Review: Lincoln Bark’s Chia-Powered Dog Treats

Lincoln Bark treats

The food and treat market for pets is trending away from products made overseas and toward boutique brands made, right here in the United States.

It’s an exciting time, with many creative recipes being rolled out.

Lincoln Bark is a new company based in Chicago that makes cat and dog treats in small batches, by hand. The products contain no wheat, soy, corn, preservatives or additives. But the dog treats do contain an unusual ingredient – Chia.

Chia is a plant in the mint family. It is the same plant that sprouts on Chia Pets.

In human health food circles, Chia seeds have been quite in vogue over the past few years.

That’s because a lot of folks consider Chia to be a superfood. Health guru Dr. Andrew Weil says Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, other vitamins and are a source of fiber.

Apparently, savvy farmers have already begun adding Chia seeds to chicken feed to boost the omega-3 levels in eggs. In foods for people, I have seen Chia advertised in baked goods, energy bars and even kombucha.

Although Dogs Naturally magazine recommends adding Chia to your dog’s diet, Lincoln Bark represents the first time I have noticed the seeds touted specifically in a pet product.

A PDF on the Lincoln Bark’s website lists a range of good things associate with Chia, including improved digestion, better joint function and mobility and better cardiovascular health.

While I can’t speak to the validity of those claims, I can say that my dogs Luke and Scooby the elderpin have very much enjoyed their Chia-powered  Sweet Little Butterpup™ and Treat Smart™ snacks from Lincoln Bark over the past few weeks.

golden retriever and LIncoln Bark treatThe Sweet Little Butterpup are small, round baked treats, about the size of a dime. They come in a variety of flavors, including Chicken Liver, Salmon, Oatmeal and Pumpkin.

The Treat Smart treats are about the same size, but more square and chewy. These come in Chicken Liver, Salmon, Roasted Peanut and Duck & Pea varieties. I have been especially impressed by Treat Smart because it is something savory and easy for the elderpin to chew.

In fact, a few weeks ago, when Scooby was having digestive issues and refusing food, the first thing I was able to get him to eat was Treat Smart. From that day on, I have fed him one or two Treat Smart snacks each night.

miniature pinscher and Lincoln Bark Chia trat

While I can’t conclusively link his good health streak directly to the treats, I can say that he has no issues digesting them. That is something I cannot say for all foods at this point in his life.

Lincoln Bark treats are definitely a hit with my pack.

If you want to try them out for your dogs, check out

Have you or your pets ever eaten Chia?

This post is sponsored by Lincoln Bark. I received treats for my pets to sample in exchange for helping spread the word about Lincoln Bark. only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers, and this post reflects my honest opinion. Lincoln Bark is not responsible for the content of this article.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on November 23, 2013, in Dogs, Dogtography, Food, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for this review! I will look if we can buy it in France too. :o)

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