img src=”http://dogs.adviceandinfo.com/today.jpg” alt=”" width=”200″ height=”200″ class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-43″ />Shopping for special treats for your dog? Make sure you buy healthy treats made with natural ingredients. There are lots of treats on the market, but they’re loaded with sugar and fat. Instead, look for treats made from whole grains like oats or quality, single source proteins like chicken or beef. Believe it or not, fish is a terrific snack for dogs and it’s low in fat and calories.
Treats serve many purposes, positive reinforcement while training your pup, and simply “just because” you love them and want to spoil them. However, don’t let treats make up more that 10 per cent of your dog’s diet.
These days, with advances in the pet food industry, you’ll be able to also get treats that help keep Fido Dido’s joints healthy and even relieve symptoms of arthritis. The best thing – if in doubt – is read the labels and check the ingredients. Better yet? Make your own – and we’ve got a couple of the greatest recipes just for your and your dog(s).
Try these for a very happy pup! From our hearts and the private recipe book of Deija Vue the Dalmatian, and Ghost the Weimaraner.
1/2 cup corn meal (if your dog is allergic to corn meal – substitute bran)
2 cups whole wheat flour or plain flour
1 tbsp powdered garlic
6 tbsps oil (vegetable or canola oil)
2/3 cup water or broth (the best is chicken broth)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together well and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into bones or other shapes your dog likes. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool and store in a tightly sealed container.
1 pound of pureed beef liver or chicken livers
2 cups corn meal or bran or oat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsps powdered garlic
Spread mixture on cookie sheet in a thin layer. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Cool and cut into small pieces. NOTE: these treats are extremely rich, so don’t give too many in one day.