Homemade Treats (Even Prescription Treats) Made Easy
I often get asked what treats I use when I am dog training. My favorite Treats are ones that I can control what ingredients are going into them. I know dogs shouldn't have garlic, onions, sugar substitutes, nutmeg, coffee, macadamia nuts, alcohol and many other things. If you have questions please do your research with ASPCA poison control.
I keep my treats simple, low fat, low salt and my dog’s think they are yummy.
For your Christmas Challenge today, cook your dog a delectable treat and review some of the training ideas from earlier in the week.
My dogs LOVE liver treats, they are probably their ultimate favorite. If you have a food dehydrator it provides the best results. I boil the liver first, then I either dehydrate it or I bake it at 400 until the moisture is gone. I don’t add anything extra, liver by itself is good enough!
I do the exact same thing with chicken breast. I boil it first and then I cut it up and bake it at 400 or dehydrate it until most of the moisture is gone, this makes it more palatable for me to have in my hand!
My oldest dog is on a prescription food. He is unable to eat snacks or treats and often misses that feeling of reward. My only option is to make treats for him from his food.
I take canned dog food, add some water to make it slightly more manageable, and then I press it into a pan and bake it at 400 until it is a little toasty and firm.
If your dog is on a prescription diet, DO NOT add any components or ingredients to the treats, your dog’s health could be at risk if you do so.
And, in the spirit of the season, Christmas Cookies!
- 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup of nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ cup of vegetable oil
- 1 cube of beef or chicken bouillon cube (find one with low salt)
- ¾ cup boiling water
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
Dissolve bouillon in water then combine other ingredients until it forms a dough. Roll out dough ¼ inch and use cookie cutter if desired, then cook at 300 for about 30 minutes. Let cool and let him enjoy!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.