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Zuke’s Mini Naturals Review – Healthy Treats for Healthy Huskies!

Zuke's Mini Naturals in Six Different Flavors

When we adopted our Siberian husky Aura we knew it would be a huge yet rewarding responsibility. We want to be able to take her with us wherever we go and to do that she needs the proper training. We are training her through the positive reinforcement of good behavior. To do this we use treats as high value rewards when teaching her new tricks.

In our article on the best healthy dog treats you can buy in stores Zuke’s Mini Naturals is one of our top recommendations. In this Zuke’s Mini Naturals Review we’ll discuss the history of the company, the products, what ingredients are used in those products, how Aura feels about them, and finally we’ll talk about some potential controversy regarding the company.

About the Company

According to their website, Zuke’s was started in 1995 after the owner of the company had an epiphany about his dog. Zuke's Logo - Fuel the LoveWhile on a hike he fed his pup a piece of an energy bar and gave the dog enough energy to finish the trip. That’s when he realized that dogs need healthy treats for energy just like humans do.

So, he started the company in Durango, Colorado and named it after his dog, Zuke. To this day the company is based in Durango and is known for contributing profits to cancer research in cats and dogs.

Zuke’s Mini Naturals Products

Zuke's Mini Naturals Size Comparison to Quarter and HandZuke’s Mini Naturals are small cylindrical treats that are intended to be used as high value rewards when training pets. They come in various sizes and six enticing flavors; Roasted Pork, Roasted Chicken, Savory Salmon, Fresh Peanut Butter, Delicious Duck, and Wild Rabbit.

Because the treats are so little even the smallest bags have plenty of treats to get your pup through multiple training sessions without breaking the bank. With each treat being under 3 calories you can feed your pet plenty of them without worrying about spoiling their dinner. Each treat has 30% moisture which gives them a distinctive aroma to attract any pet.

Ingredients

We recommend Zuke’s mini naturals because their recipes use a variety of high quality ingredients. They never use corn, wheat, or soy which can be harmful to your pet. They also avoid using any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or by products in their recipes. Zuke's Mini Naturals Ingredients

(Pork / Peanut Butter / Duck / Rabbit / Chicken / Salmon), Ground Rice, Ground Barley, Malted Barley, Gelatin, Vegetable Glycerin, Tapioca, Cherry, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Lecithin, Phosphoric Acid, Rosemary, Tumeric, Sorbic Acid (preservative), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E, Zinc Proteinate, Citric Acid, Mixed tocopherols (preservative).

Notice that the first ingredient of each recipe matches its flavor. The pork flavor’s first ingredient is pork, the peanut butter flavor’s first is peanut butter, and so on. This is fantastic as many other treats on the market use artificial flavoring and byproducts as the main ingredient to achieve their flavors.

Does Aura Approve?Zuke's Mini Naturals Aura Approved

The first mini naturals that we bought for Aura was a 6oz bag of rabbit flavor. We purchased them right before going to her first professional training session and she immediately took to them. They were able to keep her attention even in a store full of new sights and smells. Now whenever she hears the rustle of the packaging she comes running!

A Bit of Controversy

Back in 2014 Zuke’s was acquired by pet food giant Nestle Purina, putting many Zuke’s customers on edge. Zuke’s claims that their recipes and practices have not changed in any way following the purchase but many consumers are still not convinced. This is because Nestle Purina has been at the center of many controversies over the years including a lawsuit alleging Purina sold contaminated dog food leading to countless pet deaths.

Nestle Purina LogoWe understand that many pet lovers are wary of Zuke’s parent company but as of this writing Zuke’s itself hasn’t been involved in any scandals or controversies. As long as they continue to make quality products we will continue purchasing their treats. Unfortunately these days the only way to make absolutely sure you aren’t feeding your pet contaminated treats is to make them at home so you can personally source every ingredient.

Last RemarksZuke's Mini Naturals in Treat Bag

Now that you know a little more about the company, what products they offer, the ingredients in those products, that Aura absolutely loves them, and a little about the Nestle Purina controversy, you can make an informed decision on purchasing these treats for your best friend.

We highly recommend buying them. They are made from high quality ingredients right here in the United States and are bound to make any husky happy to work for them.

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Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes For Healthy Dogs

Hand feeding husky easy homemade dog treats

For most dogs using treats during training is key to being successful. Nothing quite motivates our husky Aura quite like a delicious treat does!

We’ve already covered the best healthy dog treats that can be purchased in stores. However, even the best store bought dog treats come with risk of contaminants. To avoid this and possibly cut down on our dog treat budget I started looking into easy homemade dog treat recipes.

First we’ll discuss the issues with store-bought treats, then the advantages of homemade dog treats, and finally we will go over a few great healthy recipes for you to try out.

The Problem With Purchasing Treats

The biggest problem with purchasing store-bought treats is that many treats are made to be marketed to humans and don’t take a dog’s diet into consideration. There are countless products that use chemical preservatives and dyes which are not good for long term consumption by your pet. The preservatives make the treats last longer but could make your dog sick. The cost of store bought dog treats adds up quickly.Your dog doesn’t care what color their treats are, just that they taste good, so adding dyes is pointless and potentially harmful.

Additionally, because these products are marketed towards humans for they have a markup in their price tags which can add up really quickly depending on how fast your dog goes through treats.

Just like humans dogs can become overweight very easily if their diet is filled with sugar and empty carbs which is what many store bought dog treats are packed with. If you are going to purchase dog treats from a store consider going with one of our recommendations.

The Advantages of Homemade Dog Treats

There are so many advantages to making dog treats at home. The best and most obvious one is that you can control exactly what is going into your pet’s body.

You not only avoid any toxic chemicals making their way into your pet’s snacks by mistake, but you can control how healthy they are as well. No more added sugar! With a more healthy snack for your pet, achieved through healthy ingredients and portion control, you can feed them more of it and possibly extend training sessions.

Making treats yourself is also much more cost effective than purchasing pre-made treats. You’ll often get more out of your batches as well. With the money you’ll save you can afford to purchase more high end ingredients for additional homemade dog treats.

Making treats at home for your pup is also another great way to show your love for them! Let your pup hang out with you and lick up unused ingredients to make it a great bonding experience. Plus unlike people your dog is always going to love your cooking.

Healthy Recipe Ideas

Here is a list of healthy homemade dog treat recipes.

The Secret Ingredient

Hopefully by now you understand that store bought dog treats come with convenience and the possibility of being contaminated with harmful chemicals and ingredients. By sourcing your own high quality ingredients you can make healthier, tastier options for your favorite canine friend to enjoy without fear of obesity or getting sick. Be sure to keep in mind that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet with the rest coming from other sources like kibble.

The only downside to homemade treats are that they often don’t last as long as the store bought treats. You can make them last as long as possible by sealing them in an airtight container and leaving in the freezer for storage.

If you try one of these recipes you’ll need a secret ingredient, love. The fact that you have found yourself here indicates that you already have plenty of that for your dog so this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Is there a healthy recipe that your dog loves but isn’t here on our recommendations? Leave us a comment and let me know about it. If you try one of these recipes be sure to let us know how your experience was and if your pooch loved the things you made!

 

 

 

 

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