is it worth it? If your dog is very picky, it very well might. Let’s break down what they’ve got to offer to see if this could finally be something your picky dog will eat without the stress.
Brand Quick Look
- Parent Company: Walk About Pet Foods
- Founded in: 2017
- Made in: Australia
- Available at: Chewy, Amazon,
- Types of Food: Dry, wet
- Real Meat in First 5 Ingredients? : Yes (canned foods)
- Recalled in Past? : No
Behind the Brand
Walk About’s unique blend starts with the concept that pet owners are already feeding their dogs a mixture of kibble and wet foods anyway. They use a kibble base to form the beginnings of their food line. It’s grain free and vegan and intended to mix with a topper.
Their food cans are based around a single protein source. These include exotic options such as kangaroo and wild boar. When you mix the kibble and the can together, you get a complete meal that your dog will love.
Rotational diets center around the idea that to get a full range of nutrients, you need to change up the food you’re giving your dog. With the kibble base, this gives your rotation some consistency for dogs with sensitive tummies and just rotates the protein source. It could be a good option for dogs that grow bored with food over time and want something more interesting.
The company recommends buying a range of canned foods and changing out the flavor while keeping the kibble. The kibble isn’t intended to eat alone, but it could also form the base of homemade mixes.
What types of dog food does Walk About offer?
The dry kibble is a vegan and grain-free formula that uses things like sweet potatoes and whole fruits and veggies for a healthy base full of vitamins and minerals. The canned foods are designed to complement the kibble perfectly and contain excellent fiber and moisture to ease digestion.
If your pup is sensitive, either to taste or ingredients, there are a few exotic options that could help. The foods are designed for a rotational diet, so your dog never gets bored, and you’re offering a range of nutrients that fulfill a lifestyle diet.
The formulas are suitable for all life stages but talk to your vet and get the okay before feeding it to a puppy, especially a large breed one. It may not be entirely suitable for the large breed puppy’s calorie needs.
- Canine Exotics Vegan Recipe
- Wild Boar
Walk About Recall History
Walk About is a very new company and hasn’t had any recalls yet. We are pleased to see this, but note that they’ve been in business less than five years, so that isn’t time to get a feel for their actual manufacturing practices or the quality of their production.
Best Walk About Dog Foods
We’ll assume that you already have the kibble on hand. Let’s look at the meat portions you have to choose from.
Kangaroo is truly exotic meat and unlikely to trigger any sorts of allergies with your sensitive dog. It’s highly nutritious, full of dense proteins and fats essential for your dog’s all-day energy. It also contains a few veggies for critical vitamins and minerals. The ingredients are sourced from responsible providers, and it has good sources of fiber to help ease digestion. This one is good for ultrasensitive dogs or working dogs that have trouble keeping on weight.
Rabbit is another meat that can be easy to digest. It’s good for picky dogs because rabbit is a pleasing taste to all but the pickiest. It contains dense proteins with good fats for energy throughout the day and the basic building blocks for muscle. Veggies provide minerals and vitamins to round out the balanced meal. It’s best if your dog is super picky and needs something to get started eating regularly again.
The duck recipe is a densely nutritious, fatty option for working dogs or dogs with common skin issues. The healthy fats can help condition skin and coat and reduce overall itchiness while the duck proteins help maintain weight. This option is also good for super picky dogs because duck meat tends to have a pleasing mouthfeel. It’s also a great alternative to beef (which can be its own allergy trigger).
The formulas are still relatively new, but customers appreciate that the company considers how they feed their dogs anyway. Putting kibble at the base is a great way to maintain your dog’s dental health and provide a feeling of fullness that canned foods lack at times. It’s also a great way to prevent loose stools, another common wet food issue. Most customers would purchase the foods again, and it has good ratings at many online providers (although the overall number of ratings is minimal). We think this food could be even better as the company gets older and more well known.
What Customers Like and Dislike about Walk About?
Customers like that they can rotate the foods without much GI upset. The recipes are designed to work together, so rotational feeding is a lot easier. Dogs that have trouble with only wet food can use the kibble to soothe digestion, but many dogs actually saw an improvement in overall digestion as opposed to other cheap dog foods.
Some customers noted that the food is more expensive than big box brands, but if you aren’t having to purchase supplements to help deal with skin and digestion issues in the first place, you could make that money back. Also, the serving sizes are smaller than cheap kibble with a lot of fillers, so you could also see an offset in the cost there as well.
Some common complaints were about the consistency of wet food. While dogs didn’t seem to mind it, it can be a little soupier than other wet foods that use a stronger gelling process. It could be something to get used to if this is your first time using wet foods.
“My pug Otto has food and environmental allergies. He’s been eating hydrolyzed protein food, which is disgusting — faux food with cellulose! I’ve been looking for a low fat alternative protein food and this seemed to be perfect. It has a gamy, real food smell, which Otto loves.” Puglady, chewy.com
“I’m not a fan of the soupy consistency, but it’s something that gets my dog to eat all her meal, rather that leave half of it” Jkndev, chewy.com
Walk About Kangaroo Recipe Dog Food Review
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Five Ingredients:
- Kangaroo Broth
- Sweet Potatoes
The kangaroo recipe wet food uses kangaroo as an exotic protein source designed to provide dogs with severe allergies the chance to eat wholesome food again. It’s densely nutritious with powerful proteins and a good source of fats to help give energy all day long.
Fish oil conditions your dog’s skin and coat and the ingredients also include vegetables for critical vitamins and minerals. It does use peas, so be mindful if your dog is a breed prone to an enlarged heart. You may want to talk to your vet about the risks because of a recent study linking potatoes and peas to Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
The foods are intended to be part of a rotational diet, so all the protein sources have the same base recipe. The single protein source is good for dogs with sensitive tummies and that need to be on a limited ingredient diet.
If you mix this with the kibble, it can help alleviate some of your dog’s dental issues and provide a source of fiber and carbohydrates that can help prevent diarrhea. If your dog has problems on an all wet diet, this could be an interesting fix to that problem.
The whole concept is a unique one because the recipes are designed to work interchangeably with each other. It’s easy to switch out the protein source, and the kibble can form a consistent basis for the meals. If your dog is super picky, this could be welcome news because the foods prevent boredom but are consistent enough to ease digestion.
Aside from containing peas, the rest of the ingredients are premium ones designed to work with your dog’s natural digestion and natural tastes, encouraging them to eat without fussing. It could be a great alternative to some of the expensive diets given to you by your veterinarian, which don’t often pass a dog’s taste test. This option could be the answer your sensitive dog is looking.