November 1st is National Cook For Your Pets Day!
This special day is all about encouraging good nutrition for our much loved pets in order to improve their overall health. It’s a day to start learning about home cooking for your dog and begin a culinary adventure.
Most of the pet food we buy today is processed and loaded with fillers, so it’s important to feed your dog a high quality well-balanced food that will keep his digestive system in good health, strengthen his immune system, and keep his coat shiny. Highly processed foods can lose their nutritional value whereas cooking from scratch can ensure a healthy wholesome meal. It’s also imperative when buying commercial dog food to keep track of recalls and what dog foods are safe for your pet.
Many dogs with allergies, skin conditions, and gastrointestinal sensitivity can really benefit from home cooked dog food. Alleviating these dietary conditions by cooking from scratch can also help stop nuisance behaviors.
There are a surprising number of recipes and cookbooks to choose from, but should always consult a veterinarian to know which ingredients and quantities are best for your dog. You should never feed your dog grapes, onions, avocados, spices, chocolate, nuts or coffee.
When making your own pet food, you know exactly what ingredients are in it, so why not spoil your pup and bake some healthy homemade dog treats with “LOVE” as the extra special ingredient!
How to make homemade dog treats: Recipe by Damn Delicious
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
- Let cool completely.
Homemade dog treats are a great way to reward your dog when training with the Doggie Don’t Device. So make an extra batch, grab your Doggie Don’t Device, start correcting your dogs unwanted behavior and make this a national day to remember.
More Happy Less Yappy!