Dog owners who do sports are always on the lookout for new, different training treats. The more options, the better it keeps the interest of our dogs. Sure, my dog will play flyball for just about anything from kibble on up. But when we are in a new and different environment and I want her full attention, having a good mix of treats of various values is essential.
For me the hardest part is finding treats that are small enough, and that are soft. I prefer soft treats over hard because they are easier for the dog to take quickly in succession than a hard kibble or baked treat they need to chew. And with a tiny dog at only 10 lbs, finding small treats is even harder. When I had the opportunity this month to try out the Merrick Power Bites for Chewy.com, I was looking forward to seeing how these treats would work in our normal treat mix for training. (I am ultimately pretty lazy and forgetful, so treats that require refrigeration and/or being cut up in advance tend to be less appealing to me, though I do add some in occasionally for variety and for extra value.)
These treats are small. They are smaller than a Zuke's Mini but not quite as small as the Zuke's Tiny that I review a few months back (the Zuke's Tiny are awesome for small dogs, they are super small and not at all hard- but I have yet to see them in stores, just online). Ptera absolutely loves them. I've been filling up our to-go treat container with these and Zukes and she is loving the mix. So, they are certainly dog approved. They don't make me gag because of their smell (the smell is actually very mild) which is a big thing if it is a treat I am going to carry around with me.
As for the other things- Merrick is an awesome company with a great reputation. These treats are made in the US (the rabbit in these comes from France, rather than the US). And the ingredient list has no suspicious items listed. I chose to review Rabbit because I know it is always a favorite in my house, but Power Bites also come in Beef, Turducken, Chicken, and Salem in addition to the rabbit. All of the flavors are on sale right now as well, and range from $2.99 to $5.11 per 6 oz bag, which I find to be not just reasonable, but a great deal.
Overall, I think these treats are a win, and will make a regular appearance in our treat mix.