I held out both packages of treats for Barley to pick which one she wanted to start with. After much deliberation, she decided she wanted to go for the Full Moon Artisanal Black Cherry BBQ Beef Jerky. We've tried other Full Moon treats before, but this was a new flavor for us.
The first thing I noticed was the packaging. It's really cute. There's a little cow shaped window that lets you see the treats inside the package, which is always a plus for me. The package is also a cheerful pink with lots of little images of cows, cherries, and grills with steaks on them.
On the back of the packaging, they highlight the benefits of these treats. The ingredients, which includes glucosamine and chondroiton, are good for hips and joints. From our experience with supplements, I know those are ingredients that dogs to have consistently to have them for the ingredients to be effective, but Barley has had strange reactions to joint supplements, so any time she can get a little extra joint support in a treat is a good thing in my opinion. The treats are also made in the USA and they don't source any ingredients from China.
The jerky strips were mostly the same size when we opened the package. There were a few smaller pieces, but most of them were big enough to be broken up into many smaller bites, which is a good thing since they're pretty high calorie at 43 kcal/treat.
Barley was so excited to dive into these treats.
They immediately got her wag of approval. She gobbled one piece up, licked her lips, and gave me that border collie stare, so I knew they were high value! That meant they were perfect for our next training challenge.
Part of Operation Bring Back Barley's Smile was signing her up for a C-WAGS scent league later this summer. She'll start working towards her Level 2 title in basically the dog equivalent of a bowing league. For 6 weeks, the same set of dogs will meet one night a week to compete. In Level 1, the only scents used were birch and cypress. In Level 2, they also use clove. Clove was the first scent Barley was trained on, but it's been a long time since we used it, so I needed to do a little refresher for Barley.
Our Full Moon Jerky was perfect for pairing because it was something Barley really wanted to work for. I ripped up a couple slices and paired a piece with our scent vessel.
It didn't take long for Barley to find them. We did four paired searches and then Barley had no problem searching for the scent all on its own. She was really happy to still get a few pieces of jerky for rewards each time, too.
There are only a couple downsides for me for these treats (Barley says they're perfect). In at least three spots on the packaging, it reminds you to refrigerate them after opening for maximum freshness. I've mentioned before that I tend to forget about treats if I have to put them in the fridge instead of in our treat drawer. Since jerky is a classic road trip food, I'm sure we'd go through the quickly enough that they'd still be fine even if we didn't put them in the fridge, but once "refrigerate after opening" is printed on the packaging, I get nervous about breaking that rule!
The other downside for me is that making them cold changes them in a bit. They were much harder to break apart when they were straight out of the fridge. A few pieces also had that gross congealed fat that beef gets when you stick it in the fridge and that just kind of freaks me out a bit--and it makes it not very appealing to stick a few pieces in my pocket before heading out the door for a walk.
Those were not concerns to Barley, though. She will never complain about getting a bigger bite if I can't tear treats apart and she loves beef fat.
So will we get them again? Absolutely. I'll be adding a bag of these to our monthly Chewy order before Barley's scent league begins so that she can get a special reward for using her nose!
Disclaimer: We were provided one bag of Full Moon Artisanal Black Cherry BBQ Beef Jerky in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program through Chewy.com.