We were on the way back from the floral display in Lisse, but we had one more little stop to make in Haarlem. Where, you might ask? Well, at a store called Hondjekoek (which means dog cookie – how cool is that name!). It was a little hard to find and from the outside it almost looked like a garage, but as soon as you go through the door it’s just heaven. The walls are filled from head to toe with the coolest toys and nicest treats, there are big chest freezers full of premade raw and all kinds of prey model raw, and the people in that run the store are super nice too.
So anyway – we came to the store for a surprise package that Ramona had put together for us, a package full of treats to try, and it was such an awesome package too! And now it’s time to review some treats, what my picky little Olive thought of them, and of course how I liked them myself!
Head plate – beef
Head plates are already a staple in our household – it’s one of the few chews Olive actually stays interested in. Normally madam Olive is the type of dog that eats a treat once, and then is done with them for about half a year. With most brands of head plate we need to make sure not to give them too often, so that she stays interested.
Whenever I opened the package of headplate I was met with the awful smell of dehydrated meat. And Olive sat next to me straight away drooling and wagging her tail. She was definitely interested! The pieces were nice and big, of a nice and natural looking color, and smelled really gross.
And the best part: Olive agreed! I don’t often see her this excited about treats! I was actually able to give her one chew a day, and she was totally okay with this and didn’t lose interest at all! Another important part was that she didn’t get an upset stomach or anything from this either, great treat !
- Olie loved them and thought they were delish!
- Handy size, not too small, not too big
- 100% meat and fully natural
- They smelled so bad!
O’Canis deer cookies, 6 pieces
I have to say that I was a little bit nervous about these cookies, for training treats they are a bit too big and there were very few in a package. Usually I don’t really give cookies to her at random times or just because I can, so I really had to find a way to fit these cookies in our daily routine. Oh well, let’s just start giving her extra treats then! She’s a good pup after all!
And that’s what I did. Honestly, these cookies actually smelled kind of good, a little bit like jerky (which I LOVE) and they are made of 100% deer meat which makes them super nice for elimination diets or for pups who have allergies. Olive usually doesn’t really like treat with just one flavor (she’s a sucker for the bad stuff, grains, etc.) but she was very enthusiastic about these!
It was also nice that even though these cookies are pretty big in size, they are quite easy to break. Which means they are easy to take with you on the road! No crumbs in your pocket and easy to break off for a little bit of a praise during our walks.
- 100% meat and fully natural
- Suitable for allergic dogs and elimination diet
- Easy to take on the road and no crumbs
- Smells okay
- Quite big to give in one go
Soopa chew sticks in Peanut butter and Banana
Of all the treats we received these were the ones that made me doubt most. Olive is not a fan of vegetarian stuff at all, and she’s not big on the peanut butter either. We tried vegan treats before and they weren’t really a success, she’s a true carnivore! They did make me curious though, mainly because the limited amount of ingredients that are also all natural… And easy to understand, no weird ingredients to be found on this list!
Surprisingly enough, Olive was a fan of the chews. Not as much as the headplate or the deer, but she ate them all! I did have to space them out by not giving them every day, because she did get bored of these easily. But honestly, I don’t mind that too much. I don’t want to eat pasta every day either!
- They smell so so so good
- Fully organic
- Free of palm oil
- Not as much banana and peanut butter as I would have hoped
- Olive was less enthusiastic compared to other treats
The Original Lakse Kronch fish treats
These treats are another staple in our treat cabinet. They are so awesome! 100% salmon and a bag of these is so freaking big, it lasts you forever! Olive also really loves these, they are smelly, easy to break, and most dogs I meet are an absolute sucker for them. Olive does regularly need a “Lakse Break”, which I think comes from the fact that they are so heavy in smell and flavor for her, but honestly, she’s a weirdo.
Besides the fact that the bag is enormous and most dogs go nuts for these treats, I also really like the size of these. They are very easy to use for training and easy to break into smaller pieces. The big downsides are that these treats are super greasy, they are very crumbly and they smell terrible. Now with that I do have to say Lakse makes a pocket version of these treats which has a little potatoes in it which makes it to not crumble anymore and not be as greasy. These are great to bring in your treat pouch!
- High value for a lot of dogs
- 100% salmon and 100% natural
- Great size for training treats
- Super large bag of treats
- So smelly
- Very crumbly
Canis Purus canned dog food
Besides the large amount of treats we also got a can of Canis Purus to try. Olive usually gets a mix of premade raw and kibble, but her kong we usually fill up with canned food because it’s simply easier, so this can was perfect for that purpose! The first thing I noticed when opening this can was that it totally did not smell like canned food, it actually smelled like meat which was a pleasant surprise.
What I really like about this food as well is that you could see the pieces of vegetables in it, it did not look like your general canned food at all. Even the meat looked like actual minced turkey! Olive was a fan too, and emptied her Kong in record time.
- Didn’t smell like canned food
- Looked like real food
- Not just muscle meat, also bones and organs were included
- Olive really liked it
- There was a lot of potato in it which I’m not a fan of
- Quite watery which makes it difficult to put in the kong
Last but not least, The camera toy from the brand P.L.A.Y.! This toy has been on my “to get” list for ages so I was super happy when I saw it in our surprise package! I love the toys of this brand so much, they are so cute and I was dying to try them out!
Now before I review this toy I have to admit Olive is not a destroyer of nice things, she is super careful with her toys so we can’t really say anything about how strong or not this toy is.
At first I thought this toy had a very weird structure. It felt like, to give the toy it’s camera shape, they used a little plastic bottle and cardboard sides which made the toy quite stiff and hard. Since Olive is not a fan of hard or rubbery toys this made me wonder if Olive is actually going to like this…
Well, my doubts were for nothing. She actually really liked the toy! The handle makes it a great tool to teach your dog a “hold” command and work well for little tug games, and the toy has a super loud and sturdy feeling squeaker which makes the toy super interesting. It seemed to not matter for Olive at all that the toy had a weird shape and structure, it was a great success!
- Great loud high quality squeaker
- Sturdy structure that doesn’t feel fragile
- Great looking toy
- Easy handle for teaching tricks
- It feels like there’s cardboard and plastic on the inside, maybe not ideal for the destroying dogs.
So guys, these were our tests for this “Olive Tries” post, what would you like Olive to try next time?