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.


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.

Click Here to Purchase Zuke’s Mini Naturals Today!






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  1. kelsey

    Zukes are my dogs favorite! The mini treats are perfect for training! With three dogs we have done a lot of training and retraining as they are not the brightest bunch. I love this review how you got into so much detail, if I wasn’t already a Zukes lover, this review would’ve sold me!

  2. kelsey

    Zukes are my dogs favorite! The mini treats are perfect for training! With three dogs we have done a lot of training and retraining as they are not the brightest bunch. I love this review how you got into so much detail, if I wasn’t already a Zukes lover, this review would’ve sold me!

  3. Laurie

    I love the Zuke’s story about the energy bar epiphany, and that they contribute to cancer research in cats and dogs. The ingredient list is superb! I appreciate that the treats are small enough that you can give them out as rewards without worrying about over-feeding (I have small dogs who never say no to treats, so I have to be cautious about giving them any large or high calorie treats). My dogs have never had rabbit flavoured anything – so that’s the one we’re going to try first!

  4. Lorna

    Firstly can I just say that I adore Husky dogs, they are my favourite by far but unfortunately due to my circumstances I can’t have a dog so whenever I see someone else with a Husky dog I think they’re so lucky and your dog is beautiful.

    Having said all that my sister has a dog and they are really conscious of only feeding him healthy dog food and healthy treats so I found your article very interesting. I had no idea that Nestle Purina had sold contaminated dog food, it’s such a shame when big companies behave in such a cavalier way and put profits over safety.

    Let’s hope Zuke’s stick to their original recipes and don’t let Nestle Purina interfere with them.

  5. Kai

    Hi! Wonderful review on Zuke’s Mini Natural! Thank you for sharing not just the product, but the company as well. Very informative and detailed!
    Just curious, how many treats does it take for Aura to learn 1 command?
    For a 6 oz Zuke Mini Natural bag, how long do you think it can last if I have a small dog?

    Thank you!

    • Jon

      Great questions Kai, thanks for asking! Teaching new tricks is an ongoing process so it’s hard to say exactly how many treats are needed ‘per command’ but if I had to give a number I’d say about 40 little zukes treats is a good number to get a command good and solidified in her head so she’ll do the command everytime.

      If you have a small dog a 6oz bag of Zuke’s should last you one to two weeks depending on how liberal you are with handing out the treats. The great thing with Zuke’s is that they’re less than 3 calories each so you can feed your dog quite a few without spoiling their dinner or breakfast. I think we go through them a little quicker personally because we’ll give her a treat anytime she’s behaving or just because. Giving plenty of treats will help you build a strong bond with your pup. 🙂 

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