“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Dog Food - Treats „
I regularly buy the feline version of these meaty stick type treats and find they barely last five minutes in my house. Not only do my three cats seem to love them but my dog is equally as keen to gobble a few down. Because of this I decided to purchase these treats specially made for dogs. While I don't suppose the cat versions are doing him any harm the dog versions would surely contain more relevant and needed vitamins and minerals for him.
I purchased these from Tesco, a pack of two costing 80p. The sticks come in either beef or chicken flavour. The packaging is a long black wrapper with red writing for the beef variety and yellow writing for the chicken variety. The packaging tells us these sticks are made with 90% meat suggesting they are of high quality.
The sticks themselves are long moist sticks, brown in colour and around 10inch long and half an inch wide. The beef flavoured sticks are a little darker than the chicken ones although this seems to be only difference between them. They both smell the same to me, like bacon flavoured crisps for some reason! The sticks are quite thick and chewy and Oscar spends a goo five minutes chomping his way through these. They're still soft enough to rip into smaller pieces easily though which is something I'm constantly having to do as Oscar is a little on the lazy side with eating and refuses to chew any more than needed.
To my surprise, Oscar actually likes these! I couldn't see any reason why he wouldn't as they do very much resemble the cat versions he loves so much but then, Oscar is a strange lad. It's as if he can tell what food is and isn't for him. If it isn't for him he'll love it, if it is he probably won't go near it! Still, these are one of the few treats I can regularly buy for him without having to worry about them being another addition to the bin. I simply rip one of these sticks into about five or six pieces and he'll happily sit by me chomping away on these pieces waiting for the next one. I normally end up giving him both of them at the same time as one doesn't appear to be enough! I like to take Oscar down to a nearby field where I can let him off his lead and allow him to take advantage of such open space by running around to his hearts content. Sometimes he needs a little extra encouragement to come back to me when it's time to put his lead back on and walk home and I find having a pack of these with me is extremely useful for these times. Once I've shouted him and made him aware that he'll get one of these sticks when he comes to me he quickly bolts over to receive his treat and I can easily pop his lead back on whilst he's sat down munching away.
The only problem with them, although not exactly a major one, is the price. Whilst 80p for two sticks isn't particularly outrageous and unaffordable there really doesn't seem to be any difference between these sticks and the sticks I buy for the cats other than these ones are a little thicker, Oscar doesn't enjoy these ones any less or more and so 80p for two seems a little expensive to me when the ones I buy for the cats cost 90p for ten! Still, an enjoyable treat for my lovely doggy.
I got these to put in my pocket when walking so that the dogs have a little treat if they do something very very good!!
These were only 50p from tescos and so I bought a few as they were on offer too which was even better! I opened the packet and the dogs noses immediately started going so I knew they were meaty smelling and interesting to the dogs.
The sticks are soft and look quite apetising actually. There was little indents along the stick too so that they can be snapped off easily which was brilliant as it made pulling them apart very easy.
My dogs liked them, well I can say the Malinois liked them as she was seen to chew and then swallow them. The labrador, well she just swallowed whole. It did't even touch the side and I'm not sure she even realised she had had a treat!
I do wonder sometime what the point is with her giving her treats as she does not even taste them! I'm sure she gets some pleasure from them but it is unsure what!
These really dont last long but they are so cheap it does not matter. They are great to stuff in your pocket when going out for a walk. The only thing is they are quite long and so you need deep pockets to shove them in!!
I buy these reguarly and would definately recommend them to anyone who has dogs big or small.
My dog, Barney, enjoys the finer things in life. Long walks, lots of toys and attention and having access to a seemingly bottomless pit of treats and rewards. He wont eat dog food instead preferring ham or chicken roll and turns his nose up at the majority of products manufactured specifically for dogs although will deem it appropriate to eat doggy biscuits and kibble on very rare occasions. Over the 9 years in which Barney has been a part of our lives he has stuck rigidly to what he will and wont eat and finding new things for him to try usually ends up being a complete waste of money.
He goes through stages where his treats are concerned too. At one time he couldn't get enough of Pedigree Schmackos and munched his way through pack after pack until one day he decided he didn't like them any more and we were forced to find a suitable alternative. Shopping in Tesco one day and looking on the Dog Food aisle I noticed that amongst the many choices from Pedigree there was the subject of this review; Tesco's own brand "Meat Sticks" and costing just 36p for a pack of two I decided it wouldn't cost very much to see if Barney would lower his standards and eat something from a Supermarket brand.
The meat sticks come packaged as shown above and are in a predominately white packet, Two 12 gram sticks are contained and are available in either Chicken or Beef variety and as Barney is currently eating the Beef ones at the moment this review will concentrate on that option. The front of the pack informs that the sticks contain 75% fresh meat and are vitamin and mineral enriched and getting into the pack requires you to simply rip into it or use a pair of scissors to cut the top off.
The sticks themselves are brown in colour and measure around 8 inches in length, as the name suggests they are thin and feel slightly moist to the touch. They don't smell of anything but Barney knows when the pack is being opened and sits expectantly waiting for one to be presented to him and to say he loves them would be an understatement. Forget Pedigree, Tesco obviously knows how to make a little dog very happy and Barney wolfs down his treat in 3 bites, he absolutely adores these and whilst I've never tried them myself (obviously) I can see their appeal and can understand why he seems to go mad for them.
As already mentioned they are slightly moist to the touch and I think it's that which makes them so palatable to Barney, they don't require much chewing and whatever it is that Tesco puts into them is obviously the right balance of meat and minerals as he has never turned his nose up at them or sniffed at one and refused it.
Looking at the back of a pack it lists the ingredients as being:
Oils and Fats 20%
Plus a breakdown of Vitamins A, D3, E and Copper.
Obviously an irresistible mix of goodies, to a Yorkshire Terrier at least.
Barney has a routine when it comes to his treats and although if it was up to him he would eat them all day we do try to be responsible owners and limit them to 2 during a normal day. He usually has one in a morning after he has done his 'business' and then the other on an evening time, if he has been particularly good or we feel like spoiling him then he may get a third but generally he knows when it's treat time and will sit in anticipation by the kitchen drawer where they are contained and will remind us if we dare to forget. In the eight months or so that Barney has been eating these he has never tired of them and for us they have been a quick and easy solution to giving him his daily rewards for good behaviour or just as a daily treat.
At only 36p a pack (may be 37p now - they were on offer for 3 for a pound the last time I bought them in Tesco) they are a cheaper alternative to Pedigree treats and my dog loves them so I can't say fairer than that. They appear to be nutritionally balanced and never give Barney an upset stomach, the size of them makes them suitable for probably every breed of dog although larger ones may want more than 1 as a couple of bites soon makes the disappear.
As far as my rating is concerned for the price they cost and the fact that my dog can't get enough of them I feel a full 5 star rating is in order. Available both in-store and on-line exclusively to Tesco, definitely recommended by both me and Barney, thanks for reading my review.