TurboPUP Review: Trail-Friendly, Grain-Free Dog Meal Bars

Fuel your dog on hiking and camping adventures with TurboPUP, a trail-friendly meal replacement bar for dogs. They’re grain-free, American made & sourced from human-quality ingredients.

Jake is part labrador retriever, part boxer, and 100% adventure dog. We became best friends in Spring 2014, by way of the Atlanta Dog Squad, and has quickly become my favorite hiking buddy.

He’s a one-year-old bundle of energy and loves a great hike: if I so much as glance at my hiking gear, he’s ready to hit the trail.

TurboPUP Dog Energy bars: our favorite dog meal replacement and snack for trail adventures

Jake and I trek trails from one to twenty miles in Georgia’s rolling southern Appalachian Mountains, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. And while Jake’s appetite is seemingly endless off-trail, it really rallies on trail, and for good reason: he covers some serious distance by my side.

TurboPUP Dog Energy Bars

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar Review - trail bars for dogs

This summer, Jake has been trail testing a new, ultra-trail-friendly dog energy bar, TurboPUP. Available in (evidently) two equally delicious flavors, bacon and peanut butter, TurboPUP bars are individually wrapped meal replacement bars for active dogs. They’re made from American sourced, human-grade ingredients and baked in La Pine, Oregon by an awesome veteran-owned company. TurboPUP bars are also 100% grain free: the lack of grain is great for Jake’s sensitive stomach and, like his everyday dog food, helps reduce his allergies.

TurboPUP meal bars are trail-friendly and grain-free

And, equally important: TurboPUP bars are apparently delicious. Jake is a huge fan of food and treats – but there’s something about TurboPUP bars that grab Jake’s attention. He devours them on the trail and enthusiastically begs for more.

Jake’s one-word review: YUM.

So why a trail bar for dogs?

TurboPUP bars are individually wrapped and easy to feed, on trail and off. The bars are scored before they’re baked, so they’re easily broken into bite-sized pieces. And they’re ultra-convenient: they pack easily into Jake’s Ruffwear Singletrak backpack (read our review), and their lightweight, thin profile doesn’t bulk like loose kibble. TurboPUP bars are also easy to stash in a bear canister at campsites in bear country, and unlike kibble packed in ziploc bags, don’t accidentally open and mix with my food.

TurboPUP bars are sourced from all-American ingredients and are made in Oregon

TurboPUP bars offer mega convenience: simply grab a few bars and go. How many? For an on-trail snack, I grab a few bars to hold Jake over until dinner. As an on-trail meal replacement on high-mileage days, Jake fuels up with three bars for breakfast and three bars at night. Each baked bar weighs 2.2 ounces, is packed with 250 kCal and adds Omega-3s, vitamins, and nutrients to keep Jake fueled for adventure.

TurboPUP trail bars for dogs - our trail-tested review

So Where Can I Get A Few?


While TurboPup sent us samples to test, all opinions above are based on Jake’s own, trail-tested experience. And we’ve been a very regular customer ever since!

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.