American Journey Oven Baked Dog Treats | Wholesome Crunchy Treats

American Journey Oven Baked Dog Treats | Wholesome Crunchy Treats
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American journey oven baked dog treatsLast week I was looking over my autoship order on Chewy and just couldn’t help myself but get distracted by looking at different treats and toys for all of my four-legged family members. I was also on the prowl for some new dog treats to write about for you. I was pretty excited to find a 2-fer deal on American Journey Oven Baked dog treats.

So, who wants to get baked with me and take a closer look at these oven baked dog treats? I was just dying to work in some sort of line about “getting baked” but now that I see it in writing it’s just not as funny as it was in my head. I’m leaving it in any way and while I sit here feeling only slightly amused we can move on and learn more about American Journey and their oven baked dog treats.

Oven Baked Goodness

These super crunchy oven baked biscuit treats come in four flavors of lamb, peanut butter, chicken, and salmon. The meat flavors list the first ingredient as the protein, so in the lamb treats lamb is the first ingredient and so on. The peanut butter treats have peas and chickpeas prior to the peanut butter.

These treats boast that they contain:

  • No grain (no corn, wheat, or soy)
  • No by-products
  • No artificial preservatives

In addition, since they contain no grain they are gluten-free.

These oven baked treats are about the size of a quarter and very crunchy. Here’s a shot of a few next to a quarter so you can have a size comparison.

Ingredients, Ingredients!

The main protein is the first ingredient in the meat flavors of these treats. The remaining ingredients are all wholesome natural foods. For example, the salmon recipe treats I purchased contain:

  • raw salmon and chickensalmon
  • peas
  • sweet potatoes
  • chickpeas
  • cane molasses
  • chicken fat preserved with mixed tocopherols
  • blueberries
  • pumpkin
  • apples
  • carrots
  • rosemary extract

The ingredients in the chicken and lamb treats are exactly the same (slightly different order) except the first ingredient is chicken or lamb, respectively.

The peanut butter treats are a bit different with chickpeas and peas listed before peanut butter. Additional ingredients in the peanut butter treats include cane sugar, chicken fat, and rosemary extract.

Nutrition

American journey oven baked dog treats guaranteed analysisThe calories contained in one of these oven baked dog treats ranges from 12 to 14 calories/treat, depending on the flavor. This can be pretty significant if you have a small or medium-sized dog. The packages recommend feeding from 1-5 treats per day, but of course this will vary depending on the size of your dog.

Depending on the flavor recipe:

crude protein ranges from 15-18% min

crude fat ranges from 9-11 % min

crude fiber is 6% max

moisture is 12% max

What They are Lacking

It’s of course great at these treats contain no by-products and artificial preservatives, but unfortunately Chewy.com indicates they cannot guarantee that the proteins used in these treats are free of antibiotics and hormones nor that the veggies are non-GMO.

American journey hormone and antibiotic statement

Historically with a few treats there have been health and contamination issues with foods sourced from outside of the United States, in particular China. While these treats are made in the United States, some of their ingredients are sourced from outside the U.S. but they don’t specifically say where outside the U.S.

American Journey and Chewy.com

I started out looking for an American Journey website and was coming up empty-handed. Through some research I learned that American Journey is a proprietary brand of Chewy.com. According to corporationwiki.com, Michael Day, one of the original founders of Chewy.com, is head of American Journey, LLC.

American Journey

Even though Chewy.com was purchased by PetSmart last year, at this point in time you can still only find American Journey on Chewy.com.

You can’t really find much about American Journey when doing an Internet search except for what other people have written in their reviews or what is written by Chewy in answering product questions on their website.

The two packages of treats I purchased indicate they were “Manufactured for American Journey, LLC” and then lists an address located in Dania Beach, FL. But, reading through some comments made by chewy.com on their website they indicate the treats are manufactured in Missouri.

Many people are concerned with the fact that the actual company/manufacturer is not listed for the American Journey foods or treats and have asked for the information. Chewy’s response is:

American journey response to manufacturer location

Not knowing this information turns a lot of people off, while at the same time it is not a big concern for others. This is something you will have to think about and make a decision on your own for yourself and your pet.

Pros and Cons

These treats have a lot of pros such as their high-protein content; natural, wholesome foods; no added by-products, no added artificial preservatives; no grains so they are gluten-free; they are manufactured in the U.S.A.; meats are sourced from USDA inspected facilities and meet USDA, FDA, and AAFO guidelines for use in food: and they are a product exclusive to a reputable company.

Unfortunately they also have some cons such as their inability to assure the meats are free of antibiotics and hormones and the veggies are non-GMO; some ingredients sourced from unknown locations outside of the U.S.; and Chewy’s unwillingness to reveal who makes these treats. In addition, for a treat these are kind of high calories (depending on the size of your dog), so you need to keep a closer eye on how many you feed your dog so they don’t get chunky.

These treats are also very crunchy which means they are a harder treat. We found them incredibly difficult to break into smaller pieces. Someone with a little bit more muscle power might not have as much trouble, but I think it’s definitely something to be aware of. For some of us we must feed the whole treat with no option of breaking it into smaller pieces.

Conclusion

These treats are certainly not lacking in flavor, as Maui is very willing to devour them!

Since these are just treats and Maui is only getting maybe one or two a day, the cons don’t concern me too much. Although because of those cons I feel there are a lot of higher ranking treats out there, but in saying that – these are still way, way better than a lot of treats you can find.

Happy snacking everyone!

Lynne and Maui

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20 thoughts on “American Journey Oven Baked Dog Treats | Wholesome Crunchy Treats”

  • I would look at the calorie count before recommending treats for our dogs. Their jerky treats have SUGAR in them and VERY high calories! I won’t but from them again! Dogs don’t need or want sugar!

    • Hello opinion, Thank you so much for your opinion. 🙂 If you read my posts about dog treats, you will notice I mention calorie count in every single one of them.

  • Hey, thanks for sharing this awesome dog biscuit! I’ll share this post with my friend who loves dog.

    But for me personally, I love cats even more. Just a silly questions…what’s the difference between biscuits for dogs and biscuits for cat? Do you know?

    • Hi Jerry, thanks for sharing this post, I really really appreciate it! I love cats as well, we have four as part of our family. I would think some of the cat treats are made with equally high quality, wholesome, natural ingredients so there could be some treats very little difference besides the size.

  • I personally found the getting baked comment hilarious, so I think it was as funny as you made it in your head hahah. I was thinking that as soon as I saw the title of the article! Too funny.

    I tend to try to break my treats up so they last longer and so I don’t fatten my poor little golden up (she gets too many treats as is!) Have you tried breaking them in half with a butterknife inside of a ziplock or a grocery bag? I’ve used this method with dog treats and with larger pills that need to be broken but I don’t want them to fly across the room when they finally snap.

    • Hi Craig, thank you so much for encouraging my slightly odd sense of humor 🙂 I have not tried your technique for breaking the cheats into smaller pieces. We just tried to use our fingers and break them in half and we were not able to do it. I think I may give your method for breaking them in smaller pieces a try! Thank you for the suggestion.

  • Yes, i would love to get baked…! So funny! I have ordered from chewy.com and will try these out for sure. I love the idea that these treats are high in protein and all natural, without added by-products like so many of the other lower grade doggie treats out there! The meats are sourced from USDA inspected facilities, so that works for me. Thanks for this great info!

    • Hi Amy, let Maui and I know if you give these treats a try. We would love to know what you think of them. Right now if you order they are having a special buy one get one free!

  • o man o man, I’ll be getting some for my dog. I give her bacon treats, (forget the brand name), but she loves them. Now these look healthy and perfect for my dog (Miesha). Thank for this, I’ll book mark and get it soon.

    • Hi AJ, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and it would be wonderful if you give them a try for your Miesha. Thanks for the bookmark! Let us know what Miesha thinks of them.

  • Oh, I love the ingredients and the fact that they are grain free. I order from Chewy all the time, so this is easy for me. Thank you so much for sharing. This sounds like a super treat for my pups!

    • Hi, yes chewy is a great website and it’s super easy to order from them. Gotta love the free shipping! Come back and let us know what your pups think of these treats! Look forward to your return.

  • Hi Lynne !
    I love it that you are very conscientious about the dog food/dog treats that you give Maui. Thanks for reviewing American Journey’s Oven Baked Dog Treats. It does make you wonder why Chewy is not willing to reveal who manufactures some of its ingredients. Is there a reason to hide them?
    As for my four-legged bestie Mochi (yes – like the Japanese dessert!) he gets home cooked meals all the time – scrambled eggs in the morning and boiled chicken with rice, carrots and potatoes in the evening. We feel safe knowing what he eats entirely.
    Thanks for your review!
    Gigi

    • Hi Gigi, yes, the fact that chewy will not reveal where the treats are manufactured kind of sends up a red flag for me. But, the fact that all of the meets undergo US inspection is definitely a plus and helps relieve some of that hesitation. I used to do home cooked meals for my last golden Lulu. It’s a lot of work but it was great to know exactly where the food came from that she was eating.

  • Wow! What a great article! I love the attention to detail on where these are manufactured and the fact that you spotted there may be gmos or antibiotics in them. I am on the hunt for some doggie treats and I will certainly be looking into these. Thank you for writing about this!

    • Hi Davona, thanks for checking out the article and for your compliments 🙂 I am always to be providing information that may help people out. If you give these treats to try let us know what your dog thinks! Look forward to hearing back from you.

  • I’ve seen this brand before in my journey for great cat food. I haven’t thought to try it though, because unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they make cat treats.

    I’m looking at the ingredients however and it seems like there are a lot of fillers for protein, like chickpeas. This will increase the overall carbohydrate count and give plant protein versus meat protein. It’s a controversial topic, at least in the cat food world. I know dogs are more favorable towards plants unlike cats, who are strictly carnivores.

    It’s great that the meat comes from a reliable source though, and that it’s the first ingredient!

    American Journey seems like a great brand though, and it’s made in the USA, if you’re into that 🙂

    • Hi Gabriella, I like that the meat version of these treats have the meat listed as the first ingredient, but yes then they do fill it with chickpeas and peas which is unfortunate. In a dog food this would concern me more but as these are just at most a few treats a day, it’s not as much of a concern to me. American Journey has some good things and some potentially not so good things going for it.

  • We are always looking for great treats for our dog, I will have to give these a try. Our dog is getting old and we try to make her as happy as we can and mixing it up with different treats is a great way to do that. She gets so excited when we reach into her cookie jar. I like the fact that these treats have a lot of protein and other good stuff. Thanks for sharing this review, sounds like we definitely need to give these a shot.

    • Hi Steve, thanks for visiting! Maui seems to really enjoy these treats but keep in mind they are very crunchy. If your older dog is missing some teeth or has some dental issues they might be a little rough on her. If you might need some softer treats I have some listed in my “9 of the best dog training treats” post you could check out.

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