The Best Organic, All-Natural, and Grain-Free Dog Treats (2019 Reviews)

May 01, 2019 5 Comments

The Best Organic and All-Natural Dog Treats

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What are the best and healthiest dog treats? This should be a simple question, but the endless selection of dog treat products make finding the answer incredibly complex. Choosing a high quality, natural, and healthy dog treat for your pup should not be so difficult!

Given the popularity of our article featuring "The Best Organic, All-Natural, and Grain-Free Dog Foods", we decided to thoroughly research the highest quality and healthiest dog treats currently available. Each dog treat featured below is made with high quality ingredients and ranked 5 stars by dog owners. A large number of the dog treats that follow are also organic, non-GMO, grain-free, and/or gluten-free (we always highlight when recipes meet these criteria).

few of the dog treats on our list are flavored with honey, molasses, etc.  We include many protein-rich alternatives that have ZERO added sugar and a limited ingredient list. These include dehydrated cod skins (Django’s personal favorite), organic 100% beef sticks, and Chicken Littles. Organix’s “Organic Cookies” are another great option if you want to avoid all sugar and sugar substitutes. Despite the name, these dog “cookies” contain no added sugar and are made with organic protein sources (organic chicken is the #1 ingredient).

It is worth emphasizing that ANY dog treat should be used in moderation and should never replace real, healthy, and protein-packed dog food. Dog treats are are called ‘treats’ for a reason!

IN THIS ARTICLE:

DJANGO's Top 5 Dog Treats of 2019

#1 Spot Farms Chicken Apple Sausage Dog Treat Recipe

Spot Farms All Natural Human Grade Dog Treats, Chicken Apple Sausage

We've been giving a selection of Spot Farms treats to our sausage dog Django for years and often recommend the brand to our dog loving friends. These treats contain nutritious, human-grade ingredients like antibiotic-free chicken, high-fiber brown rice and antioxidant-rich apples. Dogs absolutely love the rich meat flavor in these small bite-sized treats, and dog owners love Spot Farms' simple list of honest and high quality ingredients.

KEY FEATURES of Spot Farms Chicken Apple Sausage Recipe:

  • First two ingredients are chicken (raised without antibiotics) and apples
  • Bite-sized and great for smaller dogs
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors
  • Human-grade ingredients sourced and made in the USA
#2 Polka Dog Bakery Dehydrated Cod Skins

 Polka Dog Bakery Cod Skins Crunchy Sticks For Dogs

Our dachshund Django absolutely loves Polkadog Bakery's dehydrated cod skins. Since these treats are single ingredient (100% cod skins) and incredibly high in protein (crude protein measures 82%!), they are a fantastic option for dogs with allergies (meat, grain, and/or gluten), diabetic dogs, and overweight pups looking to curb calories. The scent of the cod is especially pungent and will drive your dog crazy.

KEY FEATURES of Polkadog Bakery's dehydrated cod skins:

  • Single ingredient (100% cod skins; locally sourced)
  • Made with cod caught in season in the USA (Maine, Cape Cod, Alaska)
  • No glycerin, grains, artificial flavors, or preservatives
  • No antibiotics or growth hormones
  • Hand-rolled and dehydrated in the USA
#3 Wellness Core Pure Rewards Beef and Venison Grain-Free Jerky Bites

Wellness Core Pure Rewards Natural Grain Free Dog Treats, Soft Beef & Venison Jerky Bites

Wellness Core's Beef and Venison Jerky Bites are a great example of a limited ingredient, minimally processed, and healthy dog treat recipe. The protein-rich morsels are soft and moist. The small square shape also makes these great for obedience training. With only 5 calories per treat, these jerky bites are relatively light and ideal for dogs that need to cut back on the calories.

KEY FEATURES of Wellness Core Beef and Venison Jerky Bites:

  • First two ingredients are beef and venison
  • Minimal, all natural ingredients and quality proteins
  • Soft, small pieces are ideal for training or light snacking
  • No wheat, wheat-gluten, corn, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Made in the USA
#4 Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Dog Treats - Grain Free Turkey Recipe

 Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Grain Free Crunchy Dog Treats Biscuits, Turkey Recipe 

Blue Buffalo's Wilderness Trail Dog Treats are high protein, grain-free, and nutrition-dense. The recipe boasts 30% crude protein (higher than most dog treats on this list) given a high concentration of turkey and chicken meal. These treats also contain flaxseed, a good source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that supports healthy skin and a shiny coat. Other flavors in this line of dog treats include duck, salmon, turkey, potatoes and flaxseed.

KEY FEATURES of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Dog Treats - Grain Free Turkey Recipe:

  • Exceptionally high in protein; turkey is the first ingredient
  • Made with flaxseed to support healthy skin and a shiny coat
  • Grain free
  • No chicken or poultry by-product meals
  • No corn, wheat or soy; no artificial flavors or preservatives
#5 Riley's Organics Peanut Butter & Molasses Dog Treats

Riley's Organics - Peanut Butter & Molasses - Human Grade Organic Dog Treats - Resealable Bag

Riley's Organics produces a line of healthy, organic dog treats including these peanut butter and molasses bite-sized dog biscuits. This particular recipe contains only 5 high quality ingredients, all which are human grade and USDA Organic Certified. The main ingredients are organic peanut butter, organic oat flour, organic oats, organic peanut flour, and organic molasses. Because the biscuits are on the small side, they make a great treat for training purposes and are especially ideal for small- and medium-sized dog breeds.

KEY FEATURES of Riley's Organics Peanut Butter & Molasses Dog Treats:

  • First ingredient is organic peanut butter
  • Ingredients are 100% USDA Organic Certified, non-gmo, and human-grade
  • No wheat, corn or soy
  • No preservatives, sugar, salt, artificial colors or flavors
  • Made in the USDA

ADDITIONAL HIGH QUALITY DOG TREATS | 2019 REVIEWS

Polka Dog Bakery Chicken Littles Dog and Cat Training Bits 

Chicken Little dog training bits from polkadog bakery

We (Mike and Steph) visited Polkadog's retail location with Django in South Boston just recently. We were both impressed by the quality of Polkadog's ingredients, their simplistic recipes, and the fact that every bag of Polkadog treats is made in the Boston area. Unlike other dog treat brands which outsource manufacturing, Polkadog Bakery owns and controls their own manufacturing facilities. Does your dog prefer fish instead of chicken? Try Polkadog's dehydrated cod skin sticks. Django LOVED these crunchy treats when we visited Polkadog in Boston, and we ultimately went home with a 2lb bag of them. Scroll up to #2 in our Top 5 to learn more.

KEY FEATURES of Polka Dog Bakery Chicken Littles Dog and Cat Training Bits:

  • First ingredient is antibiotic-free and hormone-free chicken breast from U.S. farms
  • Excellent source of protein; Guaranteed analysis confirms 28% crude protein, one of the highest on this list
  • Healthy and simplistic recipe with only 3 ingredients
  • No additives or artificial coloring
  • Made in the USA
Green Butterfly Brands Organic Grain Free Beef Sticks

Green Butterfly Brands Organic Grain Free Beef Sticks 

Dog owners rave about these 100% organic beef sticks by Green Butterfly Brands. The limited, high quality ingredients are organic, human-grade, and American sourced, and the treats contain no artificial flavors, colors, fillers or preservatives. In addition to being packed with protein, these crunchy beef sticks are great for dogs of all sizes. Although the sticks themselves are a good size, they're very easy to break into bite-sized pieces for smaller dog breeds.

KEY FEATURES of Green Butterfly Brands Organic Grain Free Beef Sticks:

  • First ingredient is Organic American beef
  • 100% American sourced human-grade organic ingredients
  • Other animal proteins include beef liver and turkey liver
  • No artificial flavors, color, fillers, or preservatives
  • Made in the USA
Wet Noses Peanut Butter Banana Organic Dog Treats 

Wet Noses All Natural Dog Treats Peanut Butter W Bananas

These peanut butter and banana organic dog treats by Wet Noses are a favorite among health-conscious dog owners and a top seller on Amazon (for good reason). All five ingredients are USDA Organic and non-gmo. Because the treats do not contain any animal protein (rather, organic pea flour is used as a source of protein), the crude protein content is slightly lower than other treats on our list at 15%.

KEY FEATURES of Wet Noses Peanut Butter Banana Organic Dog Treats:

  • Ingredients are 100% USDA Organic Certified and non-gmo
  • No grain, corn, wheat, soy, or dairy
  • No additives, preservatives, or fillers
  • Other popular organic flavors include Peanut butter & Molasses and Pumpkin & Quinoa
  • Made and sourced in the USA
Organix Castor & Pollux Chicken Flavored Dog Cookies

Organix Castor & Pollux Chicken Flavored Dog Cookies

Castor & Pollux's Organix lines of dog treats and dog food are wonderful, high quality organic options for dogs. We actually recommend this brand's 'Organic Grain-Free Small Breed' dry food recipe in our article "The Best Organic, All Natural, and Grain Free Dog Foods". The first ingredient of this particular Organix recipe is USDA Organic free-range chicken. In addition to being a favorite among dogs (and dog owners), a bag of these crunchy treats averages only $6-7 - a very reasonable price compared to other organic dog treat options out there.

KEY FEATURES of Organix Castor & Pollux Chicken Flavored Dog Cookies:

  • #1 ingredient is USDA Organic free-range chicken
  • No corn, soy or wheat
  • No artificial preservatives, added growth hormones, or antibiotics
  • No chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers
  • Cooked in an organically-certified USA kitchen
Full Moon Chicken Nugget Human Grade Dog Treats

Full Moon All Natural Human Grade Dog Treats, Chicken Nuggets

You know the treats are good when the dog food brand has to remind humans that their chicken nuggets are "for your pet to eat, not you!". Yep, these chicken nugget dog treats by Full Moon smell so good that the company has to include text on their packaging reminding us not to eat the dog food... Overall, these dog snacks are high quality, healthy, and a great source of protein. Although they are not organic, they are made with cage-free, USA-grown chicken raised without antibiotics. They are also grain-free and contain no allergy-inducing ingredients like wheat, soy and corn.

KEY FEATURES of Full Moon Chicken Nugget Human Grade Dog Treats:

  • First ingredient is cage-free, USA-grown chicken raised without antibiotics
  • Simplistic recipe; limited, healthy ingredients
  • No grain, glycerin, corn, wheat, or soy
  • No artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors
  • Made in the USA
Fruitables Baked Dog Treats - Pumpkin & Banana Flavor

Fruitables Baked Dog Treats Pumpkin & Banana Flavor

These oven-baked crunchy treats are made with simple, healthy ingredients like pumpkin, ground oats, barley, and bananas. They are also bite-sized and therefore make an excellent snack or training reward. Every ingredient is sourced in the USA (unlike many other dog treats on the market which source ingredients globally), and the dog treats are made in the USA as well.

KEY FEATURES of Fruitables Baked Dog Treats in Pumpkin & Banana:

  • First ingredient is pumpkin
  • Oven-baked and grain-free
  • Simple, healthy recipe including natural ingredients like banana, barley, and ground oats
  • No wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Made and sourced in the USA
Old Mother Hubbard Classic Oven Baked Dog Biscuits

Old Mother Hubbard Crunchy Classic Natural Dog Treats

Old Mother Hubbard's Classic Oven Baked Dog Biscuits are some of the most popular dog bones out there. We actually have an open bag of these in our pantry now! The biscuits are crunchy and relatively small, making them a good training reward or intermittent snack. My only criticism of these treats is they're are not protein-oriented like other options on our list and therefore not as low calorie or even nutritious. The first three ingredients are whole wheat flour, oatmeal and wheat bran; chicken is listed as the fifth ingredient.

KEY FEATURES of Old Mother Hubbard Classic Oven Baked Dog Biscuits:

  • First two ingredients are whole wheat flour and oatmeal
  • Crunchy and bite-sized; good for training
  • Natural, simplistic ingredients
  • No artificial preservatives
  • Made in the USA
Threepaws Gourmet Hickory Smoked Coconut Bacon Bones

Threepaws Gourmet Hickory Smoked Coconut Bacon Bones

Threepaws Gourmet delivers high quality treats using only organic and locally sourced ingredients. This vegan recipe is dairy, egg and meat-free and contains no fillers or artificial ingredients. Ingredients: Organic coconut flour, organic garbanzo flour, organic coconut milk, organic peanut butter, organic coconut flakes, organic beets, hickory smoke powder, turmeric powder

KEY FEATURES of Threepaws Gourmet Coconut Bacon Bones:

  • First 3 ingredients are organic coconut flour, organic garbanzo flour, and organic coconut milk
  • Vegan recipe; contains no dairy, egg or meat
  • Natural hickory smoked flavor
  • No artificial ingredients or fillers
  • Made in the USA (Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin)
Full Moon Organic Chicken Training Treats

Full Moon Organic Human Grade Training Treats For Dogs

Full Moon's Organic Chicken Training Treats are made with USDA organic chicken and 100% human grade ingredients. The tiny morsels are bursting with flavor. At less than 3 calories per treat, they're fantastic for small dogs and training purposes. Ingredients are 100% organic and include chicken, flax seed, celery, paprika, and rosemary extract.

KEY FEATURES of Full Moon Organic Chicken Training Treats:

  • First ingredient is USDA Organic chicken
  • Great for training; under 3 calories per treat
  • Glycerin free and grain free; no corn, wheat or soy
  • All natural; no artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors
  • Made in the USA
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Want to tell us your experience with one of these products? Have a dog treat recommendation that we missed? Leave a comment below!





5 Responses

DJANGO
DJANGO

September 23, 2019

@CAROLYN EMOLE Thank you for the comment! You are absolutely right that a few of the dog treats that made our list are flavored with honey, molasses, etc. We also include many protein-rich alternatives that have zero added sugar and a limited ingredient list. These include dehydrated cod skins (Django’s personal favorite), 100% beef sticks, and Chicken Littles. Organix’s “Organic Cookies” are another great option — despite the name, these dog “cookies” contain no added sugar and only organic protein sources (organic chicken is the #1 ingredient).

Our goal in compiling this list was to source high quality dog treats made with real and organic/natural ingredients. There are too many treats on the market that are marketed as “healthy” and “all natural” despite containing low quality protein sources and ingredients (animal digest, meat by-products, corn, soy), artificial flavors and coloring, and chemical preservatives like BHA/BHT.

It’s worth emphasizing that ANY dog treat should be used in moderation and should never replace real, healthy, and protein-packed dog food. Dog treats are are called ‘treats’ for a reason :)

Carolyn Emole
Carolyn Emole

September 20, 2019

Too many of these had too much sugar, honey, or molasses…over time..that’s really hurts dogs.

Ron
Ron

August 01, 2019

Dogs can be picky at times especially with treats. My dogs sometimes won’t eat the treats I buy for them. Good thing I found this, a list and a review would be a great help thanks. I always make chicken jerky for them and they love it, I followed this recipe https://drmartypets.com/chicken-jerky-recipe/

DJANGO
DJANGO

July 25, 2019

@ CAROL L WILLIAMS Thank you so much for the recommendation! We haven’t yet come across Nulo and will definitely try these next.

Carol L Williams
Carol L Williams

July 24, 2019

We have used Nulo freestyle Grain-Free Trainers. They are only 2kcal each and are made in America. Our havanese loves the turkey recipe the best but he will jump through hoops for any of them.

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