Did you know there’s a very special doggy holiday coming up? February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! If there’s one thing our canine pals are pretty much unanimously enthusiastic about, it’s treats. A local Los Gatos, CA vet discusses Fido’s snacks below.
Treats are great training aids! Fido won’t be particularly impressed by a gold star, so when you’re teaching your pooch a new command, you want to reward him with something he really likes . . . such as snacks. Use smaller treats when training your pup. Once your canine buddy has basic doggy obedience commands down, you can move on to showing him some cute tricks. (Tip: Classic tricks like Roll Over and Gimme Paw will always be adorable.)
When shopping for Fido’s food and treats, always read the labels. Choose products that don’t contain a lot of fillers, such as corn and wheat. Avoid treats with long lists of ingredients that read like science projects. You may also want to keep up with pet food recalls. You can monitor them in several places online, including the FDA website here.
If you like cooking, you may enjoy baking your dog’s treats. This is a great way to customize your furry friend’s snacks! You’ll also know exactly what your pooch is eating. Just be sure to only use ingredients that are safe for Man’s Best Friend. You can include cooked, plain meat, fish, and/or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat; cheese; eggs; peanut butter; whole-wheat flour; olive oil; bacon bits; bananas; plain yogurt; sodium-free broth; organic baby food; and dog-safe fruits and veggies.
Treats can also help you hack your dog care routine. For instance, if Fido doesn’t like baths, call him into the bathroom, and have him jump into the tub. Then just give him a treat and let him go.
This simple recipe is bound to get Fido’s tail wagging! Combine pureed pumpkin with natural peanut butter, an egg, and some whole-wheat flour. Mix everything together into a batter, and then divide into small portions. You can use a cute bone mold if you like. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until hard.
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