Recipe for the "Almost Perfect" Dog
It is reassuring to know that the ingredients for an "almost perfect" dog are available to any responsible dog owner. You can enjoy the wonderful benefits of an "almost perfect" dog. The ingredients are:
1. One clean bill of health. You can help ensure this vital ingredient with current vaccinations and regular veterinary check ups.
2. One proper I.D. Make sure your dog has a license and/or I.D. (dog tags, tattoo, canine micro chip).
3. One well-nourished, well-exercised dog. Feed your dog as recommended by your veterinarian, professional trainer or breeder. Exercise your dog as often as possible.
4. One safe, secure, comfortable environment free from abuse and neglect. If your dog spends much time outdoors, a well-insulated dog house in a fenced area should be provided. Inside, a crate (dog den) is recommended by most trainers. Start crate training early - ask your veterinarian!
5. A full measure of time. Time spent with your dog should include training flavored with reward, correction/positive reinforcement, petting, grooming and exercise such as walking, playing, fetching, and just being with you and your family.
Missing ingredients result in behavior problems. Over 60% of dogs in shelters/rescues are there as a result of behavior problems or lack of identification.
In a large bowl, mix 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and 1/4 cup water. Knead the dough on a floured surface. Roll out to 1/2" thickness and cut out shapes with a dog bone cookie cutter. Place the cookies on a baking sheet, 1/2" apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. When done, the cookies should be firm to the touch. Turn the oven off and leave and cookies in for 1-2 hours to harden.
Broth Ice Cubes
Grab an ice cube tray and fill about 1/3 full of chicken broth (low sodium). Add water so that the trays are full and freeze. If you want to get fancy, add a mini carrot to each or a blob of peanut butter. Get creative!
While you've got the ice tray out, try another combo! Plop down a spoonful or so of peanut butter, and then fill up on top with plain Green yogurt and freeze.
Frozen Banana Treats
Blend 4 cups plain yogurt, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 3 ripe/peeled/mashed bananas to a puree in a food processor. Pour into 4 oz. plastic cups (or ice trays). Freeze until firm. Get creative here, too! Place a dog bone treat in the center for a pupsicle surprise!
Other alternatives could be peanut butter, pumpkin purée, and yogurt; or blend strawberries or blueberries with yogurt!
Try pumpkin, too! Mix a 15 oz can pure pumpkin purée, Same amount of vanilla yogurt, and 2 tsp ground cinnamon for a scrumptious holiday treat!
Sweet Potato Strips
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Slice the sweet potato in strips, chucks, whatever, and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, add a dash of cinnamon, then cook for 2.5 hours. These can be frozen for about 4 months, so don't be afraid to make a big batch!
Two Ingredient Treats
1 1/2 cups Oatmeal
2 4oz jars Turkey/Chicken & Sweet Potato/Pumpkin Baby Food
Preheat oven to 350. Grind up the oatmeal in a food processor, add
the baby food to the oatmeal to create a thick mixture. Spoon onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely and store in refrigerator.