Thanks to Dr. Dalton’s Premium Treats, I have a new best furry friend in my life: Foosa, a magnificently muscled Rhodesian ridgeback. A friendly and loving guy, Foosa makes pals with almost everyone, taking after his gregarious human mom, Vijoa, who is an experienced horse and dog trainer.
Foosa did all his tricks for me, including waving (!), inspired by the meaty taste of the Simply Chicken, Simply Beef, and Meat Medley treats from Dr. Dalton’s. His favorite was the medley — 100 percent beef, chicken, and pork. He gobbled up the all-beef and all-chicken treats just as fast, though. And the next time he saw me, Foosa mugged me for more.
Regular Bay Woof treat tester Cody, the trusty terrier, loved them, too, not expressing a flavor preference — no surprise for the little chow hound. Other dogs, including Lab-mix Billy and border collie Ari, gave the treats their paws up.
As the giver of the treats, here’s what I liked about Dr. Dalton’s products: They are all meat, they are dehydrated, they aren’t greasy, they have an appealing crunchy sound when chewed, and they are entirely snappable, which means they can be broken into any size.
The company founder is Susan Dalton, a former UC sociology university professor and researcher whose attention turned to dog training and the establishment of her positive reinforcement training facility, the California School for Dogs in Santa Barbara, after her retirement. She started making her own line of treats in 2012, using them as high-value training treats. Her company is in Goleta, and she is the only employee.
“The dog food industry is going toward cleaner food,” Dalton said in an interview with the Pacific Coast Business Times this spring. “But the pet companies have not. They are just as much in the crap as they have ever been.”
Made in the United States, these treats don’t contain sugar, salt, or artificial flavoring. A 3-ounce package costs $11.99, and the 6-ounce size is $19.99. They are available at Amazon.com and DrDaltons.com (single or on a subscription basis). Locally, the treats have made their way to The Animal Connection II in Burlingame, and Dr. Dalton’s is working on getting the treats in other Bay Area stores, too.
“I like to support the small mom and pop stores,” Dalton told the PCBT. “I like to support the stores where the people working in them actually know what they are selling and have given some thought to what is on the shelves.”
Learn more at DrDaltons.com.
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