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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Healthy Treats

I've done some searches through past threads/posts here and I have not found much on the subject of healthy treats. Currently I'm giving 1-year old Atticus Wellness Just for Puppies treats. While most of the ingredients seem good (and he likes them) there are some ingredients that are not recommended (garlic!). I used Gimborn freeze-dried beef and chicken liver as training treats during his puppyhood, but I don't want to focus exclusively on liver as treats. And he does enjoy baby carrots, but again, I don't want to give him only that. I'm hoping to find something healthy, small - "Havanese bite-size" - and not super expensive. I'd love to hear what others recommend. Thanks!

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Looking forward to other answers. I have a home made recipe that I got from a trainer not sure how healthy it is but that my girls love these treats. I break them up into tiny pieces for training.

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1 lb calf or beef liver or two 15 oz. cans drained Salmon
6 eggs
4 cups oatmeal
Garlic powder, optional

Purée the liver (Salmon) in a food processor, add eggs
(my processor/blender is small so I halved the liquid mixture)
To half the liquid mixture, add 2 cups of oatmeal
Blend, and then do the other half

Pour into a lightly greased and floured baking pan
(mine is 15 ½ inches X 10 ½ inches X 1/2 inch)

Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let cool, cut into 1 inch squares and freeze for storage.

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gee Sandi that sounds good. I think the sort of thing that Sandi mentions , is the healthiest. A little work but worth it. If it's something you eat ,it probably is just as good for your dog.

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Colby eats "Charlee Bears". I think I heard about them on this forum and he loves them (although they are just about the only kind he gets). They are bite-size and only 3 calories per treat so he can have lots! I had originally bought the Wellness puppy treats also but I think they were giving him loose stools so I switched.

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Sandi, thanks for the home-cooked recipe for the treats. What size can of Salmon would you use for this recipe? Around here, they come in various sizes. Also, any thoughts on healthier alternatives to butter and flour to prevent the mixture from sticking to the pan? Thanks!

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Sandi, thanks for the home-cooked recipe for the treats. What size can of Salmon would you use for this recipe? Around here, they come in various sizes. Also, any thoughts on healthier alternatives to butter and flour to prevent the mixture from sticking to the pan? Thanks!
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Two 15 oz cans of Salmon drained.

I use a very small amount of Olive Oil, no butter, and a very light sprinkle of flour to keep from sticking. You might try a non-stick pan.

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Thanks for the clarification Sandi - the olive oil is a good idea. I'm going to try it with parchment paper as a pan liner.

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A lot of us make our own jerky as well with a dehydrator and with my own dogs and bribing other dogs, I can tell you even simple chicken or beef jerky is a big hit. The great thing is you know exactly what goes into it. The bad thing is you do have to leave it in the fridge or freezer cause no preservatives.

Another thing I personally do is give my dogs some leftovers. Last night, I had agility class and all the dogs wanted to play with me. I will tell you when I admitted what I had (left over chicken cordon bleu!) I was teased about how spoiled my dogs were. Fortunately I don't have dogs with weight issues so I can give them more calories in treats.

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Thanks for the clarification Sandi - the olive oil is a good idea. I'm going to try it with parchment paper as a pan liner.
That should work, let me know how Atticus likes them.

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Sam, some good brands of healthy treats are EVO red meat biscuits, as well as their chicken and turkey, and fish varieties. http://www.naturapet.com/search/

Also, Northern Biscuits.They have no grains either. http://www.northernbiscuit.ca/ I like these because they have very few ingdts. and aren't too hard. You can break them up into very small pcs. and they dont' have a lot of calories.

Cloud Star has great treats too: http://www.cloudstar.com/5DD044CB6F4...D7B43EEA4D407A Some of their products include a lot of "iffy" ingdts, but their tender jerky treats are good.

These are great! Salmon 'sushi rolls' for dogs: http://funtimedogshop.com/item.php?item_id=31 It's 100% dried salmon, rolled into a sushi-looking shape and nothing else! My Sammy loves them.

SOME garlic is o.k. for dogs and it gives treats a bit of flavor, so don't worry about that.




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