Review: ZiwiPeak jerky treats

I don’t know about you, but we’re always on the hunt for high-quality, small-sized treats for daily training and practice. We’re perpetually working on leash reactivity, and so we try to always have some good reinforcement on hand to rebuild those neural pathways.


Accordingly, we were delighted to try this offering from ZiwiPeak’s Good Dog lamb jerky treats, which originate in New Zealand.


These are 95% lamb and grain free, and they come in these tiny, lightweight little strips, which are just perfect for handing out and training on the go.


A bag of these treats currently sells for $7.22 at

Pyrrha and Eden were VERY excited as soon as I ripped that pouch open. They were ready to throw out any trick or behavior to get a taste, and these little treats certainly didn’t disappoint them.

Pyrrha and Eden

What have you been using for training tidbits lately? 

Disclaimer: We were provided with a bag of these treats in exchange for our honest review. We were not otherwise compensated, and we only review products that we genuinely recommend.

Review: Dogswell Chicken Breast Jerky

The girls were REALLY excited to sample these chicken jerky treats by Dogswell.

Doggerel | Dogswell Chicken Breast Jerky

Check out the tongue action and the tail blur!

Doggerel | Dogswell Chicken Breast Jerky

Doggerel | Dogswell Chicken Breast Jerky

These are great “special occasion” treats, but they are also easy to divide, if you want to make them last longer.

Doggerel | Dogswell Chicken Breast Jerky

The ingredients list, as you can see, is pleasingly minimal:

Chicken Breast, Vitamin E Supplement, Flaxseed, Vitamin A Acetate

A 5-oz. bag currently sells for $5.75 at, and there is also a 15-oz. and 32-oz. option.We will certainly be checking out more products like this from Dogswell. This is a high-quality product for high-quality pups!

Does your dog like jerky? Any particular brands you’re fond of?

Disclosure: We were provided with a bag of these treats from in exchange for our honest review.

Pup, your breath stinks! (TropiClean Fresh Breath review)

See this cute little face?

Pretty, crazy baby

Don’t let her get too close to your mouth. There’s a reason why I’m not one of those people who lets her dogs lick their faces copiously, and it’s called coprophagia. Charming, right?

Pyrrha is an occasional poo snacker, but Eden can be downright compulsive. She can be called off if she’s caught in the act, but we are not out in the yard with them every second. Guion, the faithful spouse that he is, scoops poop every day, but we’re going to miss some. I aim to brush their teeth at least once a week, but I admit I can miss the regularly scheduled brushings.

All that said, I’m always eager to try dental chews, toothpastes, and additives, so we were happy to receive a review sample of TropiClean’s fresh breath water additive for dogs.

TropiClean Fresh Breath Water Additive | Doggerel

The product claims to:

  • Reduce plaque and tartar
  • Reduce risk of periodontal disease

There’s no brushing involved, and you add one capful of the additive to every 16 ounces of water (usually amounts to 2.5 caps in our giant water bowl). The formula has aloe and green tea in it, and the product it also made in the USA. We’ve been trying it for about two weeks now, and I daresay Eden in particular has sweeter breath. I haven’t noticed any difference in the girls’ plaque or tartar buildup, but I think the aroma coming from their mouths is noticeably less foul!

This product is on sale right now at for $10.99 for a rather large bottle (33 oz.). There’s also a smaller version (16 oz.) for sale, if you wanted to trial it before a bigger monetary commitment.

Do you have a poo snacker in your home? Have you ever tried a water additive for breath?

Disclosure: We were provided with a sample of this product in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are mine and unbiased by any companies.

Review: Dr. Tim’s freeze-dried turkey hearts

Our girls are always willing taste-testers, but they were especially excited to try these freeze-dried turkey hearts by Dr. Tim’s.

Doggerel | Dr. Tim's freeze-dried treats review

They went crazy for them!

Doggerel | Dr. Tim's freeze-dried treats review

The treats are single ingredient (we received the turkey hearts, which come in small discs), raw, freeze-dried meat that has been USDA inspected and sourced from Wisconsin. Really excellent. I know lots about the benefits of raw feeding, and although we don’t do it ourselves, I think about it a lot. These treats are a nice way to reap some small benefits of raw feeding — without the mess and squeamishness on my part.

Doggerel | Dr. Tim's freeze-dried treats review

We also took a handful of these treats on a walk to a park to work with Pyrrha on her reactivity toward other dogs. They make great training treats, because you can easily break them up, but they don’t disintegrate. Plus, Pyrrha is just WILD about them, so they serve as a really powerful reinforcer in our quest to classically condition her on walks.

Doggerel | Dr. Tim's freeze-dried treats review

Highly, highly recommend these treats! The price may seem a little steep, but the package is generously portioned, and the quality is significant. You get what you pay for here, which is a seriously high-quality snack. They are currently on sale at, so check them out.

Such adorable beggars.
Such adorable beggars.

Do you ever feed raw treats to your dogs? If so, what works best for you?

Disclosure: We were provided with a package of these treats from in exchange for our honest review.

Review: Merrick Lil Brush Bones dental chews

Because I’m incorrigibly lazy about remembering to brush the dogs’ teeth, I’m always interested in new offerings in the dental chews category. So, when Chewy offered us the chance to try Merrick’s new Lil Brush Bones product, we jumped at the chance.

Doggerel Review | Merrick Lil Brush Bones

We received the bag for little dogs, but our girls don’t discriminate when it comes to treats!

Doggerel Review | Merrick Lil Brush Bones

This was Pyrrha’s reaction as soon as I unzipped the bag:

Doggerel Review | Merrick Lil Brush Bones

These chews, more than other dental chews, have a strong aroma (not bad, just noticeable).

As you can see from this blurry photo, they were both VERY eager to get the chew.

Doggerel Review | Merrick Lil Brush Bones

They loved the treats! (But they aren’t the most discriminating reviewers, I have to say; I’ve never seen them turn down anything even mildly edible.)

Brush Bones have a pleasingly short (and natural) list of ingredients:

Potato Starch, Vegetable Glycerin, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Cane Molasses, Chicken Fat, Natural Chicken Flavor, Water, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate (source of chlorophyll), Lecithin, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Parsley

I’ll admit it’s always a bit hard to gauge the effectiveness of dental chews based on a few-time usage, but I particularly like that these treats are gluten- and grain-free (most popular dental chews have a lot of gluten and starches in them). An 11-oz. bag sells for $12.99 at

Do you supplement your brushing regimen with any kind of dental treats?

Disclosure: We received a bag of these chews from in exchange for our honest review.

Review: Halo Liv-a-Littles treats

We recently got to try these freeze-dried chicken treats from Halo Pets. I’ve heard about the company before (and of course, its famous co-owner, Ellen DeGeneres), but this was our first time trying one of Halo’s products. And I’m happy to report that we definitely liked it!

Halo pet treats review | Doggerel

For one, it’s hard to beat this limited-ingredients list:

Freeze-dried chicken breast, Marinade (sodium phosphate, salt, carrageenan)

That’s it! Impressive. Obviously, you could just make some chicken at home, but I know convenience is always a factor.

Halo pet treats review | Doggerel

The treats are somewhat delicately composed and crumbly, so they wouldn’t be ideal training treats (as I imagine they’d get ground to a fine powder if they were in a treat bag), but they’re ideal for on-the-fly training at home or just everyday snacks.

Another great feature of these treats, for those in multi-pet households, is that they’re formulated treats for dogs and cats. (Which makes sense, seeing as it’s just freeze-dried chicken.)

As you can see, Pyrrha (who got to be the lucky taste-tester this time) was willing to pull out all of the stops in order to snag one of these treats:

Halo pet treats review | Doggerel

Halo pet treats review | Doggerel

A 2.2-oz. jar currently sells for $7.29 at

Have you ever tried products from Halo Pets? Any that you’d recommend?

Disclosure: We were provided with a jar of these treats by in exchange for our honest review.

Review: NutriSource training treats

We are always on the hunt for soft, tiny training treats around here! As I mentioned earlier, we have “training stations” in many areas of our house, so having a stash of small, chewy treats is important to us. I also take a lot of soft treats with us in our bait bag on every walk, which we use to reward Eden for polite leash behavior and to continue our classical conditioning protocol with Pyrrha’s reactivity.

Review of NutriSource training treats | Doggerel

So, I was excited for the girls to try this offering from; they got to sample NutriSource Soft & Tender Chicken Dog Treats. A 6-oz. bag sells for $3.29, which is quite affordable, by way of high-quality training treats. (I’m used to shelling out $5 to $7 for a bag of well-made, healthy, soft training treats.) I have never bought a NutriSource product for our dogs before, so I was eager to check these treats out.

Review of NutriSource training treats | Doggerel

The tiny bones are soft and very easy to break in two. They’re also not too crumbly, so they will make for perfect training treats.

Review of NutriSource training treats | Doggerel
Mostly in-focus photo of the girls, vying for their treats.

The dogs, as you can see, were very eager to try them! Chicken is the first ingredient, followed by pea flour and barley flour.

I also like that these treats are made in the United States. While that fact is not a necessary guarantee of quality, it’s a heck of a lot better than any pet product that comes from China.

What’s your go-to brand for training treats?

Disclosure: We were provided with a bag of these treats from in exchange for our honest review.