Ollie is one of the best providers of custom dog meal plans out there. Human-grade, healthy ingredients, no added byproducts or fillers, plus superfoods (salmon oil anyone?) sneaked into each bite are just a few of its obvious benefits.
It sounds great for human food, but trust me, dogs need (and deserve!) the same level of quality as us for a fulfilling and healthy diet. I‘ve researched what Ollie has to offer and compiled this in-depth review to show you all you need to know about its recipes and how they can make your dog's life better.
I should also mention each recipe is personalized for your dog's specific needs. That's right: after submitting a short quiz about your dog including its breed, size, activity levels, and food sensitivities, you'll get to choose recipes specially crafted for your pup's needs. No guesswork.
Transparent recipes and nutrition
Natural, wholesome, USDA Process Verified ingredients
Membership extras like treats and supplements
Current deal: 60% off your first box + FREE welcome kit!
It takes time to thaw the frozen food before serving
Pricier than other services, especially long-term
Ollie is a subscription-based meal delivery service for dogs that brings quality, freshly cooked dog food to your door on a regular, but flexible schedule.
Ollie offers 4 fresh recipes and 2 baked recipes with different main proteins. You can purchase only fresh recipes or get a mixed bowl plan combining fresh and baked recipes for variation and cost-effectiveness. Apart from that, you can also order treats and supplements.
The meal plans are complete and balanced, ensuring your pup gets all of its nutritional needs met. Every recipe was formulated by a board-certified vet nutritionist and meets the AAFCO standards, so you can rest assured that your dog is in good hands.
After you take a short quiz about your pup, Ollie uses an algorithm curated by vet-formulated recipes to calculate the amount of food your dog needs, as well as exclude any recipes that are unsuitable due to its allergies or sensitivities.
All recipes are created with health issues in mind, so chances are you’ll be left with all of the available options to choose from at the end. But except for the rare case where your pup is allergic to all chicken, turkey, beef, and lamb, at least 1 fresh and 1 baked recipe will pop up at the end of the quiz.
You’ll need to check the detailed ingredient list if your pup has any serious allergies, but for a regular dog in generally good health, all 6 recipes should be safe.
You can choose multiple recipes to get a mixed box or only one of them. The price stays the same in both cases.
Note: Ollie provides meal plans for puppies at least 3 months of age and a weight of at least 3 lbs. There’s also a superior weight limit of 180 lbs, so if your dog is larger than that, you might want to consider a different brand.
Now, let’s take a closer look at Ollie’s recipes.
You can choose from 4 different fresh recipes for your furry friend: Beef with Sweet Potatoes, Chicken with Carrots, Turkey with Blueberries, and Lamb with Cranberries.
The beef recipe is a well-rounded meal for most dogs. It includes beef along with beef kidneys and livers as protein sources, which are great to fuel an active dog or growing pup. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, and spinach add fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
The chicken recipe is a great choice if your pup is a picky eater or has a sensitive tummy. It includes chicken and chicken livers for protein, carrots, spinach, cranberries for fiber and vitamins, and rice for a gentle source of carbs.
The turkey recipe includes a light and lean protein source for muscle building, namely turkey breast. Kale, carrots, and blueberries add vitamins and fiber, while pumpkin is a grain-free carb source. This recipe is also low in calories, so it’s great for dogs that need to lose some weight.
The lamb recipe is suitable for pups that are prone to allergies since it avoids common triggers. It includes lamb and lamb liver for protein, chickpeas, kale, cranberries, and green beans for fiber and vitamins. Butternut squash, potatoes, and rice add easily-digestible carbs to the recipe. This option is higher in calories, making it great for large or athletic dogs.
All of these recipes include salmon oil and added vitamins and minerals such as E, D3, B1, B2, and B6 that make them nutritionally rich for your pup.
Ollie offers 2 dry food recipes, Beef and Sweet Potato and Chicken and Carrot. Both are baked into bite-size morsels at safe, low temperatures to ensure minimal nutrient loss and a great crunch for your dog.
Both recipes include animal protein as the main ingredient, along with nutrient-packed veggies. Oats, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, pea flour, carrots, spinach, and apples are featured in both recipes for fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but also add some extra proteins.
The beef recipe includes beef and beef livers for protein. Healthy fats appear in the form of coconut oil and fish oil.
The chicken recipe has chicken, chicken livers, and whole dried eggs as animal proteins. Fish oil and sunflower oil add healthy fats to the mix.
Similarly to the fresh recipes, the baked ones contain numerous supplements like vitamins and minerals for a nutritionally complete meal.
What’s different from the fresh recipes is the addition of oats, which promotes healthy skin and fur thanks to the vitamin B and omega 6 fatty acids it contains.
There are 4 standard fresh recipes that Ollie offers, each with a single main animal protein: chicken, turkey, beef, and lamb. There are also 2 baked recipes, which feature beef and chicken as the main proteins.
Apart from the protein, each recipe contains carbs in the form of nutrient-dense starches, vegetables, and seeds, plus healthy fats and superfoods such as kale and blueberries. Vitamins and minerals are added to supplement each recipe.
All ingredients Ollie uses are human-grade, USDA Process Verified. You could basically eat the food yourself if you wanted to.
The lamb is pasture-raised and comes from free-range farms in the US, New Zealand, and Australia, so not all of it’s local, but it surely is premium quality, as every farm partner goes through a rigorous certification process.
The produce, seeds, and oils are carefully sourced as well. While they’re not certified organic, Ollie puts a lot of effort into only selecting natural, quality ingredients.
There are no fillers, artificial flavorings, or preservatives in any of the meals, and all ingredient lists are surprisingly short.
Let’s take a look at one of the 4 core recipes of fresh food, namely the one that uses beef as the main protein source.
This is the full ingredient list of the beef recipe:
This recipe provides 1540 calories per kilo and meets all the nutritional levels for dogs, as established by the AAFCO.
The recipe not only includes real beef but also some organ meats that make the meal more wholesome by adding loads of nutrients, such as taurine, an essential amino acid.
The sweet potatoes are a welcome addition of dietary fiber, helping with your pup’s poop, but also essential minerals and vitamins.
Spinach is packed with vitamins A, B, C, and K, but also essential antioxidants that help fight the effects of aging, beta-carotene for eye health, and iron for healthy muscles and heart.
Peas are an important source of lutein, which helps with skin, eye, and heart health. It also contains a great percentage of plant protein, thus upping the protein intake even more.
The other recipes are crafted in a similar way and include nutrient-packed ingredients like kale, pumpkin, carrots, chia seeds, and cranberries.
When it comes to treats, they have very few ingredients. You can currently choose from 3 recipes: the single-ingredient Just Sweet Potato Slices and 2 types of jerky strips, Chicken and Apple, and Beef and Sweet Potato. Both simple and yummy, the treats are made with the same natural, human-grade ingredients.
Ollie also offers dog supplements as membership extras. There are 3 options available: Probiotic Chews for tummy problems, Zoomies for hip and joint problems, and Chill Pills to make your pup more calmed and more relaxed.
The supplements are all-natural and are manufactured in a cGMP-certified facility. You should take note that the Hip and Joint supplements contain shellfish, in case your pup is allergic.
Important: You can feed the supplements to any dog older than a year, but it’s best to consult with your vet before feeding them to your pup.
This is the Guaranteed Analysis for the fresh beef recipe:
Since it’s wet food, when you consider the dry matter, these percentages are actually higher, including protein. This is very good news for your dog, as protein is very important for muscle growth and development.
The fiber content will help your dog have healthier poops. Some users have reported that their dogs had smaller, less smelly poops after transitioning to Ollie.
When it comes to the cooking process, Ollie uses low temperatures to cook the ingredients in small batches. In the process of cooking, bacteria are killed while nutrients remain almost intact, so the meals don't need the extra careful handling of raw food when you feed your dog.
Each meal is hand-packed in USDA Process Verified kitchens in the USA, so the highest safety and cleanliness standards are met at each step of the process.
Ollie even goes the extra mile and tests every single batch of food to make sure it’s 100% safe to consume before it’s shipped to you. Considering the batches are small, that surely takes some commitment.
For the baked beef recipe, the Guaranteed Analysis looks like this:
These are excellent numbers. The protein percentage is significantly higher than many commercially-available brands of kibble and has plenty of fiber for healthy digestion.
Another important thing to note is that all the recipes from Ollie meet the AAFCO profiles for dogs of all life stages, which includes puppies and large dogs (over 70 lbs as an adult). This means that you can feed your pup Ollie no matter the size or life stage.
Ollie surely stands out from other pet foods on the market. Here are some of the reasons why:
Not only are Ollie’s ingredients high-quality, but you could eat them yourself. The ingredient lists are fully transparent and comprehensive, so you won’t find any mysterious ingredients or fillers like in the low-cost brands you find at the supermarket.
The meals are prepared in USA kitchens at low temperatures in small batches by real people. This makes Ollie closer to a meal delivery service for humans in terms of quality than to an industrially-made dog food brand.
Ollie’s recipes are designed for all types of dogs. Whether your pup has weight problems, allergies, a sensitive stomach, or is simply very picky when it comes to food, Ollie has an answer on its menu.
The meals are free from the most common allergens and help with different health issues. Plus, since they have different protein sources, you can rotate them in your pup’s bowl to keep mealtime interesting.
You don’t have to order a full plan if you don’t want to. You have the option of a half plan, which makes it very convenient to try out Ollie and see how your dog likes it. You can also choose from fresh and baked meals or simply order a mix of both.
Ollie is also very flexible in terms of managing your subscription. You can edit your delivery address, frequency, and meal types, or add more dogs to your order at any time.
All fresh food packages are vacuum-sealed with a special modified atmosphere technique to ensure that the food is kept fresh without any preservatives or chemicals. The box will contain the packages, plus some really cold dry ice, so be careful when handling it (I recommend wearing gloves).
Packs are about the size of a smartphone or 2 stacked together, ranging from 1 to 3 inches in height and 4 to 7 inches in width, so they should be easy to store.
The 1st thing you need to do after the box arrives is to put all the fresh food in the freezer. It can stay fresh for up to 6 months frozen. Then, at least 24 hours before feeding your dog, you need to put a pack or 2 in your fridge to defrost.
You should store the baked food in a cool, dry place and it’s good for 6 months after you receive it. However, you should finish it in the first 6 weeks after you open each bag.
There’s a resealable lid on each tray, so make sure to seal it back after opening the lid. After defrosting, the food can be safely stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, whether you’ve opened it or not.
As for the treats, you should also store them in a cool, dry place and keep them in the fridge after you open the package. You should also try to keep the treats in a sealed container or package after opening so they stay moist, soft, and fresh.
On your first delivery, your starter box will contain food packs and a free Welcome Kit. This includes a personalized feeding guide for your pup with instructions for a smooth transition and everyday feeding, a scoop to help you portion the food, and a Puptainer.
The Puptainer is a convenient food storage container that keeps the food fresh. You can put the remaining food from an opened tray in the Puptainer with the lid on instead, so your fridge stays clean and odor-free.
If you order for multiple dogs, you’ll get multiple Puptainers and scoops, which I think is really generous.
The quantity of food you receive on your first order is meant to last for 2 weeks and is calculated based on the number of calories your dog needs in a day. If you have a really big doggo, however, you’ll only receive enough food for 1 week.
Generally, a pack is meant to last for 1 day, so in most cases, you’ll initially receive 14 packs. All you need to do is break it in half, feed your dog breakfast, and save the other half in the Puptainer for dinner.
However, based on your dog’s size and age, a pack could be too much for 1 day, so you’ll need to consult the instructions to portion it correctly.
Unfortunately, not all of the packaging is recyclable. The seal from the food packs is non-recyclable and you need to throw it in the trash. The bags in which the baked food comes are recyclable through a store drop-off program only. The liner is curbside recyclable, and so are the cardboard boxes.
$1.29 per portion for fresh plan (tiny pup)
2-week starter pack
$0.90 per portion for half fresh plan (tiny pup)
2-week starter pack
$8.93 per portion for fresh plan (big pup)
1-week starter pack
$5.50 per portion for half fresh plan (big pup)
2-week starter pack
$8.21 per portion for mixed plan (big pup)
1-week starter pack
$3.64 per portion for fresh plan (medium pup)
2-week starter pack
$2.55 per portion for half fresh (medium pup)
2-week starter pack
$3.00 per portion for mixed plan (medium pup)
2-week starter pack
Ollie’s prices vary a lot based on your dog’s specific dietary needs. Basically, the bigger the dog, the more calories it needs in a day, so you’ll need more food.
Depending on the plan and which of the recipes you choose, the price per meal plan can change. For example, a beef-only fresh plan is slightly cheaper than other recipes, while a lamb-only fresh plan is the most expensive option. If you mix and match the recipes, the price adjusts accordingly.
If the fresh plans seem out of budget, you can always lower the costs with a mixed bowl plan of both fresh and baked meals – or get a half-plan and combine Ollie with your dog’s current food.
To get an idea of what prices look like, I simulated 3 meal plans for different dogs, choosing only the beef options as they’re the most affordable.
First, I introduced the info of an active 4-month-old, 3 lbs Toy Poodle. The results of the quiz told me it needed 112 calories in a day, so the starter box would only contain 3 (half plan) or 4 (full plan) packs of food. The total costs for this puppy would be $12.60 per week for the half-fresh plan and $18 per well for the full plan, excluding any discounts. The mixed plan wasn’t available for a pup so tiny.
Then, I went for a very large doggo. A 4-year-old St. Bernard who weighs 180 lbs would need 14 packs of food. The starter pack would cost $125 for a full fresh plan that lasts 1 week, $77 per week for a half-fresh plan that lasts 2 weeks, and $115 for a mixed plan that lasts 1 week and contains 7 packs of fresh food and 2 bags of baked food.
Finally, I went for a rather average dog. For a one-year-old 40-lb Alaskan Klee Kai that eats 675 calories in a day, 14 packs would last 2 weeks and would cost $51 per week for a full fresh plan, $35.7 per week for a half fresh plan, and $42 per week for a mixed plan.
So, as a general rule, you can expect to pay around $6-7 dollars per day for Ollie, less for a small pup, and more for a large doggo. While this sounds like a lot, when you consider that you’d pay only a bit less for plain raw food or home-cooked meals that take time and energy to make, Ollie actually has fair prices.
Plus, it would be close to impossible to replicate these carefully crafted recipes that not only include high-quality ingredients but have the exact calculated quantities of every nutrient your dog needs.
A great thing about Ollie is that shipping is always free, so you don’t need to take any additional costs into account. You can, on the contrary, profit from 1 of Ollie’s discounts – like 60% off your first box + FREE welcome kit! – and lower the cost of your order.
Apart from the fresh and baked recipes, you can also add extras to your order. The price for treats is $9 for the sweet potato slices and $10 for the jerky strip treats, while supplements cost $22 per jar (60 chews each).
Ollie offers a 100% money-back guarantee on your starter box if your pup doesn’t seem to like the food. I think 2 weeks should be enough time to see if your pup truly likes its new food, and if it doesn't, you’ll get a full refund. Just make sure you’ve closely followed the transitioning instructions to rule out any problems.
However, there’s no return or exchange policy beyond the starter box, so if you continue your subscription after this initial delivery, you can’t send it back. This is why you should be careful to cancel your subscription if you don’t want to continue receiving Ollie boxes.
Ollie ships to all 48 continental US states. Ollie delivers every day of the week through different shipping partners, so you can choose your desired delivery day based on the carrier.
After getting your starter box, you’ll receive your dog’s food based on the frequency you selected, which is super flexible. From once per week to every 8 weeks, you have wiggle room to choose what’s best for you and your dog.
You can put the trays in a cooler bag with some ice packs and take them on your trip if you want to travel with what food you already have.
Major holidays or inclement weather can affect delivery. You can make adjustments to your delivery dates to prevent not getting the food on the usual day of the week in such cases.
A big plus is Ollie’s app (available on iOS and Android), which makes the process easier. Once subscribed, you can benefit from regular updates on your box, like the moment it ships and when it gets delivered.
Plus, you can manage your subscription directly in the app, like changing your delivery date or order frequency. You’ll also receive updates on new Ollie products before they’re launched.
Ordering from Ollie is super easy, and, most importantly, quick. You simply need to take a quiz about your dog, select the recipes you want in case there’s more than 1, then proceed to checkout. There, you can add additional dogs as well if you’re a lucky owner of more than 1 pup.
Go on Ollie’s website
Take the 8-step quiz about your dog. You’ll need to enter your name and email, the name of your pup, its birthday, breed, current weight, (optional) ideal weight, spay/neuter status activity levels (mellow, active, or very active), stool status, and add any food sensitivities or allergies from an extensive list.
See the results of the quiz, namely how many calories your dog needs to eat in a day.
Choose the type of plan you want for your dog from the ones available: full fresh, half fresh, or mixed bowl.
Choose the recipe(s) you want from the ones available. All ingredients and nutritional info are available on this page when you click on the recipes. There are 4 fresh and 2 baked recipes you can mix and match.
Add extras. You can also add treats and supplements to your order if you want. You can skip this step by clicking Skip.
Go to checkout. There, you can add another dog if you have several, and repeat the quiz for each new dog.
Fill in the shipping address and billing information, as well as the email and password for your new Ollie account. You can check a box to get SMS updates on your order.
It’s super easy to manage your subscription directly from your Ollie account. You can pause, skip, cancel your plans, or change delivery dates as long as you do it before your cutoff date. After you sign up for your starter box, you can adjust the delivery frequency for future orders as you wish.
If you need to make changes to your order, like adding extras to the box or changing a delivery date, you can do it on your account page in a matter of minutes. Just make sure to do it at least 4 days ahead, before your next order is shipped.
You can skip a delivery or reschedule up to 6 weeks at a time, which can be super useful especially if you’re traveling. But you also have the option to make Ollie travel with you by changing your delivery address on your account.
If you want to cancel your subscription, you can easily do it from your Ollie account by selecting Cancel subscription at the bottom of the Pup’s Info page.
If you have more than 1 dog, you need to do this for each subscription individually. And remember to do it at least 36 hours before your next scheduled delivery to ensure that you won’t receive (and pay for it) as well.
You can contact the team by phone, SMS, online chat, or email. Ollie’s customer service team is available during the weekdays from 9 am to 7 pm ET and on the weekends from 10 am to 7 pm.
I like that the staff are also available to text. I think this is a brilliant addition, especially for people who don’t like talking on the phone.
The team, called Canine Care, is very helpful and will try to resolve any issue, including providing reparations for food that thawed on the way to the customer’s home.
For most issues though, the Canine Support center on the website has all the answers you need. The comprehensive articles are easy to navigate and cover the most important topics, from food to delivery.
Ollie has no history of recalls, neither from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the USDA, nor from Ollie itself.
The Farmer’s Dog is a great alternative to Ollie because it’s a bit more affordable. Plus, I appreciate that The Farmer’s Dog offers a DIY nutrient mix for home-cooking your dog’s meals yourself, something which Ollie lacks.
Ollie is a better choice than Nom Nom thanks to its outstanding ingredient quality and short ingredient lists. Although they’re similar services in terms of human-grade offerings and price, I think Ollie’s higher protein percentages as well as higher amount of “superfood ingredients” make it a winner here.
Yes! If you want to keep your dog in good health, providing quality food is the first step. And with Ollie’s human-grade meat, fruits, and veggies, even the most sensitive dog will reap the benefits of a healthy diet, be it a shinier coat or increased energy levels.
No preservatives, no fillers, no artificial flavoring or coloring… And macro-balanced, freshly cooked meals every day? Let’s face it, your dog will probably eat better than you do.
The only downside I can really see is the cost, but considering all the good things (and tons of enthusiastic testimonials) about Ollie, all I can say is that it’s worth it.
If you’re still not totally convinced about Ollie, you can take a look at our list of the best human-grade dog food delivery services that we’ve researched and tested extensively.
Yes, Ollie offers healthy meal plans personalized for your dog’s unique needs. All recipes were formulated by a professional veterinarian nutritionist and are made with healthy and nutritious ingredients.
Each recipe contains lots of protein from real meat and organ meat, fresh veggies, and fruits, making Ollie a balanced and complete meal for your pup. No junk, no fillers, no preservatives. It's the perfect match for dogs with food sensitivities.
Ollie is cooked in small batches over low temperatures in USDA Process Verified kitchens. I was impressed that the team tests every single batch before sending it to you.
All ingredients are natural and farm-fresh. The cooking process helps eliminate any harmful microorganisms while preserving all the good nutrients in the food.
It depends. For a small puppy, you can pay as little as $$4-$8 per day per week. For a very large breed, the price can go up significantly. On average, you can expect to pay around $50 a week for a 40 lbs dog.
The costs reflect the quality of the food, the human-grade ingredients, as well as the certifications Ollie has earned.
If you’re a new subscriber, you can profit from special discounts to lower the price. Plus, the starter box is fully refundable if your dog doesn’t like the food.