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Good Boy Tripe Sticks
Good Boy Tripe Sticks
Author Name: daisylee3
Good Boy Tripe Sticks
Date: 08/04/12, updated on 08/04/12 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Effective training aids, dogs love them
Disadvantages: Smelly, crumbly, expnensive
Tripe.. up until I owned dogs I had no idea what the stuff was! So, what is it? Well, it's basically the stomach of a cow, pig or sheep.. gross I know. Tripe apparently has an acquired taste, but I would never eat it personally so I have no idea what it actually tastes like, but I do know one thing - it smells vile and doesn't look much better! These particular treats are dried tripe, made from the stomach of cows. Doesn't sound appealing really does it?
My four dogs go bonkers for it though and I buy a packet of it once in a while as a little treat for my dogs. I only buy it once in a while not only because it smells horrible, but because it's quite pricey. Nevertheless though my dogs love these treats and will do anything for one, so I can't fault them too much. The treats are obviously 100% natural and help promote healthy gums and teeth.
They are suitable for all breeds of dogs and are described as 'tasty treats' by Armitage and are suitable for use as a treat, reward or training aid. Armitage also state that the tripe is easily broken down. I'm unsure whether they mean in the dogs digestive system, or as in easily broken apart to feed to the dog, however I personally don't break them up because they're so crumbly - I just give them to my dogs whole, as they're only medium sized chunks anyway.
**Price and Value for Money**
These treats are actually quite pricey and in my opinion not the best value for money. The treats are sold by weight rather than quantity and are available in packs of either 200 or 500 grams. The 500 gram pack retails between £9-10 and the 200 gram retails for £3-4, obviously prices hugely vary depending on where you purchase them from.
I purchase the 200 gram pack from Sainsburys to save on postage, as although the treats are slightly cheaper on pet retail websites, postage brings the cost back up again. Sainsbury's currently sell the 200 gram packs for £3.95 which is why the tripe sticks are once in a while treats; for £3.95 I could buy almost four large boxes of normal dog treats, so not the best value for money. My dogs do love them though and the quality seems okay. A 200 gram pack will last anywhere between a few days and a week depending on how often we do training with the dogs, I have four adult dogs though so if you have just one or two dogs or a puppy, a pack will obviously last considerabely longer.
The tripe sticks come in a plastic packet. The packet is not re-sealable meaning the treats have to be transferred into a sealable tupperwear box as soon as they're opened, not only to contain the smell but to also keep them fresh and hygienic. The pack that the treats come in has a blue colour scheme and due to this the treats are instantly recogniseable as a Good Boy product. The branding is simple and all the information you could need are listed on the front of the packet. There's also a clear piece of plastic which acts as a window, meaning the treats can be seen through the pack, making it clear what the packet contains.
I've been buying these treats on and off for around four years now. All of my dogs love them and they're probably the most strong smelling treat i've ever bought for them meaning they are very succesful as training aids and my dogs come running as soon as I get one of these out! The smell is very unpleasant and strong, to the point where one of my friends literally nearly threw up once when she opened the box of treats, lol. I guess as a dog owner though I am used to unpleasant smells whether it be dog poo, cat poo, fox poo, dead rabbits and so on so the smell doesn't effect me quite as much as it would someone who's not used to the usual smells that a majority of dog owners have to put up with.
The treats are dark in colour and very dry. They vary in sizes and although they are marketed as 'sticks', there are often weird shaped pieces of tripe in the pack; eg short and square, and some are actually quite sharp so it's worth checking it's not sharp before giving it to my dogs. My dogs absolutely love these treats and my husky acts quite weird whenever he has one; he rolls in it making sure the scent gets all over his collar area and then eats it.
My other dogs usually gobble theres straight down. My boyfriends dog barks whenever we give her one of these and instead of eating it she plays with it lol. As the treats are so strong smelling my dogs do get a bit greedy and try to eat them all at once sometimes causing arguements amongst themselves (nothing serious, just growling and playful barking) and therefor I would not reccomend these if you have a food posessive dog or an agressive dog.
One treat lasts for around 5 minutes so they're not the most durable but not too short lived either. The texture is suprisingly hard and you can hear the cracking sounds as the dogs tuck in. The treats are quite messy and leave behind a pile of crumbs, but as I have a wooden floor the dogs just lick the crumbs up and I clean up afterwards with a wet wipe.
Very stinky and quite expensive but extremely effective training aids.
Summary: 4/5 stars, smell and price let the treats down
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