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Written by: Kenaz Filan on Apr 9th, 2022

Ollie vs. The Farmer’s Dog 2022: Which Is Best for Your Pet?

Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog both have a great reputation for their fresh human-grade dog food. But which is better suited for your pet?

I’ve examined each company’s menu offerings, studied their ingredient lists, pored through their reviews, and even researched veterinary journals in my quest to make sure your pooch gets the creme de la creme of canine cuisine.

This was a very close matchup between two worthy contenders. In the end, I couldn’t say that either was the overall better service. But I did note that Ollie offers partial portions, which is good if you want to start out small, while The Farmer’s Dog is a wee bit cheaper if budget’s a big factor for you.

Read on to learn which of these fresh dog food services best meet your furbaby’s needs!

At a Glance: Who Won Each Category?

💲 Price:

The Farmer’s Dog

🍗 Ingredient Quality:

It’s a tie

🍴 Meals & Customization

The Farmer’s Dog

⏰ Packaging and Prep

Ollie

👍 Ordering and Delivery:

Ollie

Ingredient Quality

Winner: Tie

The Farmer’s Dog and Ollie both use only human-grade USDA-certified food. Both services have veterinary nutritionists on staff who design healthy meals certified by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials).

Ollie’s meals contain at least 35%-44% protein by dry weight. Ollie also includes healthy vegetables like kale, carrots, cranberries, and pumpkin to ensure your pup gets all the nutrition they need to thrive.

There’s no corn, wheat, or soy in any Ollie meals. Most of the recipes are grain-free, but its chicken recipe contains rice for dog parents concerned about the possible link between grain-free diets and heart issues. All Ollie meals are slow-cooked in small batches.

The Farmer’s Dog offers gently steamed, grain-free food antioxidant-heavy carrots, green beans, and spinach, along with a “TFD Nutrient Blend” with ingredients like heart-healthy omega fatty acids and taurine to offset any potential issues with grain-free diets.

Meals and Customization

Winner: The Farmer’s Dog

This one was very nearly a tie, and both competitors certainly gave it their all! I handed this one to The Farmer’s Dog because it can accommodate a wider selection of specialized diet issues.

Ollie offers meals based around beef, turkey, chicken, or lamb. The Farmer’s Dog offers meals based around beef, turkey, chicken, or lamb. Neither Ollie nor The Farmer’s Dog offers treats or snacks.

Both Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog start your subscription with a questionnaire asking about weight, breed, build, age, and activity level. While commercial dog foods classify solely by weight, a thin 25-pound whippet clearly needs a different diet to an obese 25-pound pug.

In both sites, I entered the information for Mookie, my late and much-loved 72-pound American Staffordshire Terrier. To check the prices for a smaller dog, I also entered the information for a very active 6-pound chihuahua.

Ollie checks for food allergies or sensitivities. The buttons cover the main ingredients in Ollie’s meals, while the Other drop-down menu lists any superfood or extra ingredients that might show up in your Ollie order.

The Farmer’s Dog has more options for special diets. While Mookie had no food sensitivities, he had itching and skin problems (common in AmStaffs), as well as gas (ditto). Since the Farmer’s Dog had meals geared toward those issues, I gave them this round.

Ordering and Delivery

Winner: Ollie

This was another close one, but I gave Ollie the nod thanks to its partial plans.

Once you finish filling out their questionnaires, both Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog make ordering simple. Each provides you with a recommended plan. And if you have more than one canine companion, both services will happily, if not cheaply, provide you with multiple plans.

Both Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog deliver to the continental United States. They both provide email tracking information when your order is shipped, so you can keep an eye on your delivery. You can also check tracking information on their websites.

If your dog doesn’t like the food, Ollie offers a money-back guarantee on your first two-week package. Should your dog love Ollie, as is most often the case, you’ll most likely receive biweekly shipments of food. Small dogs may get a box every four weeks since they consume less food.

Ollie also offers partial plans for dog parents who want to top up the food bowl with fresh Ollie food that meets 25% or 50% of their dog’s caloric needs.

If there are any problems with your order (for example, if your order was delayed and the food wasn’t cold when you receive it), you can contact Ollie by phone or email. Support hours are 9 am to 7 pm Eastern time Monday through Friday and 10 am to 7 pm weekends.

To change your order or reschedule a delivery, simply go to your account page before the cutoff date (4-5 days before your next order ships) and make the changes. Ollie can cancel deliveries or ship to a new address if you and your dog are spending time at your summer home.

If your dog doesn’t like their Farmer’s Dog meals, The Farmer’s Dog will send you new recipes to try or send you a full refund if you donate the remaining food to a local animal shelter.

The Farmer’s Dog sends meals every 3-8 weeks, depending on the size of your dog. You can change your order and reduce portions if you want to use your Farmer’s Dog meals as a supplement, but you have to do it manually so it’s a bit less convenient than Ollie. 

The Farmer’s Dog lets you easily change, pause, cancel, or reactivate your subscription through your Customer Account page.

Because deliveries aren’t always certain, both Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog typically send an extra day or two worth of food in case of a delayed pack. Both let you pause deliveries for a bit if you get overstocked, but The Farmer’s Dog also lets you put in rush orders if you run short.

You can reach The Farmer’s Dog support team by phone or email, or through its Facebook or Instagram pages. Its support team is active from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday.

How Do the Meals Arrive?

Winner: Ollie

This was another close one, but Ollie’s super-convenient convenient packaging wins this round. 

Both Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog send your orders frozen in a lined box with dry ice. Both recommend putting meals in the freezer upon opening and defrosting overnight before serving. Ollie recommends using frozen meals within six months, while The Farmer’s Dog recommends storing for a maximum of four months.

Both provide feeding instructions, including advice on transitioning to a fresh food diet. You can serve these meals straight out of the refrigerator or, if your dog prefers warmer food, bring them up to room temperature by mixing in a tiny bit of hot water.

Ollie meals arrive in a dishwasher and microwave-safe storage container. If your dog only takes part of a pack at one meal, you can put the rest aside in your refrigerator for tomorrow. Ollie even includes a scoop with their meals to make things easy.

If you’re worried about all the extra plastic, you can relax! Ollie containers and accessories are biodegradable and BPA-free, while the box and liner are curbside recyclable. Seal the pack and your remaining food is good in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Unfortunately, its peel-back packs which keep the food safe aren’t recyclable and must be thrown in the trash.

The Farmer’s Dog sends each meal with your dog’s name on it. While your order comes with a feeding tray, it’s not quite as nice as Ollie’s. Like Ollie, The Farmer’s Dog provides instructions on how to feed your dog and on transitioning from your old dog food.

If you’re feeding a partial pack, you’ll need another bag or container to store the remainder in your refrigerator. (Like Ollie, The Farmer’s Dog recommends you use your refrigerated remaining food within four days).

While you have to recycle your Ollie insulation on the curb, The Farmer’s Dog uses cornstarch insulation. When you’re done you simply put the insulation under running water. It dissolves into a harmless cornstarch slurry and goes down your drain.

The Farmer’s Dog is certainly convenient, and it’s easy to squeeze out the required portion into your dog’s bowl. This was a tough call. Ollie has better accessories, but The Farmer’s Dog has a slight edge on recycling. Ultimately, I gave this one to Ollie.

Pricing

Winner: The Farmer’s Dog

The Farmer’s Dog comes in cheaper than Ollie, though the cost difference narrows when you’re buying for a smaller breed.

After filling out Ollie’s questionnaire with Mookie’s information, I was offered a plan at $69/week after an initial 10% discount. For a 6-pound chihuahua, Ollie’s chihuahua meal plan costs $22/week.

The Farmer’s Dog offered Mookie a plan at $54.18/week after an initial 50% discount. For a 6-pound chihuahua, The Farmer’s Dog offered a plan for $21.42/week. Like Ollie, The Farmer’s Dog includes shipping with the price of your subscription.

While both brands are priced well within the usual range for custom fresh food services, The Farmer’s Dog comes in at a lower price point. Fifty cents a week is easy to overlook. $15 a week, maybe not so much.

Features Comparison: Ollie vs. The Farmer’s Dog


Ollie

The Farmer’s Dog

Best for

Very small or very large dogs

Dogs with specialized diets

Starting price

$$4-$8 per day per serving

$$2/day per serving

Shipping cost

Free

Free

Subscription

Bi-weekly or monthly

Every 3-8 weeks

Recipes

4 choices

4 choices

Meal storage

4 days in the fridge.

6 months in the freezer.

4 days in the fridge.

4 months in the freezer.

Are meals pre-portioned?

Yes (may need to split into halves or quarters)

Yes (may need to split into halves or quarters)

Ingredient quality

Human-grade ingredients and kitchens, prepared to AAFCO standards

Human-grade ingredients and kitchens, prepared to AAFCO standards

Free-from

Corn, wheat, soy, hormones, artificial flavors, by-products, fillers, or preservatives

Corn, wheat, soy, hormones, artificial flavors, by-products, fillers, or preservatives

Customizable based on:

Weight, breed, build, sex, age, neutered/intact, allergies, health issues, activity

Weight, breed, build, sex, age, neutered/intact, allergies, health issues, activity

Recalls

None

None

Money back guarantee?

Money-back guarantee on first box

Money-back guarantee if you donate remaining food to an animal shelter

Our reviewer’s rating

4.8

4.8

Current deal

60% Off Your First Box! 

50% OFF Your First Box

And The Winner Is: It’s a Tie 

I’ve reviewed and compared many food delivery services for pets and the families who love them. This one was my most challenging yet. Both Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog are superb fresh dog food services whose meals can make your dog healthier and happier.

Strictly by the numbers, The Farmer’s Dog is cheaper than Ollie. But when you’re dealing with very small dogs, the difference in price is trivial. And when you’re dealing with very big dogs, Ollie’s partial plans can improve your St. Bernard’s diet without breaking the bank.

Ollie’s packaging is a bit more convenient than The Farmer’s Dog, but both services make feeding your dog fresh food as easy as serving up mass-market wet dog food.

This really is a case where you really can’t go wrong with either service. And since both offer liberal cancellation policies and great discounts on your first order, you can try both and decide for yourself which one works for you.

FAQ

Which is Cheaper, Ollie or The Farmer’s Dog?

While both brands are priced appropriately for custom fresh food services, The Farmer’s Dog comes in at a lower price point. The difference in pricing can be significant with larger dogs. When dealing with smaller dogs, it’s only a few pennies a day.

What if I Only Want to Feed My Dog a Partial Fresh Diet?

Ollie offers partial plans that’ll meet 25% or 50% of your dog’s caloric needs and provide a huge nutritional boost over mass-market foods.

Who is Better, The Farmer’s Dog or Ollie?

Both Ollie and The Farmer’s Dog use human-grade ingredients prepared in USDA-approved kitchens and designed by veterinary professionals. Your dog may favor the food from one service or another, but either service will send meals that make your dog healthier and happier.

About The Author

Kenaz Filan

Contributing Writer, Delivery Rank

Based in New Jersey, Kenaz has decades of experience writing on many subjects and sampling the many cuisines his neighborhood has to offer. Working from home, Kenaz is writing a book between reviewing meal delivery services and raising a family.

Based in New Jersey, Kenaz has decades of experience writing on many subjects and sampling the many cuisines his neighborhood has to offer. Working from home, Kenaz is writing a book between reviewing meal delivery services and raising a family.
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