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Dogs can not eat our chocolate, but whenever anyone eats chocolate in our family the dog thinks we should be giving it to him so I decided to see if there was any chocolate for dogs and I found these; Armitage Good Boy chocolate drops for dogs.
The first place I looked was online and I found these on ebay, but they were about £2.50 for one pack which seemed expensive and Amazon was no better. I looked around the shops, but didn't find any. I believe I found these in B&M, but it could have been Home Bargains, at a much cheap price. If I remember right they were 79p. However, looking on Pets At Home it seems they do sell them, but they are £1.79. They are also listed on the Tesco website at £1, but I've never seen them instore.
£1 or under is a good price for these and for that you get a 250g packet, which is resealable for lasting freshness (and so the dog can't stick his nose in if you leave them in reach).
Obviously these are dog safe and the packet also states that it has added vitamins. The packet I have also states on the front that buying the product supports the PDSA, which is good.
So how many of these can your dog have? Well, they can actually have quite a few each day, although I should think they will probably end up rather fat if you feed them the maximum amount every day. A small dog can have 6-10 drops a day, a medium dog can have 12-15 drops and a large dog can have 24-36 drops a day.
The really important question though is does my dog like them? Well he usually comes running the second you touch the packet - I've no idea how he knows! He'll keep glancing from the packet to the person holding it until he gets the drops. He's also more than happy to do a trick to get one and will often go mad trying to give you a paw or beg to get a treat.
Often if anyone is eating chocolate he'll sit by them and keep glancing at his chocolate as if trying to say if you get chocolate so do I. I think it's safe to say he really likes these treats.
He doesn't normally get more than 5 in one day and he doesn't get them everyday, but it was quite a while ago when I bought them and there's still plenty left so they are well worth the money. As soon as these have gone I'm sure I'll be buying another packet.
I have a 5 month old Jack Russell puppy and use these for training. I have found that they are absolutely the best possible training reward, because my dog has a sweet tooth and will never refuse the offer of a chocolate! Sometimes he will turn his nose up at a piece of kibble or a savoury snack, but the chocolate gets him to obey everytime.
I first bought these in Morrisons for just over £1, and think this is excellent value for money, given how long a packet lasts and the almost magical powers of persuasion a piece of chocolate can exert over my sometimes stubborn little pup. I find that a packet lasts a long time - about a month - as they recommend that a dog not be given more than 10 drops in a day. I sometimes break the drops in half to make them go further during a training session.
The chocolates have a very strong and pleasant vanilla scent which helps to keep his attention. I have to confess that I have tasted one of these drops myself when I first bought them (don't judge me, I was curious!) and they have a subtle sweet flavour, much nicer than carob (though I won't be swapping my Dairy Milk for a bag of these anytime soon!).
In addition to using these during training, I have been giving puppy a chococlate treat at night when he is crated and have found this stops any bedtime tantrums and is helping him to learn to love sleeping in his own little den. I will continue to use them in training and can't recommend them enough.
I've got four gorgeous dogs that although lovely, can be a bit of a pain at times! I have been home from Uni for a couple of months now and I am trying to train them not to shout as much - they often run to the gate when they hear the slightest foot step and bark at passer by's, which is every 5 seconds or so, meaning it can really get on my nerves and it does stress me out quite a bit as a few of my neighbours have small children that are tucked up in bed and don't want disturbing by four rowdy dogs! My yellow labrador Talia is extremely picky at what treats she eats and often spits them out or is sometimes sick after eating one - sounds strange I know but she has various emotional problems that I won't go into! My jack russell Harvey isn't much better and he often plays with his treats rather than actually eating them which is quite messy and a waste of food. My husky Clyro is a real sweet heart and will only eat his treat if he 'earns' it; meaning I have to stand there telling him to do various tricks before he accepts it, where as my chocolate labrador Pip (I honestly should of called her Pig) is a real lump of lard and eats anything she can get her little paws on, meaning she often ends up with my other three dogs' treats as well as her own!
I decided to set out in search of 'the perfect treat' that all of my dogs would gobble down and thoroughly enjoy, and I came across these in my local pets at home. I have obviously heard of them before however I usually stick to crunchy/chewy treats that last a bit longer, however these seemed ideal for the training that I was eager to do and I purchased a few bags. These chocolate drops are made by a company called Armitage, who sell various pet accessories and treats for a variety of different animals. The chocolate has been specially formulated for dogs, and is blended with a few different vitamins including vitamin D3, which is beneficial to a dogs bones and teeth. Another vitamin is vitamin E, which has several important functions and is a great vitamin to add into your dogs diet without them even knowing!
I suppose these chocolate drops were the ones that caught my eye mainly because of the branding - the packet that they come in is very large and is bright blue. It is made clear what the product is just by glancing at it and it has a picture of what the chocolate drops look like so you know what you're getting. There's also a cute cartoon picture of a dog, which makes it clear that it is dog chocolate. The dog chocolate comes in a thick, good quality plastic bag which is resealable, so it can keep the treats fresh. My dogs have a large tub which I store their treats in and these chocolate drops last for ages - they don't go mouldy or 'off'' and I still have a handful left after a month and they look like they did when I first purchased them so it is not really important to keep them in the resealable bag but it is a practical feature. One thing I have noticed about these chocolate drops is that they break up into tiny pieces very easily meaning they leave crumbs in the bottom of the dog treat container, however I don't find this an issue. The chocolate drops look just as a normal chocolate drop would look - they're round and around the size of a penny and are a nice milk chocolaty brown shade. They are ideal to be used as a tip-bit and they're small enough to keep your dog wanting more, meaning they will do whatever they're told in order to earn it!
All of my dogs love these treats and I even had a nibble myself - they smell gorgeous (just like a sweeter version of human chocolate) however definitely don't taste nice to a human's taste buds! My dogs all gather round when I have these treats and they have been a real help in getting my dogs trained not to bark; all I need to do is shout 'treat!' and they come running; all of them love these, even Talia who is usually very picky! I've also noticed that 3 out of 4 of my dogs actually chew these treats rather than swallowing them whole, meaning that they're less of a choking hazard to even the smallest of dogs or puppies. My jack russell does gobble his down whole though however I doubt these would be a major choking hazard anyway due to the texture, which is just like human chocolate and it soon melts when met with a warm dog gob! These treats are also brill to put into a kong - they're small enough to fit in easily and my dogs have fun kicking the kong around in order to get the chocolate drops out.
These treats are ideal to use as a training aid because the smell is so prominent and yummy - to dogs it must smell like heaven! I also like that there's a variety of options - such as flavours. You can either get these in milk chocolate which is suitable for all dogs, or milk flavour which are aimed at puppies and dogs in whelp. There is either a 'normal' version or a sugar free version. I buy the sugar free version, as I think it is a brilliant idea - that way you can still reward your dog with a yummy treat, even if she/he is slightly 'big boned'! Mine are all pretty average weight, however my chocolate labrador is very overweight, but they all seem to think these treats are very tasty so obviously the fact it's sugar free doesn't bother them at all lol. As well as been very popular with my dogs, these treats are also very widely available and affordable, so I don't mind purchasing them regularly. For a 250 gram bag (which has enough treats to last for around a week with my four dogs if I only give them 4/5 a day each) it costs just 69 pence which I think is brilliant value! I think that these chocolate drops are great, however please do not feed your dog normal chocolate as it's harmful to dogs - this stuff is a specially formulated chocolate substitute and I can honestly say that my dogs love it!
If my dogs were human, my Malinois would be the slim athletic never put any weight on girl while my Lab would be the curvy childbearing hips girl! She isnt fat, far from it but does very well on food, probably because she will eat anything. Luckily she get endless exercise and all her curves are solid muscle.
The Malinois gently picks treat or tit bits up in the front of her mouth carrys them to her bed, licks them and gentley bites the tiniest bits off to eat it.
The Lab, she grabs the treat swallow whole!
These choc treats are her favourite by far. Her tail is always wagging but when these come out her whole body wags down to her nose! She will do anything for these and ends up just going through her whole routine of tricks before I've even asked her for one!
I have never really liked doggy chocolate but got these once as they were on offer. You really do get loads in the bag for a decent price.
I tried my Rotti on these but I dont think he realised he had been given a treat as they were too small for him. He wasnt really impressed!
The Malinois took one tiny choc drop to her bed to nibble!!
Surprisingly I like these treats purely for the reaction my Lab has over them. If she likes them I'll keep buying them!