You’ve probably given a lot of thought to your dog’s food. Whether you feed kibble, canned food, a raw diet, or a hybrid of these options, we know that it’s not a choice you’ve made lightly. Your dog’s meals are important. They are how he gets the energy for those endless games of fetch (or throw-and-bring-halfway-back), what keeps his coat shiny, and how you keep his weight under control.
How about those extras, though? The in-between meal snacks, training treats, and little nibbles you give him throughout the day? You want to choose nutritious and safe grub there, too!
As with their everyday food, knowing how to read labels on your dog’s treats is key. Ingredients are listed by weight, so what you see listed first is what is present in the largest quantity. Whole, named proteins are good. Mystery meats like “poultry meal” or “animal fat” are not. Artificial preservatives, colors, and humectants (additives that keep treats chewy) are undesirable. Natural sweeteners like molasses are safe, artificial ones should be avoided.
There are plenty of “human” foods that can be given as dog treats as well. Carrots, broccoli and blueberries are good for your dog and you have the added advantage of knowing exactly what’s in them!
Try the easy peasy recipe below and let us know if your dog flips for these tasty biscuits!
Preheat oven to 350 F then mix:
3 cups flour
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup shredded carrots or zucchini
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup water
Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Place on a cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes. Turn the biscuits over and bake 10 min more. Cool completely before passing them out to Fido!