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Schmackos are one of our dogs favourite treats, I am not really sure if you classify them as a chew or a treat.
They are made by Pedigree and are one of the top dog brands out there.
The treats remind me of planks of wood in the way they look, they are soft to the touch, very easy to break apart but do not crumble.
They are basically a strip of meaty flavoured treat, they come in Chicken, Lamb, Beef and Turkey.
I think the best thing about schmackos is the fact they can be broken into smaller parts with minimal effort so make great treats to take out with you for walking or using as training treats.
I very rarely give Alfie one as a whole treat and the reason is that he just eats one in literally one mouthful! There is no chewing nothing its just gone, as such half of one or less works just as well and he still feels he has had a treat.
The strips appear to be a good size and are about 19cm in length but are only about 1cm in depth and very light so do not fill your dog much.
These treats are sold in a variety of style packets, there are packets of single flavour or larger packets of multi flavour. There are 20 strips in the packets, when its a multi pack there are 5 strips of each flavour.
The cost of a packet of 20 is around £1.59 depending where you buy them from. I think this is really good value.
I think the ingredients of these are very confusing, they say they have a specific flavour but then in the ingredients there are other meats listed not just the one of the named flavour. There also appears to be some bulking ingredients.
It's because of the confusing ingredients that I have only given these 4 hearts.
Schmackos are dog treats made by Pedigree. These aren't something which I buy too often, only now and again. They always seem to come in the Pedigree Dog Stocking around Christmas time. My spoilt dog always gets at least a couple of Pedigree Dog Stockings so we always have Schmackos in the house during December/January.
They come in chicken or beef flavours (you can also buy mixed meat packs). My dogs stomach is more suited to poultry than red meat so we generally opt for the chicken Schmackos.
These treats are quite generously sized - quite long (about 4 inches long and an inch wide) but very thin. They are a brown colour and are quite smooth. I like smooth treats like this because they don't have crumbs and don't make a mess which make them ideal for sticking in my pocket when we go out for walks. They don't have much of a smell either.
Pedigree Schmackos come in a small 86g foil packet and contain 10 Schmackos (you can also buy 172g packets that contain 20 Schmackos). The packet has a resealable tab and seems sufficient at keeping the treats fresh. There isn't a size recommendation so these treats are apparently suitable for all dogs.
The Schmackos are surprisingly soft but quite chewy too. They are not hard treats and I imagine they would be suitable for all breeds, even those with sensitive or ageing teeth. You can break the Schmackos in to bits if you want to feed in smaller portions or want to make the treats last longer (or for smaller dog).
The ingredients of the chicken Schmackos include meat and animal derivatives (31% meat), derivatives of vegetable origin, minerals, cereals, various sugars, antioxidants, oils and fats. There isn't anything too worrying in this list, except for the unnecessary various sugars. They are said to contain added 'omega 3, vitamins and calcium' (maintaining healthy teeth, bones and natural defences) which is good to know. They're also quite high in protein (30%) and contain no artificial colours or flavours.
My dog seems to like Schmackos very much and will do anything to get his paws on one. I find they're very good for bribing... I mean TRAINING your dog. I usually feed my dog Schmackos whole (he's a large dog) as a reward or just as a treat. However if we're out on walks or I'm attempting to train him to do something specific then I usually tear them in to pieces (so 10 pieces instead of 10 whole Schmackos!). My dog is stupidly friendly but when out on walks he can be quite odd with other dogs, I believe that rewarding him with treats such as Schmackos for good behaviour has really made our walks much more successful and enjoyable in recent years. I'd say the only real downside for us is that the Schmackos are very thin and my dog eats them very quickly, he usually eats a whole Schmacko in just a few seconds! I'm sure they would last slightly longer with smaller and less greedy dogs...
Pedigree Schmackos are widely available at most supermarkets and pet stores. Packs of 10 cost around £1.00 per packet (or around £1.60 for packs of 20). Although one pound wont break the bank I still think they are a little on the pricey side considering you can buy a whole box of biscuits or large treats for the same price, plus my dog gets through them so quickly!
It is important to me that my dog Jess has plenty of treats as she is such a good girl and I like to have plenty of choice of what to give her.
I usually buy Pedigree Schmackos when they are on offer in my local Tesco at a pound. A bag of twenty meaty strips usually costs £1.58 which in my opinion is still very good value at less than ten pence a strip.
I like to buy the bag with four flavour varieties. The flavours are Lamb, Beef, Chicken and Duck. Each strip is roughly an inch wide and about 4 inches long and is quite soft and bendy, the strips are coloured to match there flavour variety but in all honesty they all smell the same to me and Jess shows no preference.
The strips can be torn easily into bite size chunks or fed whole. Jess likes her strips whole as this means she can lie down and have a chew for a while. Each Schmacko does not last long, a minute at the most. When Jess has eaten one she is always eager for another but I only let her have one a day as she is quite a small dog.
Jess has no trouble with these treats, they are gentle on her tummy.
Schmackos contain Omega 3, Vitamins, Minerals and Calcium and contain no artificial colours or flavours. In choosing Schmackos I feel I am making a healthy choice for my dog and I am improving the quality of her diet.
Unlike some treats Schmackos do not help maintain healthy teeth and gums so I treat Jess with these as well as other treats that will help her teeth.
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I live with a beautiful cat and two hamsters who I love and spoil to death. Its fair to say when I met my boyfriend I quickly became rather besotted with his dog, A Jack russell Terrier who is about 14 years old so now when I go shopping and get stuff in for my little lot I always buy Oliver treats too.
Ollie is not a fussy dog however at the age he is he is missing a few of teeth so we tend to shy away from anything too hard, brittle or chewy for him cos bless him he tries but it looks a right hard task and not at all enjoyable!
These I used to buy years ago for my family Yorkshire Terriers (when they were alive bless them) so they have been on the market for a very long time and they loved them so when I spotted them recently whilst I was out doing my weekly shop I decided to buy him a pack as my boyfriend informed me that Ollie would sell his soul for a one!
The sticks (as I call them) come in a bright yellow oblong shaped pack which is silver inside to obviously help to keep the treats fresh and there is a sticky label provided so that once you have opened up the treats you can keep them in the pack they came in which I think is a handy feature however I keep all animal treats in air tight containers to be honest. On the front of the pack we are told that they are Pedigree Schmackos 'With Beef' (other flavours are available) and then there is a picture of the meaty looking treats shown and I'm told that there are 11 in my pack, usually you get just 10 treats however at the moment there is a promotion running so do look if interested in getting these for the ones with a freebie as I have in front of me! On the back of the pack other information given includes a feeding guide, the ingredients and nutritional values are given, the weight is stated which in this case for 11 of the treats is 95g and contact details for Mars Petcare (the manufacturer of the product) are clearly stated.
The Meaty Sticks:
These are about 5 inches long and about 2 inches wide, this is guess work on my part! They are rather thin and dark brown in colour with a distinctive meaty aroma to them and the contents of these are 47% meat and animal derivatives plus cereal, sugar, minerals and oils.
The feeding guide given goes on what sort of dog and/or size of the dog you have. A small dog can have one to two sticks per day, a large dog up to 4....because Ollie is a bit overweight as it is we are currently watching how many treats he has so we give him just the one of a morning for protecting us from evil whilst we are asleep!
These contain added Omega 3, Calcium and Vitamins And Minerals and a 100g of these (which would be about 12 of these treats by my reckoning) provides 306 calories. Course you would never give your dog that many but one I feel wont hurt a dogs diet too much.
Even though Ollie has hardly any teeth he munches through these very quick indeed. Its moist once he starts to eat it and it doesn't make a mess all over my floors either! He seems to really love these and I think they are great quality treat from a trusted brand! So thumbs up from us!
These are widely available from all good supermarkets and pet stores and I paid a pound for this bag, usually of 10 however at the moment if you want some and you go into Tesco's there is currently a new offer on these that means that you can get a bag of these in a 20 pack size also for a pound....so time to stock up on these me thinks!
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Being the proud owner of two lovely collies, I am always on the look out for the best dog treats. My dogs simply love Pedigree Schmackos.
Schmackos is a dog treat made by the well known brand Pedigree. They can be purchased in most supermarkets, pet food stores and even sometimes in pound/discount stores.
These come in packs of 10 or packs of 20. These packs are available in one of two flavours, chicken or beef. There is also a 20 pack 'multi' available which contains 5 of each of 4 flavours; chicken, lamb, turkey, and rabbit.
Schmackos are a flat strip about an inch wide and around 6 inches long. They are fairly soft and flexible. They can be bent/broken easily. They are brown in colour and the different flavours are different shades of brown, however I have no idea how you would tell the flavours apart in the multi pack!
As with most Pedigree dog treats, Schmackos are advertised as containing nutrients for your dog. They have added vitamins, omega 3 and calcium.
Upon opening the packet, you can immediately smell the meatiness. I think it is the smell of these treats that appeals so much to my dogs. Obviously I have not tasted these, but I can tell by the reaction of my dogs that they taste good! They are instantly eager to please and will follow various commands to receive a Schmacko as a treat.
The treats are quite soft and the dogs usually gobble them up quickly. In my experience they don't keep the dog entertained for very long like some other harder/chewier treats.
What I love about these, aside from the fact that my dogs clearly love them, is that they can be given whole as a treat or broken into smaller pieces to be used during training. In the earlier puppy days I frequently used these for training. Having two dogs, I often break a Schmacko in half and given it to both of them. This makes them last a little longer than other treats.
Schmackos cost around £1.00 for a pack of ten and around £1.50 for a pack of 20. It is therefore more economical to buy 20 which is what I usually do.
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Oscar, my nine month old greyhound, isn't overly bothered about 'treats' as a general rule. I continuously throw money away by buying him such products that he won't eat because I feel guilty about buying the cats treats and not him. I pick something different up every time in the hope that I will find something he likes. At this point I've only found about six or seven treats that he likes which, considering the amount of treats for dogs that are on the market (and I've tried an awful lot of them) isn't very many at all. Schmackos, I'm pleased to say, is one of these.
Schmackos are available in packs of ten or twenty in either chicken or beef flavour. You can also buy 'Schmackos multi' which contain four different meat flavours. I buy these from Tesco where a pack of ten costs £1 and a pack of twenty costing £1.54. Packs of twenty are currently available in Tesco on a two for £3 offer which offers a bit of a saving if your dog likes lots of these.
The treats come in a plastic sealed packet which has the recognisable pedigree colour scheme of yellow and red. The front of the packet contains a picture of a running dog alongside a picture of the treats with the pedigree logo at the top. The back of the packet contains feeding instructions, ingredients and product information. There is also a handy strip of white tape to enable you to reseal the packet once opened.
The treats contain omega 3 which helps to keep your dog fit, calcium to help give your dog strong teeth and bones and vitamins and minerals to help maintain your dogs natural defences. So, not only are these treats tasty, they're also healthy and good for your dog!
The treats themselves are long, relatively thick strips. They're brown in colour and quite soft. They bend and break easily which extremely handy as Oscar is too lazy to eat one of these whole and requires me to break them into bite size chunks. The treats are made with fresh meat which I think is made evident by the smell of them. Although it's not an overpowering smell that hits you as soon as you open the packet, I can always pick up on the meaty smell straight away. The beef ones smell exactly like beef flavour crisps! The sticks are 47% meat and do seem to very good quality and are free from artificial colours and flavours.
Feeding instructions on the packet state that small dogs should be fed up to two sticks per day, medium dogs up to three sticks per day and large dogs up to five sticks each day. I'm never quite sure if greyhounds are classed as medium or large dogs (they're tall but not very stocky and as he isn't fully grown yet weight guidelines don't really help)! But he doesn't normally eat more than three per day although that's mainly because three is often enough for him.
Oscar does love these! In fact as soon as I open the packet his energetic puppy ways stop and he sits down straight away ready for the first bite. He does seem to spend a while chewing these but apparently the chewiness isn't off putting. I trust the treats to be good quality and healthy for my dog and he seems to find them to be one of a few appealing and tasty treats. They're not exactly expensive so I've no complaints with these!
I have got four dogs, all of which are very food motivated. I did a lot of training with them all about 6 months ago, focussing on one dog in particular who would run outside and bark at the gate if she heard anyone walking past. The training was very succesful however as I have been so busy in recent months due to now having a young baby to care for, there has been no training and they are back to their old ways. As they are very food motivated and clever in the sense that they are able to recognise certain food related words (eg treat, cheese, biscuit etc) I recently decided to buy them a big variety of treats and start training them again whenever I have a spare half hour. Training in my opinion is really important as it not only makes the dog well behaved but it also stimulates the dog's brain hugely, preventing boredom.
I usually buy cheap, basic dog treats from my local Tesco's value range, however I decided to buy some different treats solely for training. This might sound a bit weird but when I was browsing the shelf with the dog treats I focussed mainly on the flavoured treats and decided to buy the pedigree shmackos as they are flavoured and seemed good quality and decent value. I wanted to buy flavoured ones as flavoured dog treats are usually very strong smelling which acts as motivation during training as obviously the smell is like heaven to a dog and they'll do anything they're told in rerturn for a smelly, tasty treat. These particular treats are available in three different flavours - beef, chicken or 'multi meat'. I opted for the multi meat as I like to give my dogs a bit of a variety.
I paid £1.54 for the pack of twenty treats which is around average for a Pedigree branded bag of dog treats. It doesn't seem like good value however if you chop the strips into small pieces they will last for ages, although if you feed them to your dog(s) whole, a pack obviously won't last as long. I bought my pack from Tesco and a lot of other supermarkets sell them, and there are often multi-buy offers on Pedigree products - Tesco currently are running a 'any 2 for £3' promotion. The treats can also be purchased from a variety of other shops as well as online - eg Amazon and pet supply websites.
The multi meat shmackos come in a pack of twenty and there is four different flavours in the pack - beef, chicken, lamb and duck. I have no idea which flavours are which as all of the treats look the same - apart from the beef ones which are a dark beige, almost brown shade. The treats are rectangular strips and have a rubbery texture to them, and due to this soft texture they are easy to pull apart which is handy for people like me who have more than one dogs as I am able to rip the chew into four pieces and share it between them. Pedigree describe the flavour of the multi meat shmackos as 'lipsmacking', and they boast on the front of the yellow foil packet that the treats are made with real meat. They also state that the treats are free from all artificial colours and artificial flavours. As well as this, the treats are also high in omega 3 and calcium, both of which aid in keeping your dog's bones and teeth healthy, and mantain overall health.
The treats are really popular with all of my dogs and they soon come back out of the garden when barking for one of these - all I have to do is rattle the box that I keep their treats in and shout 'treat!' I then show them the treats, which I cut into bite sized chunks and their noses will go bezerk, sniffing like mad, and they also dribble loads so these treats obviously smell mouth waterringly good to dogs. The treats are not crumbly or messy and my dogs find them easy and quick to eat. These are very succesful training aids and I highly reccomend them.
Schmackos are a dog treat by Pedigree, they've become incredibly popular since they were introduced, with good reason!
They are strips of meaty flavoured treat, flat and about an inch wide and 6 inches long. They come in packs of 20 for about £1.50 - £2 depending on where you buy them from, the packs are foil to keep the treats fresh and they have a little sticker to reseal the pack and stop them drying out.
Schmackos come in beef and chicken flavours or you can buy a variety pack that has both flavours. Both flavours seem equally enjoyable to dogs! They are soft, so you can feed a whole schmacko at once or break it into smaller pieces to use for training or on walks. They aren't too strong smelling so you won't mind having them in your kitchen but they have enough scent to get the dogs interest and tempt them.
I buy mine from Amazon, you can buy in bulk and get a box of 12 packs and save a lot of money, but these are also available from all pet shops and most supermarkets, even smaller local or express types.
These are my favourite type of dog treat, the dogs love them, they aren't too messy or smelly to carry around in your pocket and they are ideal for training as you can break off a bit small enough that the dog just gets a quick taste and isn't distracted for ages chewing!
Be careful you don't go overboard and give your dog too many though, they aren't as healthy or as good for their digestion as good quality dog food and you'll notice a difference when they visit the loo!
I do like to have a few different kinds of treats in at home for my border collie Jess and one of the varieties that I have in at the moment is the pedigree schmackos with chicken.
The pedigree schmackos come packaged in a yellow foil lined pack which features the pedigree logo, product name and a picture of a healthy looking collie running on the front. We are told that they are made with chicken and that the pack contains ten sticks of the product. I was happy buying this product as I do think that pedigree is quite a well known and respected name within the dog food and treat sector and I thought it would be something that Jess would enjoy as well.
The back of the packaging tells me that the schmackos are made from meat and animal derivatives of which 41% is meat and that they also contain omega three which will help keep your dog fit for life, calcium which obviously helps to keep teeth and bones healthy and vitamins and minerals to help maintain natural defences. It seems many treats seem to claim to contain all manner of beneficial ingredients for your dog but to be honest I am happy as long as she likes them as they are only intended as a treat and not something which she has all of the time. You are advised on the pack that small dogs may have two sticks per day, medium dogs three and large dogs five but Jess only gets one a day if she is lucky!!!
Once you open up the pack the smell of the product hits you immediately and as far as I am concerned it smells nothing like chicken but Jess seems very keen on the smell and as soon as she is aware the packet is out she will be around my feet or sitting down begging for a treat. The actual schmackos are around ten centimetres long by perhaps two centimetres in width. They are a brown colour and are very flat really but when I take them out of the pack they do not bend or flop which is nice as they look like they should just fall to bits to be honest but they don't.
Jess always takes the whole stick in to her mouth and chews for a few seconds before the treat is gone. She makes no mess at all with these which is a bonus because with biscuit based products she leaves crumbs everywhere and as I am a bit anal about mess I have to get the hoover out and clean up after her! She has no ill effects after these treats and to be honest she can have quite a sensitive stomach but she doesn't suffer from these.
There is a sticky tab which you can use to reseal the pack each time and whilst this works to a certain extent I do think it would be nice if the packs had a resealable zip like some other brands of treats as I think this keeps the treats fresher for longer. As I only give Jess one of these every so often I do worry that they aren't quite as fresh as when I first bought them but she does seem to enjoy them regardless! You are advised to use the treats within fourteen days so if I haven't used them in that period I tend to just throw them away.
A pack of ten of these treats can be bought from pets at home for £1.00 or you can choose to buy a pack of twenty which will cost you £1.95 which makes slightly better value.
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My wee dog is a Sheltie named Bonnie and she is now approaching 14 years old. She's deaf, but still young at heart and a very happy wee thing. She has always had a slightly sensitive stomach - many dog treats make her sick (yellow foam anyone?) and Schmackos have been the only treat we will give her. It's a pain when dog loving friends come down and try to give her other treats as it always results in the dreaded yellow foam!
~~~ The Product ~~~
Schmackos come in the familiar Pedigree packaging. A yellow bag with a dog on the front and the word Schmackos emblazoned across the centre of the bag.
On opening the bag you are hit with a very strong, generically meaty smell. If you are hungry enough, they might smell appetising in that savoury kind of way. If you break one up to give pieces to your dag, the smell tends to stay on your fingers so you really must wash your hands afterwards.
I like that the bags are resealable as it allows me to keep the treats fresh and soft. If you don't seal the bag over, the treats can become hard... not that Bonnie really cares too much!
Schmackos are long, flat meat flavoured treats for dogs. They come in 3 different flavours - Beef, Chicken and Four Meat Variety Packs. To be honest Bonnie loves them so much that she has no flavour preference, however, I do know a friends dog who will only eat the chicken ones - proving that they must genuinely all taste different!
We usually buy the variety pack as it tends to be more readily available in the bigger bag (20 sticks) and lasts longer. The flavours in this bag are chicken, lamb, rabbit and turkey. You can tell the different flavours by the colour of the stick, the chicken ones are easy to spot as you can buy these on their own and therefore can become familiar with the golden colour. The other ones are a little trickier! We think the rabbit and lamb ones are the darker colours and this leaves the other light colour to be the turkey.
You can buy Schmackos in a variety of sizes from most supermarkets...
Beef or chicken - 10 sticks (86g) - £1.00
Beef or chicken - 20 Sticks (172g) - £1.50
Four Meat Variety - 20 sticks (172g) - £1.50
Tesco are running a promotion at the moment which allows you to buy four bags of Schmackos (172g) for £5. That's a saving of £1.00 so well worth it! It is also possible to buy Schmackos in bulk from Amazon for 12 172g bags for £17.60 which is not quite so much of a saving but perhaps is convenient.
~~~ Ingredients and Nutrition Information ~~~
Schmackos are made with real meat. The full list of ingredients is as follows for the variety pack:
Meat and Animal Derivatives (40% Meat, including: 17% Beef, 6% Chicken, 5% Lamb, 4% Duck, 10% Fresh Meat), Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Cereals, Various Sugars, Minerals, Oils and Fats, Antioxidants, Preservatives
They are free from additives and artificial colours.
Schmackos provide 296Kcal per 100g. Obviously this is a lot or not very much depending upon the size of your dog and his activity level. Bonnie is a medium sized dog who is less active not that she is a bit older. We have always only used Schmackos as an occasional treat and we only ever give her about a quarter of a stick at a time. We usually break off a quarter and then this gets broken up again, she never gets it all at once. Just like feeding children too many sweeties, too many Schmackos can present a problem for a dog!
The treats contain Omega 3, calcium, minerals and vitamins. This is marketed as being healthy and obviously the vitamins etc are good for your dog, but in small portions!
They are fairly high in protein and "moisture" as well as containing vitamin A and E; iron and fat. They also contain something called crude fibres and "inorganic matter". Hmm sounds a little dubious! But, to be fair, they are occasional treats and they are one of the few items which don't upset my dog's stomach!
~~~ Uses ~~~
Schmackos are great for training your dog. They quickly learn that if they do as you ask, they get a treat and a pat on the head. Eventually, you don't need the treat and just a pat on the head will do. Much like Pavlov, you will have conditioned your dog to do some behaviour and have made him associate the pat on the head as equal to the food treat which you have removed (why could Pavlov not have done this instead of all that bell ringing and salivating?). They really are great as a conditioning aid to allow you to get good behaviour from your dog and also to teach your dog commands.
Now that Bonnie is older though, she is very well behaved and has learned a great many commands for which she asks no more than a pat on the head or a scratch of the chin. However, we bought her a treat puzzle ball about 10 years ago and a first it took her hours to work out how to get the treats out.
Now though, she's learned. We break up a wee bit of Schmacko into the ball and leave her to it. She has it emptied and eaten in less than five minutes. She loves this game and usually brings her ball right over and places it in your hands before leading you to the cupboard where the Schmackos are kept!
So although they are only a treat and should not be a staple of the diet, they are great for little puzzle games as well as training.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
Okay so I will level with you, I have infact tasted these. Don't run away and vomit just yet! It was just a lick all in the name of research I tell you! You should have seen Bonnie's face - total horror! Probably the way yours looks just now. I have to admit, my surreptitious lick was before I realised that they contained "inorganic matter", but anyway... it tasted kind of... salty and bland. Disappointing! I was sure they would have a really strong taste because of the really strong smell.
On reflection however, the dog's sense of smell is the one it focuses on so I imagine dogs love these because of the smell as they don't have overly developed taste buds. I imagine the pleasure for a dog it the smell of one as it chomps it down.
Bonnie loves Schmackos and they have always been very kind to her stomach. You also feel that Pedigree is a company you can trust. I certainly will be continuing to purchase Schmackos for the furry footed member of my household!
Pedigree Schmackos with Chicken
I've talked about my dog Barney in a couple of past reviews and have mentioned that he is a very fussy eater when it comes to dog food given the fact that he won't eat anything manufacturered specifically for dogs instead preferring to eat sandwich meat bought in packs. He will eat kibble and dog biscuits though and is rather partial to the odd one or two dog treats and I tend to alternate which ones he has so that he gets some variety and interest in his diet.
Pedigree Schmackos are one of Barney's favourite treats and are available in either Beef or Chicken variety, Barney will eat either having no specific preference but as he is currently working his way through a pack of the Chicken ones at the moment these are what I'll cover in this review.
Barney's pack of 10 Chicken Schmackos are packaged as shown in my picture, made by the well known pet brand Pedigree they claim to have additional Vitamins, Calcium and Omega 3 in their ingredients. Because I worry about him not getting enough variety in his diet by just eating Chicken Roll or Ham I do try and give him additional 'doggy' things to eat so the fact that Schmackos are not only a treat for him but also contain some of the goodness that I think is important for a dog I don't mind him eating them when I buy a pack in for him.
Beigey-Brown in colour Pedigree Scmackos are thin strips of dry meaty goodness which are described as 'complimentary pet food for adult dogs' they're made up of 47% meat and animal derivatives and derivatives of vegetable origin, cereals, various sugars, minerals oils and fats which, admittedly, sound lovely when written here but Barney loves them so obviously doesn't care what they're made from.
Pedigree list the 'Analytical constituents' as being 30% protein, 10% fat, 12% crude fibres and 4% moisture and advise that 100 grams of them will provide 297 calories, a quick calculation on my part (they weigh around 9 grams per strip) works out that each schmacko will contain around 28 calories when given individually so clearly nothing to be overly concerned about there if you are consciously watching your dogs weight.
Technicalities aside It's the taste and texture that are most important thing to Barney and he enjoys them so that's all that matters to me. Once removed from the pack a Schamcko is pretty much odourless, it's rough to the touch and slightly moist and Barney makes his way through one in a few seconds flat. They appear to be easily chewed and digested by him and over the years he has made his way through countless packs of them so I know they're fine for him even though he is a small dog.
They're not too hard that they cause problems for his teeth but aren't too soft that they end up making a mess everywhere, Pedigree seem to have got the consistency spot on with these and like their 'Rodeo' dog treat I know I have one grateful dog when Barney gets the chance to eat one. I do tend to spoil him a little bit anyway so he usually gets away with having 2 treats per day, one on a morning and another at night time and whilst a pack of 10 of these lasts me for less than a week they only cost around a pound so aren't that expensive anyway.
I tend to buy the packs of 10 Schmackos as like to vary the treats I give Barney but bigger packs are available, they're widely available in supermarkets and in pet shops and I do recommend them. The added vitamins, calcium and Omega 3 are essential in a dogs diet and the fact that they made by Pedigree means I get reassurance from the brand name. Five stars from me as a rating, Barney enjoys them so that's the most important thing.
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These are brillaint and there is always a packet of these in my cupboard.
They are very simple but simple is sometimes the best. They are just strips of meaty dog threats about 20cm in length.
They are soft and easy to pull into small pieces. I buy these by the bucket load and use them for training or to treat my dogs when they are exceptionally good!
They come in different flovours, beef, chicken and game. They are a nice plain brown and beige colour so you know that they are just natural with no artificial colours.
Ingrediants are the normal Cereals and about 4% meat but as treats this is fine!
My dogs love these and as soon as the bag is opened the nose test is complete! Their noses go ten to the dozen sniffing the air.
The sticks are not greasy or sticky either and dont leave a residue on your hands.
They will go a bit mushy is left in your pocket and the rain attacks them so make sure they stay in the bag, it has a little sticker to fold down the top and keep them fresh.
The treats last a long time too and so a packet can stay open for ages before the treats are used up. Although my dogs try to tell me that once they are opened the whole pack needs to be used up!! Dont let them fool you!
Tasha is a collie cross, and therefore needs a lot of stimulus, she gets bored very quickly and keeping up can be a bit frustrating at times. She loves playing with her ball and gnawing at those hide bone things that have become so popular. There doesn't appear to be much to these and I got to thinking one shopping day she deserved something with a bit of flavour, not that I ever intended to taste it to ensure it was up to scratch.
The bag containing the strips of beef was in the now traditional colour of yellow for Pedigree products, and it contained a reasonable quantity, 20 roughly, I was to slow to count, since on opening I dropped it and they spread all over the place. Someone was there to scoop up the debris, and very happy it seemed to do so.
Each strip is almost like a ruler shape in that it is about 6 inches long and an inch wide. It is only a few mm thick and quite flexible. The brown stick smelled definitely of beef, a not very pleasant beef, but beef none the less.
They are not a snack that is going to occupy your pet for any length of time; they're virtually gone in a flash, since they are quite soft and almost dissolvable. However Tasha was very keen on them, and I wasn't going to taste them to ensure they were beefy, they smelled so and that was close enough for me. The price seems to vary from week to week but on a good week they are about £1.83, which isn't to bad when you price up some of the other dog snacks. Some of them are way extortionate.
I can't recall how many she managed to get in the dropping process, but she did have another three, all of which were gone in an instant, so I'm guessing that either she was starving or that they were as good as I had hoped they'd be. Perhaps for a dog they have all the ingredients of being a decent snack, but looks and smell wise I'd definitely avoid them, but precious likes them and I'm happy.
Being that it was a Pedigree product I got what I expected. A very reasonably priced dog snack, which Tasha seemed, pleased enough with. I can say that if it's Pedigree she'll most probably eat it, so other products I cannot say the same for, so you get what you pay for in the doggy snack stakes. I think at 9p ish each they are a bit expensive for what they are, but our little stars do deserve a nice little treat every now and then.
Pedigree Schmackos are a very cheap treat which I often buy from my local Pets at Home store! Although I have also bought them from large supermarkets!
There isn't much to the sticks... which is probably why they are so cheap! However I always enjoy giving my little dog treats, and as long as he enjoys them!
A pack of 10 from Pets at Home costs me just 82p!
A pack of 20 is also available for £1.95, although at the minute they have an offer on for two packs of 20 for £2.50!
£2.50 for 20 sticks makes it just app 6p per stick! Which is a good saver... as buying these treats in a single 20 pack makes the sticks app 9p.
It all adds up!
I love how the packs come with quite a few treats, as it means they last!
I give my little dog around one stick a day when I buy these, meaning when I buy a 20 pack at £1.95 (when they aren't on offer), one pack lasts me almost three weeks! Making these treats app 65p a week!
My favourite variety to buy is the chicken sticks! However they are also available in Beef and variety packs containing; ....
5 x Chicken;
5 x Lamb;
5 x Rabbit;
5 x Turkey.
The product; ....
These treats contain calcium - to help promote strong teeth and bones, vitamins and Minerals to help maintain your dog's natural defences and omega 3 to help keep your dog fit for life.
Each stick is very easy to break into pieces, meaning they are easy to eat for dogs of any size and they are perfect to be kept and taken out on walks where they can be broken down and fed as individual smaller treats as rewards!
In my own experience, I've found the sticks tend not to dry out as quicker as other treats I have tried, although I have now started sealing the packs back up with cellotape or keeping them in air tight containers for freshness!
Smell and Taste; ....
I always buy either the Chicken flavours, or the multipacks. I tend to shy away from buying the Beef flavours as they aren't as good for dogs health!
The sticks do smell of meat however the smell isn't unbearable. My dog tells me the sticks taste great! And because the packs come in 10+, I can afford to give him more than one if hes being exceptionaly well behaved! (which isn't very often!)
The sticks do leave a meaty smell on your hands/fingers when held too long, especialy when kept in your pocket on walkies!
I would recommend these because they are so cheap!
Poppy and Coco are really well behaved dogs (most of the time) and Pedigree Schmackos are one of the dog treats that we give to them in order to congratulate them behaving well. We began giving them these treats when they were puppies as they have a very strong smell and it was a great way to get and keep their attention whilst training them as the strips can be broken into smaller pieces.
*About Pedigree Schmackos*
Pedigree Schmackos is a delicious meaty treat for your dog. Each variety pack contains four tasty flavours which your dog will love: chicken, lamb, rabbit and turkey.
These treats can be feed as a whole strip or broken up easily into small pieces as training treats.
*Price and Availability*
A variety pack of 20 Pedigree Schmackos can be purchased for £2.09 although I try to buy them when they are part of a buy one get one free offer. The price is pretty fair in reality when you consider you are paying just over ten pence per treat. It is less than the Wispa that I have! You are also able to buy packets of chicken or beef only in packs of 12 although I think these work out to be a little more expensive with a lack of assortment in flavour.
You can buy Pedigree Schmackos from a variety of different shops as the Pedigree brand is so popular and therefore well stocked. These include Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda as well as Pets at Home or a number of online websites that sell pet treats for example www.petsupermarket.co.uk.
The Packaging: Like all Pedigree products, Pedigree Schmackos can be spotted easily in a supermarket or pet store due to its classic yellow and red plastic packaging and appearance. I really like the packaging of this product. It is basically like any other Pedigree dog treat but unlike most of them, it has a sticky tab on the back that enables you to reseal the packaging like you can with big packs of Malteasers that you buy in the cinema enabling you to keep the treats fresh and prevent them from going hard.
Flavours: In a pack of 20 there are 4 flavours available which I think is great as your dogs will love the variety unlike some treats that are only available in a single flavour. These flavours are chicken, lamb, rabbit and turkey - quite a mixture.
Appearance: Pedigree Schmackos are thin, flat sticks that are roughly an inch wide and 5-6 inches long. They are moist, treats that are air dried by the manufacturers for maximum taste (so Pedigree tell us). These chewy treats have a quite bizarre texture as they are rough to the touch yet soft to break into pieces. The colour of each treat is different depending on the flavour but this is good as it allows you to distinguish them. Chicken is a light brown colour, turkey is brown, rabbit is a dark brown and lamb is red.
Smell: I'm not a big fan of dog treats that smell strongly of meat and I'm afraid these do quite a lot considering how small the treats are. Despite only holding them for a matter of seconds before giving them to your dogs, the smell will remain on your hands until washed off. The second that the packet has been opened, Poppy and Coco are at my feet like a shot.
Allowance: There are no specific guidelines given with regards to these treats but I think you have to use your initiative and not give them a whole packet in one day! One or two will do no harm, especially if you balance this out with their morning and evening meals.
How Long Does The Packet Last? As I like to vary the treat that I give Poppy and Coco, they only get one schmacko per day therefore a packet lasts 10 days. Quite expensive when you consider the price but if you tear the treat in half they could stretch to lasting you 10 days.
How Long Does The Schmacko Last? The treat itself lasts approximately five seconds if given whole. My two dogs don't tend to let the schmacko touch the sides. This isn't a very long time but they certainly enjoy it.
*Are There Any Negatives?*
The smell is the only negative of this product as far as I am concerned although this is something that bothers me personally, I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem with most people and more importantly my dogs love the treats so I can sacrifice a few seconds of a really strong meat aroma to see their faces light up.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
I would most certainly recommend this product. My dogs love Pedigree Schmackos and it is a brand that I trust wholeheartedly. The treats don't last that long but it is evident that they are a popular treat. In addition to this, they are full of calcium, vitamins and minerals which is great for your dogs wellbeing.
Poppy and Coco would urge me to put across how much they like Pedigree Schmackos if they could write reviews, so I'll do it for them. The speed at which these treats are devoured says it all for me. The four flavours are fantastic and each and every part of the treat is gobbled up. This is the only type of Schmack that is acceptable for my dogs!
Tasty and nutritious treat for your dog. Available in several flavours.