I do not own a dog myself but I do have visitors who bring their dogs with them when they come to see me.As dogs are now treated like part of the family I always try to have some doggie treats in my cupboard so that when my visitors have a cup of tea and a biscuit or a slice of cake ,I can give their dog a bowl of water and a couple of treats.
I first brought Bakers Healthy Delights from my local pet shop .I was looking for the sort of treat that would suit any size dog as our visitors have different sized dogs and I was also looking for some sort of healthy treat as dogs are like humans and need to watch their diets.
Healthy Delights contain;
Protein-to build muscles
Fibre-to help the digestion
Omega 3 and 6
Cacium- for teeth and bones
Low in fat
Crunchy , chewy and soft textures
They come in a resealable zipped packet to keep the treats fresh , which is particularly important as ours do not get eaten daily and need to be stored between visits.
The treats have a lovely visual appearance and come in the shape of ; fish, hearts,peas and another shape that I am not sure what it is meant to be. They are also made in delightful colours.
There is lots of nutritional information on the back of the pack.
For more information visit the websites below
Healthy Delights are a new range of dog treats made by Purina and marketed under the Bakers brand. The product is promoted as nutritionally good for dogs and along with its bring colourful packaging is what drew me to it in the first place.
And single packet holds 200g, which roughly equates to 20 or so treats. There are 4 different varieties of treats in every packet: a soft red heart, a crunchy fish, chewy peapod and a hard cream chew. My dog loved every last one, but because he is teething at the moment he prefers the chewier ones as they give him (and my slippers!) more relief. The packet states they are suitable for any dog over 3 months although I probably wouldn't recomend these for small puppies under 6kg reguardless of age as I just think they would be too big for them.
The fish is said to contain omega 3 and 6 to give a healthy coat and skin. The red heart is full of protien to develop and mantain muscles. The green pea pod has at least 4% pea in it to promote a healthy digestive system, whilst the cream chew stick is said to clean the teeth and is full of calcium for bones. Comparing these claims to the ingredients they seem belivable although I can't say I have notice any different in my dog but then he has always eaten good quality complete dog food. The only thing I am dubious about is how they make the treats such a bright colour, and surely these artificial colouring cannot be healthy for our animals. And secondly it doesn't state what meat is in the product, it is only listed as meat and animal deratives, which strikes me as not the best quality ingredients as otherwise they would say.
Overall I find it difficult to not reccomend these treats as Rufus likes these more than most other chewy treats - even though they probably aren't as healthy as they claim - and are helping in his day to day training. I do like however that there are 4 different kinds of treats in one bag as I feel I'm giving him more variety and tastes.
If you decied you want to try these out for yourself you can order a free sample pack from the Butchers website (www.butcherscomplete.co.uk) and there is a small yellow banner on the left hand side to claim yours. At the time of writing there was more than 10,000 left to be claimed - can't knock a freebie!
I received a 125g free sample pack of these attractively packaged dog treats via the manufacturer's website*. As the name implies these are packed with goodness and comprise four different fun-shaped chews with as many benefits, and more, contained therein. With strong emphasis on visual variety these are also differently textured. There is a fish-shaped crunchy biscuit made from wholegrain cereal containing vitamins and essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for a healthy immune system. There is then a texturally contrasting soft, meaty heart-shaped and protein-packed treat for stronger muscles. To aid healthy digestion there is a soft pea-pod like treat containing garden vegetables and pea fibres. Completing the line-up is a bone-shaped, calcium-crammed chewy delight which is also low fat. This different mixture of shapes, colours and textures is inventive and attractive. I would imagine that children in particular would have fun feeding their doggy pals with these healthy treats. Ingredients and nutritional analysis are clearly detailed on the packet along with a helpful maximum daily intake chart. For the record the manufacturers recommend 2 pieces for dogs up to 7kg, 3 pieces up to 15kg and for biggies up to 30kg 5 pieces are suggested. Therein lies a conundrum however as only the largest dogs would benefit from the nutritional cross-section covered by all four treats. One way round this may be to cut each of the four in half so that you can offer a taste of the complete range to the smaller dogs. The packaging does state however that these are merely intended as a complement to your dog's main meal regime and should be adjusted accordingly. One noteworthy warning from the manufacturer is to avoid putting the treats on carpets or rugs as they may stain. The best before date on my pack is a good 8 months away. The packet is easy to open with a tear indent above a grip-edge re-sealable border. I find this sealing method to be by far the most effective for maintaining freshness. A nice touch of added value is the Purina Petcare team's freephone helpline facility. They are available to deal with enquiries between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, with dedicated contact numbers for both the UK and ROI customers. Likewise contact can be made via post with respective postal addresses also displayed, if that is your preferred means of enquiry. Oh, and my dog loves the treats by the way!
*website address is www.bakerscomplete.co.uk and at the time of writing there a still well over 19,000 free sample packs remaining so why not try before you buy?
My dogs seem to love the Bakers products and they have treats and the bakers chunks on a daily basis.
I have tried them with most of the products in the range and they seem to like pretty much all of them.
I first saw these bakers treats when I went to pets at home last week. They were on the end of an isle with a large 'new' sticker above, so I assume they haven't been around for very long, and i have never seen them before.
The pack cost £2.80 for 200g which is quite expensive as far as treats go, you can get them much cheaper, however these are supposed to aid health and nutrition so if they do, they're well worth the extra.
I would say that there must have been about 25 treats in the pack which is pretty good but didn't too far amongst our 4 dogs.
One of dogs is a very fussy eater, even when it comes to treats and although I was quite sure the other would like these, I wasn't sure about her.
All of the dogs love them. The fussy one only liked one of the varieties (the heart shape) but the other enjoyed all the different types in the pack.
In the pack 4 will find a mixture of 4 different types of treats, each promoting different health areas.
The fish shape is rich in omega 3 and 6 and aids a healthy immune system. The heart shapes is rich in protein and helps to maintain strong muscles. The flat stick is high in calcium and is chewy, promoting healthy teeth and strong bones. Finally the moon shaped treat contains pea fibre and is helps to aid digestion.
I am sorry to disagree with the other reviewer but I think they're great and my dogs loved them.
I will conintue to buy them if they become available elsewhere as well and think they are a great, different treat for the dogs.
Would be 5 out of 5 stars but they are a little bit pricey, hence 4 out of 5 stars.
*What are Bakers Healthy Delights?*
These treats are part of the Bakers range of dog food, which includes a variety of complete dry meals and a selection of snacks and treats. Bakers is owned by the pet food giant Purina, who also produce the likes of Winalot, Felix, Go Cat and Bonio.
*The product itself*
Whilst doing my weekly shop at Sainsburys, I always have to take a little wander down the pet food aisle, to see what bits there may be on offer to spoil my two gorgeous doggies with! Grace and Benson aren't fussy by any means- if something is vaguely edible, or to be honest, even if it is not- they'll happy gobble it down without so much as a second thought, so this makes my task of buying treats for them, very easy indeed!
Strolling down the aisle, my attention was instantly drawn to the big 'introductory offer' banner, offering these new treats at cheaper than what their usual retail price will be, so I flung a packet into my trolley for the terrible twosome.
The treats in question are the latest offering from the hugely popular pet food company Bakers, and whilst I must admit I wouldn't touch their dry food with a barge pole due to it being artificially coloured, poor quality, additive packed junk- I don't mind the dogs having their treats occasionally, and reading the packet, it seemed that these not-so-imaginatively named Healthy Delights treats, could even offer them something beneficial, so off to the check out I proceeded, treats in tow.
The Healthy Delights treats are a complementary food for adult dogs (so those aged 1 year and over) and in each packet you will find an assortment of 4 separate varieties of treat:
Firstly, is the Fish shaped one. This is a beige coloured crunchy biscuit treat, designed to help maintain a healthy and strong immune system, and is made with whole grain cereals, salmon and essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, which can also help promote a healthy coat and skin.
Next up is the soft, moist red and white Heart shaped chewy treat, which is packed with quality protein to help maintain strong, lean muscles.
Then we have the oddly shaped and oddly coloured bright green moist treat, which I think is supposed to resemble peas in a pod! Indeed, it does contain pea fibre and garden vegetables, and claims to help aid a healthy digestive system.
Last but by no means least is the white chunky chewy treat which is low in fat and high in calcium and is apparently shaped in such a way that it will help aid oral hygiene, whilst at the same time providing essential calcium for strong teeth and bones.
The treats are all around 1 inch or so long, and about half an inch thick, so they make a relatively substantial sized snack for most medium or large dogs, and they can easily be broken into smaller pieces for smaller breeds of dog, or to be used as training rewards.
Bakers Healthy Delights come packaged in a reasonably large blue foil packet which carries the recognisable Bakers logo, along with illustrations of each of the treats on the front of the packet. On the back, you will find all the usual information you'd expect to find such as ingredients, nutritional information and feeding guides, aswell as a small amount of information detailing what areas of your dogs health each treat is designed to target. Of course, contact details for Purina (the guys who make Bakers) can also be found.
*Price & Availability*
I purchased our packet of Healthy Delights from Sainsburys where a 200g bag cost me £2.23, and these were on an introductory offer, so I imagine they will be around 20p more expensive at full price. Bakers in an exceptionally popular brand, so I imagine these treats will also be available at many other outlets, both on and offline.
Although I purchase 95% of my pet supplies from Pets At Home, I do always like to bring Grace and Benson a little something home from Sainsburys when I do my weekly shop, and boy do they know this! The second I get through the door, I'm flattened by their usual ''oh my god, welcome home, you've been gone weeks, never leave me again'' greeting, and then their heads are straight in my shopping bags to see what goodies I have brought them home this time!
As I rummage through the bags to find their pack of new treats, they're sat waiting somewhat patiently at my feet and I'd like to imagine they've behaved whilst I've been gone (!), so they get to sample their new Healthy Delights straight away.
Tearing open the packet, which thankfully has one of those handy resealable closures, I am hit by a strong meaty whiff that personally, I don't think smells too pleasant! Of course, Grace and Benson strongly disagree however and by now are both beginning to drool excessively (lovely!) and tails, or Rottie stumps in Grace's case, are now wagging a mile a minute.
First up, I let them try one the fish biscuits each. As they chomp away, the biscuits don't seem very crunchy, presumably because they've been in a packet with a selection of moist treats. They make me think of a stale biscuit- all soft and lacking crunchiness. Grace and Benson clearly didn't care however, and by the time I've each reached for their next treat, the fishy biscuits are gone.
Next up to sample is the chunky dental chew. This looks like a little white bar, with ridges running all down one side, and looks like it could indeed, be rather beneficial to oral health. Handing one each to Grace and Benson, they take a little while longer to chew these. They both bite their chew into two pieces and have to take their time chewing away before they can swallow, so hopefully the treats are doing a small bit towards helping to give their teeth a little clean.
Now onto the heart shaped treat. This was definitely the stinkiest one! If I remember correctly, a few years ago Bakers used to sell these treats in a packet of their own and they went by the name of Health Hearts or something alone those lines. This treat appears very soft, and judging by the milliseconds it took Grace and Benson to eat- it is!!
Their last one to try was the weirdly shaped green treat. Grace and Benson love vegetables, and this treat apparently contains peas and garden veggies, so needless to say, they gulped this one down eagerly too. It appeared a medium between the two treats they ate previously- not as hard as the dental chew, but not quite as soft as the heart treat.
So there we have it, all 4 treats sampled, and each one of them enjoyed with the same good success. Grace and Benson clearly loved all the treats, and whilst I am not too sure they are quite as healthy as Bakers may have you believe, there is no denying there is a good assortment of treats in the packet, which enables your dog to have a wide variety of different tastes and textures, without having to have more than one packet of dog treats on the go at a time.
In the packet I'd say there was around 20 treats, so after allowing Grace and Benson to sample one each of the 4 different treats, almost half a packet was gone straight away, but of course, each time I give these treats, I won't be giving them 4 each! They'll just be getting 1 or 2, so all in all, I suppose these treats have the potential to last a good while, especially if not fed everyday, and the resealable closure is going to keep them fresh.
I also found they made rather good training rewards. As the heart treat was so smelly, it captured the dogs attention and because of the soft texture of this particular treat, I was able to break each heart into 4 or 5 little pieces and I found they make good rewards whilst doing basic obedience work- the dogs were able to each them very quickly whilst on the go, which is what I look for in a training reward. Also, I found the dental chew treat an ideal shape and size to insert in the large hole of a Kong dog toy, and it was relatively tricky to remove, so this kept the dogs entertained for a while.
To conclude- would I buy these treats again? Well, possibly. I'll certainly be purchasing another packet whilst Sainsburys are still running an introductory offer on them, and if in the future, I see any packets on offer, then I dare say I'll buy them again. But, I image their normal retail price will be around the £2.50 mark, which in my eyes, is just a tad too expensive for what is essentially a packet of treats made with very poor ingredients and artificial colours.