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A little story about HEALTHY dog treats and what competitors hide from you

healthy dogHumans often don't eat a lot of truly healthy food as their staple diet. Much of the over manufactured, over processed, non raw foods are rarely   'healthy' for us.  Rarely are they in any kind of quantity, and sometimes they go off in a day or so.

But we are proud to purchase Healthy food, because its supposed to make us fit and happy, even if it tastes ordinary ...

What do most people expect healthy human food to taste like, when we haven't regularly eaten it. We probably think of non tasty wheat grass concoctions. Things we are forced to eat in the attempt to lose weight. That is why most things healthy are expected not to taste good to us humans, right?

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Chicken Strips Healthy Dog treats eating guide, By Archie dog

Archie dog eats 100% chicken dog treatsThe curious case of Chicken dog treats in Australia.

If you buy chicken dog treats from the supermarket, chances are that you are going to get little more than you get in dog food, around 30%.

In the blackdog range of dog treats I sell they have a base level of 80% chicken meat in most of their dog treats except for the chicken breast fillet which is virtually 100% (has some soy and vitamins added for nutritional value).

The point about chicken is that its one of the most universally used meats in dog food, because its cheap and available. Even if you buy beef and kangaroo mixed treats (not 100% jerkys etc). you are most likely going to get some chicken meat in the mix.

Read more: Chicken Strips Healthy Dog treats eating guide, By Archie dog

Tuna Jerky Healthy Dog treats eating guide, By Archie dog

Archie eating tuna jerky dog treats AustraliaI sell healthy meat based Dog Treats. That is my mission, based on the best health outcomes for dogs. That is why I also sell the Blackdog Range which as a base has 80% meat dog treats in its range.

Very rarely can I safely push the envelope on choosing one of their treats over another but I have to say out of all the dog treats I stock, Tuna Jerky which I get from a local Melbourne Supplier and brand myself beats almost everything for nutrition and organic value other than Kangaroo meat products.

In fact at home my dog is on a raw meat offal and bones diet, and the main dog treats I will regularly give him at night time are either 100% roo based like tendons or jerky's or the outstanding 100% Tuna Jerky we stock.

Read more: Tuna Jerky Healthy Dog treats eating guide, By Archie dog

Ling Fish Skins Healthy Dog treats eating guide

Archie eating ling fish skinsLing fish skins and the incredible chewing dog treat.

Truth be known, fish skins are one of the fastest growing dogs treats around but one of the lesser known.  Their function is to basically provide long chewing time, and not be a choking hazard.

In the included clip we have a border collie and a spoodle each doing their best to devour them, but as you will see they make little progress on them. That is the whole point !

The reason why fish skins are taking over from rawhide and pigskins is several fold.  Rawhide has been shown to be little more than second grade leather, with little nutritional value and a potential intestine blocking and choking hazard. It is very far removed from being called natural.  A lot of dogs love pig products, particularly pigs ears, but many owners are realising that these are moderately high in fat and some dogs can plough through quite a few in a short time.

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Blackdog dog treats, why they are healthy and why you should buy from our store

Blackdog Chicken Crinkles dog treatI have noticed lately that some super stores are dumping Blackdog treats, dirt cheap. These might be old stock, but more often than not, they are the ONE treat out of the entire range that they discount to near cost to put as a Google advert when you search for dog treats.

Some large PET corporations will sell everything under the sun, stuff that I would never recommend you use for a pet or that I would ever sell. THAT is one of the big differences between my store and a corporation.

Why we sell blackdog dog treats and why we are better

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What does it cost to feed a dog "dog food' or actual Meat?

real meat used as dog foodHave you ever thought of feeding your dog a mainly meat diet?

It can take a lot of preparation but perhaps 2016 will be your dogs year?

A raw diet for dogs DOES NOT NEED CARBS for energy or protein. It might need it for fibre - but that depends on what else you feed your dog.

If you do it right - you will be feeding your dog close to a 80:14:06 split for meat, offal and bones.

You will vary all components and keep it interesting. You can add eggs twice per week, and make sure you give Omega 6 and Omega 3 in the right amounts (total amount and ratio).

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A great way to healthy dog food - just add Roo jerky !

Roo jerky dog food up closeWhy is dog food that is basically a bag of grain so accepted by society.

I have friends who keep shoving vegan facebook images of animals dying in horrible ways down my throat - even though I am an omnivore - AND a lot of people WONT give up their meat for anything.

It is believed that around 10,000 years ago when some people decided farming was an easier life than daily hunting of large scary game that could kill them, that no meat became popular. But back then they didn't have refrigeration either so they had to salt and dry there meat and hope not to be poisoned by it.  PEOPLE eating everything but meat in modern times is a choice. 

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Keeping your dog fit over the xmas season with kangaroo dog treats

Archie dog eating Roo JerkyAs Xmas comes and goes and we are on holiday often with our dog, its easy for every member of the family to want to spoil the family pet and give them dog treats.

I love my dog and there is definitely nothing wrong with treating your dog to luxury, but first we need to understand the difference between common supermarket treats, and real nutritious healthy amazing tasting meat dog treats and why they are better, particularly over Christmas.

Why not give cheap grain filled dog treats for the holiday

While that heading might seem biased, its exactly what you will do if you buy most of your dog treats from the supermarket or $2 store.

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Xmas healthy dog treats, its the most misleading time of the year

a healthy dog treat Christmas dogI would like to give the big corporations selling anything they please and passing it off as dog treats full credit for higher sales at Christmas time, but the reality is that joe public has a lot to do with it too.

While the human race has been buying grain for dogs for 50 plus years and forgetting this proud species once HUNTED for their MEAT diet ... it seems that healthy dog treats are even further removed from the healthy scrutiny (at Christmas time) that your dog truly deserves.

But if we have been lulled into false security with buying grain dog foods (that are recalled far more than any dog will be poisoned by raw feeding at home with meat) - then why would most people have a clue about what is healthy in dog treats? It is so easy to listen to the big corporations brag about their micronutrients (rather than the cheap carbs their food is full of).

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Why feeding dog treats instead of dog food makes nutrition sense

Archie dog eating Roo TendonAs any casual reader of my facebook page or health dog treats blog will know, I am a strong advocate of dogs getting sufficient meat products in their diets. With commercial dog food usually giving only 20-30% meat, our 80% and 100% meat dog treats are an ideal bio-available boost to your dog's diet.

The problem a lot of people face is that they don't get to walk their dog daily off the lead and find it difficult to burn enough energy to allow dog treats into their dog's diet without risking the dog becoming obese.

We are so flooded with expensive commercial dog food campaigns screaming the 'health' claims, that we (consumers) forget that dogs are primarily carnivores and don't even need grain in their diet, except perhaps for nicely formed stools.  Then we get a dog treat commercial from the same companies telling us to buy more grain-based dog treats that will make our dogs go whacko!

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If insects are being grown and fed to all types of herbivore animals, why not feed meat to dogs?

maggots not dog foodThis blog is born out of a recent article I discovered which talks about "Why insects could be the ideal animal feed"

This mightn't seem such a breakthrough idea but it is part of an experiment where " hundreds of kilos of dried maggots in the last few months as part of an E.U.-funded research project called PROteINSECT. They are now being fed to fish, pigs, and chickens in large trials designed to answer an increasingly urgent question: Are insects the animal feed of the future?"

Working backwards, did you know that many human societies consider eating insects to be a delicacy?  Yes, meat based insects are considered a rare treat, and in many cases an important protein supplement to their diet.

Read more: If insects are being grown and fed to all types of herbivore animals, why not feed meat to dogs?

The Paleo diet for humans and how it relates to your dog food and dog treats

Paleo diet for dogsThe paleo diet has become the catchphrase for trendy diets in 2015 FOR HUMANS.  Unlike many diet fads have come before it, this one seems to show some merit. And after I look at what the paleo goals and methods are for us, I will have a look at what you and I are feeding our dogs and why.

The paleo diet is said to be a diet based on the types of foods that were most likely eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit.  THEY EXCLUDE dairy, cereal products, processed foods and often caffeine.

This diet can be considered extreme and difficult for many modern people to get their head around so what are the aims? Robb Wolf says,  "The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology .

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Healthy dog treats are meat based not carrot, beans or apricots. you own a dog!

cheese is not a healthy dog treatThis is the third blog on the healthy dog treat site to review an article that claimed to know ten or more perfect single ingredient foods that are healthy dog treats. So far we have found only one on their list is actually true, and maybe there is one more below, maybe.

The article says that Carrots are great for dogs!  They say that you should "Pack a raw baby carrot or two for a great on-the-go dog treat. Or cook them and mash into your dog’s dinner for a sweet and healthy addition." 

I had a client a while back that gave his dogs carrots as a reward. Yes, they go crunch, yes the dogs like hearing the snap, they have a great texture and are fun. They have sugar in them too! 

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Healthy dog treats are meat based NOT vegetables or grain let's see why.

Apples are NOT healthy dog treatsThe previous blog on this site was part 1 of 3 that reviews a high ranking healthy dog treat article you can find on the net. The first blog found that the top of their list  had one food that was possibly healthy for a DOG. This is the second in the set of reviews, and sees that NONE of the three offerings are of much value to your dog. And if it is low value, it is not really healthy, it is filler.

The single food items they talk about are NOT poisonous (well except for the seeds of one of the fruits), but they are just of little value except for the carbs they supply. if your dog is on a commercial diet they will already have sufficient vitamins and minerals added to the grain. And plenty of carbs - even though dogs dont need carbs at all !

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Healthy dog treats are not vegetables or grain regardless of who markets them to you

rice is NOT a healthy dog treatRecently I came across a high ranking article on healthy dog treats. The online  'dog 'magazine' (who mostly sell advertising space on their website) rather than give science paper references or anything to back up their claims, say they have the perfect ONE ingredient answer to what is healthy for your dog.

And if you look at what is in most expensive kibble (grain based) commercial dog food, you would be tempted to believe them. But it is not so. This is the first of three blogs where I dissect their choices and their explanations for the true farce that they are.

Cabbage was their number one healthy single ingredient dog treat. Note, this is for a DOG, not a rabbit or guinea pig - a carnivore dog. The article claims that "cabbage is cancer-fighting". 

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Healthy dog treats are perfect supplements for commercial dog food

Healthy dog treat eating dogWhy bother buying dog treats if your dog's diet is "healthy"

Very few people buy dog treats as a dog diet supplement, but for 99% of people, that is exactly what their main use should be. Manufactured dog food doesn't have anywhere near enough quality meat protein in it (for essential amino acids that are bio available) and most home made dog diets are not meat based or have the right additives of calcium and Omega's. 

For homemade dog food you can add large dried bones (for calcium) or shark cartilage for calcium and Omega 3. Roo products are high in meat based Omega 3.

Human behaviour is hard to change at the best of time, let alone our overt or subconscious beliefs. So most of what I have written above won't be considered to be true by 99% of the dog owner population.

BUT if there is a slight chance that you might consider that not all dog food corporations have your dog's best interest at their primary purpose (ie its actually all about profit) - THEN you might consider a little more meat in your dogs diet couldn't hurt.

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Are gourmet dog treats better than homemade healthy dog treats

Husky meat eating dogHomemade dog food, healthy dog treats and a dog's diet

Lately in the dog parks my conversations about homemade dog food take an interesting turn. Its a conversation that is usually as intense as their love of their dog - but usually its because they HAVE to hold onto their belief, science doesn't get a look in.

For instance did you know that only 3% of people in Australia make 'homemade dog food' for their dogs. And the usual reason is that they THINK they are providing better nutrition for their dogs. A noble cause and one I am pursuing too.

Some people will say they hate all the additives in bought dog food (but buy any old dog treat for their dogs). A few people I meet say that they think their dogs are allergic to the grains in the dog foods, so they either buy 'non grain' dog food, or make their own dog food.

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Dried bones are healthy and should be Mandatory in dog diets.

Dog bones as dog treats This blog has been inspired by a recent email I received from a person who claimed that their rescue shelter told them that smoked bones were bad for dogs. Well, firstly the bones we sell are oven dried. Secondly, some companies actually smoke their bones to increase palatability for dogs.

The other reason other companies use smoked bones is because of the anti-bacterial nature that smoked bones provide to digestion - a health boost. And thirdly, they are plain wrong.

The proper use of bones for dog treats 101

Dogs are carnivores. Dog Food does not provide enough meat protein. You don't always know what manufactured 'dog food' calcium sources are either (so they might not be as bioavailable as dog bones). BONES are the most natural balanced (with phosphorus) calcium source for dogs.

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If you are going to feed your dog yogurt or carob dog treats, leave it to the experts.

Yogurt dog treats the bestYogurt dog treat disclaimer

My dog has never been a fan of  Yogurt dog treats or Carob dog treats.

This plus the fact that I feed him on a raw meat diet with minimal vegetables might give you a hint why I tend not to feed him dog treats that are anything but meat.

But then I thought about what other websites might be doi with these kinds of treats, and like most people I went to google.

On Google shopping (the section toe the top right of the search page) One of the major Melbourne PET STORES is selling exactly the same pack as us for $6.99 - we sell it for $5.95 at the moment.  And while they will sell many brands (anyone that will give them money will get onto their shelves) we are a lot more selective with what we sell our customers. 

What is it about dogs and dog treat bones? And our new BEEF SHANK!

beef shank bone dog treatA lot of people give their dogs the same old bone over and over. A lot of people tell me they go to the butcher and get a bone that is big and cut in half because it has all that lovely marrow. Well that is good if your dog in the wild was going to pull down those kinds of animals - but for most dogs, that marrow is very high kilojoules and will just put on weight, rather than provide nutrition. And of course with fresh bones there is a higher propensity for dogs to bury it, or for it to be very messy on your floor.

Then there are people who only give their dogs little raw bones because they like their dog chewing - but they don't even know that raw feeders do it primarily to add the healthy amount of calcium and phosphorus to the dogs diet.

Ten there are people who swear that bones will instantly kill their dog, because the "vet told them so".  Kind of rewrites the last 100,000 or so years of history of the wolf, and the last 20,000 years of the domestic dog. 

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What meat dog food and dog treats can do for scary dogs

Lovely territorial roxy dogThe title might seem misleading, but I am sure that if I didn't work in the dog industry, if I didn't know dog behaviour and how not to be bluffed, that this girl would come off to be very scary to the average citizen.

Meat based dog treats and dog food

So you might be wondering why I am blogging about Dog behaviour and its connection to meat dog treats or meat dog food.

If any of you have read articles and science papers of the last decade about the affects of unnatural colours, additives and a whole range of things we put into our adult human food that we buy at the supermarket, then you would realise that a lot of these are being linked with autism and a whole array of child misbehaviour problems. From concentration to physical ailments.

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Home made dog treats or Natural dog treats are NOT all healthy

natural dog treats DOGSNatural dog treats should have meat as the main ingredient

If you found a shop or an online store stating that their dog treats were the healthiest and their advertising was there to convince you that you were making the best nutrition choice for your dog - you would probably want them to be telling the truth. But the sad fact is that most people and manufacturers don't either know what dog nutrition means, or what is actually healthy for a dog. Consider the statement below to see what is wrong with much of the dog treat industry.

If you found a sign that included the below text, you might be inclined to agree, but its not all about what's NOT in the dog treats - how about what is in them as well?

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Why there is little meat in your dog food and dog treats

A happy meat dog treat dogI am a raw meat feeder for my dog (I have done the analysis many times over) so why would most dog treat and dog food companies only put 20-30% meat (including offal and bad meat by products in their 'foods' ??

The cost of meat and wheat in dog treats

This is something very basic, a back of a napkin kind of calculation but it should bring it home to you as to what you are paying for in your dog treats and dog food even.

In Australia the Australian Wheat Board has a lot of current information on prices. In August 2015 they say wheat price estimate sheet for 2015/ 2016 gives a ton of wheat at about $250  and Conola at about $500 AUD.

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Our holiday in Noosa and the price of dog treats Australia

Noosa sunset and dog treatsDog Treats Australia, where else?

Its been a long time since I was on holiday last, and a long time since I had to leave my dog with anyone else, so this last one was a bit of a mixed feeling.

Where we stayed was beautiful and the people were great, and even though we didn't see many dogs being walked in the streets, I know from the media that they do like their dogs up there.

The most curious thing about our visit and dog treats was that in one of the main tourist sections there was only one supermarket, and its prices were two to three times more expensive for most items than our regular local supermarkets.  You know that prices are over the top when they are as high or higher than a Coles express supermarket price.

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