Product Type: Pedigree dog food
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Pedigree Cheesy Bites
Member Name: little_feets
Pedigree Cheesy Bites
Date: 10/08/10, updated on 10/08/10 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Tiny morsels that are the perfect size for chihuahuas!
Disadvantages: Probably wouldn't last long with a big dog.
Having two chihuahuas can be very demanding at times. Especially when those two chihuahuas are very fond of treats, and not very fond of their Mummy leaving the house. Luckily for them, their Mummy is as soft as cotton wool and likes to give them treats and rewards for good behaviour, or upon her return to the house (if they haven't shredded a full box of tissues, or gone wee-wee on the livingroom carpet). There are so many different treats out there on the market that it's difficult to find one that really suits your purpose, however these 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' work an absolute treat (excuse the pun) when it comes to rewarding and training my pups.
So what are 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites', I hear you ask? Well, they're small half inch size ovals of chewy goodness! They look very much like slices of Pedigree Jumbone, only shrunken down to minature size making them perfect for little mouths. The outside of the 'bite' is a yellowy-cream in colour, with the middle being a meaty brown.
These 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' can be purchased from all good supermarkets and pet stores. They can be found in the pet food aisles of supermarkets/stores amongst all the other treats and tidbits for dogs.
I purchased my packet of 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' at my local Tesco store for 98p, which is a bargain when it comes to dog treats! I imagine they carry a similar price tag in all other stores, but this will vary depending on where you purchase them from (I imagine pet stores may be more expensive).
The packaging of these 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' is very much the same as all other Pedigree dog treat products. The packet is predominantly a golden yellow in colour with the recognisable red Pedigree brand rosette logo heading the packet. There is a red ribbon type image encompasing a cheerful looking dog and an oversized pile of the treats within. The name of the product is printed in a cheese patterend font ontop of the red ribbon banner. The back of the product houses all the relevant information, including a product description, a list of ingredients, a feeding guide and contact details for the manufacturer.
The size of the package is 70g, which doesn't seem like a lot (or look like a lot from the size of the pack) but you get a lot of 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites'for this. I was suprised at just how many of the treats were inside the bag, and at how long a single packet lasted. Obviously, I don't overindulge my dogs and only feed them a couple of these treats at a time, so my pack has lasted well. This may not be the case for a larger dog, but for my small chihuahuas these treat do last a good amount of time.
The back of the packet is kitted out with a feeding guide which states how many treats should be allowed (as a maximum) for each dog size per day:
Puppies over 3 kg: up to 16 treats per day
Small dogs over 3 kg (e.g. Dachshund) up to 25 treats per day.
Medium dogs (e.g. Cocker Spaniel) up to 50 treats per day.
Larger dogs (e.g. Labrador) up to 75 treats per day.
To me, this feeding guide seems a little excessive, and as these amounts are meant to be taken as a maximum allowance, I really wouldn't let my chihuahuas have anywhere near 25 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites'per day. Even though the packaging states that these treats only have 2 calories per 'bite', I consider the amounts listed to be rather excessive and bad for my doggies health - so I simply feed a few of these treats as and when needed in small amounts.
The treats themselves, as stated earlier, do look like minature slices of jumbone. They are oval in shape with the 'cheese' flavour around the outside, and a meaty center. To look at, they don't look very exciting, but this isn't really very important when it comes to dog treats - as dogs tend to simply be focused on the smell and taste. The morsels have a decent firmness to them, making them chewy and able to last a little longer than some other small tidbit treats.
'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' have a faint smell of cheese and beef, but nothing too overpowering. Luckily for me, the smell isn't unpleasant to my inferior human nose or to put it bluntly, these treats don't completely stink - as sometimes dog products can have an overwhelming smell that is enough to put a human off upon opening the bag! However, dogs respond well to a smelly treat, and their noses certainly perk up once the packet is opened, even though the smell (to my human nose) is not very strong.
I can only imagine what these treats taste like, and I do not have any sort of will to eat one! My chihuahuas, Lola and Peaches, however think that these 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' taste absolutely delicious, and only wish that Mummy would give them more and more! Unfortunately, Mummy doesn't want their little bellies to pop, so she refrains from giving into their cute little waggy tail wishes.
My overall opinion on these 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' is one of great positivity. Okay, I'm aware that this sort of 'treat' for my dogs isn't one of the healthiest of things, but it's nice to give them a reward now and then. I do believe these treats must be given in moderation, just like my own diet balance of good and bad. These 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' are a good mini size for my chihuahuas little mouths, which makes a change as finding smallish sized treats is a bit of a mission! The treats are chewy and have some resistance in their substance, which means they last a little longer than other meaty tidbits given as a reward (which are usually swallowed whole!). They're the perfect size to act as a training treat for any size dog and are more than tasty enough to coax a doggie into sitting, laying down or rolling over! They are definitely decently priced in comparison to other dog treats, and the amount of treats inside a single package lasts quite some time with my dogs, making them one of my ongoing choices when it comes to purchasing treats.
Peaches and Lola agree that these 'Pedigree Cheesy Bites' are fantastic, and want you to know that all doggies out there should try these at some point!
Ps) The title of this review is a quote from the movie 'Elf', which totally just made me do a little chuckle to myself in the process of typing it.
Summary: A great little treat that can be used to aid training.