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Have you ever wondered what sort of treats you can give to your dog for a change?  You want something that can easily be carried in your pocket and is so delicious that your dog will be your slave forever if he or she can just have one treat.  Kathy Williams has sent in a recipe that she uses for her labradog and is lower in fat than treats such as sausages.
 

Jamie scoffs a treat

Jamie's latest passion is for Jerky Dog Snacks.  This would have been a picture of him eagerly anticipating the snack but he couldn't wait.  The problem with these snacks is that they stink.  Try breaking one up first thing in the morning and see if you can keep your breakfast down. Worse is to come.  The other day I got in the car and the husband asked me how long it had been since I'd had a bath.  "Errm this morning?"  I was then told I ponged to high heaven and sure enough the dog treats were the culprit.  I didn't even have any left in my pocket.  The things smell so strongly that a residual aroma is now trailing along behind me wherever I go.   Lovely.  I wonder what they think at work?

 

Jerky dog Treats  (I don't have shares by the way!)

So what do you give your dog for training treats?  A lot of people at our club make their own treats from liver.  This is cut up into pieces and cooked slowly in the oven until it's gone very firm.  The treats can be stored in the fridge and dogs love them. 


Jack the bouvier from Aberdeen - Pilchard treats:
 This is very much like the liver cake recipe but made with tinned pilchards and it's delicious - all my pals at the agility club go mad for this -
yum yum woof!!..

2 large tins pilchards in tomato sauce
10oz flour (we use self raising)
 2 eggs
 milk to mix

Mix all together in a food processor adding enough milk to make a soft cake like consistency and bake in large shallow tray (lined with silicone paper or you'll never get it out of the tin) at 160 degrees until firm -  just like a sponge cake. Cut into small cubes Will keep in the fridge for up to one week or freeze


Kathy Williams Dog Treats
Of course, it isn't difficult to make treats that a Labradog thinks it's worthwhile
working for - Bex even eats horse poo..... but other dogs seem to think that these
are pretty cool, too.  I tasted it and wasn't impressed - it tasted all right but
was a bit dry!  I make this about once a month, and cut the result into 32 pieces
which I freeze and we use one chunk a day, defrosted and cut into little 1cm pieces
as clicker training treats for Bex the Labradog and Jack the enormous (and good, but
Klutzy) Beaucheron.  It looks a bit like sausage when it's cut up, but it is much
lower in fat, I know exactly what they're eating (apart from the horse poo, bread
for the birds, melon skins salvaged from the compost heap, etc...) and much cheaper,
too....

Ingredients
1 kg ox liver (69p a kilo from Morrisons and probably even cheaper from a butcher -
so I'm only spending about a pound a month on treats)

1 kg wholemeal flour

1 head of garlic 

2 large eggs, beaten

Skimmed milk to mix

Method
Food process the liver and the garlic (this makes a disgusting mess of the food
processor, so now I do it in small batches with the Bamix, which is easier to
clean).  Mix in the flour and eggs with enough milk to make a spreading consistency.
 WELL grease and line a baking tin (I use an old roasting tin - and I line it with
silicone baking paper since this stuff is murder to remove once it bakes on hard)
and spread in the mixture.  Bake at 180 for 30 minutes or so, until it is a firm
cake.  When cool, turn out and cut into pieces small enough to be distributed to a
good dog, or dogs, in a day, and freeze.  Keep the defrosted cake in the fridge.


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You can also buy recipe books for doggie snacks but what I've done is to look for some recipes on the net and I've come up with links to the following:

Taking The Lead tasty recipes
There's something for everyone here including vegetarian recipes and birthday cake for dogs.

Dog Treat Recipes from Dogaware
Here's a page with loads and loads of recipes.  I'm going to try some of them out on Jamie and just hope I stop being smelly.

Chinaroad Lowchens
This is an amazing site.  It's packed full of information that isn't just related to lowchens.  This page has recipes for dog treats.
 

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