5 Homemade Dog Treats
Considering how my and Nathaniel's lives revolve around food, is it any wonder that our puppy also loves to eat? He is on a raw food diet from Bella & Duke, supplemented with Lily's Kitchen kibble. As for treats, I prefer to make my own. These 5 recipes are all easy, cheap, healthy and (most importantly) Hamish loves them:
Peanut Butter, Oat and Yoghurt Bites
Combine ½ cup Greek yoghurt with 2 tbsp porridge oats. In a silicon ice tray, fill ¾ of each mould with smooth peanut butter. Top up with the oat and yoghurt mix, and pack down with the back of a spoon to fill the ice tray. Freeze overnight to set. If you don't have a silicon ice tray, freeze on a baking tray instead and then cut into square-inch rectangular pieces.
Just look at Hamish's PB moustache as he chomps that treat down!
Bring a large pot of water to boil then add 400g chicken livers. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 80°C. Boil the whole livers for 10 minutes then rinse off the scum that rises to the top. Line a baking tray with foil, then spread the liver to bake for two hours or until the outside is dark, dry and hard. Cut the liver into small pieces to use as treats in training sessions. Store in a ziplock bag in the freezer.
Sweet Potato Stuffed Bone
Cut 1 large sweet potato into 1-inch chunks. Bring a large pot of water to boil then add the sweet potato to simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool for a few minutes, then blend in a food processor. I blitz it in a Nutribullet in short blasts to keep some sweet potato skins intact. Clean the meat and tendons off a beef shin bone. Drop the bone into boiling water for 30 minutes to sterilise, then fill with the sweet potato puree and freeze overnight. Hamish is teething at the moment. He absolutely loves gnawing on the cold bone to sooth his sore gums.
Coconut Oil with Herbs
Put 3 heaped tbsp of coconut oil in a bowl. If solid, microwave for a minute to melt the oil. Finely chop 1 tsp of fresh mint and 1 tsp of fresh parsley. Mix the herbs into the oil and fill moulds. Let the oil return to a solid state (refrigerate if necessary). I add one of these treats to Hamish’s salmon meal, since this is the one that leaves his breath the stinkiest.
Pumpkin, Banana and Blueberry Bites
In a bowl, mix ½ cup of Greek yoghurt with 250g pumpkin puree and a ripe banana. Fill a silicon ice tray with the mix and then dot with one blueberry per treat. I find the easiest way is to overfill each mould slightly, smooth over the top of the tray with a knife, then wipe the excess around each mould with a clean finger or tissue. Freeze overnight.