Last week, we started Operation Bring Back Barley's Smile to reassure my best girl that I haven't forgotten her even though Rye and I have been spending a lot of time together at agility trials. The next step was to sign Barley up for a class of her very own. Our friend's new barn hunt training center was having a Rats 101 class, so I signed Barley up. She'd never been to the facility and we had no idea how many dogs would be there, so I knew we'd need some good snacks to help her stay focused on what she was supposed to be doing. Thankfully, we had a bag of Primal Treats Beef Nibs from Chewy.com's Chewy Influencer program.
These treats were exactly what we needed. The front of the bag says that they're meaty and delicious, which is just what I was looking for.
I wasn't sure what to expect from these snacks when I selected them. We'd had other Primal treats before and they were always freeze dried treats. Barley loved those, but we couldn't use them in agility because they would leave meat dust all of the floor and the dogs would spend class sniffing the floor instead of doing what they were supposed to. Before we even opened the package of Beef Nibs, it was obvious these treats were not going to do that. In the the little window on the front of the package, I could see that these were little treats that didn't need to be broken up at all.
These look like little mini hot dog slices. They have a hot dog-like casing around the edge and a soft, meaty center. They also are easy to break up even though they're small enough that they don't need to be broken up (unless you're out on a walk with your reactive dog and realize that you only have a few treats left and a mile left to go before you're home--then you can easily double your treat supplies!).
Barley loved these snacks. In fact, she loved them so much that my plan backfired. She was so focused on me and the snacks that she really didn't care about barn hunt at all. She sniffed the rat tubes each time we went in the ring, but as soon as she'd given them a little sniff, she looked to me for another treat. We paired the rats with the Beef Nibs in hopes that Barley would stay engaged with the tubes a little longer, but as soon as she got her snack, she abandoned the rats. I'm not sure if we'll try barn hunt with Barley again or not, but if we do, we'll be trying some new methods next time!
Don't tell Barley, but I let Rye try a few of these, too. I've mentioned before that Rye has been struggling with certain things on walks (other dogs, Jeep Wranglers, UPS/FedEx trucks, mail trucks/mail carriers walking, cats, squirrels). There have been some days when I have had to pick her up and carry her until we can turn a corner and get out of sight of whatever she's reacting to. These treats have really helped prevent that. If I can get Rye's attention long enough to get one of the Beef Nibs into her mouth, I can keep her attention and keep giving her the treats for nice, calm behavior. That says a lot about how high quality these treats are. Even string cheese doesn't keep Rye's attention when one of her triggers appears, so these are magical. The best part is that these treats aren't slimy or smelly, so they're easy to toss a handful into my pocket before heading out the door for a walk.
We all love these treats. The bag is full of small, high value treats that are easy to break up, easy to toss in my pocket for a walk, and according to the girls, taste great. There's not one thing I would change about them! In fact, I've already added them to our Chewy auto-ship so that we'll have another bag of them any day now.
Disclaimer: We received one bag of Primal Treats Beef Nibs from Chewy.com as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program in exchange for our honest review.