I will admit they are not the best behaved dogs though. I see some dogs in restaurants quietly laying at their owner’s feet. These dogs don’t stare at people eating at the next table or try to say hi to everyone who walks in. They are clearly trained well. Chester and Gretel are not so I have to use the bribery and distraction techniques to make them look like really good dogs.
Usually this involves feeding them a whole bag of treats during our meals out. As you know, I watch their calorie consumption closely. The treats I use for this are usually the 3-calorie training treats but even those can add up.
In addition to the calories, I end up with beef or chicken or whatever flavored crumbs on my hands. If I am not careful I end up eating the crumbs it with my fries.
I thought I would try one of those “lick” treats – the ones that are gel or liquid with essentially no calories. Besides saving calories, this kind of treat would keep me from getting dog treat residue under my fingernails and on my food.
We like to support local companies so I was thrilled to meet a woman who makes one of those “licky” treats – Leanlix – right here in Seattle. Leanlix is different than other “licky” treats for three main reasons: it is a solid formula that won’t run on your hands; it eliminates the need for a roller ball, which some vets think could be a choking hazard if the dog bites it and it pops out; and the lanyard allows you to keep it (only the large size comes with a lanyard) handy for a quick training reward.
I also LOVE that the creative flavors include things like Grace D-lux With Cheese (hamburger flavor with natural cheese), 1/2 Eaten PB&J Sandwich, Dishwasher Dinner (roast turkey leftovers) and Cupcake on the Counter (raspberry with vanilla cake batter).
The other awesome thing about Leanlix is that it comes in two sizes.
The regular size is about the dimensions of a small, round deodorant stick. That size comes with a lanyard you can hang it around your neck so you can get to it quick. My favorite size is the small one that looks like a tube of chapstick. That one is super handy to keep in your pocket (note to self: Do not accidentally confuse it with the chapstick).
We are taking a road tip soon to a famously dog-friendly town (more details to come). I am tucking a couple of these away to use when we eat out at restaurants.
You can see in this Get Jesse (a local news character that investigates stuff) video that Leanix was a hit at our local dog park.