Milk-Bone dog biscuits have been around for over one hundred years. The history of Milk-Bone dog biscuits starts being produced in 1908 by F.H. Bennett Biscuit Company which was located in New York City. The original name for the product was Maltoid and was advertised as a supplemental dog biscuit made from wheat, vegetables, meat and wheat germ with added vitamins and minerals. Around 1920 they changed the name of the product to Milk-Bone dog biscuits to the inclusion of cow’s milk in the production of the dog biscuit.
When the company started they were in direct competition with the original dog biscuit called “Spratts Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes”. However the F.H. Bennett Company came up with a great marketing idea, which was to produce the dog biscuits in the shape of what we now call dog bones. This marketing idea to switch to a dog bone pushed Milk-Bone dog bisctuits far ahead of any competition. In 1931 F.H. Bennett Company was purchased by the National Biscuit Company or Nabisco.
Over the years new lines of treats and dog biscuits have been introduced starting with flavored snacks in the early 1960s. Today Milk-Bone is a leading brand of dog snacks and a company that gives back to the community through supporting Canine Assistants program supplying trained dogs to help people with handicaps become independent with the help of their canine companions. Recently Milk-Bone and the Public Broadcasting System have teamed to produce a documentary on the Canine Assistants program and all the good they do. Milk-Bone was sold to Del-Monte foods in 2006 and is produced in Buffalo, New York.
Personally I often jam a large Milk-Bone into a large Kong toy to keep my Labradors occupied.