Frequently Asked Questions about Krak'ems

What does Little L’s stand for?

Little L’s is named after our dogs, twin sisters Lilly and Lulu. The company started after we began searching for our own, locally-sourced, homemade and safe alternative to jerky. Lilly and Lulu played an important role in development of krak’ems, mainly testing the taste and crunchiness on every step.

Are krak'ems jerky dog treats?

No. Krak'ems are a more flavorful, crunchy and safe alternative to conventional jerky dog treats. Conventional dehydrators do not kill all harmful bacteria, while oven-dehydrated meat treats are much safer. Also, unlike conventional jerky, which is "chewy", krak'ems are more brittle and crunchy. It is that addictive crunch that delights most dogs when they munch on krak'ems, and drives them crazy. Hence, we call these treats "krak'ems" (some dog bloggers and parents call them also "puppy crack").

How much krak’ems can I give my dog daily?

Krak’ems are treats and intended as a reward for good behavior and showing love to your doggy. They should not replace your dog’s regular food, or occasional tummy rubs. As yummy as krak’ems are, your dog should not consume the whole bag all at once. Treats should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet. You know your dog best, but please consult our recommended feeding guidelines below. Also, be sure to always supervise your furry friend while they are crunching and munching, and be sure to have a bowl of fresh water available at all times. 25 lbs and under ~ up to 1 once daily (1 small size krak’em) 25 lbs to 50 lbs ~ up to 2 ounces daily (2 small size or 1 medium size krak’em) 51 lbs to 75 lbs ~ up to 3 ounces daily (3 small size or 2 medium size krak’ems) Over 75 lbs ~ up to 4 ounces daily (4 small size or 2 large size krak’ems)

How long can I store krak’ems?

Krak’ems are baked fresh to order dog treats, shipped straight from our oven to your door. In our current bakery bags, the recommended shelf life is 3 months. To maintain that fresh smell, we recommend storing krak’ems in an air-tight container in a cool dry place. No refrigeration is required.

Are krak’ems handmade dog treats?

Yes. The meat is sliced and tenderized by hand by our skilled Chef, and then slowly dried in the oven in small batches. Unlike with conventional dehydration, where the process is automated, dehydrating meat in the oven requires a lot of constant human attention to ensure the high quality.

Are krak’ems human-grade dog treats?

Yes. In order for dog treats to qualify as human-grade, they must be prepared from USDA approved human-grade meat and in the same settings as human food (i.e., real kitchen, as opposed to factory). Our poultry and meats are sourced from small local farms that supply the finest restaurants in New York City. The treats are prepared by a real chef. This makes krak’ems dog treats edible for humans.

Are krak’ems low sodium dog treats?

Yes. Unlike store-bought meat and poultry that are often injected with salt water or other preservatives, our ingredients always come fresh straight from the farms.

Are krak’ems wheat free and grain free dog treats?

Yes. Krak’ems are single ingredient all-meat treats that are low in calories but high in lean protein. There is no flour, wheat or grains which makes them perfect gluten-free dog treats.

Where can I buy these made in USA dog treats?

Check out our store locator to find a store closest to you. If your store is out of stock, or there is none in your immediate area, you can always order them online, and we will be more than happy to ship you our freshly made delicious krak’ems.

Can krak’ems be used as dog training treats?

Yes! Krak’ems are brittle, so they can be easily broken into smaller pieces suitable for dogs of any size. This makes them also safe dog treats for puppies. You can take krak’ems along on your daily walk, and reward your dog when they do something amazing, or simply to show them your love. Krak’ems make perfect treats for training dogs and puppies!