This week, Presidential daughters Malia and Sasha Obama welcomed their new dog, Bo into their family. As a Portuguese Water Dog, I’m hoping he’ll be a loyal and affectionate bundle of energy that will bring as much joy and warmth to the girls as our Cocker Spaniel, Penny has brought to my wife and me.
One of the many great things about pets, is that they’re fun to spoil. Whether you bring them a surprise new toy (”New toy! New toy!”), or a treat, or just take them for a ride in the car, there’s nothing half-hearted about the way they respond to such everyday gestures. Each walk, each kibble, each belly rub is always THE BEST THING EVER, and seeing your pet’s happiness is definitely its own reward.
One benefit of making your own homemade dog treats is that you can control the ingredients to fit both the special dietary and the health needs of your dog (ie. high fiber, breath freshening, allergy neutral, or anti-flea).
For older dogs, which may have dental or digestive problems, you can also control the size and the texture of the dog treats so they’re easier to eat. Additionally, those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle may find making dog treats that echo their values a satisfying way to spoil their pets as well as a way to introduce more nutrient-rich and natural foods into their dog’s diet.
Below are some great links to sites which have recipes for homemade dog treats and puppy snacks for your favorite furry four-legged friend…enjoy!
Dog Treats Recipe Collections
Featuring dozens of recipes for dog treats such as Parmesan Herb Treats, Vegetarian Dog Biscuits, Banana Biscotti, as well as special treats to freshen the breath of man’s best friend, this is the place to start.
For those pressed for time, who still want to avoid the regular use of commercial dog treats, Gourmet Sleuth offers a recipe for Bread Machine Chicken Flavored Treats. Other good choices are their Flea Hater’s Dog Biscuits, as well as Vegetarian dog treats for those who choose to limit the meat intake of their dogs.
Other Good Dog Treat Ideas
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