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I thought this was kinda funny and pathetic so I thought I would share...

I went into petco the other day to price out their solid gold food so that I could compare it to a local pet food place. While looking at the solid gold a rep for blue buffalo walked over to me and asked if I was feeding solid gold. I said that I had fed it and I was looking at going back to feeding it. This is what I found funny...she asked what I was feeding the dog currently and I told her Taste of The Wild. Her response was "oh, i've never heard of that brand." Now I can understand there are so many foods on the market that it can be hard to know everything that's out there, but I think TOTW is a popular enough food I was surprised that she hadn't heard of it. How good of a sales rep can you be if you don't even know what your competition is? She was a bad sale rep anyways, she was to quiet and shy from what I could tell. She wanted to tell me about blue buffalo but I told her I knew about it so she wouldn't waste my time. She did comment about how my dog had the softest fur...hope blue buffalo doesn't find out. Just thought this was odd, thought I'd share.
 

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Hopefully it was her first day on the job, dya think? LOL. Otherwise, perhaps Blue Buffalo needs to re-evaluate who they put on the front lines.
Hilarious.
 

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I swear, if I didnt have to travel, I would be a dog food rep (for a good company). I work at petco and see many reps and I always end up in a conversation with them. The nutro people have stopped talking to me unless they have to...lol

I hate when they are there though because when people come in needing help finding a good food, the reps take over and show them foods that I don't really like. We SHOULD get solid gold reps and wellness reps.

I feed taste of the wild too and guess what? Some of our reps have never heard of it either. Its crazy. They are just there to spew out what they learned on the job, I dont think most of them do the research that we do as dog owners.

Nutro just changed their ultra, by the way. Apparently, changing the bag's appearence and throwing extra ingredients that dogs dont really need means they can raise their prices. Do dogs NEED pomegranite? Maybe they do but not at THOSE prices.
 

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I'll admit I never heard of TOTW until I started posting here because it isn't a HUGE brand and is only sold at one store near me, but as a sale rep it seems like it's your job to know about dog food (not just your own brand.) It's true that we as dog owners do a lot of research and that's why we know so much but it had me thinking, i'm not sure i'd want to buy dog food from someone/sales rep that didn't have a dog. How do they know if they don't try it? Just repeating what they read in the pamplet? :) As I said before not everyone can know everything, so the sale rep not knowing about TOTW isn't a huge deal, just thought it was funny. She did compliment TOTW though! :) I thought about "quizzing" her and discussing good vs. bad food and products with her but it really just wasn't worth the time. There is much worse, if someone was trying to push puppy chow on me then I might have to get a good laugh and talk to them about it.
 

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lol reminds me of one of my encounters with a sales rep for BillJack food.

They stoped me and imediatly said "Have you tried Bill Jack, It's much better than what you are feeding now!"

um excuse me? YOu don't even know what I'm feeding now. I told them that What I am feeding is better and they stoped talking to me. I would have enjoyed a good civil argument.
 

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I'm guessing that many of these reps come from a temporary service. They are given material to study for a short time period and are just basically there to push product. A long time ago I worked for a temporary service. They sent me to the local grocery stores to push grapefruits and juice. Didn't know a thing about the juice products I was just there to push it. Don't know if this is true for the dog food industry.
 

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depends on which company and how long they have worked for the company. I have worked for a few dog food companies as a rep, however I know a lot about food, enough now that we're going back to raw lol (although last time was premade raw, this time we're going full force ;) )

Blue reps, bil jac reps, royal canin reps, wellness reps and nutro reps tend to not know much about their food and other food. They stear clear of me because I ask them questions that they can't answer and can't spin.

"why does your product have corn when corn is primarily cellulose and therefore undigestible?" "why does your dog food have cane moloasses?" "Why do you say its a quailty product when it has animal digest and by products?"

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I had a rep at my store teaching a newbie the tricks of the trade. Now, I was working so I wasn't with them the whole time but I did notice they spent a lot of time talking about product placement and approaching a customer and I heard nothing of ingredients. They probably went over them, I just didn't hear it. Also, the reps do tend to bring in pictures of their own dogs. One rep we get a a very nice lady and I know the pics are of her dogs. But who knows.
 

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It's my understanding that many of the dog food companies hire product specialists or demonstrators on a part-time basis (usually about 8 hours a week). Their job is to educate the consumer about their product. Most of them are not allowed to comment about other foods and cannot draw direct comparisons. They are not "sales reps" in the conventional sense of the term. Some are more knowledgeable than others-either through personal experience, longevity or just wanting to learn.
 

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We don't have most of the foods mentioned on this forum here..lol we don't have TOTW or blue buffalo, or a lot of other foods haha, so hearing about it here was how I know about those foods..I'm glad we have Wellness, Innova, Evo, and Solid Gold though :D
 

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lol reminds me of one of my encounters with a sales rep for BillJack food.

They stoped me and imediatly said "Have you tried Bill Jack, It's much better than what you are feeding now!"

um excuse me? YOu don't even know what I'm feeding now. I told them that What I am feeding is better and they stoped talking to me. I would have enjoyed a good civil argument.
I had a Bil-Jac rep do that to me too, when I was feeding Canidae (before the whole ingredient switch thing). I asked them, "Why would I want to feed a food that has corn, something one of my dogs is allergic to, by-products, and BHA/BHT in it?"

They proceeded to try and tell me the BENEFITS of BHA/BHT, and that one of them was being used to CURE cancer (as opposed to being carcinogenic). That's a new one in my book. They also kept trying to tell me how great corn was, and how it was rich in omega fatty acids... but fat lot of good that does me if my dog is allergic to corn! Did they even hear me? >o_O<
 

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A certain company's reps came in the other day and I got stuck listening to a presentation. I always....always ask questions. They know that I know about dog food and I am sure when they leave they are glad to get away from me :) My question this time was to ask if the egg protein in their food was yolk AND white or just one of the two. They didn't know. They also told me they def. dont use shell and I asked why they DIDN'T as I thought it was a good calcium source if properly ground. No answer. They also called five....FIVE people trying to get the answer on what egg protein was.

Next time they do a presentation (this was my second from them) I am going to ask why they use corn gluten in their 'premuim' foods. Maybe they will have to call ten people but I would really like to know. :eek:
 
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