Do you have that one favorite snack that when you notice someone bought a new bag, your eyes light up and you get all excited about it? These Blue Buffalo training treats – Wild Bits Chicken Recipe are that snack for my dog. Her eyes honestly get a bit wider when she sees this bag come out and when she tastes these little chicken bites. I do believe they are her happy place.
We all know Blue Buffalo, they are a mega player in the pet food business. But among all of their foods and treats, these little morsels might go unnoticed. Not because they are not worthy, but because they are in such a darn little bag. Not totally unexpected that they are in a small bag, as the treats themselves are each quite small.
These Wild Bits are labeled as training treats and treats used for this purpose are generally smaller in size since dogs may often get quite a lot of them while training. Here’s a photo of a treat next to a dime so you have a size comparison.
Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness product line is grain-free and high in protein. Their website states Blue Wilderness is “Inspired by the diet of wolves, true omnivores whose endurance is legendary, BLUE Wilderness is a protein-rich, grain-free food that contains more of the delicious meat dogs love.” Wondering if this means these treats will give my puppy a little more endurance? Probably not but she thinks they are delicious anyway!
What’s in Them
The bag boasts some pretty nice things. These Blue Buffalo training treats contain:
- deboned chicken which is a great source of protein
- DHA which supports a puppy’s eye health and cognitive growth
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which help dogs have healthy skin and shiny coats
Actual ingredient list
Deboned Chicken, potatoes, chickpeas, maple syrup, vegetable glycerine, gelatin, salt, flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), natural smoke flavor, fish oil (source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), preserved with phosphoric acid, sorbic acid, citric acid and mixed tocopherols, oil of rosemary.
Sorbic acid, citric acid, and mixed tocopherols are all naturally occurring ingredients but phosphoric acid is not and although it is considered harmless, it is a bit of a controversial ingredient.
Phosphoric acid is way at the bottom of the ingredient list (meaning there is less of it in there than the items above it) and are these treats so small I would beg to think the amount of phosphoric acid ingested is nearly negligible.
Each little treat has 5 Kcals. This doesn’t sound like much but again, when you start feeding a lot of them the calories add up. It’s good to adjust the amount of regular food your dog gets when you’re feeding treats during the day. More treats during the day means a little less regular dog food at mealtime.
You already know that my puppy absolutely loves these treats. I wish I could capture for you the look in her eyes when she tastes one. Her eyes get a little bigger and it seems a little brighter. I got her to pose with them, but it sure wasn’t an easy job!
Note to self – have my pup pose with the bag BEFORE cracking the seal. My pup gives paws way up for these Blue Buffalo training treats – Wild Bits Chicken Recipe!
Leave my puppy a note below and let her know how much your pup loves these treats!