Category Archives: Treats

3 Ingredient Dog Cookie

Here is a quick cookie recipe to try this afternoon for your dog! It only uses three ingredients and likely you already have them in your pantry. Rolling these out and cutting them with a pizza cutter is a great quick way to make small training treats instead of constantly having to break bigger cookies into smaller chunks.

I like making these and having them on hand for stuffing them into George’s Kongs too. Make sure you use peanut butter without xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is very poisonous to dogs.

A great advantage to this cookie recipe is you can make them super hard and crunchy by baking them longer and leaving them to cool over night in the oven to harden and try out. Or bake them for less time, once cooled store them in an air tight container to keep them soft and fresh.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oat flour (whole wheat is fine if your dog doesn’t have allergies)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
  • 1 1/4 cup hot water
  • additional flour for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl till well combined.
  3. Spread out on a floured surface, kneed into desired thickness.
  4. Cut out shapes with either a cookie cutter or a pizza roller.
  5. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven off and let them cool overnight.

Cooking times can vary depending on if you want super crunchy cookies, or softer cookies. Just make sure to keep checking them in the oven so they don’t get too crispy or burnt!

 

How to Help a Fearful Dog at the Vet

Some dogs actually love going to the vets, where some dogs going to the vets can be a very stressful ordeal. The main thing to keep in mind whether your dog loves the vets or hates it, is to keep it positive.

The best way to help your dog associate the vet’s to a none stressful outing, is to visit the vets office as if you would the pet store. Do it frequently, do it weekly if you have to! Of course, you should ask the staff if this is OK ahead of time and perhaps agree on a specific time when the office is generally not too busy. Explain that you want your dog to view the vet office as a fun place to visit, and perhaps the receptionist could even give him a special treat each time you arrive.

If the staff isn’t too busy they can even come out from behind the reception desk and pet your dog to help them relax! The goal with each visit is for your dog to what to stay at the vet’s, when it’s time to leave they wont want to with all the treats and loving they are getting.

With Ginny, the biggest regret I have is not socializing her enough during her fearful times. I would foster a situation, plan my route for the least human interactions she would in counter. Especially with men. If we were in a store, I would avoid any sort of situation of them seeing her. Which wasn’t always the easiest with a huge English Mastiff. But had I have gotten her out and having more introductions with people her fear and her confidence would have been eased when going to the vets.

Warn the Vet Ahead of Time and Plan the Trip.

When I had to switch vet offices later on, I had to explicitly ask for a female vet. And explain to them that she could not be seen by a male vet, not for fear aggression. But because she will be in the corner peeing herself (no joke).

Once the vet got to know Ginny on the first consultation, from there on out she always greeted her in a calm manner. When it came to actually examining Gin, the vet always got down on her knees and would sit beside Ginny checking her over. Bringing treats in her pocket always helped too when Ginny was feeling extra shy.

If you have a smaller dog that has to be placed up on the table, bring a towel, or a small dog bed for them to sit on versus the scary table.

Act Like Going to the Vet is no Big Deal.

If you’re nervous, your dog will be more likely to feel nervous as well. The more your work yourself up playing the what if game in your head, the more likely your dog will start to react to that nervous energy.

Do you have any tricks you use to help your dog go to the vet?

3 Ingredient Frozen Banana Dog Treat

Ginny loved crunching on ice cubes, didn’t matter if it was the dead of winter or a sweltering hot day, she loves ice cubes. She’d panic when one would slide beneath the fridge out of her reach even. We always knew if she was starting to feel the summer heat we could give her a few ice cubes to cool down. George on the other hand, hates ice cubes. Has no idea why anyone in their right mind would want to put one in their mouth, it’s just water that’s been frozen…It’s slippery, slimy, and boring.

So one day I saw on TV this nifty dog-cicle maker, had cute little molds and a premade mixture that you just poured into the trays, let it freeze then fed to your dog. I thought about it some more, George loves Popsicle (wooden handle included..yikes). So why can’t I make a dog version?

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Homemade Milk Bone Treats

Lots of dogs love Milk Bone treats, but have you ever actually read the ingredients on the side of the box? Most of them aren’t even pronounceable. They also add chicken fat mixed into the concoction making it a no-go for many dogs.

I made these as my first treats ever for Ginny years ago, she loved them. I made so many of them I gave some too my friends who had dogs too. They are super cute sitting in a jar on the counter an make a great quick present too. With this recipe you likely have most of the ingredients sitting in your cupboard, I personally use beef broth due to George’s allergies but either chicken, beef or vegetable will work. Any small cookie cutter will work, I made my first ones with a heart one but later I got this bone cookie cutter.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 egg

 

Process

Preheat oven to 350°.

Whisk together wet ingredients well, stir in dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Knead dough for 2-3 minutes. Roll out onto a floured surface to a 1/4” to 1/2” thickness.

Cut into dog bone shapes. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.

Remove from pan and allow them to cool completely- they will dry very hard.

Store in an airtight container. The recipe makes about two dozen depending on the size, I can usually squeeze about 26 bones from the one batch.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

Do you have a dog that hates taking his medicine or pill? I know I struggled for a long time getting Ginny to take her supplements. She would spit them out and lock up her jaw so I couldn’t even try if I wanted to!! I searched and searched for a pill pocket recipe that didn’t fall apart when molding the pocket around the pills. Finally I found one and I want to share it with you guys! I use peanut butter as the main binding ingredient in my recipe, but if your dog has allergies to peanut butter you might want to check out these allergy formula pockets. Pillpockets (http://www.365daysofbakingandmore.com)

Homemade Dog Pill Treats Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Depending on what kind of peanut butter and flour you used, you may need to add more or less flour. The consistency should be fairly dry, but able to mix together and hold a shape kinda like play-doh. Divide “dough” into balls, this batch makes about a dozen on average- depending on the size of your dog and the pills themselves, you can make them smaller or larger. Use your finger, or a clean pencil to poke holes in the centre of them. Make sure not to poke the hole all the way through! Make the hole as big as you need depending on the pill size. Once the pencil is in the hole, you ca work the dough around the pencil to make the pockets longer. Once you have made all the dough balls, make sure you store them in an air-tight container and keep them in the refrigerator so they don’t spoil!