Darwin's venison jerky treats for dogs

Darwin’s Venison Jerky Treats for Dogs – Venison Meat for Dogs

Remy and I want to let you know about the high-quality venison jerky treats from our sponsor, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products!

These venison jerky treats are sourced and made in the USA from 100% grass-fed venison (deer) meat.

Darwin’s venison jerky meat is antibiotic and hormone free and 100% USDA inspected (human grade).

The treats contain no grains or fillers of any kind.

They are designed with dog training in mind and can be broken into small sizes to reward your dog. My dog Remy loves these treats!

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Darwin’s venison jerky for dogs review

My Weimaraner Remy loves the venison jerky treats from Darwin’s!

I like to use these treats for training him to come when called when we’re hiking and to keep his attention when we train for agility. (He likes to “choose his own adventure.”)

When I’m carrying the venison jerky treats in my pocket, my dog magically listens to me! Weird. Haha.

We love these healthy treats and highly recommend Darwin’s because they’re made with grass-fed venison without grains, preservatives or fillers.

The Darwin’s venison jerky treats are sold in 4-ounce packages for $8.99. This ends up being about ten 6-inch jerky sticks.

Win a package of Darwin's venison jerky treats!

How to order Darwin’s jerky treats

Venison jerky treats are available to Darwin’s existing subscription customers. Darwin’s subscription meal delivery frequency can be customized, but most customers receive deliveries every two weeks. Customers have the option of adding jerky treats (and other goodies like duck necks) to any order.

If you’d like to order Darwin’s raw food for your dog, it’s really easy to get started. Darwin’s has an awesome trial offer: 10 pounds of food for just $14.95! That’s up to 75% off! No code required. Learn more.

If you’re an existing Darwin’s customer, to add venison jerky treats to your order, visit myaccount.darwinspet.com, call Darwin’s customer service at 877.738.6325 or send their customer service an email at info@darwinspet.com

Their customer service is extremely prompt and helpful!

Darwin’s real meat dog treat ingredients

Darwin’s makes its Natural Selections Venison Jerky treats from 100% grass-fed venison meat.

Ingredients include:

  • smoked venison meat
  • venison heart & kidney
  • venison tongue
  • salt

Simply, they are REAL meat treats!

Darwin’s is a raw dog food and raw cat food company, but their jerky treats are made with smoked venison meat. Learn more about their treats HERE.

Benefits of Darwin’s real meat venison jerky treats for dogs:

Darwin's venison jerky treats

1. Real meat is best for dogs!

Dogs are meat eaters and have no reason to eat corn, soy or grain – these are just cheap fillers that many dog food and treat companies use to save money.

Sure, dogs can get by on a little “junk food” every now and then but it’s best if the majority of their treats are healthy.

I do a lot of training with Remy, and I prefer that the majority of his treats are real meat such as the Darwin’s venison treats.

2. Convenience.

Another great thing about these jerky treats is when I take Remy on long runs and hikes, I have a convenient, healthy snack for him to enjoy when out on the trails all day. They fit easily in my running pack.

We recently went camping and we brought both our Darwin’s patties and jerky treats along (see the photo below).

3. No preservatives or fillers.

The Darwin’s jerky treats are made without preservatives, chemicals, dyes or fillers. (For that reason, it’s probably best to refrigerate these treats after opening.)

Health benefits of venison for dogs

Venison meat is healthy for both dogs and people. Venison meat contains:

iron, B vitamins, zinc, phosphorous and copper.

You can add venison to your dog’s homemade raw diet or homemade cooked diet.

Here is a detailed article from Bridger Animal Nutrition here in Bozeman, Mont., about the health benefits of including venison in your dog’s diet. Bridger Animal Nutrition is a local health food store for pets and livestock.

Venison is also found in some commercial dog foods and treats, such as the Darwin’s treats. If your dog has food sensitivities to other proteins like beef or chicken, then venison is a great option to try.

Is wild venison safe for dogs?

Venison meat for dogs - is it safe?

Darwin’s does not use wild venison for its jerky treats. They are made from ranch-raised venison, free of antibiotics and hormones. However, those who feed their dogs a raw diet might be wondering if it’s safe to feed a dog wild deer meat.

Yes, wild deer meat is safe for dogs

The answer is yes!

Obviously one of the main benefits of wild venison meat for dogs (or for people) is that the deer are “free range” and basically “organic” as they are wild. (Keep in mind, a lot of deer still eat a lot of corn, depending on how close they live to corn fields.)

It’s best to take a few precautions and use common sense when handling wild venison meat or any wild game meat for yourself or for your dog (or any raw meat, for that matter!).

Safety tips when feeding raw venison meat to dogs

My dog Remy looks innocent ... but bites hands

1. Freeze the deer meat for three weeks before feeding. This will kill any potential parasites found in the meat. People obviously eat wild venison with no issues but we cook the meat first, which also kills any potential parasites.

2. Slight risk for Chronic Wasting Disease. The blog My Rotten Dogs has a good article on feeding wild game to your dog and the potential for deer to have or carry Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This disease does not seem to affect dogs or wolves but can transfer to people.

3. All of the deer meat and organs are safe to feed. Just freeze first or cook the meat, see above. (Note that organ meat is more “rich” so introduce it slowly.)

4. Don’t give your dog the weight-bearing deer bones. You CAN give them to your dog but know your dog’s chewing style.

See our post: Which raw bones are safe for my dog?

Remy with a raw duck neck from Darwin’s

I don’t give my dog Remy large bones because he is a hard chewer and I worry he will fracture a tooth or try to swallow large chunks of bone. Remy only eats raw chicken, duck (shown above) and turkey bones.

Never give your dog any type of cooked bones.

5. Seasoned deer sausage or jerky is not good for dogs. If you accept venison jerky or sausage from a friend, go ahead and enjoy it but it’s probably best not to give to your dog.

Deer sausage or jerky has likely been seasoned and could lead to an upset stomach for your pup! The Darwin’s venison treats are a much better choice since it’s made specifically for dogs!

So there you have it!

Remy’s diet is mostly food from Darwin’s, but as my husband does more and more hunting we will definitely be looking into adding some deer meat to Remy’s diet as well as our own meals.

Darwin's venison jerky treats

Would your dog like to try the Darwin’s Venison Jerky Treats?

Let me know in the comments!

Learn more about the Darwin’s jerky treats on their website HERE.

Related posts:

Darwin’s raw dog food review

Raw dog food for beginners

Can dogs eat raw pork?

Lindsay Stordahl is the founder of That Mutt. She writes about dog training and behavior, healthy raw dog food and running with dogs.

90 thoughts on “Darwin’s Venison Jerky Treats for Dogs – Venison Meat for Dogs”

  1. Roseanne Coggan

    My dogs love venison and i have a puppy that would benefit from this venison jerky as a training reward. She has grown tired of buffalo jerky. I love that these treats are human grade with none of the junk in them like store bought treats. We would love to win this contest.

      1. Sharon Schneider

        Ive never fed Leo a raw diet. Ive heard good things about it but never tried. Im not opposed it, i just dont know that much about it. wasnt sure if he would be getting all his essential vitamins as needed. Leo will eat anything so im willing to introduce it into his diet. Thanks for the valuable information!

    1. My dog Sophie is already eating and thriving on Darwin’s frozen raw as are my cats, Moxie is about 4 yrs old, Kizzy the baby is 4 months old.

      1. I would love for my dogs to experience eating the venison treats and the dog food that you make! I love Venison and eat a lot of it myself but have never shared much with my dogs!

    2. Nicole Genovese

      I currently feed Primal Pet Food and also buy raw from the grocery store and alternate with that. I try to do mix up the protein I give and she loves all but chicken. That doesn’t agree with her belly

    3. My 2 dogs eat a daily diet that is 1/2 raw. It is the raw food that interests them the most. We would be thrilled to win your give aways.

  2. My dogs do eat raw, yet I’m not happy with their various treats. I would love to try these to see if the training sessions would encourage them to learn faster and beg for more!

  3. I would love to try either of these products. My Izzy eats raw chicken now and this would be a great way to introduce something new.

      1. Jamie L Grimes

        I don’t currently but I’ve been looking into it. My dog has been breaking out in hives and none of the foods I have been trying have helped.

  4. With two huskies…they are a true litmus test for taste, health benefits etc. Chloe and Neako are my Spartan training buddy dogs so we put in 25 plus miles a week. Food/nutrition matters:)

    As a pet owner (and pet care business owner) I find the dog food/treat market almost now overwhelming…and yes pricey!

    I’m all about healthy (food is our fuel) so love the direction. Challenges with food and treats-time, caloric intake (Neako has to watch his weight LOL) and TMI…without a lot of targeted goals (why’s) but it’s our new reality.

    Winners in the market will combine meals, treats, health and weight management and not have the ‘desired results’ be a full-time job for a pet owner.

    Food for thought!

  5. Very interesting. I’m always confused what to feed my 7 yr Sheltie and 5 month old Pom-Chi. I thought this product would be very expensive, but seems reasonable. Thanks so much for the information. Would like to try it.

  6. We have a picky eater for a pup. Would like to try this to see if this is something she’d actually enjoy.

    1. I have not tried any raw meat for my 7 month old lab mix. I would like to try some of the jerky, but he is a really strong chewer.

    1. I will have to try this, now that I only have 1 dog. I have been giving my lab frozen veggies and she loves the peas and sweet potatoes.

  7. I currently feed my babies some freeze dried raw because it seems to be easy & pretty inexpensive. I would love to try this food for my babies! I’m sure they would love it!

  8. Janet Schoenbine

    Just rescued a little schooler who is currently have some digestive issues. He is 2 years old. I would really like to help him start a better life with a loving home and the correct food!

  9. Harry eats a mix of high quality dry food and raw. He likes venison, although he has not had venison jerky yet.

  10. Jolene Johnson

    We love sharing venison with our dogs but it’s usually cooked meat. I was too nervous last hunting season to feed him anything raw lol. But I’ve heard great things about Darwin’s food. We’d love to try it!

  11. I currently feed my 2 yr old rescue a dry food diet with chunks of salmon incorporated in it. He can be picky, so I have to by something with real meat chunks in it.

  12. Caryn Sappelli

    My dogs would love to try the venison jerky treats. We currently feed only a partial raw diet by adding raw veggies for fiber and pre-biotic benefits to a good quality grain free dry food.
    Thanks for all the great info in your posts!

  13. I have never tried them but they sound worth buying. I ha 3 dogs too rescues and one since she was a 6 1/2 weeks.
    My first two dogs saved me from a sucside attempt and I lost both of them.

    I have food and water in my car incase there is a dog or cat that needs help.

  14. My pup Lexi has never tried a raw diet but I’d love for her to give it a shot! Thanks for sharing!

  15. My dogs don’t eat raw but I am very interested in it. It seems like every day there is a report of some dry dog food causing an illness in dogs. I feel like nothing is safe!

  16. We feed our 5 goldens raw turkey and chicken and occasionally beef. I would like to add more meat variety and will give Darwin’s a try. With 5, it gets expensive, but I buy in large quantities from a meat packing store. I also bought a commercial grinder to grind a lot of raw chicken legs, etc. And Lindsey, I have your ebook on feeding raw. Thank you for all the dog love and knowledge you share.

  17. Lambeau gets a combination of commercial kibble and raw bones, egg, organ meats, and other fresh foods. I am very picky about what kibble I feed him and am obsessive about checking labels even on brands I have used in the past. Manufacturers have changed ingredients before and I want to be sure he’s getting the best I can give him.

  18. I think I accidentally replied to someone’s post rather then entering. I currently have my pack on Darwin’s.
    Sophie is my service dog, has been on a variety of frozen raw foods since she was adopted at age 1. She will be 9 in January.

    Moxie was adopted last July, after weaning her kittens. She was a foster fail, and has also always had variety of frozen raw foods before My settling on Darwin’s.

    Kizzy is 4 months old. I adopted her last Month in June.
    We already get your newsletter.

  19. Jeri M Kastner

    Darwin’s takes all the guess-work out of feeding your fur-baby a nutritionally complete raw diet.
    And a raw diet will more than pay for itself in savings for those (non-existent) vet bills – my dogs have had clean teeth, healthy gums-no itchies – and healthy skin and shiny coat.
    Raw is the best way to feed your dog and Darwin’s makes it easy!

  20. Al Kempf, Jr.

    Lieber, an English Sheppard likes Blue Buffalo canned food, while the 16 year old Daschund is on a special diet prescribed by our vet.

  21. Sandy Weinstein

    yes i feed a combination of raw, freeze dried raw and cooked foods. my youngest will only eat freezed dried raw. my oldest will eat anything, she currently get a combination of both raw and cooked 93/97% xtrea ground beef. with all of the fuss and mess over the gf diets. you have to be so careful. my girls would love these treats because they love venison.

  22. We were feeding our dogs raw then stopped and started cooking their food but want to get back to raw. I know it’s healthier for them.

    I’m sure they’d love this.

  23. My dog, a tibetan spaniel, is a picky eater but as I recently had to endure my best friend beagle’s passing and other tragic health issues in our family, I have been extra careful with feeding, health care and giving her the love she needs. I would love to have her try Darwin’s raw food diet. Thank you for the article.

  24. I’ve been feeding my dog raw since he was a puppy at 4 months old. He loves it and is doing great. Great skin, coat, energy, etc. I wouldn’t ever go back to kibble. He’s 2 1/2 now and looks great!

  25. oneida valentine

    I have 2 Alaskan Malamutes. They are 1 & 2 1/2 years old. They eat commercial raw. Right now they are eating Steve’s Raw Food. I would love for them to try Darwin’s.

  26. My 2 Australian cattle dogs would love these jerky treats. They currently eat a raw diet and love it. I make it myself and would love to be able to purchase it when I’m in a pinch. I would totally trust Darwin’s food on my pups. So if they love these treats I’d give the food a try.

  27. I do feed raw started years ago when my Rottweiler got cancer ,I refused to put her on prednisone,I’ve been on it,not fun ☹️ My vet was amazed how long she lived after ,I was thankful for the extra time with her,I still have my 10 yr old lab on raw the only thing is I wish I could find the brains,lungs,heart etc I’ve not had good luck there…thanks for all your info you give crossing our fingers and paws I have no doubt he will enjoy what he never gets if he wins lol

  28. Mackenzie Banks

    We don’t currently feed raw but I’ve been dying to do it. My dog was on raw for a bit earlier in his life and he thrived on it! It helped a bunch with his sensitive stomach and he didn’t have any issues while feeding on it.

  29. I have two dogs. A 70#, 9 year old Poodle mix, and a 7 month old, 25# Heeler. They both eat raw for dinner every night and are so healthy and happy! I would love to be able to go raw for breakfast too!

  30. terry pelletier

    I would love to try Darwin’s. We have been feeding raw now for almost 2 years and the difference is amazing. I’m always looking for more variety and different companies to try.
    Haven’t tried Darwin’s yet

  31. Christina Sheidler

    My boy Geyser is a 9 month old Miniature American Shepherd (also known as a Miniature Australian Shepherd). When we brought him home he was on kibble; he obviously did not like it and would only eat when he was really hungry, and only a few bites at a time even then… Same story with two other brands of expensive “high quality” kibble we tried. We had recently lost our 12 yr old rescue to autoimmune hemolytic anemia. She also suffered from idiopathic vestibular disease, intermittent colitis, and recurring infections. It broke my heart to watch her suffer, and to ultimately lose her the way we did.. I decided that Geyser was going to get the best I could offer him, in love, exercise, and (especially) food. I started cooking for him and he started eating like there was no tomorrow. (He must have been making up for lost time.. .) After considerable research, I switched him to a totally raw diet. He is currently on a premade grind with various supplements (fermented milk and veggies, kelp, wheatgrass, raw eggs, various seeds, etc). He is thriving and very much looks forward to mealtime. Long lives and much love to all our 4 legged friends!!

  32. This blog has helped me so much in transitioning my almost 2 year old GSP to a raw diet. I had been wanting to try it for a little while but was so nervous. Someone from Instagram sent me the link to this blog and it gave me the guidance I needed to take the plunge and switch him to a raw diet. We’ve only been doing it for about 2 weeks now & I still have so much to learn but it’s already been the best decision for us. He now can’t wait to eat and gets so excited when he sees me pull his food containers out.

    Excited to continue following this blog and learning more to continue our raw diet.

      1. Kenneth L Smith

        I don’t currently feed my boys raw food, but I would love to try it ! My senior dog, Magic, would benefit and it might help with his dysplasia. My pit mix, Spots, though he would eat most anything would love it.
        Anything to keep my boys healthy and happy.

  33. I have been feeding my dog and 3 cats 90% raw for about 10 months now, they are all doing really well. I usually rotate between Primal frozen or dehydrated, but would like to give them more variety! Sometimes I make the dog’s food with raw grass fed ground beef and frozen veggies. Raw is the way to go! 🙂

  34. Really interesting blog! Looking forward to trying your products! Right now my dog gets a one inch cube of frozen cow heart as as treats. The butcher cut it for me and one pound of cubes was $2.19! I laid them on a cookie sheet, froze and then put them in a freezer bag. I would like to transition him to 100 percent non-processed foods. He is a 6 1/2 year old cockerpoo. He deserves the very best!

  35. My four have been on a raw diet for about 2 years now. I rescued my boy Elmer, a 17 y/o chihuahua mix from a local animal control shelter and immediately took him to the vet. He was a hot mess! His vet suggested he would do better on a home cooked diet, so I dove down the rabbit hole and never looked back! He’s now a happy, healthy 19 year old boy and my other three are reaping amazing benefits as well. As a college student, it’s been tough to afford it for all 4 of them by myself, but that’s what night shifts are for! Great article and wonderful product and company!

  36. I currently do not feed a raw diet but I would love a chance to try it. I have a 10 yo lab that I think might benefit from a raw diet

  37. My family and I are looking to adopt a rescue. I’m really interested in the various raw diets. I’ve seen the side effects of commercially produced kibble and would like to provide a nutritious diet for our new dog. Thanks.

  38. Melinda Invergo

    I currently feed my dog PMR! He gets the best since he’s a working boy. He’s my medical alert service dog. I’m sure he would love some deer jerky

  39. This article as always was very informative about venison for dogs. I have two spunky, crazy, high energy Jack Russell terriers that would absolutely love venison or any other kind of jerky. My dogs are on freeze dried but would love to try straight raw!

  40. Melissa Rochester

    My fur babies are on raw now but would like to try a different one because they don’t always eat the raw we use. I also need to find good raw treats for my small dog that has allergies. Most of the raw treats I can find are freeze dried and he doesn’t like them. Thank you for the chance to win and try your products.

  41. Our dogs get both a partial raw diet and regular dry dog food, as well as as supplemented with lots of whole food. Would love to try these.

  42. Great dog post! We have been super interested in trying Darwin for our pups! We feed them homemade raw but that is exhausting at times so I’d love to find a high quality prepared version!!

  43. Ashley Culverhouse

    My 11 wk old Corso just started being Raw Feed. She loves is it so much better than kibble. Watching her eat is very satisfying.

  44. I have been feeding raw to my fur baby since 2015. She loves it. I have not tried Darwin’s yet. I have been looking around for other options lately.

  45. My girls love vension make my own food for them mixed in with some dry dog food.Peaches and Spooky love treats .Nit 100% raw but 75%.

  46. I have the best 11 month old Irish Wolfhound mix who we just started feeding raw a few months ago! He loves it and I love knowing exactly what I am giving him. Being a stubborn and silly boy, he requires a lot of training treats (luckily, he’s very food motivated) but I haven’t found a treat that I am as comfortable giving him as his raw food. I would love to try Darwin’s jerky and I am sure he would too! We recently had to switch our source of raw food due to some quality issues and I would love to try Darwin’s for him!

  47. We switched to a raw diet two years ago and haven’t looked back since! My dogs allergies have all gone away and he’s so much healthier on it!

  48. Matthew Woods

    Good Article. I truly like opportunity to win and have my Loki try raw food. I do attempt to provide good quality food for him and if I could stay within a healthy budget and he enjoyed it, there’s a chance I would continue.Thank you for this information and you have a beautiful dog

  49. My dog loves Venison! He has allergies so he’s sensitive to chicken and turkey. Haven’t started him in a raw diet, but did transition off kibble to dehydrated food and he’s been doing great

  50. Our 6 month-old lab-rottweiler pup, Gus, is currently eating the American Journey puppy food (the Lamb & Sweet Potato variety) and loves it. I’ve always been slightly scared to introduce raw food to Gus as I’m wary of how it would affect his stomach, but after reading a few of your posts, I’m actually very curious and interested to see how Gus would like it!
    Remi certainly seems to enjoy Darwin’s food and treats, so I’d definitely love to give it a shot! 🙂

  51. My dog eats a homemade raw diet, but we love the convenience of pre-made! We get venison heart, liver, and kidney from the local farmer’s market for pretty cheap and he loves it. I’m sure he’d like these treats!

  52. It would be great to win my pup is being raised on food i specifically cook for him he has never had store bought food or treats he loves all kinds of meat vegetable and fruit

  53. Looking forward to trying this raw food for my dogs & cats that range from young to seniors. Appreciate that they have organ meat and can get more than 1 protein variety.

  54. Sharon Haliniewski

    These look like they would be great “high value” treats for training if broken into smaller pieces. Easy to carry and wouldn’t smell up treat pouch!

  55. Our picky dog only likes jerky like this or freeze dried treats. He’s been eating raw since he was a puppy!

  56. Zeus Dog would love these goodies. I have thought and thought about transitioning to raw, but kibble seems so easy. He likes the food and he is healthy. Yet I know I should put forth the extra effort to go raw.

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