Definition of dog food in US English:

dog food


  • Food eaten by or intended to be eaten by domesticated dogs.

    ‘a can of dog food’
    • ‘However, because Cleo had spent his life eating human food, Mary said he wouldn't touch the dog food she tried to give him.’
    • ‘They're dog-friendly, and they had a tray there with water and dog food.’
    • ‘Plus it does hand-made dog biscuits and dog food that contains kobe beef, fresh eggs and homegrown vegetables.’
    • ‘So the problem isn't getting dogs to eat the dog food - it's getting them to stop!’
    • ‘Gourmet dog food will transform your cantankerous mutt into an obedient show dog.’
    • ‘A man shopping in a supermarket brought his purchase of two cans of dog food to the checkout counter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just how difficult is it to get dogs to eat dog food?’
    • ‘She'll eat the cat food, the dog food, anything.’
    • ‘Among the more obvious endorsements to come are for flea collars and 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.’
    • ‘At night time lay out dog food, which they love to eat - don't use bread or milk because it's bad for them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do not feed cat food to your dog, or dog food to your cat.’
    • ‘At her age, her stomach is too sensitive to handle regular dog food.’


[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did the more formal approach to dogfooding coincide with the company's increased emphasis on the enterprise?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dogfooding the app has resulted in many user experience (UX) changes, many of which should improve the product.’
    • ‘Dogfooding the API is the only way to really know what's useful.’
    • ‘"Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details."’
    • ‘Part of our "QA" is to put up test releases in a shared location for employees to dogfood.’
    • ‘Does this extend to the software giant's in-house IT operations and its longstanding practice of dogfooding its own products?’
    • ‘I was definitely "dogfooding" for the apps I built at work.’


  • eat one's own dog food

    • informal (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.

      ‘we had to eat our own dog food—we had to make sure the tools worked’
      • ‘But the failure of the BBC to eat its own dog food is less than a ringing endorsement.’
      • ‘And the product development cycle must go on, and we are getting towards the part in the product development cycle where you have to eat your own dog food.’
      • ‘It needed to have the right people who would want to build the app for themselves and eat their own dogfood.’
      • ‘It was signing up members at a furious rate, in part because it provided a better user experience than we did, and we didn't understand that, because we didn't eat our own dog food.’
      • ‘Sound like a pipe dream? IBM will try to prove it isn't by "eating its own dog food."’
      • ‘And being in the technology business, we think it's important that we eat our own dog food, in terms of using the technology and e-business tools internally.’
      • ‘The company is also "eating its own dogfood" by operating the services internally.’
      • ‘My brain is still spinning from ETech, where we were eating our own dog food all week trying out social software during the show.’
      • ‘Eating our own dog food means that we have to stay on the cutting edge of what's out there.’
      • ‘In a move he described as "eating our own dog food", the company is moving all internal desktops to open source software.’
      • ‘We'll focus on improving our product, and we'll focus on staying in business, by listening to our customers and eating our own dog food, instead of flying all over the country trying to raise more venture capital.’
      • ‘The developers will use it because the program manager makes them eat their own dogfood.’