Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Treat Tuesday: K9 Natural Freeze Dried Lamb Green Tripe

The Freeze Dried Lamb Green Tripe by K9 Natural is technically dog food, but it also makes the highest-value training treat I've found so far. This stuff is meant to be a dietary supplement rather than a complete and balanced food. Tripe is something I'm used to seeing in the meat section of the grocery store, but it's not quite the same stuff. White honeycomb tripe is washed and bleached cow stomach. Green tripe is cow (or sheep) stomach with zero processing. Ew. It's supposed to be positively dripping with probiotics and digestive enzymes. It also stinks on a level that is difficult to describe.

K9 Natural has taken all that nasty organy goodness and freeze dried into nice little pellets. The package instructs users to soak it in order to rehydrate it, but I just use it as dry training treats. They are easy to stick in my treat bag, and break into little bitty pieces.

Good For: Super high-value training treats. Picky dogs. Training in stressful or high-distraction environments. Dogs with sensitive stomachs.

Not Good For: Situations where raw meat shouldn't be handled. Training when I don't want my hands to stink to high heaven.

How Much We Like Them: I think these are going to be our default training treats, Xena will even eat them in the middle of a store.


  1. Sounds good! I haven't tried green tripe yet... I hear its quite gnarly though.

    1. I don't think the crazy raw feeders would consider this stuff to be "real" green tripe. The real stuff should be carted home from the butcher in a bucket or something, any kind of processing is supposed to diminish the nutritional value. I used to be a crazy raw feeder, but I never found a good source of fresh raw green tripe.