“ Brand: Wainwright's / Food Type: Dog Food „
I have three beautiful dogs and all unfortunately have very sensitive stomachs, two of them are also intolerable to wheat so we have to be very careful with what they eat, our English Bull Terrier use to have skin problems quite sometime ago now which we got told was due to her food so we done research and saw Wainwrights since we started feeding Wainwrights Turkey and Rice dry food all her skin problems have gone and she is a different dog.
So when we came across these in pets at home we thought we would give them ago as we know that Wainwrights is very good, they are treats with whole pieces of Chicken they come in a small resealable pouche weighing 25g and are sold by Pets at Home.
They are amazing for my dogs as there are no additional ingredients added that may bring out their allergies such as wheat and meat proteins, none of my dogs have had any stomach problems after feeding them these which is generally what I have come to expect with Wainwrights as I have fed two of my dogs on Wainwrights since they were puppies.
They are ideal to use if you are training your dog as they are small in size I would say to make sure you have some hand wipes or something with you if you take them out to train your dog as they do leave a slight smell on your fingers.
All in all I couldnt reccommend these treat or indeed Wainwrights any higher, yes, they are slightly more expensive than the other treats that you buy but for me there are not many that can say 100% chicken has gone into and that there is nothing else so to me and my dogs they are well worth the money, they have worked wonders on all of my furry babies, no stomach problems and they absolutely love them!
Our dog used to have a pretty sensitive stomach, so we were always on the look out for treats and food that was kind on her stomach, and wasn't full of all the usual junk, additives and fillers that most commercial dog foods have in them.
We found these treats from Wainwright's and have been buying them for around 2 years now, as our dog loves them, and we like that they are healthy for her.
I've never found Wainwrights foods anywhere else other than Pets at Home (I used to think they were Pets at Home's posh brand, like Tesco Finest... but I don't think they are, just an exclusive deal!), but as we do a lot of shopping in Pets at Home it's pretty convenient for us.
The treats are freeze dried chicken and nothing else. Yup, 100% chicken. I was really unsure when I first picked the packet up, because I was sure there had to be some sort of additives or preservatives but it didn't appear to be anything other than chicken! I think I even checked with the cashier, and they said it would be fine for our dog, who was on expensive sensitive stomach food at the time so we didn't want anything that could jepordise that.
The pouches themselves are resealable, which is handy as the feeding guidelines for a dog like ours (around 22kg) is about 6 a day I think so you can seal the packet back up once you've given all the treats you want to give at that time. Anyone who'd ended up with a pocket smelling like dog treats after a bag split will know how helpful that is (maybe it's just me!). We actually give more than 6 in one go, and she's not had any problems with them.
We use the chicken treats for reward based training, particularly as a special reward for returning to us when called when she's off the lead. I always find you need an extra special treat if she has the scent of dead rabbit in her nostrils, or rabbit poo, or some other beautiful smell when she decides she'll come back but in her own time - but she's always willing to sprint straight back for these!
The only downside is that some of the chicken residue gets left on your fingers. This is just like chicken dust, which is just powder from some of the chicken that hasn't stuck together. I normally let our dog lick this off my fingers, but I guess this could bother some people. For the same reason, if it's raining and you are going to go out and use these as a reward for training etc. you'll find that you'll definitely need to dry your hands if you don't want the bits of chicken sticking to your fingers or aren't keen on your dog licking it off your fingers. It's only a small gripe though, and definitely preferable to them being coated in something to make them more 'clumpy' like a lot of biscuits and dog treats.
The packaging states that there is no Wheat Gluten, Unhealthy Additives, No Beef or Pork, Dairy products or Eggs, Soya or other fillers and it's good that they are so clear with what is contained, particularly if your dog has a sensitive stomach currently, or in the past.
Our dog has happily grown out of most of her stomach problems, but we continue to buy these, and have even moved her onto the matching main food which she is better on.
Although they are slightly more expensive than a lot of other treats, the small size of the treats make them perfect for training, and it's good to know you are giving your dog good quality food. To be fair, at two for five pounds, they aren't too expensive and containing no sugar or other rubbish, think what you'll save in dental scale and polishes, and other vet treatment.
The treats come in 40g packs I think, and there are lots of cubes of chicken in there to last you a good while (although as I said earlier, I do seem to give out more treats as they are very small cubes!).
Overall, a fantastic, healthy treat that I'm sure your dog will enjoy - ours certainly does!
I got a puppy a few months ago and since he completed his inoculations we have been going to Puppy Training Class. It is a great place to get him socialised and he is learning some manners as well. The trainer works on the basis of 'reward' based training which suits Ellery just fine as he is pretty well motivated by food but it does mean that I have to find suitable treats to take along each week to keep his interest.
He is quite a small puppy which means I have to find treats compatible with his size, firstly because I don't want him to get fat, and secondly because if they are too big he spends too long chewing them and isn't ready to move on the next exercise.
Now I know a lot of people use something like diced cheese or sausage but as I don't eat either myself we don't have them in the house. Plus the only time little Ellery had cheese in pet food it had an unfortunate effect on his digestion which I am not keen to repeat!
This was a brand I hadn't heard of but there seemed to be quite a wide range of their products in Pets at Home and reading the details on the packet it boasted "Quality Ingredients chosen with care". It wasn't until I got around to reading the small print that I realised it is brand exclusive to Pets at Home, effectively an own brand product masquerading under a different name. In fact I think the marketing people did a pretty good job with this product as it looks like a niche brand with recycled type of packaging and a name that, for me at least, sounded like a strong Yorkshire name you could trust.
About the treats
Wainwrights claim that the little mini bone treats I bought are suitable for puppies aged from 4 to 12 months and that they are:
Hypo-allegenic & low Allergen
No wheat gluten
No beef or pork, just turkey
No dairy products or eggs
No Soya or other fillers
Well as Ellery has no allergies that I know of I wasn't too worried anyway about the products on the list but it is useful to know that the treats are formulated to be gentle on my puppy's digestion.They contain just turkey, brown rice and calcium - and I will try not to think about how the turkey was reared!
However there were a couple of things I needed to know about them before I could decide whether they were suitable for our needs. Firstly they would be no good if Ellery didn't like them (which I wouldn't know until I got them home) and secondly would they be easy to break up as each individual treat was going to be too big for him for training purposes. I managed to answer the second question by poking about at the packet and they passed the test so I bought a packet ( £2.29 for 250g) and brought them home.
Would Ellery recommend them?
The answer to that is a resounding YES or the doggy equivalent at least. He simply loves them and he only has to see me reach for the packet and he is there waiting for one. What more is there to say from his perspective he loves the smell of them and adores the taste and they certainly work as incentive at training.
Would I recommend them?
Yes I would. Ellery loves them, they break up easily when I want them to but they stay whole in my pocket until I am ready to split them. Ellery responds well when I use them in training so until he gets fed up of them I shall continue to buy them. If your dogs loves treat occasionally they might be worth a try
This review also published on Ciao by laramax