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Dog Treats – The good, the bad and the ugly



What makes a good dog treat 

Do you give your dog treats ? Do you know what is in your Dog treats ? In this post we look at what could be in the treats you give your dogs and what is a good healthy treat that you could give them instead. 

This post started out as a basic review of  The Cornish Barkery and the wonderful dog biscuits they bake. They sent us a few different types to try and believe me our lot never turn down a doggie choc chip cookie. They went down a treat. I tried them with my two dogs and so did the guys on our Facebook group All Things Dog

See this review from Jessica from our group…

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Or Boris and Deefa who’s mummy posted this photo and said that they like their Cornish Barkery Pork & Basil Sausage Biscuits!To buy click here

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So I was going to post that my dogs loved The Cornish Barkery biscuits over all other biscuits, that my dogs would choose these over anything else offered to them, but I have realised that this was not the post I wanted to write.  In fact to sell these homemade biscuits to you on the premise that my dogs would eat them over anything else is a lie .. honestly I just caught Dinky Daisy in the field eating  sheep pooh !  It’s not the first time – she came in once with a lump of it stuck to the top of her head looking innocent like she had not been munching her way through a pile of the stuff ! So the truth is my dogs will really eat anything from gourmet dog biscuits to pond weed, yes we have had that eaten too. It comes down to what I want my dogs to eat, I am the owner, I need to give them healthy, real food – not chemicals, colouring’s, poor ingredients that can do them harm.

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Dinky Daisy

Writing this review, as it started,  sent me down a slightly different road to what I had planned. I am now looking at what is in other dog biscuits, compared to these. I started to question why it was that  the best before date on the The Cornish Barkery dog biscuits gave me a couple of months  but when I looked at a box of supermarket, big brand, dog biscuits they did not go off for a whole year, what’s in a dog food that lets it last that long? Why such a difference?

Think I need to investigate this a bit more…

I love that when I read the ingredients on the The Cornish Barkery that I immediately understood them

Take the Choc Chip Cookies;

wholemeal flour, dog-friendly chocolate chips, water

Choc Chip Cookies

I understood and recognisied every ingredient – I am happy to give these as a treat to my dogs. If I am giving my dogs a treat with these I know I am giving them real food. Happy dogs and happy owner.

Compare this to the ingredients I found on a box of big brand dog treats

Meat and Meat Derivatives
Vegetable Protein Extracts
Various Sugars
Oils and Fats
Milk and Milk Derivatives
With Antioxidants

  Meat Derivatives, Vegetable Protein Extracts – what are these ?

  Milk Derivatives …what?

  and various sugars..ummmm

Looks like a bit of a complicated list to me and I am unsure what many of these are…

I am no food scientist – and to be honest nor are most of us – I want to look at the label and know what I am giving my dogs . How about you ?

If you want to join in the discussion on the above points then please leave a comment or visit our Facebook Group All things Dog and join in there.

If you would like to purchase a Dog Barkery product please click  to visit The Cornish Barkery

I did not make money from the links in this post and all views are my own and I would love to hear your views on the subject of ingredients in dog food and biscuits.

Emily, Grace and Dinky Daisy x

10 thoughts on “Dog Treats – The good, the bad and the ugly

  1. I’m always amazed as to what they put in stuff these days

  2. Have you tried making them yourself. There is a ton of recipes on Pinterest

  3. I am very careful about what I give my dogs both for regular food and treats. Unless they are natural treats with the ingredients listed, I don’t buy the. I ma thinking about making my own soon.

  4. Some really great info! It’s amazing what they put in food these days.

  5. We’ve gotten to be so careful about what we purchase for Luna — there’s so much crud in regular name-brand products!

  6. I’ve been looking at homemade dog treats over the past few days as I would really like to know what’s in the food I give my dogs.

  7. I love that these have only 3 ingredients. It’s frustrating to look at the ingredient’s list and not understand it.

  8. I’m super careful about what kind of treats I give my dog! Some of them are just full of junk (and dangerous junk, at that)!

  9. Im honestly not as aware about the food and treats i give to my dogs but I think its something im going to have to do a bit more. Im also interested in making my own dog treats 🙂

  10. This is all really interesting. I try to make the majority of my dog food and treats at home, so it’s always great motivation to keep doing that when i see things like glycerol on a dog treat label. Thanks for sharing!

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