Treats

Discover incredible homemade treats recipes your dog will be ecstatic about right here.

2 Recipes for Homemade Dog Birthday Cakes

You want to celebrate another happy and active year you and your four-legged best friend lived alongside each other. You want to treat them with something special but are unsure if your options would be good for your dog.

Here, we give you two simple and delicious dog birthday cake recipes with a twist: they are not only dog but also human-friendly.

Banana, carob chips and oats cake with peanut butter frosting

  • 2 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of oats
  • ½ of carob chips
  • 1 cup of peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8-inch cake pan with cooking spray.

Mix the bananas, the egg, 3 spoons of honey and the water until you get a combined mixture. Add the flour, the baking powder and the oats and stir.

Pour the mix in the cake pan and sprinkle the carob chips.

With a fork, mix the carob chips in the batter but only slightly for some of them to be on the surface.

Bake for one hour. After that, bake for another 15 minutes if you think it is necessary. Let it cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Then, transfer it to a rack.

Finally, mix the peanut butter and the remaining spoon of honey thoroughly for the frosting and spread it over the cake.

Coconut and honey small cake

  • 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 of flour
  • Yogurt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 7-ounce ramekins.

Mix the coconut oil, the eggs and the honey. Then, stir in the flour until the mix is totally absorbed.

Divide the mixture between the two ramekins. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until the cakes are lightly brown and firm.

Allow them to cool and then remove them from the ramekins. Spread the yogurt and serve.

Look at that! Two mouthwatering, simple, low-cost, quick to make and healthy birthday cake options that you and your dog can enjoy together. Who knows who will be the first to be hungry for more?

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The Healthiest Treats For Your Furry Pals! Find Out Why Bully Sticks Are Their Favorite

Many dog owners love to spend time training their dogs. Dogs can easily learn obedience skills, cool tricks or to overcome fears.

Owners then want to reward the dog for its efforts. Although methods such as caresses work too, the positive reinforcement method dogs love the most is the treats.

What are the recommended treats for training? We’ve got you covered.

Choosing the best commercial snacks

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You have to keep a lot in mind when choosing the snacks to reward your dog. There is not one brand or treat that is the best choice for all dogs.

First of all, dog obesity is a very common problem. Always check the calories and composition. It will allow you to know if you should give your dog one or more treats at a time. Remember that snacks are not made to feed your dog. You should award them moderately.

You should vary the type of treat according to the training and keep a balanced diet as well. If you’re teaching your pet a new or complicated skill you should give them the treat they love the most. One of the treats that most, if not all, dogs absolutely love is a pack of bully sticks. These are made of beef pizzle, processed and cooked without any additives or harmful coloring. If you are only consolidating a learned trick, you can opt for a low-priced snack. This is a great technique for efficient dog training.

You can find treats in any pet store or supermarket, and you must always go with organic and natural options. There are snacks made specifically for small dogs, large dogs, puppies, seniors, dogs with certain diseases or overweight dogs. The correct option depends entirely on each pet’s needs.

Treats from home

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There are plenty of healthy and delicious treats you find at home that can be used to reward your furry friend.

Liver

Just cut it in stripes and bake. It’s very rich in taurine, essential for dogs.

Peanut butter

As long as it’s made only with peanuts, this is a reward your dog will love.

Carrots, apples and pears

These fruits have a lot of fiber and are great in flavor.

Chicken, turkey, beef and fish

These are highly prized by dogs. Always remember to cook them and not to add any seasoning.

Banana

Banana is great for puppies and small dogs because it’s very easy to chew. But you shouldn’t award it regularly due to its high sugar content.

As you can see, you can keep your dog healthy, happy and active with either processed or homemade treats.

2 Recipes for Homemade Dog Treats

If you have the time and you are on the mood to surprise your furry friend with a delicious homemade treat, you should make it as healthy as possible and cater it to your dog’s needs, which depend on age, weight, and activity. Here you have 2 recipes that will have your dog barking with joy.

Peanut butter and coconut oil treats

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  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

If it is not already in liquid form, leave the coconut oil in a small pan over medium heat until melted.

Add the peanut butter and the cinnamon to the mixture. Stir until it is thoroughly mixed and smooth. It should be thick and consistent but easy to pour.

To add a little fun, pour the mixture into a tray with a paw print. Wait until it is set.

Then, remove it from the tray really carefully and store in a freezer container.

An important note: adjust the ingredient to your dog’s weight by using one teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds.

As you can see, this recipe for peanut butter and coconut oil treats is extremely easy and quick to make. Ready to jump to something with a few more steps but still super simple?

Yogurt and bacon donuts

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  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • Greek yogurt
  • Bacon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut tray with cooking spray.

Mix all of the ingredients except for the yogurt and the bacon until a dough is formed.

Press the dough firmly into the pan. The donuts will take approximately 14 minutes to bake but you should pay attention to know when they are completely baked.

Allow them to cool and then carefully take them out of the pan. It’s time to decorate and frost the donuts. Dip each donut gently in the Greek yogurt and then sprinkle it with bacon bits.

In order to frost the yogurt, place the donuts in the freezer for a little while. Then, they are ready to serve.

We can most certainly guarantee that your dog will love both the peanut butter and coconut oil treats and the yogurt and bacon donuts. You will become their favorite human even more as they probably keep begging you for more of your amazing homemade treats.

How to Estimate the Right Serving to Feed Your Dog

The daily amount of food a dog should eat depends on age, size, breed, level of activity and quality of the food. We find instructions on the packages regarding the ideal feeding amounts. However, you should never follow those instructions blindly and should instead look for more information.

In fact, pet food companies often suggest overly broad measures of servings as a way for the client to purchase more food more frequently. You could be severely overfeeding your dog.

Overweight dogs are more likely to develop life-shortening diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Of course, underfeeding your dog is just as harmful.

Follow these steps to guarantee you are feeding your dog exactly what it needs to be healthy.

The dog food calculator

There is a great dog food calculator online to help you. Enter your adult dog’s ideal weight, activity level, and life stage, as well as the food’s calories. There you have it: an approximate result specifically tailored to your pet.

If you want to get a general overlook read our instructions on serving sizes for puppies and adults. Always keep in mind that the ideal serving depends on various factors, some of which can be particular to your pet.

Puppies

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The food labelled as “junior” offers high levels of energy and nutrients. Follow these average daily amounts:

  • 2-3 months: 7 ounces in 4 servings.
  • 4-6 months: 9 ounces in 3 servings.
  • 6 months: 14 ounces in 3 servings.
  • 8 months: 11 ounces in 2 servings.

Adults

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It’s essential that you’re aware of your dog’s weight and activity level. The energy needs vary but it’s very important that the dog stays active. These are ideal weights and maximum daily servings:

  • 4-7 pounds: 3 ounces
  • 7-11 pounds: 4 ounces
  • 11-22 pounds: 6 ounces
  • 22-33 pounds: 9 ounces
  • 33-44 pounds: 11 ounces
  • 44-66 pounds: 14 ounces
  • 66-88 pounds: 21 ounces
  • 88-110+ pounds: 28 ounces

You don’t need to buy the best food available but it’s important that you feed your dog quality food, as that will make a huge difference. And never guess. Measure the servings and check your dog’s weight monthly.

The Top 10 Dry Dog Foods

Finding dry dog food that is top quality, healthy, affordable and tasty to your dog can be a difficult task. With such a wide range of options, all claiming to be the best, it can actually be overwhelming.

What makes a good dog food?

Processed dog foods contain all the nutrients dogs need to stay healthy, including proteins, fibers, minerals and vitamins. However, not all processed dog food is good. In order to respect your pet’s digestive system, the food must be as organic as possible.

Of course, there’s not a “one size fits all” solution. The dry food you choose must meet your dog’s dietary needs. Those needs vary according to life stage, weight, breed and level of activity.

When shopping for a package of dog food you must pay close attention to the product name, the manufacturer, the ingredients, the “complete and balanced” tag, the nutritional breakdown and the feeding suggestions.

Highly-rated by consumers, these 10 foods meet the criteria to be a good dog food: no cancer-causing chemicals, no non-specified meat, no risky coloring agents, healthy fat-to-protein ratio, no generic animal fat and adequate carbohydrates.

Annamaet Manitok Red Meat Formula

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5 main ingredients: lamb meal, deboned lamb, lentils, peas, herring meal.

Adequate levels of protein, fat and carbs, respectively, 33%, 18% and 41%.

Crave Chicken Protein

5 main ingredients: chicken, chicken meal, pea protein, split peas, chickpeas.

30% of protein content, fat level of 19% and carbohydrate share of 35%.

Dr. Tim’s Pursuit Formula

5 main ingredients: chicken meal, chicken fat, brown rice, whole oats, beet pulp

Protein level of 33%, 22% of fat content and 36% of carbs share.

Instinct Original with Real Duck

5 main ingredients: duck, turkey meal, chicken meal, chicken eggs, peas.

Absolute top quality. Protein content of 42%, fat level of 22% and carbohydrate level of 29%.

Merrick Grain-Free Real Duck + Sweet Potato

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5 main ingredients: deboned duck, turkey meal, sweet potato, peas, salmon meal

5 stars. Protein level of 43%, fat share of 19% and 30% of carbohydrates.

Nulo Freestyle Adult Salmon and Peas

5 main ingredients: deboned salmon, turkey meal, menhaden fish meal, sweet potato, peas

Great levels of protein, fat and carbs: 33%, 18% and 41%, correspondingly.

Orijen Original

5 main ingredients: deboned chicken, deboned turkey, flounder, mackerel, eggs

43% of protein share, 21% of fat content and carb level of 28%, a highly recommended ratio.

Victor Active Dog & Puppy

5 main ingredients: beef meal, chicken meal, chicken fat, sweet potato, peas

Protein content of 36%, fat level of 18% and carbohydrate share of 38%.

Wellness Core Large Breed

5 main ingredients: deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, potatoes

The levels of protein, fat and carbs are 38%, 13%, 41%, respectively.

Wild Frontier Beef and Wild Boar

5 main ingredients: beef, pork meal, chicken meal, split peas, potatoes.

Protein share of 36%, shares of fat and carbohydrates of 18% and 39%.

Now you have 10 options that can serve you as a guideline to choose the dry food that is best for your dog.