Whenever I see the treat jar running dangerously low, I hop on to the Hounds website and stock up on our favourite biscuits and bites to fill it back up.
I like our jar to have a pick ‘n’ mix variety, and there are a few brands I keep going back to that offer The Scamps a range of flavours, scents and textures to sink their teeth in to.
All of the treats are under £3, and we find these packs to be fabulous value for money, with some costing under 3p per treat.
These are five dog treat brands we always use to refill our jar, perfect for training, rewarding and, of course, walkies.
Forthglade grain free training treats
Made with cheese, blueberry and apple, these heart shaped training treats are always a winner in our house. We’ve tried all four of the flavours in this range, and the training treats are a fab junk-free treat for on-the-go or in the house.
The Devon based brand have been making treats for 40 years, which don’t contain any fillers, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Suitable for puppies over eight weeks, the treats come in 150g bags that are also resealable for freshness.
The irresistible ingredients are baked into little hearts that are scored down the centre, meaning you can give your dog a full heart, or break them up into halves to double their longevity. We find the full hearts are a great size for medium and large breeds, but we can get away with halving them for The Scamps to help them watch their weight.
Edgard and Cooper top dog duck and chicken bites
Less of a biscuit and more a meaty pellet, these Edgard and Cooper bites are a brilliant high-protein treat that pack a punch. They’re grain free and ‘slowly baked’ to preserve their ingredients, which include 70% chicken and nearly 15% duck.
The treats – which the Scamps go mad for the smell of – are small but mighty, and contain fruit and veggies like pumpkin and banana that aid digestion.
The Edgard and Cooper bites are ideal for training on walks, and come in 100% biodegradable packaging. Other flavours that get tails wagging include Good Boy Beef, Champion Chicken and First-class Lamb and Beef, which are all available in 50g bags.
Soopa healthy bites with banana and peanut butter
Low fat and human grade, these vegan dog treats are made with banana and peanut butter, which are two ingredients Phoebe and Frank go barking mad for.
Peanut butter contains healthy fats and Vitamin E to keep skin and coats healthy, banana is high in fibre, whilst added coconut oil aids brain power.
The Soopa treats are grain free and hypoallergenic, made by dog groomer Barbara when she realised how many of our pets were suffering from illnesses related to commercial pet food.
They come in a handy pocket friendly pillow pouch that fits snug in hoodies and dog walking coats, with a resealable plastic pouch inside to keep them fresh.
The bites come in 50g pouches and five different flavours, from Coconut and Chia Seed to Carrot and Pumpkin.
Denzel’s tropical bites
Inspired by cocker spaniel Denzel, this fab brand create a range of bites and chews in six pawesome flavours, with a big focus on sustainability.
The gently baked bites come in Tropical, Brunch, Paleo, High Protein, Superfood and Nut Butter, and we often rotate which flavour we buy.
The Tropical bites contain mango for fibre, coconut for healthy skin and coat and calming ginger, with added minerals and vitamins. It also contains 18% white fish for added protein.
Each bag has around 110 treats – which works out at less than 3p per soft and squishy treat. They’re all 100% natural, as well as grain, wheat and gluten free – and suitable for dogs over the age of 16 weeks.
The packaging (featuring an adorable illustration of Denzel) is plastic free and fully recyclable, made with paper and wood pulp grown in sustainable forests. This means they naturally break down in 30 weeks rather than 300 years!
Pooch and Mutt fresh breath treats
Pooch and Mutt were one of the first treat brands we tried Phoebe on, and they’ve been a cupboard staple ever since. They come in three flavours: Calm and Relaxed, Fresh Breath and Health and Digestion.
We often buy the fresh breath treats to use in conjunction with their dental care, as they smell of parsley and peppermint. The low calorie, gluten free biscuits also include and chicory, with a slightly abrasive surface to clean teeth as your dogs chew.
I love to think of these little bone shaped treats as a polo mint for your dog, with each cardboard tube containing around 150 biscuits. The tubes are also brilliant for re-using in enrichment games and snuffle boxes when they’re empty.