'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Friday, 26 August 2011

Baking for Dogs.

While waiting for the Blues fest stuff to kick off, I decided to try my hand at making some treats for LAT and BAT work with Lola (and Jess, of course). Both recipes were originally found at DogAware.com in the Non-Liver Recipes section, but have been adjusted quite a lot.

Go Bananas Training Treats

- 1 and a half to 2 cups of plain flour.
- 2 eggs.
- 1/6-1/4 cup of oil.
- 1/2 cup of honey.
- 1/2 cup of milk.
- 2 bananas.
- Butter or margarine.

- Mash bananas, set oven to 160C (or 320F) to preheat.
- Combine mashed bananas, eggs, oil, honey and milk into a bowl, and mix.
- Add flour: start with around 1 full cup of flour, and increase where necessary, until getting a thick, sticky mixture.
- Use butter/margarine to grease a baking tray, then pour mixture into the tray.
- Set the baking tray in the oven and leave for 40 minutes. The result will be fairly soft, but still sticky inside.
- Cut up the treat 'cake' into 1cm squares.
- Optional, but a good idea: after cutting your mixture into very small squares, pop back in the oven for a further 10 to 15 minutes. Otherwise the treats will be fairly sticky when cut up.

Tuna Treats

- 1 185g can of tuna in water.
- 1 medium egg.
- 1 cup of flour.
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
- 1 cup of water.
- Two and a half to three handfuls of grated cheese.
- Butter or margarine.

- Preheat the oven to 180C (or around 350F).
- Put the entire contents of the can of tuna (DO NOT drain) into a bowl and add the cup of water. Mash everything together until it is pretty much a sloppy liquid with some small bits of tuna.
- Add the garlic powder and egg to the mixture, and then add flour until a thick mixture is produced.
- Pour mixture into a greased baking tray, and even out the mixture so that it lies flat in the tray. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
- Bake for 15 minutes, and then remove, cut up, bag and store. The treats will be greasy (similar to a hot dog), but shouldn't be sticky.

So far Lola LOVES the sticky banana treats especially. They have a very strong (and quite nice) smell, and if Lola's rapid devouring of them is anything to go by, they taste just as good as they smell.


Sara said...

Great recipes! I love cooking treats for my dogs. Good luck with your training today.

An English Shepherd said...

Sounds yummie :-)