Friday, August 19, 2011

Product review: Darby & the Lickety Stik

My dog is about the simple pleasures in life. Chase a cat, see it run. Bark at the delivery truck, watch it leave. Obey a limited number of basic commands, get something yummy in return. Darby is not a deep-thinking, complex creature, which is one of the reasons I shall never have the pleasure of seeing a Nina Ottosson toy being used in this household. 

I mention this only because we got a sample of the Lickety Stik, a treat that dispenses a chicken-flavored liquid when a dog licks the bottle, which operates on the same theory as your average roll-on deodorant bottle. It's designed to be an all natural treat, packaged in convenient way to carry and low in calories (one calorie per ten licks). 

The scent definitely attracted Darby to come over and see what I had for him, but that's about where the fun ended. He took a couple of licks, then became frustrated that he couldn't bite the roller ball and eat whatever food was attached to the scent. This is not a dog who will work for the promise of something vaguely food-like. He's a put-up-or-shut-up kind of dog, and not being one who embraces a challenge, the Doodlebug quickly lost interest and walked away.

I'm sure there are dogs who might get a charge from a product like this, but the Doodle isn't one of them. If you think yours might be, or if you're looking for a treat that you can use with little caloric build-up, check out Lickety Stik.

FTC Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for review. No other compensation was given, and all opinions are strictly my own.


snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

Hey Darby,

I think I'd be puzzled too by that bottle buddy! I'm used to taking the caps off bottles, then the label, then squidging it a bit and then I'm done!

Hope you have a fun weekend buddy,

Your pal Snoopy :)

Deb Barnes / Zee and Zoey said...

Hrmpf...we may just be cats, but, in our opinion, that is just far too complicated for the tiny brain of a dog!!! Let's just stick to good old fashioned chew bones!!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Interesting ... not familiar with this product. Golden Thanks for sharing n to your review. Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anonymous said...

My Petey will sit happily and indefinitely for Lickety Stik! It seems to calm him as he sits and licks - he really stays put. I stopped after 30 seconds :) It's no substitute for his favorite pupperoni, but I know rewarding him extra isn't costing him calories extra, too.

Vicky at PPCT said...

Glad to hear your Petey enjoys the Lickety Stik! One of my favorite things about dog treats is that there's something for everyone, and one dog's "ugh" is another dog's "Hooray"!

Anonymous said...

You ought to give Darby another few opportunities to adapt to Lickety Stik...our large dog acted the same way initially and when we offered it again...he went nuts over it!!! Very different way of giving treats...especially if a dog is used to chomping their treat whole!

We also have 3 italian greyhounds and Lickety Stik is now their fav...even over Greenies and other treats that are very high in calories...This treat is fantastic because we can interact with our dogs and not worry about all the calories associated with giving meat sticks or biscuits.



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