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Postby pitbullmamaliz » May 31st, 2006, 10:27 pm

Does anybody here have a good recipe for some healthy treats? Inara's on a raw diet, and it just seems counter-productive for her to eat tons and tons of training treats that are completely bad for her. And since we're doing obedience training hard and heavy right now, she's getting a TON of treats daily. Thanks for any help!
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Postby turtle » May 31st, 2006, 11:06 pm

I think you can make beef jerky type treats by cutting strips of lean beef and cooking them on low in your oven.

I've been using some cat treats made by Wellness, they were 50 cents at Big Lots! The ingrediants looked pretty decent and they are tiny so she just gets a taste but she loves them!
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Postby Maryellen » June 1st, 2006, 8:26 am

2lbs chicken liver.
flour
2 eggs.

mix all together in a pan.. bake at 350 until done..
stinks the house, dogs go nuts over it....
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Postby SisMorphine » June 1st, 2006, 9:32 am

Mine is similar to ME's.

Liver Brownies

Chicken liver (1 tub)
1 cup flower
1 egg
1 tsp garlic powder

Blend in food processor until a gooey mess that makes you want to vomit. Spread in pan and bake until hard as rock (usually about 35 minutes . . . I think I do 350 or 400). This is one of the only foods that Wally will actually jump on the counter for and tear open a bag.

Just be prepared to be nauseous while making them. It is NOT a pretty sight.
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Postby Purple » June 1st, 2006, 9:37 am

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Postby mnp13 » June 1st, 2006, 10:11 am

you have to get Charles to give up his recipe
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Postby Romanwild » June 1st, 2006, 10:52 am

I have a lot of fun with these in training classes. I will slip one to dogs when I meet them and they will be looking at me the for the rest of the class. lol

DOGGIE CRACK
(liver bait snacks)

1/2 warm water
1/2 cup powdered dry milk
1 pound liver, pureed (i use a blender)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup corn meal
1 cup whole wheat flower

Liquefy liver and water in food processor. Pour into a mixing bowl and add all the other ingredints. Mix well and pour onto a greased cookie sheet. Spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut quickly into small squares(for training purposes) while hot (or use cookie cutter). Store in freezer.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » June 1st, 2006, 5:04 pm

Thank you all! They all sound delightfully foul so Inara should love them! :D
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Postby Purple » June 1st, 2006, 5:12 pm

One has to love any recipe whose instructions begin with: "Liquefy liver..."
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Postby blkngldbabe » June 1st, 2006, 7:19 pm

What do you guys think of carrots? Raw baby carrots? Just curious. I know lots of people who use them for treats since they are inexpensive and don't really digest (meaning come out like chewed up carrots..eww)
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » June 1st, 2006, 7:37 pm

Hey Charles, do you give those treats frozen, or just keep them in the freezer long enough to get hard?
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Postby Romanwild » June 1st, 2006, 7:50 pm

I just store them there. I divide them into smaller bags, usually quarts, and take them out as I need them. They will last a week or 2 in the fridge. If they go bad in the fsrsidge then you aren't training enough. lol
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » June 1st, 2006, 8:39 pm

blkngldbabe, I've used baby carrots as treats before. They were convenient, non-smelly, and easy to grab out of the fridge. No nutritional value whatsoever, but then again, what treat does? :wink: However, if you're looking for training treats as opposed to everyday treats, go with something soft and about the size of your thumbnail or smaller. If they have to crunch and chew their training treats they will forget what they're getting treated for! At least that's what I was told...
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Postby blkngldbabe » June 1st, 2006, 10:19 pm

Thanks! My friends chopped them up to pinkie nail size for rewards. Any suggestions for other store bought treat stuff?
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Postby a-bull » June 1st, 2006, 10:23 pm

Old Mother Hubbard makes a low fat bone called "Just Veggin"---it's all good, natural stuff and you can buy the really small ones.
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Postby vaughndyer1 » June 1st, 2006, 11:11 pm

Ya know...I know Ol Roy isnt good for them but I bought this great big jar of the bones by Ol Roy (before I knew the horrible ingredients) and THEY LOVE THEM!!! I bet they would jump through hoops for those things!!! I have a little jar of them in my office on the desk and when I shake it they all run and line up!! :) :)
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Postby mnp13 » June 1st, 2006, 11:37 pm

I don't worry about the treats, as long as you're not giving them handfuls of them I don't think it really matters all that much.
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Postby katiek0417 » June 2nd, 2006, 6:26 am

blkngldbabe wrote:What do you guys think of carrots? Raw baby carrots? Just curious. I know lots of people who use them for treats since they are inexpensive and don't really digest (meaning come out like chewed up carrots..eww)


My lab loves carrots...Nisha simply chews them and spits them out....she chews them...just doesn't swallow them....she's picky, though....

Also, a great recipe for biscuits:

GINGER BONES

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup molasses
1 cup water (although I ended up using more b/c the dough was just too dry...other people have said the same thing...use your judgment)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. (Like I mentioned above, I did add a little liquid as I kneaded the dough. See what you think.)

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into bone shapes (or whatever you have - the dog won't care!).

Place cookies on ungreased, foil-lined baking sheets and bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 30 - 35 minutes. Makes 5 - 6 dozen.

You can put a lot on the cookie sheet, because they don't get bigger as they bake. When you are all done, just pile them onto one of the sheets - or a lasagne pan, or whatever - and put them back into the oven. Turn the oven off and just leave them there as the oven cools. This helps make them nice and hard. You can just leave them there overnight. My dogs want to lay in front of the oven all night.
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Postby blkngldbabe » June 2nd, 2006, 7:24 am

Great tips guys n gals...I"ll have to try out my non domesticated self at a few of those recipes! :D
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Postby mnp13 » June 2nd, 2006, 9:32 am

I have tongue and heart thawing, I'm going to cut it thin and dry some in the oven.
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