Definition of dog food in English:

dog food


  • [mass noun] Commercially prepared food for dogs:

    ‘a can of dog food’
    • ‘Do not feed cat food to your dog, or dog food to your cat.’
    • ‘He does admit that some dogs might be a little pickier than others and says that other companies often add sugar, garlic, and salt to their dog food to get Rover to come over.’
    • ‘You should make sure your dog eats a good-quality dog food, one that is complete and balanced.’
    • ‘Among the more obvious endorsements to come are for flea collars and dog food.’
    • ‘Just how difficult is it to get dogs to eat dog food?’
    • ‘At her age, her stomach is too sensitive to handle regular dog food.’
    • ‘So I signed the papers, and bought dog food and the like, and soon enough I had Finn walking home with me.’
    • ‘It's during this stage that the switch from puppy to adult dog food should be made.’
    • ‘They're dog-friendly, and they had a tray there with water and dog food.’
    • ‘At night time lay out dog food, which they love to eat - don't use bread or milk because it's bad for them.’
    • ‘We stopped at our local grocery store and picked up a bag of dry dog food, a plastic squeeze toy in the shape of a bone, and a real bone in the shape of a bone.’
    • ‘However, because Cleo had spent his life eating human food, Mary said he wouldn't touch the dog food she tried to give him.’
    • ‘A man shopping in a supermarket brought his purchase of two cans of dog food to the checkout counter.’
    • ‘She'll eat the cat food, the dog food, anything.’
    • ‘Have you ever read the ingredients in the teeny, tiny print on a tin of commercial dog food?’
    • ‘When Hal realizes one day that the dog food is half gone already and they are only one quarter of the way to Dawson City, he reduces everyone's ration and increases the amount of time that the dogs pull each day.’
    • ‘Plus it does hand-made dog biscuits and dog food that contains kobe beef, fresh eggs and homegrown vegetables.’
    • ‘Gourmet dog food will transform your cantankerous mutt into an obedient show dog.’
    • ‘So the problem isn't getting dogs to eat the dog food - it's getting them to stop!’
    • ‘I went down to the basement, where the dry dog food is kept, and scooped the proper amount into her enormous bowl, then went back to the kitchen.’


[WITH OBJECT]Computing
  • (of a company's staff) use a product or service developed by that company so as to test it before it is made available to customers:

    ‘it was a great opportunity to dogfood the phones’
    ‘If you're writing software intended for other developers then dogfooding makes perfect sense’
    • ‘Does this extend to the software giant's in-house IT operations and its longstanding practice of dogfooding its own products?’
    • ‘We started dogfooding the product when it was only 700 lines of code, and even in that super-simple form, we found it incredibly useful.’
    • ‘Part of our "QA" is to put up test releases in a shared location for employees to dogfood.’
    • ‘"Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details."’
    • ‘Dogfooding the API is the only way to really know what's useful.’
    • ‘Through such dog-fooding, Google learned that the early version of its calendar program was not robust enough to meet a corporate user's need.’
    • ‘Dogfooding the app has resulted in many user experience (UX) changes, many of which should improve the product.’
    • ‘Did the more formal approach to dogfooding coincide with the company's increased emphasis on the enterprise?’
    • ‘I was definitely "dogfooding" for the apps I built at work.’