Monday, June 16, 2014

A Decent Basic Treat: Meaty Bones Are One Of Myah’s New Favorites!

The Good: Reasonably inexpensive, Healthy, Good dental benefits, Myah enjoys them!
The Bad: Not remarkable ingredients.
The Basics: Myah is thrilled by the inexpensive Meaty Bone dog treats I picked her up on clearance!

One of the nice things about a store getting bought and sold is that, many times, their current inventory gets blown out at ridiculously low prices. I love that type of clearance, especially for trying new things for myself or my pets. In the case of my local grocery store getting bought by a rival chain, they were eager to sell off virtually everything in the pet department. It was through the incredible deals that I was able to pick my Siberian Husky, Myah, up several boxes of Meaty Bones dog treats. Despite the boxes I found being the Small sized bones, I was very happy because these were still large enough to be a decent training/reinforcement treat for my fifty pound dog.

Because of the dental benefits of the small Meaty Bone treats, they ended up being a fabulous deal. Given that Myah enjoys them a bit more than comparable Milkbone dog treats (reviewed here!), it is even worth picking up the Meaty Bones at full price.


We picked up the 22.5 oz. box of Meaty Bone on clearance for only $2.50, which is a steal for the small, hard treats that help clean dog’s teeth and gums. These were a great treat to use as a training reinforcement tool. Myah sat pretty, did high fives, and army crawls for it and did other basic tricks that she has resisted doing in order to get the Meaty Bone dog treats. Her willingness to do so many tricks for them, makes the Meaty Bone dog snacks a good training tool, though the small ones are ideal for bigger dogs in that they would fill up a small dog very quickly!

The Meaty Bone dog treats are little red-brown dog snacks that look like bones! When the box is opened, there is no scent that comes from the bones. Each snack is approximately 1 7/8" long by 1” wide and 1/2" thick. The surface of the Meaty Bone treat is hard and grainy.

Ease Of Preparation

This is a ready-to-eat dog treat and only requires one to open the box to dispense. The box is resealable, which is nice and keeps the hard treats as fresh as they are going to be (it’s hard to tell when a hard dog treat goes stale).

Myah’s Reaction

The hard Meaty Bone is one that Myah truly enjoyed. Whenever I brought out the box and shook it, she became very attentive and for about five bones worth, I could get her to do all sorts of obedience related tricks. Myah does not spend any amount of time smelling the Meaty Bones, but she chews them and remains attentive for more, so they are an enjoyable treat for her.

One of the nice side effects of the Meaty Bone treats is that Myah’s breath has improved since she started using them! These very effectively clean Myah’s teeth.


The Meaty Bone dog treats are more useful for dental health and obedience than they are nutritious, which makes them a fine treat, but not a great food. With at least 11% crude protein, 5% crude fat and no more than 4.5% crude fiber and 12% moisture, the Meaty Bone treats are not unhealthy for dogs. Made primarily of ground wheat, grain sorghum and animal fat, Meaty Bone treats are anything but “all natural.” Given the lack of natural ingredients, it is no surprise that the Meaty Bone treats will last more than a year (our boxes will not expire until April 26, 2015), which makes them a great treat to stock up on. As with all dog treats, it is highly recommended that when you give your dog Meaty Bone, you make sure they have a decent supply of clean water available. Meaty Bone treats are not intended to replace dog food.


Meaty Bone treats are a wonderful reinforcement treat for dogs and can become a good staple treat for those who are working to train their dog!

For other dog treats and foods, be sure to check out my reviews of:
Pup-Peroni Original Bacon Flavor
Purina Busy Real Beefhide Rollhide
Chicken Yum-It-Up! Spread For Dogs


For other pet products, be sure to visit my Pet Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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