Ask Barley

Barley Labs Dog Treats

Have questions about our treats? Barley is here to answer them!

Is there beer in your dog treats? Are they safe?
While some people might think it's funny to get dogs drunk, my people are not those people. We use what brewers call "spent grain." All this means is that the barley has been soaked in water and rinsed off. Brewers use the liquid the grain has been soaking in to create beer. We use the "spent grain" to create our treats. Did I mention they're delicious? Drool. 

​Where do you get the barley you use in your treats?
We're lucky to source our barley from Fullsteam Brewery. We use the spent grain from their Fullsteam Southern Lager, which not only makes yummy dog treats, but my pappy says it's also the perfect beer on a warm, southern day. If you live in the Triangle and haven't checked them out yet, you definitely should load your dog in your car (because we 4-legged pals are allowed) and head to Downtown Durham...right now...seriously, right now.

How are you able to keep the treats preservative free? 
To avoid using preservatives, my pappy bakes the daylights out of the treats to dehydrate them. This not only gives them a long shelf life, but it also gives the treats the great, nommy crunch that I love! However, while I love the crunch, my doggy friends with dental issues, senior dogs or puppies might want to wait to try Barley Labs until we create the next line of treats just for you!

What else is in your treats? Do they contain wheat?
My belly is sensitive (I won't get into the details) so my people set out to limit the ingredients in our treats. We recently made the switch to an organic barley flour, so the treats you buy from our website are now all wheat, corn, and soy free. If you buy from a local retailer, you may still see some of our original flavors made with a whole wheat flour.

Aside from the main flavor components, the other ingredients in our treats are barley, organic barley flour and eggs.

Do you have any treats that are grain free?
Yes! Check out our Sweet Taters treats -- One ingredient. Tons of tail wagging. 

Can I find Barley Labs dog treats in any stores near me?
Yes! We're all about supporting local businesses. Please visit our "Store Locator" page to buy Barley Labs dog treats at a store near you. 

Do you make donations to local charities?
Yes, please visit our Rescue Support page to learn more about how your purchase of Barley Labs dog treats contributes to local rescues. We also do our best to support as many local rescues as we can through product donations.

Do you offer discounts/coupons?
We offer a V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) Rewards Program where you can earn up to $25 in discounts. We also have sales throughout the year -- you can sign up for our newsletter (form on bottom right side of each page of our site) or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get information on sales.

If I order online, when can I expect to get my treats?
My people thought about strapping the treats to my back and having me deliver them personally because I'm so cute. However, we're hopeful that we'll get doggy friends who order from all across the country, so that probably won't work because you might want your treats sooner than next year. 

We use USPS to ship our treats. Once you receive the shipping confirmation email, you should expect to receive your treats within 5 to 7 business days. You can learn more about shipping on our shipping page.

How much will shipping cost?
Shipping costs will depend on your location. We ship from our facility in Durham, N.C., via USPS. We also offer free shipping on orders $45+ and $5.99 flat-rate shipping on orders $25-$44.99. 

Do you offer gift wrapping?
No, unfortunately we don't currently offer gift wrapping services. However, you can check a box on the shopping cart page telling us to send a gift receipt instead of a regular receipt. It allows you to include a personalized message on the receipt, and the recipient will not see the prices of the items. You also can consider buying our Dog & Beer Lover Gift Set, which comes in a pretty kraft box.

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