You know when you’re stood in a shop holding onto a treat but you just can’t quite work out what on earth to do with it, or if your dog will actually like it? This Pure Chicken Pate can be quite a headscratcher at first; its so unusual in shape and texture it’s really easy to look at it and be a bit thrown!
In this post I look at just what it is, explain about how I use it with Bob and give you some extra ideas too.
So lets get into it:
Product Name: Pure Chicken Pate 80g
Composition: 100% Chicken
Typical Analysis: Raw Protein 31.5%, Raw Fat 9.1%, Moisture 37.5%, Raw Ash 1.1%, Crude Fibre <0.5%, Vitamin A 4400 IU/Kgr, Vitamin D 300 IU/Kgr, Vitamin E 48mgr/Kgr. No additives or preservatives.
Suitable for: Dogs of all ages, including puppies
Price: £2 for 80g, £2.50 for 200g or £3.50 for 400g.
Description: The pure pate range comes in three sizes, of which I tend to use the 80g or 200g because I like to use it as a training treat, rather than just giving it for yummy treats. The pate’s come in a sausage shape plastic wrapper with two metal clips to keep it secure, one at each end.
Although it’s described as a pate, it’s significantly more firm than pate as we know it; it’s generally not spreadable and although J R Pet Products suggest this is a great treat to stuff in Kongs, most of the batches I’ve had haven’t quite been soft enough for this. (The salmon one is always softer though) Usually, the texture is more like a cold sausage, one of the posh ones that don’t crumble when you cut into it! Having said that, occasionally I do get sent a batch with a softer texture and those ones I do put in kongs, spread on lickimats or squish in his snake.
How to feed: So I absolutely love using these for training purposes. They’re semi moist and 100% meat which means Bob absolutely LOVES them but I know I’m not giving him any unnecessary fillers (like cereals) or herbs and spices often found in real human sausages. Also, the consistency (usually!) lends itself really well to being cut up into really small pieces for my treat bag and it doesn’t crumble in there making a huge mess.
To turn the sausage into training treats, I simply cut one end off (the plastic is thin enough to give way to a nice sharp knife) and then peel the plastic off the rest of the sausage. I then cut the sausage into circles, about 3 or 4 mm thick, so I’ll get quite a lot of circles out of one sausage.
I then stack a few circles on top of each other and cut them into thin strips before turning them round and cutting thin strips again so they turn into tiny little cubes. I’ve added pictures because I know it’s a bit of a nightmare trying to understand descriptions sometimes!
Cutting up one 80g sausage like this gives me a full tuppaware pot of treats which is perfect for a training session with Bob. He’ll eat all of these if we’re out at a formal training session (i.e. a class) but if we’re training at home I keep our sessions shorter and more focused so the pot will last us a couple of days. I just store it in the fridge when I’m not using it; the recommendation is to eat it within 3 days which we always manage!
Enrichment game ideas: Although the J R Pet Products website recommends using their pate’s to stuff Kongs, its rare the chicken one is quite soft enough for that job. You could cut it up like we did for training treats and add them, but to be honest if you’ve put that much effort into making the treats that small, I’d suggest using them for different games which require a bit more effort on the dogs part!
So… once in little cubes, these treats are absolutely perfect for adding to enrichment toys such as the Kong bopper, snuffle rugs and home made games. I’d recommend only using them with toys you can wash easily and properly or ones that are going to get chucked away after use anyway (like egg boxes or envelopes) just because they’re semi moist and they’ll stick to the edge of some toys.
If you don’t have toys or your pooch isn’t bothered for them, you can use these to hide around the house for games of hide and seek or they make absolutely awesome training rewards for teaching new behaviours and building on your awesome bond. Handily, because they’re semi moist, they stick to the floor if you chuck them, so they lend themselves really well to helping teach stuff like an emergency stop.
I’d love to know what you use your Pure Chicken Pate for. Do you cut it up like me and use if for training or do you have other clever ideas? Share in the comments below so we can all learn from each other!