Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Biscuit Treats with Duck Meal and Sweet Potato

I'm trying to get back into regular posting!  Thank goodness the Tasty Tuesday blog hop makes it easy!

Today I am reviewing Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Biscuit Treats with Duck Meal and Sweet Potato.

This is what the biscuits look like close up.  You know, typical biscuit shape, brown, dry.

Here is the ingredient list (from the Nature's Variety site):
Duck Meal, Tapioca, Garbanzo Bean Flour, Sweet Potatoes, Pork Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Pumpkinseeds, Natural Vegetable Flavor, Dried Egg Whites, Montmorillonite Clay, Cinnamon, Guar Gum, Inulin, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product 

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min): 25.0%
Crude Fat (min): 10.0%
Crude Fiber (max): 5.0%
Moisture (max): 10.0%
*Bacillus coagulans (min): 150,000 CFU/g

25 kCal per biscuit

Formulation: Pretty solid ingredients in my book!   +1
Dog Taste test: As far as biscuits go, the dogs do seem to really like them. +1
People Handling test: Easiest to feed them whole, but that's not quite my style.  And breaking them up was a pain in the ass.  We're talking about putting some muscle into a two-handed twist.  Sound extreme?  It is. -1 The plus side is that they definitely aren't going to crumble or make a mess! +1 My dogs crunched them down just fine, of course.... +0
Odor test: I think these have a nice balance--smell good to the dogs but only leave a faint residual odor on my hands.  (Confession: I don't always wash my hands after handling dry dog treats if the smell isn't strong.  I have a tendency to wash my hands too frequently already and thus already have dry, cracked hands; if I were to wash after every time I gave my dogs treats, my hands would be a bloody mess.) +1
Versatility: Random treating, food toys. +2 Not suitable for training. -1  so +1
Miscellaneous: +0

Total points: 4 pts
Summary: We like them!
Buy Again:  Probably!

What is this point system?  Well, other than clearly subjective, it is how I'm going to evaluate treats in our reviews. ;)   LOL, yes, that was circular.  It will make more sense (or less sense) as I do more reviews.

Thanks for stopping by on Tasty Tuesday!  Happy eating!
Champ's Mom


  1. Those look nice! Nola isn't a huge fan of dry treats though.

  2. Yeah, we definitely don't use a lot of them! They are pretty low value for my dogs when it comes to training, but as an occasional "cookie" they do seem to like them. :)

  3. Yum, I think Petal would like those! I'm with you on not always washing my hands afterwards, but that's because I sometimes forget. Heh. I never forget to wash after touching something nasty/dirty though, just so we're clear. Haha.

    Thanks for the review! :)

  4. We hope you enjoy them. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Those biscuits sure do look yummy! We have some woofie pals who would love them! :)