Chester and Gretel are lucky that they can eat a lot of treats and still stay trim. They hike and get exercise regularly. When they hike they burn a lot of calories so feeding them a lot of treats isn’t really an issue. When hiking they actually NEED the calories.
However, there are a lot of times I feed them treats while I am shooting photos at home or when we are out and about on the town. When they are just sitting there looking cute they aren’t burning many calories (although being so darn cute IS hard work. Ha, ha).
For those times, I try to choose low-calorie treats to feed them. Besides just being low in calories, the treats need to be highly desirable, or “high value” treats.
Quite frankly, I have more than enough low-calorie treats that I regularly feed Chester and Gretel that they love and, since they will eat pretty much anything anyway, I was prepared to be somewhat unimpressed with Barkster’s Holistic Dog Treats. However, I was intrigued by their low-cal claims and their air-puffed (think pork rinds) texture.
As soon as I set the boxes on the table Gretel was right there. This is probably more of a statement about her food motivation though because the box wasn’t even open yet.
Once I opened the package they did seem to go nuts and about took my hand off devouring them. It might have helped that the Brown Rice and Beef Crisps smell foul…and they love to eat foul smelling things 🙂 However, the Sweet Potato and Chicken ones were less stinky and they seemed to like them just as much.
Now, like I said, they are very food motivated (especially Gretel) but I do notice times when they seem enthused VS. OVERLY enthused. I would say they fell somewhere in between here.
I think that Gretel really liked the light, crunchy texture. Most of the other treats I feed them are soft and chewy so this was a special treat for her.
I wouldn’t run out and buy these just because of the “12 calories per treat” claim though. The treats range in size from 1 ½ inch strips to 1/4 inch strips and I don’t see how they can each be 12 calories when they are different sizes.
You CAN easily break one treat into several smaller pieces, which I guess would make each treat approximately 12 calories or less. If you do break them apart just beware that they are a little crumbly and leave a Cheeto-like residue on your fingers.
Because Barkster’s Holistic Dog Treats are low fat and low in calories, they would be a good choice for the owner who has a dog who is a little “thick around the middle” but can’t stand the thought of denying them treats. I would also recommend them for some dogs with food allergies because they are wheat and gluten free.
I can’t decide if I would buy these treats myself based on our particular needs. Like I said, when they are hiking they need the calories and these wouldn’t provide the nutrition they need. For photo shoots I don’t need treat crumbs all over my fingers when I am trying to operate the camera.
However, I think I saw Gretel drooling last time I gave her the treats so I may be swayed 🙂 It does seem that they were a success with the dogs.
The honest truth: Barkster’s did provide us with the treats to try and review. However, according to our review policy, a positive review was not guaranteed. I was not compensated for the actual review.