Summit training instructors are often referring to high value treats for your dogs when teaching a new cue or the dog is going to a new location. High value treats are often expensive and/or full of unwanted ingredients. I thought I would offer some homemade recipes for treats I have tried and found most dogs love. Do not feel you must use any of these recipes but if you are interested in trying them or if you are having difficulty finding the right high value treat for your dog these may help. Another good idea is to switch your treats periodically so these can give you options.
Note: Several of these are larger treats where they use a special cookie cutter. This is not required and you can make them smaller for easy treating. Monitor the cooking time if you make them smaller than the recipe.
Pumpkin Apple Treats:
Sweet Potato Chews:
Sweet Potato Treats (bite size) ** My dogs LOVE these!!
Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
Kathy Sdao Meatloaf
Meatloaf Dog-Treats (Kathy Sdao’s favorite)
1 lb ground turkey or beef, high-fat (15-20%), liquid squeezed out
Don’t use lean meat; the treats will be too crumbly.
1 cup bread crumbs OR 1 cup oatmeal OR 1 beaten raw egg
A friend replaces bread crumbs with oatmeal for her wheat-sensitive dog.
I’ve used a beaten raw egg, instead of bread crumbs, for a dog who couldn’t tolerate grains.
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon garlic (optional)
Mix together the dry ingredients, then use your hands to mix in the ground meat thoroughly.
Roll into three logs about 8” long, 1-1.5” in diameter. Bake on cookie sheet at 325 degrees for ~45 minutes. Cool. Cut into small cubes. Refrigerate. (Also, you can freeze whole logs.)
I microwave the cubes, spread out on a paper towel, on medium power (~40%) for ~4 minutes to dry them out. The mostly-dehydrated treats are safe to leave in my bait bag – out of the fridge – for several hours while training.
Do you have a great homemade cookie recipe you would like to share? Send them to me or share them on our puppy raiser Facebook site. Have fun and let me know how they turn out for you.
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