Snacks & treats

Week 4

Wag that tail in excitement - it's treats & snacks week!

 

Now you’re preparing regular batches of food for your dog, try to find time this week to cook up some treats to add a little more fresh goodness to your dog’s diet. The aims of this week's tutorial are:

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Learn how home-cooked treats and snacks can benefit your dog

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Cook up a batch of treats for reward and training

So, sit back, watch this short video, and get cooking :)

Homemade treats & snacks

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not just the only occasions when fresh home-cooked food can replace processed food – snacks, rewards and training treats can also be homemade. Here are a couple of great recipes to try.

Holly's Bedtime Biscuits

 

Created by VetChef nutritionists Holly Barker, this recipe for crunchy oat biscuits is ideal as a bedtime snack for your dog. With ginger for the digestion, calming chamomile, and slow-release energy from oats, it will help your dog get a great night's sleep and be raring to go in the morning.

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Combine the ingredients by mixing to a dough, roll into 20 golf ball sized portions. Pop onto a baking tray, press lightly to slightly flatten each biscuit.
Bake on 180 fan for 15 mins, then allow to cool thoroughly before serving - feed one biscuit at bedtime, with a dish of warmed goat or oat milk
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Liver training treats

 

.For dogs in training, these simple but super-tasty treats are ideal rewards for good behaviour and to reinforce new skills. Cook up a batch and use little amounts as training rewards, keeping the rest fresh in the fridge. 

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Whizz up the liver and egg in a blender or food processor until smooth, and then mix with the flour in a bowl. Pour the mixture into a lined baking tin and cook at 180 degrees for around 30 minutes. Leave to cool and then chop into bite-sized pieces.

Dinner Time

Your dog should now be enjoying regular home-cooked meals, with a few tasty fresh treats on the side.

Try to get into a weekly routine, cooking up one or two recipe batches on the same day each week along with a batch of treats, and using the My VetChef system to track your dog’s meals and what’s in your fridge and freezer. 

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Dr Joe's top tips

Homemade is best

Compared to processed treats with their plastic packaging, artificial additives, and low-quality ingredients, home-cooked biscuits are not only tastier but often healthier and come with significantly lower environmental impacts.

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Keep it fresh

Cook up a batch of treats and store them in the fridge or freezer to keep them nice and fresh.

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Treat for two?

All of the VetChef treat and snacks recipes are perfectly good for people as well as dogs, so why not share one with your best friend?

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How did it go?

By this stage in your journey from kibble to cooked, your dog should be feeling very pleased with how life is turning out – lots of delicious fresh meals replacing the same-old kibble every day, and tasty treats and snacks as well. And as your dog is rewarded with such delicious food, you’ll hopefully start to be rewarded with a happier, healthier and better-behaved dog. .

Next week we're looking at using home-cooked food to manage medical and dietary health issues- and if you can't wait for the email to come through, click here to skip forwards to week 5.