Anyone who follows us on Instagram knows that we've been spending an insane amount of time at agility trials since we started competing in March. When we go to a trial, one of the most important things I toss in Rye's agility bag is a variety of high value, easy to break apart treats.
This month, we had back-to-back weekends of agility, so we needed something new to make sure Rye stayed focused on me. Chewy.com had just what we needed: an I and Love and You Nice Jerky Bites Variety Pack. This pack comes with three 4-oz. bags of jerky treats in beef and lamb, chicken and duck, and chicken and salmon flavor.
When we have multiple flavors of treats, I've always let Barley pick out which flavor she wanted to use for training or to take to class or scent trials. I tried to let Rye decide which flavor she wanted to take along, but she just couldn't decide.
So, I chose. Salmon treats are usually pretty stinky, which makes them especially good for keeping the focus of an energetic little dog, and these were no different. As soon as I opened the bag, I was hit with that strong fishy smell. Rye was immediately interested in what we were going to do.
In addition to being high value, the other most important quality in treats we take to trials is the ability to break them into smaller pieces. We do a lot of focus exercises between runs. Sometimes Rye has to wait as many as 4 hours between runs, so it's important for us to do things during that time that keep her engaged. One of our favorite ways to do that is to make "treat art" and practice Rye's spelling with treats.
These treats are perfect for that! These treats were soft and easy to break into pieces. I could get each piece into about 6 pieces (and I probably could have made those smaller, but Rye objected to that), so the bags went a long way at the trial.
Rye really enjoyed these treats--and she wasn't the only one! Barley thought they were swell, too. Any treat that can be broken up easily is great for sticking in our treat pouch for walks. Both dogs have different triggers, but I can't say "what's that?" and give one dog a treat without the other one looking at me expectantly, so I need treats that can easily become multiple treats.
The one thing I didn't love about the I And Love And You Nice Jerky variety pack was that two of the flavors contain chicken. I usually avoid anything with chicken in it just because there have been so many problems with chicken jerky treats. I And Love And You knows that people worry, though, and their bag advertises plainly that there's nothing scary in these treats.
I did a little digging on their website and in the FAQ section, they point out that they don't source any of their proteins, fruits, veggies, or other major ingredients from China. They do acknowledge that some vitamins are only available from China, so their cat food blends use a small amount of Taurine that may be sourced from China. There are no vitamin mixes in these treats, though. It's all meat, brown sugar, natural hickory smoke flavor, and natural preservatives, so I felt ok about feeding these to the dogs. I'd feel even better if the chicken was eliminated completely and I did limit the number of treats I used per day when we were using the chicken varieties just in case.
Overall, these treats are really nice! The dogs loved the flavors and they were perfect for my needs with training. You can also order individual packages of the Nice Jerky Bites on Chewy, so I will probably just order the Beef and Lamb bites since those are the proteins I'm most comfortable giving the girls. They'll be very excited when they see another bag showing up in our next Chewy order!
Disclaimer: We were sent an I and Love and You Nice Jerky Bites variety pack in exchange for our honest opinion as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program.