With thousands of options on the market, it's extremely difficult for the average pet owner to know which dog treats will be a good choice for their pet. But, we all know one thing – it's important to pick dog treats that are made with safe, healthy ingredients. In this review, I'm taking a look at Nulo freestyle dog treats to help you decide whether they are a good option for your canine companion.
What should you look for in dog treats?
Every dog is different, and so are their nutritional needs. The first thing you need to think about is the type of treat that you want to purchase. Are you planning to use the treats to train your dog? Is it going to be an every day treat just to spoil your furry friend? Are you trying to add nutrients to Fido's diet without him knowing?
Different types of treats offer different qualities. For example, dog treats made specifically for training are smaller and have less calories than traditional treats. This is because your dog will be eating multiple treats per day, and you don't want him becoming overweight.
Nulo's new freestyle line offers grain-free jerky strip treats and grain-free training treats. There are multiple flavors of each variety, so you can add some variety to your pup's diet too. But, are they healthy and safe for your pet? Let's find out!
Nulo freestyle Dog Treats Review
As I mentioned, both of these recipes are grain-free, which is ideal for pets with allergies or sensitivities. Nulo freestyle dog treats are made with natural ingredients and have no salt, sugar or cane molasses.
The company also adds probiotics to these treats for digestive and immune health benefits. They are made with ingredients from trusted countries, such as the USA, Sri Lanka, France, Argentina and Turkey. They DO NOT source ingredients from China.
I like that the jerky treats are soft enough to be ripped into smaller pieces. They are about 3-inches long, so I feed our Labrador a whole treat and rip it in half for our little Beagle.
The Trainers are about the size of a pea, and they only have 2 kcal per treat. That means you can give your dog a dozen treats while training, and you won't have to worry about overdoing his calorie intake for the day.
Nulo freestyle dog treats are available in many flavors, but I'll list the ingredients for the two flavors that I showed in the review. You can find all of the ingredient information for every flavor on Nulo's website.
The salmon flavored Trainers are made with salmon, dried ground chickpeas, honey, coconut glycerin, gelatin, natural flavor, cherries, blueberries, flaxseed, salmon oil, salt, citric acid, distilled vinegar, mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.
The chicken flavored jerky strips are made with chicken, apples, coconut glycerin, distilled vinegar, citric acid, dried bacillus coagulans fermentation product (probiotics), mixed tocopherols.
These are great treats for any dog, especially those with grain allergies. As you'll see in my video review, our dogs love them! However, they are a bit on the expensive side when it comes to treats. On Amazon, you can get a 5-ounce bag of the jerky treats for $19.98 (at the time of this review).
I do have to mention that these treats are newly released, so the Amazon price is slightly higher than the suggested retail price for these treats. You can probably find them cheaper at your local pet store or through other online retailers. The average retail price for the jerky treats is $12.99-$15.99.
The Trainers were not available on Amazon at the time that this review was posted. However, the suggested retail price (and average price of these treats on other online retail sites) is $6.99-$8.99.
I know these treats won't fit into every dog owners' budget, but you have to remember that you get what you pay for. If you purchase a bag of dog treats at your local big box for $2, they are probably made with fillers and a bunch of artificial ingredients that barely provide your pet with any nutritional benefits.