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Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | Dog Food Advisor TRUSTED Business | Verified Safe™…businesses consumers can trust. The Dog Food Advisor is privately owned. Dog Food Advisor is not affiliated — in any way — with the pet food industry. The Dog Food Advisor is a public service website designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food. In addition, to avoid any influence from the industry itself... the company does not accept or allow paid advertising from pet food manufacturers. - Internet

  • Submitted: Fri, February 07, 2014
  • Updated: Fri, July 06, 2018
  • Reported By: Lorenzo — pompano beach Florida
  • Dog Food Advisor TRUSTED Business | Verified Safe™…businesses consumers can trust. The Dog Food Advisor is privately owned. Dog Food Advisor is not affiliated — in any way — with the pet food industry. The Dog Food Advisor is a public service website designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food. In addition, to avoid any influence from the industry itself... the company does not accept or allow paid advertising from pet food manufacturers.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Dog Food Advisor for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with Dog Food Advisor have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Dog Food Advisor listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

Dog Food Advisor's managing editor, Mike Sagman, has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his clients success is the heart of his website. [continued below]....
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As a successful publisher, Mike believes it is critical to listen to his readers and respond properly.

By always placing his reader's welfare first, Mike hopes to maintain Dog Food Advisor as a successful organization both now and for many years to come.

Mike's personal business philosophy is based on the premise that "strives to add value in service, understanding that a successful business model is based on value-added services, and client care".

The website's founder and managing editor says this, "We are one of the top pet food review websites for helping dog owners make informed buying decisions."

One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads, "Dog Food Advisor truly communicates all details in its reviews. I am very pleased with the excellent service provided by their support department. They are serious about helping me every time I've contacted them for help."

Dog Food Advisor is Ripoff Report Verified
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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Mike Sagman during an onsite inspection held by a third-party verification company with no biases towards Dog Food Advisor.

Dog Food Advisor is a company created by Mike Sagman that provides reviews of dog food. Mr. Sagman stated the following about his company, "we give it a rating of 1 to 5 stars. I don’t work for the pet food industry I am independent. We really as of the last month or two don't sell anything on the website we pay for the website through traffic referrals from online retailers but not manufacturers. We are independent of the pet food industry. It is the busiest page on the internet. People trust us and we review pet food."

Leads for Dog Food Advisor are primarily obtained through their high SEO, "we are number one on the internet we are the busiest website that does reviews for the pet food industry. We come up in over 27,000 keyword combinations and searches. People find their way to our website they are trying to answer the question what is the best food for my dog. And so we review them based on the labels. That's what we do. When you say what's the business the best way to put this is the readers are our customers they just aren't paying for the information it is free." Their services are solely provided through their website. Individuals interested in their products have access to over 1,000 reviews that cover over 4,600 products and recipes. Mr. Sagman additionally stated, "we try to make it as easy as possible for people. This is the age of choice that we all have so many things to choose from. I think people come to our website I know they come to our website because they are confused and overwhelmed and many of these people are truly in love with their pets."



CUSTOMER CARE & COMPLAINT RESOLUTION – DOG FOOD ADVISOR

Mr. Sagman was asked to describe a situation where a client was not satisfied with the level of service they received. He stated that because their service is based on reviews they very rarely receive complaints. Occasionally individuals will disagree with their review of products, "people just write down and sometimes they get in arguments. That is what causes all the strife. They are arguing with each other and when we step in as a moderator that's what causes complaints. I mean people complain about dog food all the time they go to the manufacturer’s website or they may disagree with the rating. The aggravation comes when we step in and ask them to please not use bad language. We have clear rules no profanity we are not always wearing halos but just please remember to be respectful."

When asked to comment on complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Sagman expressed that all the comments on Ripoff Reports website are false. He stated the following, "Everyone of those is about being banned. If you read the complaints and really look at them they are talking about how unfair we are. The one that you will see that motivated me the most are the ones that say credit card fraud. I am an honest person we are not the kind of people that are in the home building business. I have kept a clean record my entire life. I work really hard and so does my wife. My wife started crying when she read those complaints. This person wrote every single one of them. He says he is in Florida...I know his name. We went through the trouble of hiring a 3rd party to track him down but we decided to take no action because I am just embarrassed I don't want this in the newspaper. That's how he got even with us. We had a $14 product that we sold for 4 years that we are phasing out because we don’t make much money from it. $14.99 membership for a year for our recommendations and that is how we funded our business for years. He made up this bogus complaint that we took $700 from him and I would love to know how you do that. Also, no credit cards are exchanged with me, my wife, or anyone who is an employee. They are stored on authorize.net it is a Visa subsidiary. It stores the last 4 digits of somebody's credit card so we can’t charge anyone's accounts. It is set up to charge only $14.99. It was completely made up. If you look at the pattern he went back the next day and just changed his name. We know exactly who it is."

In order to ensure that clients are receiving the best experience possible Dog Food Advisor, they are always looking for ways to make improvements. Most recently, "[our] comment policy on the discussions has helped a lot and a major improvement. We have profanity filters. On our forums that are separate from these that have filters that automatically asterisk words that are not allowed in forums and comments."

Dog Food Advisor is proud to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Bruce stated the following, "when I learned about the Corporate Advocacy Program I thought it was interesting, but I thought this would make them come up even higher and I still believe that it will. But what I like best about it is if someone posts again...it will give me a chance to hear about it and in other words, they will say 'Hey Mike, this was just posted about you' and you can respond. That is what I am most excited about”



DOG FOOD ADVISOR – STATEMENT FROM THE FOUNDER – MIKE SAGMAN

" I am proud to be the founder and managing editor of The Dog Food Advisor -- DogFoodAdvisor.com -- a popular review and reference website ranked #1 in its niche by Alexa.com, an Amazon company. The Dog Food Advisor was awarded its registered trademark from the United States Patent and Trademark office in 2015. Before I founded The Dog Food Advisor website, I practiced Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport News, VA from October 1975 to June 2014. I am a 1973 honors graduate of the Medical College of Virginia with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. My academic training at Roanoke College included a major in chemistry and a minor in biology. I am a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, the Peninsula Dental Society and the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics. I have received numerous awards for excellence by my profession. I am a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Dental Honor Society. I am a 1975 recipient of the United States Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service to my country. I have been recognized as one of "Virginia's Top Dentists" every year since 2010 by Virginia Living magazine. I have also been chosen by my peers to be honored by Hampton Roads magazine in its list of the area's "Top Dentists".

Mike Sagman is the founder and managing editor of The Dog Food Advisor -- DogFoodAdvisor.com -- a popular review and reference website ranked #1 in its niche by Alexa.com, an Amazon company.

The Dog Food Advisor was awarded its registered trademark from the United States Patent and Trademark office in 2015.

Dr. Sagman practiced Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry from October 1975 to June 2014.

He is a 1973 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. His academic training at Roanoke College included a major in chemistry and a minor in biology.

Dr. Sagman is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, the Peninsula Dental Society and the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics.

He has received numerous awards for excellence by his profession. Dr. Sagman is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Dental Honor Society.

He is a 1975 recipient of the United States Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service to his country.

Dr. Sagman has been recognized as one of "Virginia's Top Dentists" every year since 2010 by Virginia Living magazine. He has also been chosen by his peers to be honored by Hampton Roads magazine in its list of the area's "Top Dentists".

Dog Food Advisor's research and editorial team have regularly expressed their confidence in the performance of their professional assignments. Dog Food Advisor takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, ""Dog Food Advisor provides a very positive environment within to work.

Opportunities for suggestions and improvements are encouraged. Our editor, Mike Sagman, is truly concerned about our contribution to the company and providing growth opportunities for each of us. He takes the time to listen and communicate with employees and customers."

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Dog Food Advisor's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.



STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM DOG FOOD ADVISOR

Dog Food Advisor recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, Dog Food Advisor has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with founder and managing editor, Mike Sagman, Ripoff Report is convinced that Dog Food Advisor is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.



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Ripoff Report has determined that Dog Food Advisor meets Ripoff Report Verified™ standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24-hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

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NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED

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Dogfoodadvisor dog food advisor www.dogfoodadvisor.com nutrition dogfood Internet

This site is highly manipulated. When you say something against their favorite companies for instance Nature Logic or orijin then you find your posts eater officially deleted or magically disappeared a few days later. Only the groupies' posts will remain.When you say something about their high protein diets who are proven wrong then they will bully,flag,block and delete you in order to promote their subversive agenda.They misrepresented the studies.and then when you point out the dangers their own studies have shown they will delete your posts making up stories why and only their one-sided information remains and you won't know both sides receiving flawed and biased information as a result of this.

I work as a nurse and also have a diploma in veterinary assistant, that is 20 years old, and have been very concerned about their false claims, their conduct and their misrepresentation of facts, so do all the veterinarians I know. They are so many dogs who got sick listening to Hounddog or Shawna recommending too much protein or a raw diet. If the posts are still there, look at the Orijen or Primal thread.

They misconstrue textbooks for instance claiming the textbooks state you can give 40 or 50% protein to a senior dog while they say 28% max. then they use studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or purina to falsely substantiate their claims.When you point out the flaws then your posts will disappear. Shawna will misrepresent pretty much about anything to promote her 50% protein diet. For instance falsely claiming her dog is not on medication or those dogs would not live very long while it would not be unusual if the dog is still alive. Then she keeps contradicting herself how much protein she feeds depending on the arguments, check out the web under scam about more information about this site.

100s of people have been bullied and unfairly blocked on here not doing anything wrong and being the victims of bullying. Vets get regularly blocked and their posts conveniently deleted. Of course the groupies can do whatever they want and their posts remain as long as they back up Mike the owner/editor. End result is you have indeed very biased information. Mike the owner/dentist is not an expert yet him among the groupies without any credentials make so many false claims but think they know it all.

Please don't buy into their high protein diet is all not necessarily superior, also don't believe their
exaggerated claims on lentils,gluten, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, raw food etc.

Buyer Beware! Go to other sites in order to get information about dog food. Get the information you need from a vet and perhaps a second opinion, then research for yourself but please do not listen to these self-proclaimed experts, they don't have the credentials they simply read the information online and for the most part, have fed purina until two years ago. Now they pretend they know all about holistic foods. The same with the editor Mike. He has fed his dog Iams and other crappy foods that killed his dog. Now he got smarter but this doesn't make him an expert.

From a dog lover feeding my dogs holistic brands their entire life. Having REAL credentials in the field. Please don't listen to these crucks.

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I was banned unfairly

AUTHOR: Dog Lover - ()

This site is highly manipulated. When you say something critizing their favorite companies for instance Nature Logic or orijin then you find your posts eater officially deleted or magically disappeared a few days later. Only the groupies' posts will remain.When you say something about their high protein diets who are proven wrong then they will bully,flag,block and delete you in order to promote their subversive agenda.They misrepresented the studies.and then when you point out the dangers their own studies have shown they will delete your posts making up stories why and only their one-sided information remains and you won't know both sides receiving flawed and biased information as a result of this.

I work as a nurse and also have a diploma in veterinary assistant, that is 20 years old, and have been very concerned about their false claims, their conduct and their misrepresentation of facts, so do all the veterinarians I know. They are so many dogs who got sick listening to Hounddog or Shawna recommending too much protein or a raw diet. If the posts are still there, look at the Orijen or Primal thread.

They misconstrue textbooks for instance Hounddog and Shawna claimed the textbooks state you can give 40 or 50% protein to a senior dog while they say 28% max. then they use studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or purina to falsely substantiate their claims.When you point out the flaws then your posts will disappear. Shawna will misrepresent pretty much about anything to promote her 50% protein diet. For instance falsely claiming her dog is not on medication or those dogs would not live very long while it would not be unusual if the dog is still alive. Then she keeps contradicting herself how much protein she feeds depending on the arguments, check out the web under scam about more information about this site.

100s of people have been bullied and unfairly blocked on here not doing anything wrong and being the victims of bullying. Vets get regularly blocked and their posts conveniently deleted. Of course the groupies can do whatever they want and their posts remain as long as they back up Mike the owner/editor. End result is you have indeed very biased information. Mike the owner/dentist is not an expert yet him among the groupies without any credentials make so many false claims but think they know it all.

It becomes noticeable that there is a war going on between the 'regulars' and most other men and women; people they disagree with them. It also becomes noticeable that the 'regulars' are allowed to violate the web site's rules and act racist while other people get banned permanently without any good reasons. The name-calling by the 'regulars' include 'ignorant person', 'misguided hippie' (which is racism), 'spoiled brat-dog should get a new home', just to name a few from yesterday and today. Then Mike defends the 'regulars' and claims others would be the 'cyber stalkers', 'fraudulent posters with intend to deceive', or 'people with fake or deceptive identities' etc. using very strong words legally questionable while Pattyvaugh among Hounddog, Shawna, Betsy Greer, LabsRaw, Iosol and a couple of followers are doing exactly that and it is noticeable on every thread.

There is no doubt in my mind to conclude that these strong words by the editor are inaccurate and a simple defense mechanisn destracting of his own unlawful conduct. It becomes easily understood that all he does is defending his groupies and exaggerate other people's conduct. I conclude without a doubt that eater he intentionally misrepresents and act fraudulently or it is possible that people do post with an alternative identity, not 'a fraudulent identity with intend to deceive' simply because they have been banned from the site and tried to speak their mind. This is completely different having an alternative ID is not illegal.

The past seven days I have witnessed the editor to eliminate at least eight posts that were permitted but questioned the editor's diet choices. I have followed the site for a while and hope someone will file a lawsuit against them for all the bullying and mistreatment so many innocent people have received. Also his information he provides states in violation with the FTC. He constructs many false claims and a disclaimer won't protect him.

Please don't buy into their high protein diet is all not necessarily superior, also don't believe their exaggerated claims on lentils,gluten, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, raw food etc.

Buyer Beware! Go to other sites in order to get information about dog food. Get the information you need from a vet and perhaps a second opinion, then research for yourself but please do not listen to these self-proclaimed experts, they don't have the credentials they simply read the information online and for the most part, have fed purina until two years ago. Now they pretend they know all about holistic foods. The same with the editor Mike. He has fed his dog Iams and other crappy foods that killed his dog. Now he got smarter but this doesn't make him an expert.

From a dog lover feeding my dogs holistic brands their entire life. Having REAL credentials in the field. Please don't listen to these crucks.

 

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#2 Consumer Comment

I was banned unfairly

AUTHOR: Cinthia Gordon - ()

Posted someting on Halo Vegetarian Dog food today and after 15 minutes they deleted my post while falsely claiming my name would be fraudulent. I wanted to defend myself but they also blocked my discuss acount. Unbelievable, this is the first time I posted on there. They obviously don't want people to know about vegetarian dog foods. This site is fraudulent. They obviously have no evidence. I have never met or know those people they accuse me to know. They must be working for the meat companies.

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