The weird and wonderful range of dog treats available at Gully Road are famous for the equally weird reactions that postmasters around the country have to the smell of your doggo’s eagerly awaited treat delivery. While stinky seafood dog treats and weird (delicious) grass fed beef chews might be the stuff of your dog’s dreams, some situations call for a little more subtlety in the odour department. Be it for munching indoors or in the car, there is a low odour dog chew perfect for every situation.
A dog’s affinity with the most-rotten smelling things in their environment is something that doggo hoo-mums and dads will never really understand. It goes without saying (or at least, we assume) that the stinkiest dog treats must be the most flavoursome. This is all perfectly fine when your pooch can be shunted outside to enjoy their odorous snack in the back corner of the garden (where they’ll likely cover it in dirt and maybe even bury it for later – when the natural pong levels are reaching their highest potential). However for us humans, discovering a three week-old sardine smooshed between the cushions of our brand new couch isn’t quite ideal – especially when you had noticed your recent guests giving each other strange ‘what on earth has been happening in this corner of the room’ looks that you couldn’t quite figure out … until now.
If this sounds familiar, choosing a range of non smelly dog treats for indoor chewing may just be the answer to saving your social life (and your new sofa). We’ve put together our list of the best low odour and odour free dog treats to help you on your way. However, low odour doesn’t need to be low enjoyment – what these treats lack in aroma they make up for in health benefits, all without compromising your number one doggo’s chewing enjoyment.
Low odour antler dog treats
Natural antler dog chews come up a LOT on our recommended lists of treats. Because of their structural make up, antlers are the holy grail combination of long lasting, low calorie and odour free dog treats. Deer antler dog chews are also exceptionally good for the promotion of optimum dental health. As your dog happily chews away on their healthy and delicious snack, the antler is slowly ground down, cleaning the teeth of plaque and tartar in the process. These are among the best low odour dog chews that you will find as they have virtually no smell at all. An antler will also give your dog many, many hours of chewing pleasure so is great for long trips in the car or afternoons inside the house. Learn more about antler dog chews at our previous article ‘All about antlers for dogs – source story, benefits and doggo dental health’.
Chicken feet for dogs
These creepy dog treats may not be completely odour free like deer antlers, however they are a great solution to a non smelly dog treat that is also packed with flavour and nutritional benefit. Did you know that one chicken foot has the same amount of glucosamine as a regular daily serve of joint health or arthritis supplement for dogs? Chicken feet dog treats are packed full of chondroitin, which together with glucosamine creates the nutritional building blocks for joint cartilage and both of these nutrients are important for arthritic dogs or those with joint problems. We love (or more specifically, Bach loves) a chicken foot dog treat so much that we dedicated a whole article to these weird-looking treato delights – learn more about low odour chicken feet dog treats at ‘A guide to chicken feet and other icky meal toppers’.
If you’re looking for a non smelly dog chew with a heap of health and natural canine enrichment benefits, rabbit is the treato that you’ve been looking for. Yes, rabbit does come complete with fur and yes, this is hugely beneficial for your dog to ingest. In their pre-domesticated days (prior to their life of couch-lazing leisure) dogs would eat any food that they could hunt or scavenge for and – brace yourself – this included all parts of their prey, including fur, organs and bones.* Of all animals, rabbit complete with fur is the most biologically appropriate food for dogs, being higher than other meats in protein but lower in fat (despite this, rabbit is higher in omega 3 fatty acids and good fats than meats like chicken and pork). Rabbit is also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, being high in vitamins B3 and B12, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.
As well as being a source of natural enrichment, the process of feeding animal fur also acts as a natural dewormer for dogs, sweeping out the digestive tract and taking worms and parasites with it. Not too much information? Read more about Gully Road’s locally sourced rabbit at ‘Rabbit for dogs: why wild is wonderful but farmed is pretty effed up’ and learn more about the benefits of fur at ‘Hairy scary furry bits – animal fur dog treats and digestive health’.
Like the rest of the natural dog treats in our range, Gully Road’s rabbit products are low temperature dehydrated to preserve all of the natural nutrient content. Although they range in a little in scent, choosing the types of rabbit by odour is easy – bits without much meat have less odour than the meatier bits. For example, wabbit wafers (rabbit ears), cotton tails, rabbit hide and rabbit paws are all great low odour treat solutions. In contrast, rabbit racks and rabbit hoppers have a slight (delicious) odour, however all rabbit dog treats are a great alternative to the Stinkin’ Sardine couch cushion surprise mentioned earlier!
*If it’s of interest, you can read more on how to feed a natural primal diet to your dog at ‘What is the prey model raw diet for dogs?’.
Low odour beef rib dog chews
Our dehydrated, grass-fed beef ribs are a great solution to a low odour dog treat. These bones are filled with delicious and nutritious bone marrow so start out a with a tiny bit of delicious beefy smell, however they do lose their odour after a short period of time. Unlike cooked bones, these low-temperature dehydrated beef ribs are safe for chewing and won’t splinter. Like the other beef products in the Gully Road range, these beef rib dog chews are from 100% on farm processed, grass-fed and free range beef. Learn more about our beef – powered by Provenir – at ‘Where our natural beef dog treats come from and why it’s important’.
What makes dog treats low odour?
As a rule, the level of odour in each of our Gully Road dog treats is determined by the fat and oil content of the treat prior to the low-temperature dehydration process. Fish products are full of healthy fats and oils, which is responsible for their signature ocean-inspired smell. This of course has stacks of health benefits, but is definitely best for outdoor feeding. Similarly, beef treatos with a higher fat content have an irresistible beefy smell – this applies more so to offal products such as those found in our Awfully Offal Mix or other treats with lots of nutritious connective tissues such as Beef Neck Splits, Beef Dongas and Beef Bunts.
Other non smelly dog chews
If you’re looking for a low odour treato option, some others to consider are;
Beef achilles tendons, full of elastic chewiness perfect for cleaning teeth.
Chunky lean grass-feed beef tendon – similar to achilles chews but chunkier.
Sections of leather-like cow hide with fur which have similar digestive benefits to rabbit fur.
Slightly thicker than cow hide dog chews, perfect for extended chewing.
Tendon straps with collagen-rich chewy fibres.
Use your imagination (yes, these are individual beef pizzles – also with plenty of lean, chewy tissue).