I like to find new treats for my dogs and hope that one day I will find onewhich lasts longer than a few minutes!
I saw these in the supermarket and as they were by Hollins thought they must be okay.
They were £2.99 for three so not that expensive really when you look at the price of rawhide chews.
The dogs would not leave my side when I got the bag home, there was a slight smell from the bag of which I guess the dogs could really smell and went mad for!
When the bag was opened each dog started sniffing the air and it was like catnip for cats! They could not get closer to my feet and I had three large dogs trying to sit on my feet all wanting to be the first to have a taste of this magic smell!
Once I passed the treats out even my politest of dogs grabbed the roll, I guess the smell was just that good!
Each dog ran off tot heir favourite corner to eat the roll and they all eat with musto!!!
The smell was grose and with three of the dogs eating them in the same room it really was a strong smell and quite over powering!
The dogs were eating the rolls on carpet of which was a bad idea. remains of the rolls were on the carpet, sobber and all. Not the best for a good carpet!
The rolls did not last very long unfortunately, about 10 minutes so not the long lasting chew I've been looking for but the dogs loved it and could not get enough which was god enough for me to buy them again!
I am always on the look out for treats for my two dogs as they do enjoy receiving something other than their normal food. However, I do tend to buy a lot of rewards which actually need to be chewed and last longer than 2 seconds. I mainly use these sorts of treats to keep my dogs occupied if I am doing something say turning the horses out in the morning so they don't follow.
My local feed merchants supplies not just horse feed but also dog feed including treats. They mainly sell Pedigree and Bonio varieties but they also stock a good selection of dog treats from a company called Hollings. I have already reviewed a few of their varieties but for this review I will be reviewing the pork rolls.
Like all of Hollings treats the pork rolls come in a tough plastic bag which is bright blue and orange with a little clear window at the front so you can see what the pork rolls look like. Hollings packaging is very simple which is perfectly fine by me as once the bag is open you discard it anyway - it isn't re-sealable which is a shame so you may like to transfer the pork rolls into an air tight container.
The pork rolls well are made from pork funnily enough! They are made from defatted back rind which is simply rolled into tubes and then baked at a high temperature to ensure they have a tasty flavour. Hollings specialise in all natural healthy dog treats and like all of their range the pork rolls have nothing added to them whatsoever which is great.
When you open the packet you do get that meaty aroma which you would expect it is similar to that of tripe and jerky which I don't really mind but it is quite strong which really seems to appeal to my two. I always find that a strong smelling dog treat really encourages my two whereas a treat without a scent really isn't that appealing to my dogs despite not being particularly fussy.
The pork rolls are quite solid when you get them out of the bag you can clearly see how the roll has been rolled and you can see the different layers of the back rind which has gone into making this treat. They are completely dry and are incredibly hard and probably impossible to break in half with your hands so you will probably have to give them whole which is fine for my two!
Because they are quite solid I don't really know how suitable they are for small dogs and older dogs as they may damage teeth. However, once the pork rolls have been chewed quite a lot they do soften up and going from the original deep tan colour they turn an off white colour after being gummed and chewed which is much easier for the dogs to actually eat. I like to think that all the gumming and teeth action on the pork rolls is good for me my dogs teeth and helping to keep them clean.
My two don't get the pork rolls everyday but they do have them quite often as something to keep them occupied but I do like that they are completely natural and they don't contain any additives. My two even though large dogs still have a little bit of difficulty in positioning the pork rolls and how to eat them properly. They have now mastered how to hold the pork roll between their front paws and chew it at the top and work their way down so now they have it down to a fine art!
As with all treats I wouldn't recommend that they are over fed to a dog and should always be fed in moderation as no one wants an over weight dog which is certainly not good for them but for an occasional treat they are great and they really do give the dog something to get their teeth stuck into! Definitely a recommendation from me and my two!
Hollings Pork Rolls are available from all Hollings stockists and they come in two sizes (150mm and 350mm) expect to pay from £1.60 to £3.80 for a pack depending on the size.