Finding good advice can be difficult, regardless of subject. Since the advent of the internet, information is readily at our fingertips, but now the challenge can be determining if the information is opinion or fact. An example of this quandary can be seen on the website, Dog Buffs, where they have a page dedicated to the topic of Nutro dog food.
At first glance, the page seems like a news article about the benefits of feeding Nutro. But reading further into it, the author compares Nutro brands against each other and then to outside brands – then finally the author “ranks” them. The article is posted anonymously, leaving the reader with no idea of the expertise level of the writer.
The site is a great place to start your nutrition or training research…but for in depth information and to answer the “why?” factor, you will have to search elsewhere. For example, on the puppy foods page, the statement “dry puppy foods are generally healthier and more economical” might in fact be a true statement, but the article doesn’t justify the author’s position or tell the reader why they should trust their judgment.
Dog Buffs does contain a lot good tidbits of information on clicker training, puppy socialization and behavioral problems. The website is clear, easy to navigate and an easy read. But, it did leave us wanting for more. We really would like to have seen clickable links to the products or websites referred to in their articles or reviews. It can be quite a
pain to have to copy/paste into a new web browser to see what the
author is talking about.
Dog Buffs claims it wishes to be “the authoritative online encyclopedia for dogs and puppies”. While the site has made a good start towards that goal, it needs to add a lot more content & provide the background on the authors before it can begin to fulfill that claim to it’s readers. Dog Buffs has the right idea and their hearts are in the right place – wanting to give dog owners the best information. The site just needs to do a better job convincing it’s readers who they are & why their information can be trusted.
We as dog lovers must not believe everything that is posted on the internet is accurate. When researching information on your pet’s health, nutrition or training, it is best to do your homework. Read as much as you can & from as many sources as possible on the topic and then consult a professional. Your vet and respected professional trainers are your best source to determine if all the conclusions you have reached are based on fact or opinion.