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Healthy dog treats - Learning from our customer's thoughts on smells.

happy-dogLarge corporations like to hide their mistakes and any concern that customers raise in case it goes viral. However at healthy dog treats we like to think that every customer interaction is a learning lesson (for us and them), and sometimes highlights what we need to do in furthering the education of our customers.

I will give you the learning lesson up front.  We sell meat based dog treats. REAL MEAT. Real meat has meat types of odour, and because the jerkies and the like are 100% meat, they have a concentrated smell (ie the 75% water content has been extracted increasing the smell by 3 - 4 times).

Many people may find the smell of fish products etc objectionable, because they have sensitive noses, but for a dog, this is usually a sign that they are getting the real thing, As opposed to a faked dog treat (bag of wheat) with artificial meat and flavour.  If you don't like the smell of real meat ... then you may need to hold your nose will feeding your dog the greatest healthy dog treats on earth (what we sell). 

Here are some of the 'interesting' comments we have received and what we think is actually happening:

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Merry Christmas and goodwill to all dogs and owners !

dogs-enjoying-healthy-dog-treatsWhat to get your dog for Christmas.

This is such a vexing problem for many owners around Australia. Of course in my home that isn't very hard, as with daily off lead walks and full access to a range of different meats for my dogs main meal and dog treats, he has Christmas all year round.

So what do you buy your dog, dog treat wise for Christmas?

I get many calls through from people asking me about what they can give their dogs.  They name the breed, age and general preferences but here's the thing.

If your dog is feed on commercial dog food, they are most likely getting a small percentage of chicken or beef in their main daily meal.  So small that in fact the oil, salt, sugar, flavour enhancers etc are likely to massively overwhelm what the natural taste of the meat is anyway.

In a way this is good, as you can start with a clean slate.  Be aware that if you go from 20% meat dog food to 100% meat dog food, or 100% meat dog treats, your dog's digestion will usually take time to adjust to what it was always meant to eat.  And that means that their stomachs may not digest everything immediately leading to some flatulence, at least in the short term.

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Why your dog is now like Pandas and cows - bio-availability ..

panda not a dogMost people dont get the importance of bio availablity for a dog.  They think its just a hipster term. We would much rather just go to the supermarket and pick up a sack of wheat for our carnivore dog. Its convenient and the price is right.

So at Healthy Dog treats we look at novel ways of getting the message across that carnivore dogs do much better on meat.

The fact that I put the word carnivore in the above sentence might give you a hint as to a dogs food preference but its also an evolutionary  mandate.

Just because you feed steak to a cow for 10,000 years, would not make it a carnivore. For a similar reason, progressively adding more grain to a dogs diet (because its cheap) doesnt make it a herbivore.

People like to think that dogs are omnivores, but just because a dog doesn't get immediately sick by being fed a mainly grain diet, doesn't meant that this isnt doing the dog damage. Read the quotes from the science article below if you still doubt this.

Read more: Why your dog is now like Pandas and cows - bio-availability ..

The day that supermarkets took over dog treats in Australia

happy meat based dog treat dogIt won't surprise may of you that the two main supermarkets in Australia sell about 80% of all food in Australia. With that kind of supplier power concentration, its easy to understand how farmers have had their profits cut to the bone.  Sadly not content with ruining the dairy industry, the two players are now trying to dominate the online dog treat world.

The don't do a lot of their own brand product at the moment - that will happen after they have used other companies with very low prices to soften up the market.

However what you should always remember when you buy dog treats from a super market online or at the checkout, is that they are there to make their shareholders rich, not provide customers with the best products.

If you have a problem with their service or product you are going to have to email your complaint that will usually sit in an in-tray at corporate head office for a long time until some junior person with no authority gets around to it. And their goal is to have you go away quietly, not try and solve the problem so you get the most value.

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Why dental stick dog treats are one of the largest sellers in online auction stores

A meat treat based dogI  was curious as to what one of the biggest global online auction and direct sales sites might say was their best dog treats. I thought I might find some natural dog treats, some healthy dog treats, something made from meat. But unnaturally, no.

Some retailers sell these kinds of single ingredient products on this site, but only ONE treat made it into their top TWENTY best selling dog treats.

Perhaps it was because this was a dot com and mostly reflected American buying habits for their dogs, but I imagine that its a first world issue. That is, includes Australia as a bad trend too.

You know when a dog treat is bogus when they give it a marketing name rather than any kind of natural name. And it appears that from many different sellers that fake 'dental' sticks are one of the biggest sellers.

This should not be surprising as they massively overcharge for these at supermarkets and vets in Australia (considering the poor quality of ingredients in them). But can you excuse this from global dog treat manufacturers when they actually have the buying power to do much better (ie use meat)?

Read more: Why dental stick dog treats are one of the largest sellers in online auction stores

Why 2016 is the best year for buying dog treats ever !

2016 dog treat sales trend AustraliaAs I sell healthy dog treats for a living I was wondering how the market was doing.

I put a few graphs together in the last post and explained how there is even a vague weekday trend to when people buy treats but this article looks at what the pattern for people buying dog treats online means relative to the last four years.

The graph below is from Google (australia) data from 2012 to Oct 2016  for the term "dog treats" which is the main term in the dog treat category as far as volumes go. 

As Google has over 80% market share of all browser searches in Australia, this is a good indication of what is happening in dog treats in Australia.

Even if only NEW people to the market people with a new dog, or people who have never bought treats before are putting in the keywords "dog Treats" that is fine, they are representative of the growth of the market in general or maybe even a forecast of how the market will be.

Read more: Why 2016 is the best year for buying dog treats ever !

When do people buy dog treats - by day and month in Australia, Google data 2016

dogtreat trends-2016I have read many articles explaining how you shouldn't feed dogs much more in winter because they are sedate, but that is only true if you don't walk them. I then read from science journals how hunting dogs and any dogs that are regularly exposed to colder winter weather can increase food intake needs by up to 30%.

And that is because a dogs metabolism increases dramatically in colder weather to increase body temperature to keep the cold at bay.

There are special retail data organisations that charge a fortune to get dog food sales data, but they would have difficulty gaining proper dog treat information.

This is because we suspect that mostly low quality dog treats are sold in super markets and a good percentage of the dog treat buying is done online these days. IN the following analysis we show which days of the week and which months of the year are the biggest dog treat buy days.

Read more: When do people buy dog treats - by day and month in Australia, Google data 2016

Pigs Ears Dog Treats

pigs-ears dog treatsYou are either a pigs ear dog treat fan or you are not.

By fan, I mean that this dog treat serves a great purpose for your dog.

Do you know that there are many purposes for pigs ear dog treats that my clients use.

And they use us because we are reliable quality and genuine care for dogs - we are not just a random online dog clearance store.

Below you will find the many reasons for giving your dogs pigs ears, and how to buy some very competitively priced pigs ear dog treats from us !

You can either buy in smaller packs or packs of TEN for bulk savings.

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Natural dog treats are no longer rawhide

long-dog-chewsYou might have recently read about why raw hide dog treats are now considered bad for dogs but till still see many dog treat shops still selling them including supermarkets and dog stores.

But there are actually real natural dog treat alternatives - read on.

What is raw hide

Raw hide is essentially poor quality leather. It is usually the inner layer of cow or horse hides which is then cleaned cut ground and pressed together.  Like dog food (boring grain) raw hide usually has artificial flavours added to make it appealing.

The main original function of it was to provide a dog something to chew besides the furniture

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Chicken Healthy Dog Treats

Chicken-Healthy-Dog-TreatsDid you know that Chicken Healthy Dog Treats exist?

But first I should explain a couple of points about this.  Chicken is one of the most common and universal meats used in dog food, because it is a cheap relatively 'clean' meat.  If you dog eats commercial dog food there is a strong chance there is chicken somewhere in their diet.

Dog food allergies are relatively rare, and unless your vet has given your dog an exclusion diet that you have religiously stuck with to resolve the culprit food ingredient, then chicken is most likely fine for your dog to eat. 

Point TWO - and its a BIG ONE. Many chicken dog treats include a low amount of chicken like dog food (ie around 30%). Even OUR 'grain' dog treats include up to EIGHTY (80%) chicken meat !

Here are your incredible Chicken Healthy Dog Treat options Regular and BULK :

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Biscuit Dog Treats

beef-charcoal-biscuit for dogsHomemade grain free dog treats

As stupid as this sounds, there are people out there wanting homemade grain free dog treats for their dogs.  The reason as you will soon see for the foolishness of this suggestion is that OUR non homemade dog treats are healthier and cheaper than most people can make even with a lot of effort.

Besides the buying of ingredients (see list below) and getting the right mixture for dog health and taste, there is a lot of mess involved and short shelf life for homemade dog treats.

The other question most people fail to ask themselves is why do you want grain free when commercial dog food usually has 70% grain in it. If it doesn't have that, it still often has 70% carbs by way of vegetables.

A cursory glance at domestic dog evolution will tell you that they are at least 90% carnivore so why bother with grain free unless your dog treats are grain and vegetable free too?

Read more: Biscuit Dog Treats

Kangaroo Dog Treats

kangaroo-meat-dog-treatHave you tried kangaroo dog treats lately?

Here are three main reasons why you might like to rethink your dog food/ dog treat strategy

kangaroo jerky dog treats

This is truly globally the king of meats. So low in fats and the fats that are in it are the healthiest on earth.

Kangaroo jerky dog treats are a great chew for most dogs, helping to clean your dog's teeth. You could of course try unnatural compressed vegetable matter from a large corporation or you could use NATURAL meat.

I am amazed that as Australians we are not loading up our own plates with this amazing meat we are blessed to have exclusively in our own country  Some people dont like the 'gamey-ness of the taste, but that is precisely why most dogs love to have this 'exotic' tasting meat.

Read more: Kangaroo Dog Treats

Why sugar is bad when added to dog treats

sugar-dog-treatsDid you know that carbohydrates are basically mostly sugar? Did you know that carbs typically make up 60-90% of the dry matter of the plant and that commercial dog food is between 70 -80 % grains.

Polysaccharides are the main carbohydrate found in most corporate dog foods (starch, glycogen,  dextrin and dietary fibre).  And did you know that cereal grains such as wheat, rice,  corn, sorghum, barley and are the main ingredients in most dog food.

Now that we are all caught up, you should realise that by feeding your dog commercial dog food, you are mostly feeding them sugar.  And that reason alone is a good reason not to feed your dog more sugar or carbs in their dog treats.

This is why I often steer people away from buying dog biscuits. Yes we sell them, and they are the healthiest dog biscuits on the market, but they are still wheat based, just like dog food.  

Read more: Why sugar is bad when added to dog treats

The problem of healthy dog treats and humans

octopus healthy dog treatIts all great doing the old "do as I say, not as I do trick" to children, but as they grow older, they can gain the ability to do whatever they like.

When it comes to food, parents often want the best for their children. But this assumes that they know what the best, that they can be bothered buying and  making the best. And of course if "the best" actually means the most healthy or just the most delicious.  Or occasionally both.

Why Humans struggle to feed healthy dog treats

If you pay a fortune for "quality dog food" you would expect that it is the most healthy on the market.  This forgoes any consideration that most dog food has much less than 50% meat in it.

But the more premium dog foods do have more vitamins and minerals and little more organic supplements like blueberries in them. This is all well and good - unless you have any belief that dogs might have evolved from wolves and still find meat the most nutritious their diet.

OK - if you can suspend all of that belief, and you want something ultra special as a snack or treat or gift for your dog what do you choose?

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Roo Tendons, beef cubes, whacko dog treats .. what is best for your dog?

archie dog eating-roo-tendonThere is obviously no "right" answer for every dog. Dog tastes come and go. But I thought of this question when I visited a clients house recently and saw all three snacks available for their dog when they were away.

I also visited a fb page recently where people were putting forward their dogs best dog food and so many of them had an array of more vegetables in their dogs diet than most humans would ever eat ... which is curious for carnivore domestic dogs .. but no matter, that is choice too right?

The point I am making is that if a dog is mostly carnivore (based on its recent ancestors, digestive system etc ...  and what happens when you put a bowl of wheat, rice and raw meat in front of a dog ... I wondered why people really choose what kind of dog treat.

The 'whacko' snack is an easy one to answer. It has national advertising across all main media and online. Is made by a multibillion dollar muli-national, and they have figured out the perfect recipe of grain, colouring, oil, sugar and salt (with a pinch of meat) to make something a dog would not recognise as food, be its favourite thing.

Read more: Roo Tendons, beef cubes, whacko dog treats .. what is best for your dog?

Meat based healthy dog treats risked by food insecurity in Australia 2016

The beef price problem in Australia 2016 in one graphNatural beef dog treats in Australia under threat.

As meat prices for humans and dogs increase beyond the average Australian's affordability, its consumption will reduce. But what if that affordability was artificially manipulated by excessive exports of Australian meat?  This article and graphs are about beef dog treats, but they can be extended to most of the main meats in Australia, including lamb, pork and eventually Kangaroo.

What if massive meat and beef price hikes were caused by a few people getting rich from the meat created in Australia because of exporting it? Meat that should be available at reasonable prices for Australians?

THAT IS THE CURRENT ISSUE.  To back up this assumption first see that beef consumption in Australia  has not increased much since the 1980's so 'over consumption' by Australians is not the issue. 

The blue line on the graph below shows that since the mid 1980's our beef consumption has been steady if not declining a little, at 40 Kg per person per year.   

Read more: Meat based healthy dog treats risked by food insecurity in Australia 2016

ROO TENDONS - New product news

roo tendons dog treatsWe now sell roo tendons in 100g, 500g and 1 Kg amounts, FRESH dried treats !

We regularly see Roo tendons sold at various general stores and even on e-bay. But the reality is that even though most of them are a higher in price than we sell them for, these people are after profit, they aren't 'dog people', nor do they have the same duty of care to dogs.

Only stores that specialise in Dog treats - not random pet treats and every other conceivable toy or medicine product, might have any real concern about where they get their treats from and what quality they are. 

There is more to securing quality treats than a random CFO bargaining down the price of a treat from a supplier because they buy in bulk. That CFO has probably never seen a roo tendon in real life, let alone packed an order.

ROO TENDONS - New product news

What this typically means that with so many line items and a massive warehouse to stock all of the NON DOG products that the treats are often much older than what we provide.  If they are the kind of company that orders in treats only after you have ordered them, you will instead get fresh treats a week later than we can send them out to you.  We make sure our order levels of roo tendons are just right to ensure maximum freshness and continual supply.

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Bark for Life - Healthy Dog Treat Sponsor Project 2016

Healthy dog treat sponsor pack Bark for LifeBruce's Healthy Dog Treats gets quite a few requests for sponsorship throughout the year. And sadly we have to say no to most of them because we are a small company competing in a big expensive market.

Recently we said yes to Bark for Life's  event on 9 Oct 2016 - because it is in our home state and they are doing a very worthy cause - " honouring the caring qualities of dogs during a human cancer experience. Bark For Life is a chance to recognise and celebrate cancer survivors, patients and their four-legged carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. "

And while there are many health benefits for dogs who actually eat a mainly meat diet (being carnivores) there are even articles that suggest a grain heavy diet for carnivores can promote cancers - particularly for elderly dogs. We dont like to take the risk.

Our contribution to the event was relatively small, but big to us. We provided over 150 healthy dog treat sample packs for Bark for Life to give to the winners of their various categories.  The reason that it was big for us, is that being meat based treats, the cost from the manufactures to us is a HIGH percentage of the retail price we charge for the meat treats. And this is because they actually include 85% meat or 100% meat as opposed to mostly cheap grain like most dog foods and most treats.

Read more: Bark for Life - Healthy Dog Treat Sponsor Project 2016

Dog treat innovations 2016 - are all about the packaging!

dog-treat-innovation-dogIf you look up dog treats and innovations, all you will find is information from the major corporations about how they have made a tasty new recipe of dog food, full of grain.

Or an innovation in dog play toy balls, or in packaging. Innovation awards are usually given by associations trying to make best friends with large corporations, and they act as a magnifier for new product releases by the companies. Hand in glove to sell your pup a dud.

Like human innovation products, it seems that a new package size and new packaging is FAR more important than actually what's inside of the packaging.

And the reason why is simple. If you want to make big money in dog treats, you need to have  very cheap ingredients, because people are willing to spend only so much after they have paid a fortune every month on grain based dog food, in pretty packaging.

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Can kangaroo dog treats help with dog allergies?

dog treats on a dog walk dogsRecently I received this question from a prospective customer:  "My dog has itching allergies and I'm looking for a treat that is healthy and long lasting. Are Kangaroo treats the best way to go?"

This is a common question because there is a lot of misinformation about dog food allergies on the internet. It turns out that food allergies are one of the more rare forms of dog allergy tends to be food allergies.

My own dog has a lot of skin allergies that are environmental and taken care of by extra doses of Omega 3 fish capsules.  These work for many dogs, but not all.  And while dogs that are susceptible to soem skin allergies can be more likely to be sensitive to other common allergens, it still doesn't automatically mean that a dog will be allergic to a particular food.

The allergy in dog food allergies is caused by a dogs body over reaction to the protein in a food.  It believes the protein is a threat, like pollen, and swelling and itching on the skin can be a result.

Read more: Can kangaroo dog treats help with dog allergies?

The value of MEAT BALL dog treats & CRINKLES - HIGH MEAT !

ROO MEAT ball dog treats in 500g sizes!I was recently looking for what the internet considers new dog treat products and  of course the internet doesn't know the difference between new and what a page says is new. it also often associates products full of grain and vegetables as new healthy treats. Consider the grain that most dogs already chug down  the internet has a lot to answer for.

While we would love to see new meat varieties such as feral animals used in the dog food industry  - licences and processing of these seems to make their cost prohibitive in Australia.  The more variety of meat your dog can sample from a young age, then throughout their life, the more likely their immunity will be boosted by eating genuinely natural (ie prey orientated) diets.

Why dog meat balls and Crinkles are dog treat winners

The meat ball range and Crinkle range we have sold has often been overlooked because they look like dog food or some kind of treat you could buy in the supermarket. And chances are that they were made that way on purpose to get consumer acceptance.  Balls are also exceptionally easy to shape ! BUT uur products are very different ..

Read more: The value of MEAT BALL dog treats & CRINKLES - HIGH MEAT !

Buy Best Dog Supplies at Lowest Prices in Australia | 0402 262 875

dogs waiting for dog-supplies-onlineIt is amazing that when people search for dog supplies online they are often directed to a random site full of random pet products.  Besides dog food, dog treats are probably the major regular item most people buy for their dog.

dog supplies online, cheaply

The issue with the word 'supplies' is it sounds like a fast food kind of thing, like a pipeline or generic products. But chances are, that if you are buying your dog treats from a supermarket or a big pet chain store, you are getting a basic commodity full of wheat or at a higher price than it should cost.

TO them its just supplying a line product to make money - not about the dog.

I am a Pro dog walker by day, meaning I am in constant contact with dogs in the real world. I cherish them for their intelligence and companionship so I want to give them the best nutrition we can in the world.

Read more: Buy Best Dog Supplies at Lowest Prices in Australia | 0402 262 875

NEW PRODUCT dog bones and FISH dog treats we sell

New product hoki fish dog treatsSince we are mostly restricted by what we can source (we don't actually own any abattoirs) we have found it better to source the best and the most diverse meat based dog treats from as many companies that we can that will provide affordable ongoing options for you and your dog.

Some of our newest dog treats

The newest dog treats in recent times we have begun stocking are extending our bone dog treat range. Our beef bone range now sports some of the biggest bones you will get anywhere (unless you buy whole sides at the butchers and don't mind the mess in leaving large raw bones in the yard). 

While these are fantastic for big dogs we know that most owners of small and medium dogs get very little value of massive bones because they are too hard for smaller dogs to chew and have minimal meat on them.

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Buy Puppy Treats for a Cheap Price in Australia

puppy-dog-treats puppy dog huskyThe short answer is anything you hurriedly shove in your trolley at the super market.  Sure they will make your dog go 'crazy', but what about treats that are actually healthy for a developing dog?

What we recommend for your puppy treats

In full detail we will list important details below. But basically counter to "dog food" maker advice, we recommend meat and meat based dog treats that provide bio available essential amino acids from meat protein, and dog treats that encourage chewing for developing teeth.

Dog food manufacturers recommend

Their own product and exclusively using it for at least the first year of your puppy's life. This will deaden its taste buds and reinforce it thinking grain is an ideal dog food.

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