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The Best Dog Treat Recipes on the Internet

Monday, April 29th, 2013

We love our furry little friends, and like humans, they too crave an occasional treat! While there are a plethora of treats available in any supermarket or pet store for dog owners to buy, many of the brands available are not exactly healthy for your pet and the name brands that are suitable can be quite costly.

As the dollar becomes less prominent and we become more knowledgeable about our pet’s health and well-being, many dog owners are embracing making their own homemade dog treats. Fortunately there are thousands, if not more, dog treat recipes which can be found on the Internet, free of charge. What’s more is that these recipes are healthy, cost effective and offer a wide variety of truly creative and scrumptious treats for your dog. For the best dog treat recipes check out these popular sites.

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Allrecipes.com

Ordinarily Internet searchers come to this very popular site to find something new or inventive to make for dinner. However, in the recent months this site has added a plethora of dog treat recipes, all donated by faithful pet owners who have tried, and loved, them.

All the recipes are healthy for your dog and most of them include video tutorials should you need them. Go to allrecipes.com and in the search box enter ‘dog treats.’ This will bring you to a page with 40 or so different recipes along with full instructions of ingredients and preparation, as well as nutritional information and reviews from those who have tried them.

Dogtreatrecipes.org

This is a site devoted completely to dog recipes and it not only includes concoctions for treats, but it also has many recipes for homemade dog foods as well. The recipes on here are inventive, so much so that humans might be tempted to try some of them!

Some of their 5-star recipes include Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes and a tasty sounding Cheesy, Meaty Homemade Dog Food. There are also many helpful links for other resources pertaining to all things canine.

Dogtreatkitchen.com

Another fabulous site devoted to dog treats, the index is easily navigated and here you will find the run of the mill homemade treats but also a lot more. Other recipes include gourmet treats, frozen treats for the hot summer days and even recipes for dog cakes and icing.

Pinterest

Pinterest has been around for a couple years now and on this site you can find everything from how to sew to where to find the latest makeup deals. Now dog owners can also turn here for some of the best dog treat recipes from all over the world, all of which have been reviewed and recommended. The site boasts hundreds of ‘pins’ for any type of treat you could ever want including recipes for diabetic treats and some that are weight conscious.

Dogs.thefuntimesguide.com

Although this site is not exhaustive, if you are looking for a short, quick, top 10 guide to dog treat recipes, this site is for you. The page is simple and fuss-free and offers the daily top 10 best treats found on the Internet.

Here there are vegetarian treats and party pupcake recipes and you can also find other helpful information such as dog walking, training and health care tips from professionals. Essentially this is an easy, one stop shop for dog lovers.

Dogpawprint.com

This is an all-inclusive site that has hundreds of dog treat recipes which are categorized according to different needs such as heart healthy recipes, vegetarian treats and fun treats. The site is packed with recipe gems, easy to follow instructions and also has a lot of tips and games with accompanying links. There is also helpful information on which treats an owner should give to their dog according to their breed.

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Dognutritionnaturally.com

For dog owners that are concerned with gluten or their dog’s heart health, this dandy site has thousands of recipes that are gluten free and are tested and proven to be weight smart and overall health conscious for dogs.

There are diagrams and nutritional guides as to what not to feed your dog as well as some facts about common misconceptions of dog treats and when or how to offer them. The site promotes healthy living and also offers other great tips about dogs for owners.

Dogtreatrecipeexchange.com

This site has 400 recipes which include gluten free, vegetarian, and wheat free recipes all categorized so they can be easily accessed. The recipes come from all over the world and each one is reviewed by those who have tried them. Users can also bookmark their selections so they can revisit them at a later date as well as share them on personal social networking sites.

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Why you should bake your own dog treats

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

We understand that you love your dog.  They don’t call dogs “Man’s best friend” for nothing!  They bring us joy, make us laugh, and comfort us when we’re feeling down.  They miss us when we’re gone, and get so excited when we’re back that you’d think we were gone for a year!  That’s why we are pet parents, not pet owners.  Our dogs are our children, and we love them as such.  So, why not feed them like we would feed our own children?  It’s easier than you might think, and a great way to get the kids involved!

There are a number of reasons to bake your own dog treats.  To start with, you are in control of exactly what is in your treats.  For anybody who has ever had a finicky dog, you know that there are some things they just don’t like.  This is especially true in the case of most treats you buy at the store; your pooch would much rather eat the burger out of your hand than chew on cheap, overly-processed treats that have an ingredient list a mile long.  So, why not compromise?  You can easily bake dog treats with peanut butter, pumpkin, cinnamon, or anything else you can think of, and those treats will be much better for your dog.

Why you should bake your own dog treats

Baking your own treats is healthier because you aren’t loading them with preservatives and importing them from some “kitchen” that may or may not care just how good those treats are.  Think of it like fast food; sure, you can get a burger through the drive through, but if you did that every day, your body wouldn’t be feeling quite as good as it would if you baked something healthy at home (and, honestly, who doesn’t love a good home-cooked meal?).

You also don’t have to worry about your dog having an allergic reaction, or developing allergies if you’re making the treats yourself.  Dogs can be just as sensitive as humans, so we should pay attention to what we give our pooch so they can live a long, happy, and healthy life.  Frequent allergies include beef, dairy, pork, soy, fish, eggs, and more.  Many popular dog treats contain these ingredients, too, limiting your choices if your pooch is allergic to any of these.

Now, you may argue that you’re not a whiz in the kitchen.  That’s perfectly understandable. Many people have grown up with a microwave oven being their primary food preparation device, so turning on the oven and baking something can seem like a foreign idea.  However, baking your own dog treats isn’t hard.  We’ve actually taken out a lot of the hard work and created something simple to bake.  If you’ve ever made a box brownie mix, you can bake your own dog treats.  That’s where Pupolicious comes in!

Pupolicious is a dog treat and icing mix, much like those boxed baking mixes you see in the store, that is quick, simple, and most important of all – healthy.  It comes with everything you need to start baking your own dog treats, and has 3 simple steps; mix, bake, and decorate.  The only things you need to make Pupolicious is a mixing bowl, rolling pin, baking sheet, a spoon, oil, water, and of course, an oven.  You can also easily flavor your treats, and http://www.pupolicious.com has flavoring suggestions and simple instructions for just that purpose.  It doesn’t stop there, however; Pupolicious is a great way to get the kids involved with the quick & easy icing mix (after all, what kid DOESN’T like decorating treats), so it’s something the whole family can do for your furry friend!

With Pupolicious’ safe, simple ingredients, you can easily bake dog treats at home, making it easier to show your dogs just how much you love them.  That’s why we call Pupolicious “the dog treat you bake with love.”

 

Author’s Notes:

Pupolicious is a new dog treat and icing mix available and made in the U.S.A.  You can read more and purchase Pupolicious at www.pupolicious.com

 

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Dog Nutritional Requirements – Size, Calories & Age

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

When it comes to Dogs dinners, making decisions about his or her diet is one of the most important considerations you can make. As you’ll probably already know, certain Dogs require varying diets, depending on their breed, size and age. Of course, you can get puppy food for puppies, adult food for adults and senior food for seniors, but it’s important to know a bit more about who’s bowl you’re putting what in.

Personally, I think your Dogs size and age are the two most important factor to determining his diet. For example, as puppies larger breeds can be prone to ailments and diseases that are result of too much energy, phosphorous and calcium in their diets (eg Hip Dysplasia). This means that because larger Dogs joints move slower than their smaller friends, a less energy dense diet is required. Compare this to smaller breed puppies, who generally move quickly and sharply, they can burn through energy and calories in a meal very quickly, meaning food with more energy in, in smaller amounts is usually more suitable.

The size of the breed is still important as your Dog grows into adulthood. As with puppyhood, your Dogs metabolic rate is what’s important here. Smaller Dogs need to take in more calories per pound than their larger counterparts. This might sound contradictory but remember that smaller Dogs still need less food over all, just more per pound. We can look at an example to put this into practise.

It’s commonly accepted that a large breed Dog needs (on average) 22 calories of food per pound. Smaller Dogs on the other hand need a lot more; around 35 calories per pound. So, if we do a few sums we can see that a larger Dog that weighs 75 pounds needs around 1650 calories per day and a smaller Dog that weighs 20 pounds would need 700 calories per day. Remember, these weights and calories are only averages.

As your Dog reaches his senior years his or her diet becomes even more important. Smaller Dogs tend to live longer than their larger friends and a healthy diet with high levels of nutrients and antioxidants can help ward of illness. On the other hand, larger Dogs almost always suffer from some form of arthritis in their older years, and there are certain Dog foods that cater for this (look for Chondroitin and Glucosamine on the label).

For some Dogs, changing his or her diet can lead to problems. As we all know, most Dogs will eat almost anything! But sometimes a change in diet can lead to ailments including a loss of appetite and diarrhoea. When I switch my Dog to a new diet, I do it gradually so that he can adapt. To do this, start off on day one by mixing 20% of the new food with 80% of the old. Follow up on day two with 40% of the new food and 60% of the old, day three 60/40, day four 80/40 and day 5, 100% of the new food. I’ve found this to be the best way of adapting to a new diet, but if at any point your Dog develops sickness, diarrhoea or loss of appetite, don’t hesitate to visit your vet.

In fact, I think it’s important to stress that it’s always a good idea to consult a vet, no matter how small or insignificant your question is, especially when it comes to your Dog’s diet. Over the last couple of years, the American Animal Hospital Association has made nutritional checks a standard assessment of every patient, the organisation also admits that only 7% of Dogs that could benefit from specialized diets are actually recommended them. Most vets in the UK are also happy to provide nutritional advice.

Have you had any experience with specialized diets? Or do you own or look after an especially large or small Dog? Let us know your thoughts in the comments….

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