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My dogs are very much members of my family and are therefore a teeny little bit spoilt! I basically cannot walk into my local pet store or any pet store for that matter and come away with nothing for them. If you open the cupboard solely dedicated for my dogs then you will be met with an array of various dog treats, bones and chews as they do tend to get rewarded quite often or at least they have to do something i.e. sit and wait to get a token treat.
My latest purchase which I have bought before was the Arden Grange Crunchy Bites purely because they have been on offer in my local pet store at just £1 per bag as they were making way for new stock. Arden Grange is a brand known for its hypoallergenic and gluten free offerings and is widely accessible whether in a pet store or online. They are not the most expensive brand but nor are they the cheapest but what they do offer tends to be pretty good quality.
The Arden Grange Crunchy Bites are a biscuit type treat which come in four varieties - chicken, lamb, salmon and 'light' which is also chicken. They are hypoallergenic and free from gluten, dairy, beef and soya which makes them ideal for those dogs such as my one that have sensitivities to certain ingredients. Or just ideal to reward your dog with a crunchy treat which apparently won't ruin a dog's appetite!
Regardless of which flavour you opt to purchase, the type of packaging remains the same. The only difference is the colour of the plastic type pouch/bag that these Crunchy Bites come in. The chicken come in a red bag, lamb in green, salmon in a salmon coloured bag and the 'light' in pale blue. The colours they come in are exactly the same colours as the bags of the actual dry dog food so each flavour is colour coded. The pouch on the front has the Arden Grange logo together with the product name and flavour of choice. On the back of it, there is information about the Crunchy Bites together with the list of ingredients and recommended daily allowance.
The Crunchy Bites are bone shaped and a quite a decent size around 6/7cm so ideal for larger dogs as they actually have to bite into them to swallow and of course for smaller dogs it will just keep them occupied for a few more seconds than an average treat! The biscuits are a brown colour and look quite dense in terms of texture. When snapped in half the inside is textured like a sponge so they actually contain quite a bit of air as the treats are not perfectly solid.
It is safe to say that my dogs really quite like these treats and it isn't often that they do actually turn there nose up at a treat. Because of their slightly larger size they do make my dogs stop and actually bite into the treat rather than it being swallowed hole. I've bought all of the flavours over the last few years and they don't really have a preference as to their favourite flavour as they all go down well. I do only use them as a reward as they are just too big for training but make an ideal token treat.
Overall, I really don't have any complaints about these treats. Because they are hypo-allergenic they suit my dogs completely as they don't have any known irritants in them which can cause my one dog discomfort so I know I'm safe to feed them to him. Definitely a recommendation if your look for a bag of treats for your dog. 5 stars from me.
== Product Information ==
Brand: Arden Grange
Sizes & Prices: 250g - £2.40 & 5kg - £24.60 (RRP as per Arden Grange March 2014)
Availability: In Arden Grange stockists such as pet stores and online
These treats are very similar to the James Welbeloved cracker jacks in that they are bone shaped and a nice healthy meaty makeup.
They are in a larger pack and the biscuits are larger too.
They come in Chicken, Lamb abd Salmon, the same as the varieties in the complete food and are in the same colour packages to match them.
They are about £2.99 so not your cheapo Bonio. I only get these on special occassion, firstly as it is hard to find a retailer around me that actually sells them and secondly because of the price.
When I am feeling flush and I do find a retailer then the dogs get a treat. It is nice to feed the the same treats as their main meals. The treats are quiet heavy and dense looking and so it seems like they have a high concentrate of good ingrediants.
They are a little greasy and do leave a bit of a residue on your hands. If taking them out on walks make sure they are in a bag as they will leave a residue in your pocket too!
I had put some of these in a mesh outer pocket in a rucksack last summer and only just found them 12 months later. Surprisingly they were still okay, had not gone soft and the dogs still enjoyed them!!
Life span on these are brilliant!!!