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: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats

This month, we got to try Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness Trail Treats in the turkey biscuit variety. The pups are always excited when they see/smell me breaking into a package from Chewy.

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These are hefty biscuits, and they make for a great occasional, special treat. (They are too sturdy to break up for training purposes, in my opinion.)

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The dogs were very enthusiastic about getting to try these biscuits, and Eden got to be our cute, eager-faced little model this time.

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Turkey is the first-listed ingredient, and the treats also do not contain any corn, wheat, or soy, which is always a great bonus in our book.

A 10-oz. bag of these treats is currently on sale at for $5.99.

Do you keep of a stock of “special occasion” goodies for the dogs? What are some of your favorite products?

Disclosure: We were provided with a bag of these treats in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own, and we don’t review products that we wouldn’t endorse to close friends and their pups.

Review: Primal Venison Lung Puffs

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We’re big fans of limited-ingredient treats over here, and so we were excited to try this offering from Primal: Venison Lung Puffs. (The name makes me laugh a bit. “Lung puffs” sound like what a baby dragon might do when learning how to blow smoke…)

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The treats are dehydrated and come in a variety of sizes and chips, but they are easy to break up (without excess dust or crumbs).

Primal lung puffs review | Doggerel

I’m not sure if the dogs have had venison before, but they were BIG fans! This is purely anecdotal, too, but they really seem to go crazy for treats that are solo ingredient (i.e., just meat), much more than the ones that have grains or other fillers in them.

Ingredients list? Venison lung and ascorbic acid. You can’t really beat that!

Additionally, these treats offer:

  • Venison raised in New Zealand without antibiotics or added hormones
  • Single-source protein
  • No preservatives
  • Grain and gluten free
  • No added salt or sugar

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These treats are currently on sale for $6.99 a bag at We will be adding these to our shopping list for future treat purchases!

Do your dogs eat limited-ingredient treats? If you don’t make them yourself, what are some of your favorite sources/brands for these kinds of treats?

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

Review: Halo Healthsome Biscuits

Like many of you, we normally have a wide range of dog treats on hand. We have tiny treats for training, chews for boredom, and a miscellaneous assortment of sizes, shapes, and types of treats for spontaneous rewards.


I think these Halo Healthsome Biscuits will fall into our category of “toss-in-the-crate” treats (e.g., slightly more substantial treats that we give to our fosters when we’re crate training).

We let Draco be the taste tester for these biscuits, and as you can see, he was very interested.


We got to test the protein and fiber formula. The ingredients are:

Whole Wheat Flour, Beef, Beef Liver, Potato Flour, Pea, Flour, Chicken Liver, Rolled Oats, Chicken Fat (Preservedwith Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Split Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, Green Bell Pepper, Celery, Parsley, and Ascorbic Acid

which I feel great about!


These biscuits normally sell for $7.49 for an 8-oz. bag, but they are currently on sale for $4.99 a bag at

The biscuits crumble easily, like a granola bar, which makes them more difficult for training use, but very nice for the occasional treat and for teaching new pups that great things come when they settle into the crate.

Have you ever tried Halo products? Are there particular varieties that you like or would recommend?

Disclaimer: We were provided with a bag of these biscuits from in exchange for our honest review, but all opinions are expressly mine.

Review: Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Before Rainer left to go on trial with his new family, I gave him the opportunity to try a new product: Natural Balance’s Jerky Bark, advertised as a “limited ingredient treat.” We were asked to review this product by, and the dogs are, of course, always willing test subjects.

Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Point 1: Chewy offers really fast shipping! I was actually surprised by this. I think two days after I got the e-mail about these treats, they arrived on our doorstep. We were impressed by the speedy service.

Point 2: We got to try the lamb and brown rice treats, which are on sale right now for $7.99 for a 6-ounce bag. The ingredients are:

Lamb, Lamb Liver, Brown Rice, Cane Molasses, Natural Flavor, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Rosemary Extract, Zinc Propionate

Not as limited a list as the Orijen treats we previously reviewed, but still, quite good compared with the average dog treat on the market today. I am a little curious what “natural flavor” is. And I was interested to read that zinc propionate is actually recommended, according to this research paper, as an additive for dogs and cats. Mixed tocopherols are a vitamin E derivative used for preservation. So, in general, I’m not concerned about the ingredients list for this product.

Natural Balance Jerky BarkPoint 3: The treats come in a variety of broken-up pieces. They almost feel freeze-dried, and they are a little hard to break up with your fingers, but the dogs, of course, didn’t mind that at all!

Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Rainer, as you can see, was VERY interested in this jerky bark. We also took a few pieces with us to share with his adopter, so he could have something tasty to immediately win Rainer over.

Overall: Recommended! Seems like a great product. I do wish it was a little easier to break it up into smaller bits for training purposes, but that’s probably not the intended use for this treat. Check out for these treats and many more.


Disclaimer: I was provided with these treats in exchange for this review, but all opinions are expressly mine.