Reviewing Canagan Free-Run Chicken Dog Food


A little while ago someone from Pets Corner Pet store contacted my human to ask if I’d like to review Canagan’s grain free and biologically appropriate dog food. Although I love doing product reviews, I usually turn down any food reviews as I’m eating a raw food diet & kibble isn’t allowed anywhere near my bowl.

Making an exception

This time around there was something about the product descriptions that caught my human’s eye – it sounded like this was a kibble that tries to mimic some of the best aspects of raw feeding (in other words the diets of our doggie ancestors):

  • Biologically appropriate - meaning a food which more closely mimics your pet’s ancestral diet with the correct ratio of meat protein and fat to carbohydrate. 60-65% protein from nutritious animal ingredients and 35-40% vegetables and botanics.
  • Grain Free – us dogs were not built to chew grains like wheat and corn and our stomachs are not designed to tolerate them. Many dry dog foods contain heaps of grains and that’s one of the reasons why so many pups get tummy problems and allergies from their  kibble. Canagan use sweet potato as a source of carbs – a highly digestible premium source of slow release energy, rich in anti-oxidants and a great source of soluble fibre.
  • Interesting Protein Sources: Canagan make dry food using not only Free Range Chicken, but also Scottish Salmon and a Country Game variety including duck venison and rabbit.
I mentioned already that I’m on a raw diet which is totally pawsome – except when it comes to choosing and finding suitable treats for my training classes (sadly noone wants to walk around with raw chicken meat in their pockets). My human usually buys jerky style dried meat treats, or top end grain free, or wheat free kibble from Lily’s Kitchen and Barking Heads for my agility classes – so when she heard about the Canagan kibble, she thought I could make an exception and review their food as a doggie treat.

Receiving a huge bag of Canagan Free Range Chicken

Pets Corner sent me a huge bag of Canagan chicken from their pet store – I couldn’t believe my nose when I smelled it and realised it was all for me! Even before my human had opened the bag I could smell the chicken, and dog did it smell totally pawsome and meaty. I confess I may have licked the bag, just a little. I also decided that I would probably have to guard the bag from any intruders and rolled up around it and fell asleep.

Composition of the food

Freshly Prepared Deboned Chicken (26%), Dried Chicken (25%), Sweet Potato, Peas, Potato, Pea Protein, Alfalfa, Chicken Fat (3.1%), Dried Egg (3.1%), Chicken Gravy (1.6%), Salmon Oil (1.2%), Minerals, Vitamins, Glucosamine (1000 mg/kg), MSM (1000 mg/kg), Apple, Carrot, Spinach, Psyllium, Seaweed, Fructooligosaccharides, Chondroitin (700 mg/kg), Camomile, Peppermint, Marigold, Cranberry, Aniseed & Fenugreek.

To put this into context, Lily’s Kitchen’s Very Venison kibble contains 32% fresh venison meat and their chicken and duck variety contains Fresh chicken (31%) and fresh duck meat (7%) – and no dried meat at all. Barking Heads Chicken TLC contains 26% fresh chicken and 26% dried chicken which is very similar to Canagan.

From left: Canagan Chicken, Barking Heads TLC Chicken, Lily's Kitchen Very Venison

What about the taste?

The kibble itself was of medium size, and the nuggets were brown in colour (thank dog no stoopid colourings) and I found myself absolutely loving the taste. We used it as treats for a couple of agility classes and I didn’t get bored with it, but kept asking for more. My sister Bella who is on a similar raw diet as I am, tried some of the kibble too and her human reported that ‘Bella would do anything’ to get her paws on it.

The Big Taste Test

So we’ve already established that I loved the taste of the Canagan chicken kibble and my human approved of it too. But – does it taste any better than the other kibble that I’ve tried? My human set up a very scientific blind taste test for me. The methodology was simple – I had no idea which kibble was which, we ran the test three times and the kibble was moved around.
A dog’s life doesn’t get much better than this – I mean, I got to choose between some of my favourite treats:
1. Lily’s kitchen Very Venison grain free kibble
2. Barking Heads TLC – Chicken & Rice (wheat free, but sadly not entirely grain free)
3. Canagan Free Run Chicken

Check out the video – or cheat and read about my findings below.

The Results

It was a close call between Lily’s Kitchen and Canagan. Both of them smelled so pawsome I could barely decide which one I liked better, but after three blind test runs I can proudly announce my official list:

1. Lily’s Kitchen – I picked Lily’s food as my favourite twice out of three attempts.
2. Canagan – I picked Canagan as my favourite once, and as my second choice twice.
3. Barking Heads – I picked this one last twice and second one time.

To sum up, I would really recommend anyone looking for a grain free dry dog food for their dog to try Canagan’s range. It compares well to some of the big brands on the market and it tastes totally pawsome. You can find it over at Pets Corner Pet store *Waggy tail*



Disclaimer: This product was provided free of charge by Pets Corner for review. I’m not under any obligation to provide a positive review, and opinions expressed are entirely my own.


  1. says

    Great review Alfie! When we were puppies mom just put our food in her pouch and fed us our meals as treats on our walks and for training. Treats don’t always have to be labeled as treats!

  2. Inga says

    You were fast Alfie!!
    I bet your human had to review the video several times to see exactly how you did choose!
    Or maybe I’m just very slow ;-)

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