Homemade dog treats are not only cost-effective, they are quick and easy to make and you know whats in them. Unlike mass-produced dog treats which can have all sorts of potentially nasty ingredients. When it comes to feeding my dogs, if I won’t eat it nor should they!
The best homemade dog treats
- Compliment your dog’s diet
- Are simple and easy to digest
- Break apart and can be easily carried
- Are delicious and appealing to your dog!
Below are two of my favorite, easy to prepare homemade dog treats. These not only offer a delicious incentive but contain superfoods to boost your dog’s immunity and health.
Homemade Liver Puppy Treats
This recipe utilizes liver which is a powerful source of nutrients, providing your dog with iron, B12, vitamin A and folate.
500g beef liver
1 clove of garlic
Crush and peel the garlic clove and blend with liver in a food processor until it forms a smooth paste.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and thinly spread the liver paste evenly across
Place in oven at lowest setting for 2-3 hours or leave in a warming drawer & until dry and crisp.
Break or cut into strips and store in zip lock bags or airtight containers.
For added flavour, you can soak the liver in a stock of beef broth prior to blending.
Turmeric Sweet Potato Treats
These sweet potato bites are a super-easy to prepare a yummy treat for your dog and contain the super-spice turmeric.
This spice has been harnessed for thousands of years for its many health benefits. Turmeric is well-known for anti-cancer properties and the supportive role it has in liver and heart health.
3 large, peeled sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon of turmeric
1 tablespoon of unsweetened yoghurt
Preheat oven to 130 degrees.
Slice the sweet potato lengthwise into thin 1cm slices.
Coat in yoghurt and dust with turmeric
Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 3 hours, turning at the halfway point
Allow them to cool before storing in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.
This recipe can easily be adapted to other vegetables such as beets. Beets have a unique ability to reduce inflammation and aid in digestion. This makes them a great addition to any dogs diet.
Put Your Homemade Dog Treats Into Action!
With a good supply of fresh, delicious and nutritious homemade dog treats on hand you will be able to reward your dog for good behaviour more often. But don’t overdo it, don’t over treat them or you will defeat the purpose and risk overfeeding your dog.
When using treats for positive reinforcement remember to give your dog the treat within 3 seconds of them doing the right behaviour so that they associate the action with the reward!
In the following video, you will learn how to introduce a puppy to treats and then how to fade them out so that s/he does not become dependent on them.
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