Here are a couple so far:
Rip's Oatmeal Squares (soft training treats)
1 jar (4 oz) any flavor baby food*
1 c. quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 c. flour
4 oz. water or soymilk (use the baby food jar to measure...that's what I do!)
Spices as needed
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Spread the "paste" on a greased microwave-safe dinner plate. Microwave for 3 minutes on high, flip the treat over and microwave for another 1 or 2 minutes. Let cool, and use a pizza cutter to cut into tiny bite-sized pieces. Freezes well.
*Some variations my dogs enjoy: Apples and Chicken baby food with cinnamon mixed into the batter; Vanilla Custard baby food with nutmeg and ginger mixed into the batter; Chicken and Rice baby food with garlic powder sprinkled on top...the list is endless! I use sweet baby foods, as well as savory...fun to experiment with!
Liver Bits (soft training treats)
1 lb. chicken liver
1/3 cup molasses
1 box graham cracker crumbs
Pinch of cinnamon
Puree liver in food processor. Add other ingredients and mix to a cake batter consistency. Pour into microwave safe square bowl and nuke for 10 minutes. Cool, cut and put into a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until firm to the touch. Cool and freeze. A great variation on typical "liver bait".
Fish Fudge (soft training treats)
2 - 6oz cans of tuna (do NOT drain)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. garlic powder or granulated garlic
2 eggs, lightly beaten
grated parmesan cheese, about 1 handful
Mix all together in a mixer or food processor. I chop up the moist ingredients first in a "chopper", then mix it into a bowl with the flour. Grease a 9x9 pan (I use spray canola oil), bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
The texture is sort of fudge/putty-like. Keep them in the freezer as they freeze very well. They can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 days. I cut them into very small squares while they are still hot. I toss them into a freezer bag and leave them in the freezer until needed. Only take out the amount you require.
Figgy's Grain-free Fish Treats
1 15oz can mackerel (do not drain)
1 box potato starch
Mix both ingredients together in a bowl...add water to moisten if needed. Mix until combined. Spread on a greased cookie sheet, and bake 30-45 minutes or until grayish-brown and golden brown around the edges. Will be very rubbery underneath when cut, with a crust on top. Cut into small squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Most of these, I store in the freezer, and bring out a bag when I'm training...they defrost as we work.
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw