Our dogs are fed a raw diet so everything is either meat, bone or offal. This means that I prefer to feed them healthier treats rather than your standard store-bought ones (some are great for dogs and some do great things like Pooch and Mutt do some fab calming and digestive treats the dogs love, but also some contain things dogs don’t need and won’t benefit from) because then you can directly control what your dog eats. There are different things you can put into homemade treats to make them for different purposes, for example: turmeric will help joints and chamomile leaves are great for calming and relaxing for high-strung or nervous dogs. Our dogs love them, as well as a lot of other dogs too. Not one dog has refused any of my homemade treats, even the picky ones! I thought I’d share some of my favourite recipes and I’ll leave links to the websites I used to find them. (These recipes can both be frozen until needed.)
Liver Cake (Credit: Agility Net Canine Cook):
450g self raising flour
2 cloves of garlic
milk or water
- Beat the eggs in a separate jug or mug and then add an equal amount of milk or water to that.
- Blend the liver and garlic in a food processor and then combine the two separate mixtures until they resemble cake mixture. I also sometimes grate some cheese into it, or add a few tablespoons of turmeric into it.
- Bake on a greased/lined baking tray at gas mark 6 for 45-60 minutes then leave to cool.
Tuna Loaf (Credit: Bishopton Dog Walking Services):
2 160g tins of tuna in oil
160g of oil
1 clove of garlic (I never used the garlic and it was fine without)
- Combine the two tins of tuna (use the oil too) with the two eggs and beat together.
- Add the flour and the garlic if you’re using it.
- Mix everything together and mush together to form a very thick paste.
- Spread it out across a small plate and microwave for 4 minutes (I found 6-8 minutes worked better for me because my microwave is a bit rubbish).
- Flip it over and cook for another minute (in my case, 3-4).
- Leave to cool then cut up and serve to your pooch! = HAPPY DOGS!
If any of you do make these, be sure you tell me on twitter (@furrybookshelf)!