Dog Food Coach
Mission & Bio

Mission & Bio

What my clients have shared with me…

“We can’t thank you enough for helping us to turn our dog’s health around. He was showing signs of pain, symptoms of arthritis and joint discomfort, and was even having trouble getting out of the house. We always tried to make the best choice on his food, sparing no expense, looking for the best brand. Dog food recalls always had us concerned. We started making his food, based on your recipes, and we noticed a difference almost immediately. We believe in what you are doing, and hope that others will learn what we have from you to help their pets live long and happy lives.” ~ Cynthia & Mike

Just wanted to check in and let you know Finley is doing much better with the allergies and diet. She doesn’t itch like before and no more bumps or red skin.”~ Katherine

“We are very grateful for your help. It really changed everything for Finn.” ~ L. Marsh

“Thank you so much for your kind words, it’s really appreciated. You have been nothing but a bright light and encouraging while I lost hope for my boy. You always helped to keep him as healthy as possible. He ate and looked forward to eating up to that last morning. He loved your recipes so much.” ~Tina

“I am excited he LOVES your recipe. He has never really been food motivated… I never had a dog be part of our family and not be food motivated.” ~ Lindsey

“I cannot even begin to express how kind and compassionate Sarah has been since first contacting her…she was able to guide me to kidney healthy foods, guide and support me through the process of “home cooking” my dog food. Before Sarah I had spent hours and hours reading about dog foods and chose a kibble that I thought was better than all the others. Today, I wouldn’t touch it.” ~Jill

My Mission

I am a human parent to two lovely dogs, so I understand the connection, the silliness, the emotional depth we have with our furbabies. My mission is to help you simplify and master the skill of home cooking for your dogs. It can be easy, nutritious and quite rewarding once you learn a couple tricks of the trade. Just like us, our dogs do best on fresh, whole foods.

My Bio and Background

Cooking. I have been home cooking for my dogs since 2008, and have learned some things along the way. I’ve also been fortunate enough to connect with some very progressive veterinarians and other pros who have taught me a lot over the years! Learning. I’ve been studying human and animal nutrition since 1996. Experience and Love. My work on behalf of animals began long before then, and over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of nonprofit animal protection organizations. I believe my love and concern for animals was inborn, and is not going anywhere My Education:

  • Current – Pursuing Pet Master Herbalist certification
  • 2022 – Pet Therapeutic Nutrition Coach Certification, North American Veterinary Association
  • 2022 – Pet Nutrition Coach Certification, North American Veterinary Association
  • 2016 – Master of Science, Holistic Nutrition, American College of Healthcare Sciences, Portland, OR – Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society
  • 2011 – Holistic Chef for Animals (HCA) certification, Global College of Natural Medicine, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2010 – Canine sports and therapeutic massage studies, Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, Carbondale, CO
  • 2005 – Canine Massage Advanced Studies, Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Newington, CT
  • 2000 – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, University of Connecticut
  • 1998 – Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy lectures, Tufts University, Grafton, MA
  • 1997-1999 – Animal law and ethics lectures, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 1996 – Diploma, Comprehensive Nutrition (Dip.C.N.), Huntington College of Health Sciences, Knoxville, TN

My animal-related work has been featured in:

  • K9 Magazine
  • GoSolo
  • The Shoreline Times
  • The Guilford Courier
  • Dog Fancy magazine
  • NBC News
  • The Waterbury Republican-American
  • Voices
  • The Litchfield County Times
  • The Seattle-Post Intelligencer and elsewhere

Explore my Services page to choose an option that works for you. Talk with you soon! ~ Sarah Whitman, MS Founder, Dog Food Coach