I picked the Natural Balance Jerky Bark treats because the flavors sounded interesting (subjective, I know; I'm not going to eat them) and because they're made in the United States. We got the Chicken and Sweet Potato. They're grain free, which is not an allergy issue with Elka, but just a preference for me when it comes to purchasing her ingestible products.
As always, she was very excited to see the package come in the mail. Poor dog; most of the time, the packages we get are books or similar things that have nothing to do with her. But frequently enough, it's toys or food or treats, and well, we know about random reward schedules. So she gets excited.
I'm happy to report that, out of the bag, the treats don't really have much of a smell. Let's face it, dog stuff can be pretty smelly sometimes, and while it's exciting to them, it's pretty aversive to us humans. The treats are about pinkie finger sized, but break up into smaller pieces very easily.
Looks appetizing, yeah? But oh yes, Elka was very happy with them.
They are softish and chewy, rather than being tough and stringy the way jerky is when we humans prepare it for ourselves. I imagine the sweet potato contributes to that aspect of the texture. In her traditional way, Elka took the treat from me, and then dropped it on the floor to further investigate it before ingesting. She'll do this with a toy, too; take it very gently, and then make off with it to poke at with her nose and then chew on.
So, we're all very happy with the Natural Balance Jerky Bark limited ingredient dog treats. I would certainly buy these for Elka and, currently, the smaller of the two bag sizes is on sale at Chewy.com for just $6.59. Considering this bag of treats lasted us for three weeks, that's not so bad!
FTC dislocusure: Chewy.com sent me a bag of Natural Balance Jerky Bark dog treats for review, but did not otherwise compensate me for this post.