Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Myah Eats Iams! Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor Treats Are A Good Reinforcement Tool!

The Good: Healthy, Good ingredients, Smells meaty, Myah loves them!
The Bad: Expensive, No dental benefits
The Basics: Replacing a store brand’s “meatballs” when we could find them on clearance, Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor dog treats are beloved by my Myah!

There are so many different brands of pet foods that I often find myself overwhelmed by the variety and quantity of dog foods and treats on the market when I go out to buy for my Siberian Husky, Myah. One of the brands that I have, as a general rule due to my finances, avoided is Iams. However, recently, my local grocery store did a massive clearance of their pet products as they completely reordered the store. When that happened, all of a sudden, the Iams products were affordable for me (or, more accurately, Myah) to try and at 50% off, we got a whole bunch. The first Iams Product Myah had were the Iams Shakables Turkey flavor treats.

The Iams Shakeables Turkey flavored dog treats fill the exact same niche as the dog meatball treats that Myah fell in love with from a different local grocery store. They are a wonderful reinforcement treat for Myah, but for those lacking in a cool local place, finding the Iams on clearance is certainly the next best thing. Lacking dental benefits and given how fast Myah went through them, the Iams Shakeables were hardly a value except on clearance.


We picked up the 6 oz. canister of Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor on clearance for $2, which is a good price for the small, chewy treats that do nothing for a dog’s teeth. What makes it worthwhile over so many other snacks or foods is how Myah continues to be enamored with them. And, at a similar price to the store brand when they are on clearance, one gets better ingredients for a fair price. The Iams Shakeables 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 Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor dog treats. Her willingness to do so many tricks for them, makes the Turkey Flavor a wonderful training tool!

The Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor dog treats are little very dark brown dog snacks that look like cubes of chewing gum! When the canister is opened initially, the Turkey Flavor treats have surprisingly little in the way of aroma. What little scent they do have smells like grain. Each snack is approximately 3/4" tall and wide and 3/8" thick. The surface of the Shakeables treat is smooth and soft.

Ease Of Preparation

This is a ready-to-eat dog treat and only requires one to open the cardboard canister to dispense. The canister is resealable, which is nice. Like cat treats that come in such containers, shaking the container makes it easy to make a treat experience for dogs that trades on classic conditioning. Shaking the container now brings Myah running from the thudding, somewhat bell-like (cow bell-like) sound is now one Myah associates with eating this treat.

Myah’s Reaction

The soft Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor has no discernable dental benefits, so despite the fact that Myah comes running whenever the canister is shaken is not enough to say they are amazing for dogs. Still, Myah loves them and, to be fair, Myah’s breath goes from being bad to neutral when she eats these.

Myah loves these. This is one of the treats she illustrated a strong preference for when given a choice between this and other treats. Because they are small and delicious, they make a great training treat for medium sized dogs. When I started calling the Shakeables Turkey treats “meatballs” (like we had called the other treats she likes “meatballs”), Myah never looked at us like she had been betrayed, so these easily fill the same niche as the other meaty dog treats we’ve gotten for her.


The Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor dog treats are somewhat healthy. With at least 8% crude protein, 3.5% crude fat and no more than 3% crude fiber and 25% moisture, the Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor offer good nutrition to dogs. Made primarily of wheat flour, glycerin and turkey, Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor appear to have nothing bad in them. They also do not have a ton of preservatives; these treats only have about a year shelf life (our canister would have expired in October 2014, had Myah not eaten them right up!). As with all dog treats, it is highly recommended that when you give your dog Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor, you make sure they have a decent supply of clean water available. Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor treats are not intended to replace dog food.


Iams Shakeables Turkey Flavor treats are good, but not exceptional on the ingredients or health front and for the price, that is a bit of a detraction. That said, Myah shows a strong preference for them and enjoys this soft treat, making it ideal as a reinforcement tool. . . at least when they can be found on clearance.

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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