Most dog parents know that there are few things that are more exciting to a dog than treats. They’re an important way that dog parents can make their fur baby’s day better, reward good behavior, and make them feel special. A lot of the most popular dog treats that you see on supermarket shelves contain a lot of highly processed materials.
Veterinarians warn that some popular treats such as rawhide have recently been deemed unsafe because they pose gastrointestinal hazards. Making your own dog treats can be an opportunity to give your dog his or her favorite flavors without concerns about the ingredients or potential harm to your dog’s digestive system.
You can satisfy your dog’s instinctive canine appetites with organ meat. In the wild, the alpha of a pack would usually eat an animal’s heart and other vital organs such as the liver. These parts are packed with antioxidants and other minerals that are essential to your dogs’ well-being.
You can buy beef heart or liver and chicken liver from your chicken fairly inexpensively from your local butcher or farmers market. While it is typically safe to give these foods to your dog raw, you can also bake them. The texture of organ meat is fairly dense, so cut it into small pieces that your dog can chew easily.
Cook Up Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
You can make crunchy and savory biscuits with just a handful of ingredients. Mix a couple of cups of wheat flour, a tablespoon of flaxseed, a couple of teaspoons of peanut butter, and add beef broth until you get a firm consistency. It should feel a little thinner than cookie dough but thicker than pancake batter. Break it into clumps and place them on a cookie sheet two inches apart. You can also spread the mixture flat with a rolling pin and cut it into fun shapes with a cookie cutter. The size of the treats that you make should depend on the size of your dog.
Peanut Butter Banana Oat Snacks
If your dog likes peanut butter biscuits, then peanut butter banana oat snacks are probably a safe bet. Blend peanut butter, bananas, and oats are all you need. Banana is a great snack for dogs that have occasional loose stools, and it is rich in potassium and other vitamins that can help keep your dog healthy. Bake these treats at 300 degrees for about thirty minutes.
Be sure to let any treats that you bake cool for at least ten minutes before you give them to your dog. Also make sure that you store treats in a secure place that your dog can’t access. A lot of clever canines can make their way into cabinets and even open Tupperware! Choosing a vertically inaccessible place that you can reach with a ladder to stash your reserves.
Chicken is high up on every dogs’ favorite foods. Plain chicken breast cut into cubes is one of the healthiest and most satisfying treats that you can give a dog. When your dog sees you reach for some chicken, you’ll probably start to see some wild tail wagging. Prepare chicken as you ordinarily would but cut it into small pieces. Avoid unnecessary spices and seasoning that could be high in sodium. Chicken is also a good option for training treats if you use extra small pieces. Get a small plastic container that’s easy to open and close so you can bring them with you when you and your dog are on-the-go or out practicing leash matters.
Show your dog some love with special treats. Who knows maybe you’ll be so successful at making treats that you’ll want to look into solution selling. When you make them yourself and use limited ingredients, you can feel confident that you’re giving your dog treats that are delicious and nutritious.
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