When my two dogs were puppies finding a training treat which they found edible was a hard task as they were both quite fussy. However, now they are junior dogs they have stopped becoming fussy and are now canine garbage disposals!
Obviously when it comes to puppies there teeth and gums are still quite delicate and I didn't want to use hard treats but something softer, easy for them to bite into and chew. After browsing in my local store I came across the puppy range from Pedigree. In the end I opted for Tubos as the puppy markies would not make great training treats.
The Tubos only come in packs of 3 and in one variety which I believe is chicken. The packaging differs slightly than the adult treats but only colour wise as the packs are yellow and pale blue instead of yellow and red but the packs are still foil lined to help keep the freshness. On the front of the pack there is a lovely image of a golden Labrador puppy as well as an image of the treat itself. On the back of the pack is feeding guidelines, ingredients etc.
The Tubos have been specifically designed and made for puppies as they have a soft texture which a puppy finds easy to bite into and then to chew as it isn't as harsh on their gums or teeth as regular dog biscuits. Tubos are small narrow tube like treats which a hole all the way down the middle. They do have a very soft texture which makes them easy to break into small pieces which is ideal for reward training. On opening the pack you do get a slightly meaty aroma but nothing as strong as what you get with the adult treats but the smell certainly enticed my two quite easily.
As with all Pedigree treats the Tubos contain calcium, omega 3 oils, iron and vitamins. Overall health is vital for a puppy and the treats try to ensure that they get this from the treat but obviously should not be fed constantly. Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth whilst Omega 3 oils help keep the coat and skin healthy. Iron is what is needed for a healthy blood supply and the vitamins help provide overall fitness.
Tubos like most treats should always be fed in moderation and as part of a proper diet. Pedigree have a daily feeding allowance guide on the back of all their packs and for Tubos the following guidelines apply:
Small dogs e.g. Dachshund puppies - 1 a day
Medium dogs e.g. Cocker Spaniels 2 a day
Large dogs e.g. like Labradors 3 a day
My two as puppies loved these treats and I'm sure it was down to the soft, easily chewable texture as they certainly didn't turn their noses up at them which was at the time a great achievement for them both. I found that they are easily broken up into smaller pieces which made the treat last longer as well especially as you only get 3 in a pack and they are not the biggest treats either! Because of their soft texture they didn't leave crumbs all over the floor which was another bonus as they do seem quite moist.
Should I ever have a puppy again these (if still around) will definitely be in stock in my house as they are versatile and I know my puppy's gums and teeth are looked after because they are not so hard. A definite recommendation from my two pooches and from me too!
~ Useful Info ~
Pedigree Tubos can be bought at most supermarkets, pet stores and online. They come in packs of 3 and expect to pay around £1 - £1.20 for a pack which can be slightly expensive if you have a large breed puppy and choose to feed the whole 3!
Pedigree Puppy Tubos
There is a huge choice of puppy treats available on the market and when I first started buying I wasn't sure where to start or what to choose. These puppy tubos were among one of the first packets of treats I picked up and they have since become a staple of the doggie treat drawer.
In a packet you get three chicken flavoured tubos. I haven't tried these myself, but I have smelt them and they do smell rather appetising. I am guessing these also taste just as appetising because whenever I have one of these in my hand I have the undivided attention of my puppy who suddenly gives me as many paws as I want, rather than the begrudging attitude I sometimes get.
These treats have added calcium, minerals, vitamins and omega three. This of course is an added bonus but not the reason I would give him any treats. I feed him a healthy diet so I don't tend to worry about giving him too many healthy extras, these are just added titbits to make his diet a bit more exciting.
Depending on the size of your puppy depends on how many of these you can give them. However, I never give him more than one a day (although according to the packet he could have three a day). I also have a larger puppy so I give him a full tubo to chew on and enjoy, which takes him about five minutes to eat. My mum has a lovely miniature schnauzer and when he was a puppy he was tiny, so she used to only give him a third of a tubo rather than a full one. It really is up to your best judgement how much or many you want to give your puppy.
These are quite a hard treat which makes them ideal for helping to clean those razor like puppy teeth and to keep their mouths in a healthier condition. I tend to give my puppy his one in the afternoon when I fancy a cup of tea, the downside is now in the afternoon when I turn the kettle on I turn around to find a patiently awaiting pup.
I have seen these in most supermarkets and pet stores so they are easy to get a hold of. They typically retail for £1 a pack. I tend to go through about 2 packs a week which still isn't that expensive.
These treats get a five out of five stars from both of us. They appear to be yummy, while having some nutritional value and helping to keep his teeth, gums and mouth healthy. If you think your puppy would like these then I would completely recommend trying these.
About Pedigree Puppy Tubos
I have been buying Pedigree Puppy Tubos for just over two months now for my puppy Bailey. They are widely available from most pet shops and supermarkets. I usually pay £1.00 for a pack of 3 of these treats from Asda and this is the cheapest that I have found them locally.
These chicken flavoured treat sticks are rich in calcium and are specifically aimed at caring for puppy's gums and teeth. They are also enriched with iron and omega 3, which is essential for fitness and all round general good health.
Pedigree's puppy tubos are suitable for pups between 4-12 months old. I would say that each tubo is around 10cm in length and feels rather hard, but I have noticed as Bailey eats his, that they do crumble very well.
What Does Bailey Think?
Bailey absolutely loves these treats. They are his favourite and the minute he sees me venture from his puppy cupboard with a tubo stick in my hand his little face lights up. As he is so small it looks really cute when he picks this up from my hand with his mouth and runs away with it to his little throw where he likes to lie when he is eating.
It takes Bailey around 5 minutes to devour a tubo and I like the fact that this is one of the heartier puppy treats available on the market. It seems that most puppy treats out there, and most of which we feed Bailey are little drops or kibble sized, so do not prove very filling for puppy.
We like to feed these to Bailey when we are having dinner ourselves as we find that this keeps his begging for our food at bay, and will adequately pre-occupy him for a short while.
A single pack of these will last a couple of days in our household as we do feed these to Bailey regularly, but I always ensure not to give him any more than one in a single day, as I can imagine these treats would be quite fattening, as they are larger than alternative puppy treats.
Bailey has also tried Wilkinson's own brand of these treats and likes this type as well, so i'm guessing there probably is not much difference between the two, except about 15p of a price difference. Nonetheless, I do like to buy him Pedigree where I can, as this is a quality brand name that I trust.
Bailey gives these a well deserved 5 star rating and thinks they are uber tasty!
Thanks for reading!
When we got our two black Labradors as puppies, there weren't too many treats available to buy. This is why they were often given Pedigree Puppy Tubos as treats to congratulate them when they were well behaved. These Tubos were always popular with them as they were gobbled down pretty quickly.
Pedigree Puppy Tubos Treats is the tasty way to care for your puppy's teeth and gums.
*About the Product*
Pedigree Puppy Tubos are calcium rich. They are a unique shape and texture, designed specially for developing teeth and gums. Each pack contains 3 delicious chicken flavoured Tubos that are suitable for puppies from 4-12 months old.
*Price and Availability*
Pedigree Puppy Tubos can be purchased for £0.99 for a pack of three tubos. This is a little on the expensive side as it is just three treats but due to the limited choice of puppy treats available, I was always willing to pay this.
You can buy Pedigree Puppy Tubos from various different shops as the Pedigree brand is widely available to buy. These include supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda as well as Pets at Home. You can also find these treats on a number of online websites that sell pet treats for example www.petsupermarket.co.uk.
The packaging: As with all Pedigree products, Pedigree Puppy Tubos can be spotted on the shelf in a supermarket or pet store due to its classic yellow plastic packaging and appearance. The packaging of this product doesn't have any red, instead a little blue is added the mix. I think that this is because it is part of their puppy range. I am a fan of the packaging of this product and it is easy to open although I wish it had a sticky tab on the back that enables you to reseal the packaging like with most of their other products. This isn't essential though as they are usually gone within a day or two. On the back of the packaging you can see a list of ingredients as well as any important details that Pedigree feel you should know.
Flavours: Pedigree Puppy Tubos are only available in one flavour: chicken. I think that Pedigree would benefit from having a wider selection of flavours available but as Poppy and Coco seemed to enjoy these, I bought a lot of them.
Appearance: Pedigree Puppy Tubos are about 4 inches in length and half an inch wide and are a dark beige/pale brown colour. They are shaped like a tube (as you would guess by the name of the product). The texture of these tubos is smooth and soft although at that same time firm. You are able to break the tubo into pieces although you have to do this with a little force so you don't need to worry about the treats just falling apart.
Smell: There is absolutely no smell with Pedigree Puppy Tubos. Happy days! I am not a fan f strong smelling treats so this pleased me a lot and is probably part of the reason why we continued to buy Pedigree Puppy Tubos even after they were puppies. No horrible and lingering smell on your fingers when feeding these to your puppies.
Allowance: On the packet, there is a guide to the number of chews that your dog can have per day. They can be fed as a treat at any time during the day in addition to your dog's main meal.
Small dog (i.e. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel): 1 chew per day
Medium dog (i.e. Cocker Spaniel or Beagle): 2 chews per day
Large dog (i.e. Golden Retriever or Labrador): 3 chews per day
What is in them? Cereals, Derivatives Of Vegetable Origin, Minerals, Meat and Animal Derivatives.
How long does the packet last last? Only one or two days depending on what other treats you might be giving them during the day. I tended to give them half of a tubo each, twice a day. So I needed 2 packets for three days. Fairly reasonable I guess.
How long does the Pedigree Puppy Tubo last? They last between 10 and 20 seconds depending on how quickly your dog chews their food. I have two Labradors so they really don't take that long at all.
Are There Any Negatives? The only negative that I can think of is the price and even that isn't outrageously bad. Other than that, I can't think of a single bad thing about the product.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
The fact that Pedigree Puppy Tubos are one of the few treats for puppies on the market means that I would recommend them. But they are actually pretty beneficial for your dogs as they are enriched with calcium to help a puppy develop strong bones and teeth. What I like about these treats is that you can give them to your dog whole or break them into pieces depending on how much you want to give them. This was appealing to me as I had two puppies and could break the treat into two and give them half each. Plus they don't smell really strong like some dog treats but are obviously tasty enough as they last no longer than 10 seconds with my little monsters.
Pedigree Puppy Tubos were one of the few treats available to buy when my two dogs were puppies but they were also clearly the favourite treat. Poppy and Coco used to go absolutely mental when they saw the packet come out of the cupboard. They are a little on the expensive side but the lack of smell and the fact that they create no mess mean that they get a big thumbs up from me. My only recommendations to Pedigree would be to do larger pack sizes and different flavours.
You may have noticed I haven't been on Dooyoo so much for the last couple of weeks. That's because we have a new addition to the household - our new puppy Hurley!
Being new to the world of dog-ownership and wanting to please my little pup, I have been buying far too many toys and treats for him. One thing I'm on the lookout for is a chew treat or toy that will keep him busy for half an hour or so, so I can get on and do other things while keeping one eye on him.
One of the treats I have tried this week is Pedigree Puppy Tubos. They come in packs of three, in a sunshine yellow wrapper that I immediately associate with the Pedigree brand. I bought them from Tesco for just under £1, and the only variety they had was the Chicken flavour, and a quick look at the official website suggests that this is the only flavour they come in.
Each Tubo is about 4 inches long. From the picture on the wrapper I expected the sticks to have a filling, but they are actually hollow tubes, which I should have guessed from the name! If I put my nose up close they smell quite strong, although Hurley can smell them from further away. He gets that look of desperate longing on his little face when he realises a Tubo is in the vicinity, so I guess to a doggy nose they smell very inviting. They have a bit of give to them - they're not the brittle sort of treat that can splinter - which is perfect for puppies.
The wrapper states that these contain an added vitamins, calcium and Omega 3 and there is a lot of information about feeding and age guidelines. Hurley is nearly five months old, so he is right within the recommended 4-12 month age bracket for these treats. He is a small breed (a Pug-Pom cross), so he is only supposed to have one per day - which makes me sad because I want to spoil him rotten! Medium puppies can have 2, and large puppies can have 3 per day. Although at around £1 for three, that would soon add up!
The Tubos aren't suitable for puppies under 5kg, and of course there should always be fresh water available to your puppy. They are also supposed to be good for their teeth and gums.
I've timed Hurley eating one of these and he polishes one off in about 6 minutes which doesn't keep him busy for long, but he is very intent during the entire experience. Then again, I haven't met a treat that this puppy doesn't like!
I will probably buy these again, since they are readily available and Hurley enjoys them, but I'm certainly not brand loyal to these and will continue trying him out on other things to see if anything is more of a match for his strong pug jaws!
I recently bought my dog some Pedigree puppy tubos, he is a puppy aged 4 months. The packet doesn't say how old a puppy should be before having these, and this is always the first thing I look for. Most treats say 3-4 months plus. I gather with no age that this would be alright for my puppy, and as he is used to all sorts of treats I guess his tummy is used to it all.
You get three tubos in a packet, I bought the 'with chicken' flavour. The main reason I bought these are because they are kind to teeth and designed to care for teeth and gums.
I also like to buy new treats for my dog and not the same as he is a Labrador and loves everything food wise, so I like to give him a bit of variety and get him used to eating all sorts to stop him being fussy. A Labrador, fussy? These are words that shouldn't be in the same sentence.
The packet is branded like all things Pedigree, it is mustard yellow with the Pedigree logo on the top, very recognisable. There is also a small picture of two retrievers and a blue stripe with a picture of the product inside.
The actual tubos are almost like a polo but longer, they are circular with a hole in the middle going the whole length of the tubo. They are brown in colour (they look very much like brown sugar) and are slightly rough in feel, not too much though, I wouldn't call them sandpaper like.
I like the non slippery surface area of the treats, they are easy to handle and not shiny.
They are between half and inch and an inch wide and 6 inches in length (approximately). The smell and taste are two things I have to go by what the dog thinks (mainly), they aren't overly smelly to my human nose but the dog knows when I have got one out. As for taste my dog takes one, sits with it and slowly chews it in to pieces and then eats it. He doesn't gulp it down but this doesn't mean he doesn't like it as much as others. I think it is more the shape that he feels he can't just attack.
I really like the size of these treats, they take more than two seconds to demolish and it means my dog enjoys them more by taking the time to eat them.
It is hard but also fairly soft, if I dropped one on the floor (not near the dog) it wouldn't break but it is soft enough to break in half, I wouldn't say it is hard enough to snap.
The tubos also contain Omega 3 and calcium, vitamins and minerals.
On the back of the packet it advises you as to what breeds can have amount wise. Dachshund puppies can have one per day, Cocker Spaniels 2 per day and large puppies like Labradors 3 per day.
This is a treat though is complementary to meals not to supplement them.
The best before date and ingredients are also on the back. Each packet contains 72 grams.
I bought this product from Wilkinson for under £1.00, which I find good value, I often shop at Pets At Home and find the prices ridiculously expensive, but Wilkinson offer quite a large variety of pet snacks, treats and food for good prices.
*What are Puppy Tubo's?*
These are tasty chew treats specially designed for puppies, they are produced by the Pedigree company which makes a variety of dogs treats for dogs of all ages aswell as complete dried and tinned foods.
*The product itself*
These treats are around 3inches long and a pale brown in colour, the are shaped like a tube. They are much more flexible than treats designed to adult dogs and can be easily broken into pieces. They are enriched with calcium to help a puppy develop strong bones and teeth, and are flavoured with chicken.
Puppy Tubos come in a small yellow and blue packet with the familiar Pedigree rosette aswell as a picture of the product and a puppy. On the reverse of the packet is the ingredients list aswell as other nutritional information. The packet states that these treats are not suitable for puppies under 4 mths old, however my dog Benson had his first one when he was much younger than that.
*Price & Availabilty*
Being made by such a popular brand, Puppy Tubos are generally fairly easy to find, I use to buy them from Pets At Home but you can also get them from larger supermarkets. They come in packets of 3 costing £1.09.
*What my dogs think*
I use to get these for Benson, my Bernese Mountain Dog when he was a puppy and he loved them. They were easy to delicate puppy teeth to chew and kept him occupied and out of trouble for a little while, but being such a big puppy they never lasted him that long but if you had an small-average sized puppy they would probally last it a longer time. Even my other dog Ruby, who was 10 at the time I got Benson, loved these treats.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ One of very few puppy treats available
+ Extra calcium
+ Easy for puppies to chew and eat
+ Can be broken into smaller pieces by hand to use as little rewards for training
+ They don't stink like some other dog treats, they just smell rather bland
+ Also suitable for older dogs!
- Only get 3 in a packet, they didn't go far with a puppy as large as Benson and an older dog who liked them too. I was buying 3 or 4 packets a week
- Just the one flavour
- Not a resealable packet
- May not be suitable for tiny breed puppies