I love dogs. Love them. Love. Them. And it's as a devoted and lifelong dog-lover that I make this observation: dogs eat their own crap. They eat cat crap. They eat rotted fruit, candy wrappers, ribbon, plastic bottles and any manner of trash they can find along their walk. Though it often makes them sick, they never do learn.
So who, exactly, is gourmet dog food, for? "'There's a fairly large consumer segment that has an innate need to please their dog with a human-like food.'"
Cling to that innate need. It may provide some comfort as you scold your dog for licking at bird droppings.