On the same day that Barley's new sister Rye arrived, we got our item for our monthly Chewy.com review. Barley hasn't met Rye yet, but I don't think it's much of a mystery of which arrival Barley likes better.
This month, we're testing out ACANA Duck and Pear Singles treats. ACANA isn't a brand that we've tried before, so I did a little research before we tested them out. ACANA's a company that is focused on providing food and treats that are limited ingredient and biologically appropriate. According to their website: "Our mission represents a new standard in pet food, designed to nourish your dog and cat in two ways. First, according to its natural evolution to a meat and protein-rich diet. Second, using meats, poultry, eggs and fish that are sustainably ranched, farmed or fished by local suppliers and delivered to our kitchens fresh each day."
The ingredients in these treats are duck, pear, duck liver, sarsaparilla root, and mixed tocopherols (preservatives). It's always nice to be able to count the ingredients in treats on one hand. The package (and ACANA website) point out that the duck is raised free-run a farm in Kentucky and the pear and sarsaparilla root are also locally grown.
Barley was very excited to get to dig into the treats, but she humored me and took a few pictures first.
We also did a little bit of self-control practice. Freeze-dried treats with few ingredients are high value treats around here, so it takes a lot of focus for Barley to wait until she's told to eat them. Working on self-control is also an important step to preparing Barley for meeting her sister when Rye's quarantine is up, so these treats gave us a great opportunity to practice.
The treats are small enough that they'd be a good reward as is, but they're also soft enough that they can be broken up into smaller bits, too. They get a little crumbly (as most freeze-dried treats do) when you break them up, so we won't be taking them to agility or on walks, but they are perfect for some in door training.
When Barley was told she could have the treats, she dove in and inhaled them faster than my camera could snap a picture, so I think that means they are a hit. She thinks they're too good to share with her little sister, so we're keeping them hidden upstairs and using them for special Barley training sessions.
We highly recommend these treats! Chewy.com also has them in lamb and apple, mackerel and greens, and pork and squash--so if your dog has a sensitivity to one type of protein, there are other great options.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a bag of ACANA Singles from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest review, but all opinions are my own and we only share information we think is relevant and valuable to our readers. Chewy.com is not responsible for the content of this post.