Dog Treat Reviews

Instinct Raw Boost Treats – A Deep Freeze!

MyDogLikes reviews Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost in our search for the best dog treats!
Written by Kevin Sando

I’m not sure what the temperature is like where you live, but here in the North East it is COLD! In the boys’ opinion, a deep freeze is perfect for some snuggles and of course, a few extra snacks!

Harley and Charlie can both fit in our West Paw Design's Extra Large Dog Bed!

If you’ve been following our adventures in raw feeding, you likely have seen many Nature’s Variety Instinct Reviews of late.  Harley and Charlie have been eating Instinct Raw for close to 6 months now and the results have been fantastic! Whether you are able to feed raw/grain-free, or not, making healthy choices in the treats that you supplement your dog’s diet with is easy and inexpensive!

We have been feeding Nature's Variety Instinct dog food for a while now - see what we thought of the freeze dried treats from the same line!

Recently, we found out that the Nature’s Variety Instinct line also includes several treat options!  As you can imagine, the boys (and I) were pretty excited! In a flash we were in the car and on our way to PetSaver SuperStore (our favorite local pet store) to pick some up.

MyDogLikes reviews Nature's Variety Instinct rawBOOST Treats. These freeze dried treats come in 3 flavors: chicken, beef, and lamb.

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Treats

These 4oz boxes of freeze dried treats come in 3 flavors – Chicken, Beef, and Lamb.  All three varieties are all natural and completely raw! When presented with so many good options, it was hard to pick just one. We ended up choosing the lamb formulation since it is the main protein source in their food. Phew..that narrowed it down a bit!

Our official taste testers getting ready to sample some Nature's Variety Raw Boost Dog Treats! These grain free dog treats are raw and all natural!

As they always do before eating something new, the boys insisted on checking the ingredient label first.

Reviewing the ingredients of Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost dog treats.

In our ongoing quest to highlight healthy dog treats, MyDogLikes reviews Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Treats!

Lets take a look at the top ingredients in order:

  • Lamb
  • Lamb Heart
  • Lamb Liver
  • Pumpkinseeds
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Ground Lamb Bone

I won’t bore you with the full list, but I’ll tell you this…you won’t find anything questionable. These treats are free of wheat, corn, soy, grain and gluten.  There are also no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  In fact, the only thing you will find are all natural, raw, freeze-dried ingredients (most of which can probably be found in your kitchen right now)!

Sounds good, right?

Charlie being a bad dog and helping himself to some Nature's Variety Instinct dog treats!

All this sitting around…Guess I will help myself!

Enough talk…lets open them up!

Taking a closer look at Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost dog treats. We have been feeding the Instinct diet for months now and wanted to give their treats a try!

Because the moisture content is reduced, freeze dried treats are sometimes prone to crumbling. This was NOT the case with the Raw BOOST treats. Upon opening the package we found that it contained only full size medallions! The packaging is purposeful and plays a role in keeping these tasty treats in one piece. Not only is there a cardboard case but an inner, zipper sealed pouch to keep these treats fresh for the long haul (not that they will be around for long!).

MyDogLikes official review of Nature's Variety's Instinct Raw Boost Freeze Dried Dog Treats!

The treats are similar in size to the Instinct Raw Medallions that we reviewed recently, but very much have the fibrous texture of the RawBOOST pieces that are in our Nature’s Variety Instinct Kibble. The treats are firm without being hard, crunchy or chewy…they almost seemed to melt in the dog mouths! For all of our figure conscious friends out there, you will be happy to know that breaking these treats in half or quarters was a snap (well, really more of a break, but I was trying to be clever).

Instinct RawBoost Treats Taste

Time for a Taste!

As far as taste goes, I would say its all paws up. Though these two goobers eat their daily food with gusto, and I know that they are not picky eaters, they do ramp up the enthusiasm when they really enjoy a treat. This was one such instance! Charlie followed me around the house, performing many of the tricks in his still growing repertoire in hopes that I might take pity and give him….Just…One….More!!

MyDogLikes highly recommends Nature's Variety Instinct dog treats. These Grain Free Dog Treats are raw and all natural as well!

OK, I might have caved.  But how can you say no to these faces?

Our dogs taste testing some of Natures Variety Instinct dog treats. These freeze dried treats are raw and all natural!

Why MyDogLikes Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Treats

Overall, these treats were a huge hit and one that we would definitely recommend!  We absolutely love the all natural ingredients and clearly the boys loved the taste.  The smell was not offensive at all but clearly enough to get them going and let them know that they are being rewarded.  Nature’s Variety also offers several other forms of both freeze dried and biscuit dog treats and you can bet we will be trying them out soon!

Harley and Charlie tasting Nature's Variety Instinct Treats! These freeze dried treats are raw and all natural!

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About the author

Kevin Sando

Kevin is a mechanical engineer with a degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has move than a decade experience in new product design, prototyping and early stage manufacturing. Pairing this background with his love of dogs, gives him a unique perspective to evaluate the design and execution of new and interesting pet products.


  • We don’t do raw, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to try these out! The world is based on chicken and beef, so we would choose the lamb for something different. They sure sound tasty even though they are so healthy.

    • Definitely worth trying our Emma! Its a nice way to supplement any diet, they are so healthy!! I think you would love the lamb!

  • Oh WOW. Those look delicious! My foster brother, Hunter, came with some Instinct brand dog food. If the treats are anything like the food, I’d gobble that up, package and all! You guys look like you loved it- I’ll take your word for it! 🙂

    • Sounds like there is a story here Sadie…Did you eat all of Hunter’s treats (bag and all)!? Silly girl!

  • We’ve tried the Instinct Raw Munchies & the pups loved them ~ I loved the fact that they were less than 5 calories per treat! We’ve received 2 $1 off coupons via e-mail from Instinct Raw Boost so far…it’s worth to sign up with them 🙂

    • Absolutely! We check in pretty often and get their newsletter for savings too! Also, our local independent store has lots of promotions going on regularly. I think many smaller stores do this!