Whether it’s a loving look under the table or during an aperitif, it’s hard to resist giving your dog a little something extra; a treat when you get home from work, on public holidays, for a snack… Treats allow you to share a moment together and are also very useful when it comes to training, as they help the dog understand that he will receive a treat when he does things right.
However, it’s important not to overfeed your dog. Your dog may be at risk of gaining weight in a short space of time, which can be very unhealthy for him. Don’t hesitate to consult this article to learn more. Luckily, with a healthy diet and appropriate physical activity, you don’t have to sacrifice your dog’s pleasure.
What treats should I choose?
Ideally, it is advisable to opt for small, low-fat treats that are adapted to your dog’s needs, so that you can reward your dog more often. It is also possible to offer your pet home-made dog treats. In general, treats are made of small pieces of dried meats or vegetables
If you want to try your hand at creating your own, we have unearthed three recipes to make delicious treats for your dog.
Chicken biscuits: perfect for muscle development.
- 150g organic buckwheat flour,
- 1 minced chicken breast,
- 150ml sunflower oil,
- 1 egg and 80ml water.
- Mix the ingredients in a large bowl or blender to make a smooth, thick dough,
- Roll out the dough to around 0.5mm thick and cut the dough into shapes of your choice.
- Place the biscuits on greaseproof paper.
- Then, put them in the oven at 180°C for around twenty minutes.
- Leave them to cool and then serve to your dog.
These biscuits can be kept in the fridge for 1 week.
Small minty bones: for fresh breath
- 1 cup lactose-free plain yoghurt
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- ¼ cup fresh mint
- Silicone mould (ideally with dog bone shaped holes)
- Food processor
- Put all ingredients in the food processor and mix until you have a smooth liquid.
- Pour the liquid into the moulds, then place in the freezer for 2 hours.
- Remove the frozen treats from the mould and serve cold to your pet after their meal.
Tip: the yoghurt can be replaced with coconut oil or rice milk, oat milk, or coconut milk for a lighter version.
Delicious frozen treats: for summer days
- Around 1/2 cup (125g) unsweetened strawberries, fresh or frozen
- Around 1/2 cup (125g) unsweetened blueberries, fresh or frozen
- Around 1/2 cup (125ml) unsweetened plain yoghurt
- Place the strawberries into ice cube moulds, filling them to around one-third of the way.
- Do the same with the blueberries.
- Add the yoghurt on top of the fruit.
- Lightly tap the ice cube mould on the counter to remove any air bubbles
- Freeze for around 24 hours
The strawberries will provide healthy vitamins for your dog. Blueberries contain antioxidants and yoghurt contains probiotics. A healthy treat for your dog!
So? Which recipe are you going to try today?