Something to tempt even the fussiest eater for training!:
Try small cubes of cheese, pepperami, cooked sausages, frankfurters, cubes of chicken. Remember the pleasure your dog takes in finding crumbs, and make the treats small! If none of these normal suggestions works, why not try the old favourite liver cake (recipe below) or one of the other recipes below, something will get your canine companion raring to go!
I actually bake a not very healthy but very delicious treat using liver sausage (is that a usual sandwich spread in England?) ground cheese, eggs and porridge oats. If your dog is sensitive to gluten it may be necessary to replace the latter by ricemeal (flakes?), I make a mixture out of 100 gr sausage, 100 gr cheese, three eggs and as much oatmeal to make a spreadable dough, spread it on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake it for 10 min, then cut it with a pizza knife (rotary things) bake until finished. You can hardly cut it when it's done, that's why you cut it before. The dogs love it, but it is pretty fatty and salty, so give only little amounts. But for those treats they do what you want! Cheers Bärbel (from ObedienceUKNewbies)
Hi This is my recipe (wheat free):- Lambs hearts, livers, kidneys: for every 1lb of offal add 1lb rice flour (available from Tesco and probably other places too) 2 eggs and lots of garlic. Put batches of ingredients in food processor and blend to a smooth paste. Spread in lightly greased roasting/baking tin and bake in oven @180ish until brown on top. Cool in tin. I usually do a large batch and freeze in slabs, defrost and cut up needed. The texture allows cutting into tiny pieces. Good luck Kathy (from ObedienceUKNewbies)
4 tins sardines or 1 large tin pilchards put into a bowl and mash with a fork.... add 4 eggs, as much garlic or garlic powder as you like. Stir in plain flour to make a consistency that will 'just' about drop off the spoon...put into a greased dish and cook for about 7 minutes in the microwave or cover with a greased paper and pop into the Aga until cooked. Freezes really well and if you get the mixture right it bounces too....... Dyane (from ObedienceUKNewbies) (I have tried this one and it's great- very smelly!! Rachel)
New fishy treat: this recipe was given to me by Lynne Jamison (Down & District DTC) on Saturday, and it sounds so easy I think it might be worth a go! Take a tin of sardines, 4 ounces of flour and one egg. Mash together and cook in the microwave for 4 1/2 mins. Take out, leave to cool and cut into cubes. Suggest using a take-away Chinese plastic box for cooking in, makes the cake the right thickness apparently! (Rachel)
This is one my friend has sent me it has all sorts of options
2 Eggs Meat Flour Garlic
Meat:- Turkey mince from Morrisons (kind on the tummy), Lambs Liver (can use pigs but it makes a crumbly cake). Liver is rich and should not be given too often. Defrosted prize choice blocks from Pets at home (400grams, rabbit, lamb, chicken, beef and tripe flavour). They love tripe but it is very smelly! I use 400 to 500 grams.
Flour:- If your dog is sensitive use Gluten Free and baking powder.Gluten free is usually on a separate display in the supermarket but is readily available.You may need to add a little water if you are using this method. If you dog is not sensitive self raising is great. I use equal amounts flour and meat but you can use more flour for a more "cake like" finish.
Garlic:-I use just under half a teaspoon of ready minced "very lazy garlic". A jar last me about a six months. Fresh garlic is good :- crush one clove. Garlic is known to repel fleas and is thought to be good for the immune system. Please note Dogs adore garlic but it can make them thirsty and too much can cause anaemia.
Mix all the ingredients in a food processor.Spread on a baking tray. I line it with a Teflon sheet first. I spread the mixture out like toffee. It should be like a cake mix and you should be able to shape it on the baking tray with a knife. I have a fan oven and bake at 170 degrees for about 20 mins. Allow to cool slightly before cutting. Some meats like tripe are wetter and require a longer cooking time. Liver will go too rubbery if over cooked. Break it open and look at the end of cooking time and ask yourself, would I be happy to put this in my pocket? If when you cut it is still wet put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Dogs get bored with the same treat, experiment, Good Luck Janice the Girls and Jack (from ObedienceUKNewbies)