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My girls love the Blue Dog Bakery treats also, and they have some Just 6 treats, and a few others.

They both eat Wellness Core.

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Sunshine loves Blue Dog Bakery treats..molasses and peanut butter flavor. She eats Just 6 dry dog food. Some treats make her barf so I stick with a few she likes.

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You're welcome! I hope your pups enjoy the recipe as much as Jasper does!

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Thank you PuppyWhispers for the Peanut Butter recipe. I have doggie cookie cutters too...traded them for all my sugar cookie cutters. *LOL*

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Terrific recipe! Thanks for sharing

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emoticon thank you so much, I kept this recipe to try. My dogs love peanut butter.

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Oh my gosh! I was baking Jasper's biscuits today, and I remembered I never posted the recipe here--I'm sorry!

Here it is:

Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oatmeal

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease baking or pizza pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and oatmeal. Once that's mixed, add peanut butter and milk. Stir together until dough forms. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook to mix--I think it mixes up better)

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead and roll it out until it's 1/4 inch thick. Using bone-shaped cookie cutters (I have an assortment of doggie cookie cutters), cut the dough into desired shape and size.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and cook for 20 minutes or until they're golden brown. Once cool, store in an airtight jar or resealable freezer bag). Depending on the size cookie cutter, they make a good amount of biscuits, and I find they freeze nicely.

If your pups like peanut butter, they will be begging you to make more. Have fun!

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My Tazzy has a chicken allergy. Glad we are ok with lamb.

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I've always tried to feed the best food that I can afford. We've fed Natural Balance, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, and Taste of the Wild. After spending a lot of time analyzing dog food and comparing ratings we are now feeding Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain. It has a similar rating as the others, give or take a 1/2 a star. Taste of the Wild has a higher rating, but a much higher price, too!

I really try to watch treats, too. We try to feed the same quality in treats as we do dog food.

Our terrier, Mia, has a chicken allergy that also included lamb now. Our dog food has to be fish based. It does get frustrating trying to feed quality when it seems like we have a new recall every other day!

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BIGPAWSUP: That’s always a good practice… one new food at a time. On the frig is a sheet of paper with ALL the No-No Foods and Spices. Before introducing a new food we check the list. Because of my dog’s size I have to monitor cheese intake; it can bound them up so bad that it leads to death. YIKES! Broccoli and cauliflower causes them gas so bad that it can lead to hospitalization. The trials and tribulations of small dog ownership.

ALORTA: Before my small dogs I was a medium to large dog parent. So major adjustments on my part were necessary for their well being. It’s equal to driving a semi-truck and then switching to an MG Midget or a Cooper. *LOL* I read that chicken bones can be cooked for a long time, making then super soft thus not splintery. However, I think they would loose all nutritional value that way.

My dogs eat apples that way – they hate eating the skin. Dogs may not have opposable thumbs but they manage in the most creative ways to get to their food. *S*


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Yeah, big dogs pillage through leftovers after bbq ribs LOL. We also taught honey to only bite off the cartilage off the end of chicken bones (not sure how far Pep has gotten with that) so that she didn't eat the long splintery bits and of course. Most days we keep to the soup. We make sure there are a good 6-7 carrots and 5-6 stocks of celery in the soup (lasts about a week).
Honey would eat anything *but* salad.
The cutest thing is watching pep scrape the inside off watermelon slices. She'll put one paw under and another atop the wedge to cinch it in and scrape to her heart's desire ^_^. She loves the stuff (though cleanup is a pain -_-; )




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Dogs can have really strange allergies. I only ever give one new thing at a time.

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We alternative every six months between Wellness brand and Solid Gold for small dogs; both they like and it gives them variety.

Alorta: I am with you on the table scraps. Like with my own nutrition, feeding dogs scraps and such is about portion control and balance nutrition. My puppies eating with us get way more veggies then provide in their dog food. They also enjoy Cheerios, hot cereals, and fresh/canned fruits too. It’s comical watching my dogs chew lettuce; it’s the tongue action that’s hilarious. The lettuce sticks to it – like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth.

Sadly for small dogs (I have TFTs) bones are out of the question; splintering and such. Larger dogs I guess can handle bones better (???). But they are allowed to have raw hides, small ones.

I made treats one time for my puppies and they turned their nose up at them. However, they LOVE Charlie Bear Liver Treats from Petco. A large bag lasts many months.

I had a Scottish terrier suffering from skin ailments, old age and possible cancer. At death’s door, we put him on the BARF program; raw food. He recovered relatively but lived another two years.

I made cinnamon rolls for Christmas dinner, and because Finn and Echo never experienced cinnamon rolls I gave them a tiny taste of mine. My baby girl, Echo broke out in hives within hours and was sick the entire next day. She’s eaten yeast rolls before so it wasn’t the yeast or flour; it had to be the cinnamon. What a shocker.


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honestly, IDK how good a kibble it is. Its worked for us and since our dog gets meat in her soup the kibble is mainly to make sure she gets something crunchy to chomp on (and adds some of the nutrients that the soup might be lacking. Dad checked it vs some other brands and liked that it has lamb as the first ingredient, etc... plus its convenient to buy at costco vs going to a pet store or overpaying for pedigree, etc.
Also, we're quite liberal with the whole table scraps issue...
When we've got scraps we see little reason for the dog not to eat it vs just tossing it in the trash (specially when we have company over that stick 2x what they can eat on the plate).
BBQ's are our dog's fav days... we don't even bother heating her any soup since she is usually overstuffed on meat scraps and bones.
I know people who argue against giving dogs people food, but Honey lived a happy 17yrs on the aforementioned soup (modified people food... just extra protein and barley, no added salt, etc) and table scraps. Pepper is happy on it as well. We know not to give her chocolate and common sense stuff like that... but otherwise? *shrug*
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Thanks!

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Kirkland brand


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What kind of kibble do you add?

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We cook for Pepper (and Honey, before she passed). It keeps them healthy (Honey was 17 when she died last spring) and their coats amazingly shinny and full.
It's basically two chicken quarters and some beef cooked with carrots and celery (sometimes some garlic to protect against worms) that we add barley to at the end for thickening (it draws the water after a couple hours so its a thick oatmeal consistency vs soupy). We keep her pot (yes, the dog food gets its own huge pot) in the fridge, then microwave it a bit so its not cold and stir in some kibble. She also gets all the barbecue bones and meet scraps as they're available.
When she was a puppy she got boiled chicken breasts with celery and carrots (sans barley, and extra meat), plus puppy kibble.
When Honey was young, we ran out one day and mom had to buy a can on her way home (the soup take a while to cook, so we usually make it on a sunday and keep her pot in the fridge). The next day, when she got her food back, she stopped, went to mom, licked her hand and went back to eating ^_^.
Also, whenever we were cooking Honey the soup, our neighbor would come over and demand some because it smelled too good ^_^ The first couple times he didn't believe us when we said it was for the dog.
Making the soup was also my introduction into the world of cooking!

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My Schnauzers eat Blue Dog Bakery treats too !! Their food is Wellness Core, which is grain free.

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My little girl JoyJoy would eat anything, apples, lettuce, carrots even the horses grain. Puddy is a bit on the picky side. Both my dogs are feed Nature's Recipe by Dick Van Patten. It has only limited ingredients and stopped in its tracks a skin allergy that Joy had, to something. They are fed free choice and never over eat. As for treats, I make my own, also with limited ingredients, and they love those. If I am out, I have found a salt free, all natural and organic treat (that is way to expensive) for JoyJoy and another one for Puddles that is called Blue Dog Bakery.

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Keiko's favourite treats are icecubes, any type of fruit or veg, ( in truth she is a true husky and would eat anything if we didnt watch her)



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I would love the recipe !! Have never made their snacks, would like to try.

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Thanks! I'm always looking for anything without chicken. My Tazzy is allergic to chicken and finding treats she can eat is always tricky.

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The one I use is only five ingredients, whole wheat flour, baking soda, oat meal, milk, and of course, peanut butter. It's super easy to make; it's the rolling out and cutting with cookie cutters that takes time. Jasper loves them though. I'll pull out the recipe and post it.

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I would love some recipes. I know I have a ton at home, but I've only tried one and my girls didn't like it. Guess I need to get on the ball.

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Does anyone else make homemade dog treats? Jasper only gets the treats I make, which he LOVES. I'm just wondering if anyone would be interested in swapping recipes.

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That is cute! emoticon

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yay for Tazzy!

You guys could do an ad for Nutro, something like: You see all these bicyclists leaning up against their bikes and slumped over them looking sad and dejected, and all these cloud captions over their head that say things like "why does tazzy ignore us all the time now?" and "doesn't tazzy notice us anymore?" and then you see tazzy off to the side walking happily next to you and actually tazzy's nose is up in the air like she IS ignoring them, but she is winking off to the side and smiling and has a cloud caption too that has a picture of a Nutro biscuit going into her mouth... something like that

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Tazzy has a new favorite treat. Nutro training biscuits. She even left a bike alone to get one. Woo Hoo Tazzy!

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My dogs go crazy when i holler out "peanut butter bones!" I take a hollow bone and fill it with peanut butter, and sometimes freeze it. Keeps them busy and happy for a few minutes at least. but honestly they go crazy for anything I drop on the floor; I like to keep them on the hungry side so they act happier to see me. JUST KIDDING!

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Thank you for taking such good care of your Dalmation. He's beautiful, and you want him to stay healthy. emoticon

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No, it's great that you are so attentive to what your dog eats. Luck pup! I know so many people that just grab a bag of kibble at the grocery store and call it a day. I love your ideas.

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Since Dalmatians are genetically known to have kidney/bladder stones, there diet cannot contain foods with high purines - can't have liver, fatty beef, some type of fish. (They need to avoid the same foods as people who suffer from gout.)

Though his mom was raised on a RAW diet, I have chosen to feed him a high quality kibble (Fromm) and Honest Kitchen's Force (chicken with fruits & vegetables). Usually, his breakfast consists of Fromm's Chicken kibble with about 2 tablespoons of Cottage Cheese or Yogurt. His dinner is Honest Kitchen's Force and to that I will add Salmon Oil and Yogurt. Many times, I'll cut back on the purchased foods and add fresh Chicken instead.

As far as his treats go, he is nuts for the Sweet Potato chews. Also, I stuff Kong toys with some Honest Kitchen Treats, his kibble and yogurt. Then I freeze them...this keeps him busy for at least 1/2 an hour. (These he gets in the morning when I leave the house and sometimes he'll get a smaller Kong Ball in the evening if he had more then his usual exercise for the day.) Also, like another member who replied here, I will from time to time buy the Pooch Pops bones..for special occasions. Or feed him RAW beef bones outside for teeth cleaning purposes.

I know...it sounds like I feed him a lot emoticon, but although I feed him many times throughout the day (Dalmatians are always hungry), I control the amount which I feed him.

Wow...after reading this, it seems that I could go on and on about this topic...sorry. emoticon

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My dogs love carrots and apple slices, especially Anna. She comes running whenever I open the refrigerator door & stays right beside me when I am cutting up the mini peppers. Gave her a blueberry this morning, and it sure was funny watching her try to eat it. emoticon

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I love when you can find a good kibble that the dogs actually like. That can be so hard with some.

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I get a huge bag of whole carrots from Costco for the Girls. When they're outside, we just have to call out, "Carrots!" and they come running in. We also keep Sportsmen mix dog treats.

Occasionally, they'll get apple slices (no seeds) or the stems from romaine lettuce.

We feed them Iams adult mini-chunks and during the winter, will add a bit of flax seed oil to their food when their skin gets dry. When my SO lugs the 40 pound bag of kibble in the house, Candice dances around him (all 50 pounds of her) because she's excited about what's the bagemoticon


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As for their regular food, I feed them Wellness Core. I did research & decided it had the ingredients I wanted for them. There are many foods out there today. The worst food I read about was Walmart's Ol' Roy. I think that feeding them a better food, albeit more expensive, they eat less because the food has good ingredients, so they eat less.

They have many snacks - Blue Dog Bakery treats, Milo treats, Pedigree Dentastix, Milkbone large bones, Better-Than-Ears, Rachel's Nutrish treats, the Seeet Potato sticks & more. They get the Milkbones, Dentastix & Better-than-Ears in the morning to brush their teeth. I rotate the 3 of them.

Occasionally I buy from Annie's Pooch Pops (on-line) when they have their "free shipping" deals. They make treats & have Doggie Happy Meals. They get those for special occasions.

When we travel, I even take the gallons of spring water, so changing their water doesn't upset their systems. My son says that my dogs don't know they are dogs !!


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100 miles! I get crabby about 25. Ok, I'll be nicer about going now!

Kitty

PS - I'm going to try some sweet potato chews.

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When my sweet little Pollywog was still around she loved Sweet Potato Chews and she really loved these chicken and apple treats. Both of them were by Veggie Life. The chicken and apple treats had glucosamine and chondroitin in them and they were called Happy Hips but you can get them without. I got both of them from Amazon since the closest PetSmart or Petco is 100 miles from me.

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Oooh, a good healthy snack for the girls! Punim enjoys broccoli stems and carrot tops. I've given him a few whole carrots, which keep him busy for a while. He really loves those as much as he loves a good bone. I'm going to try the strawberries next.


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My girls have a new favorite - strawberry tops! I have been tossing them the tops of the strawberries when I chop them up for my yogurt. Last night, hubby thought he was funny and would call them off with a Milk bone. Both heads turned - and then turned right back! They were not leaving until I was done with the berries! emoticon

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My dog has problems digesting chicken and some meat products. He eats Limited Ingredient Duck and Sweet Potato food by - some company. I can't remember who they are at the moment. He can eat commercial dog treats though, but I mostly give him Buddy Biscuits, which are made from sweet potato, and Pupperoni, which he loves above all else.

In his kong, I put in freeze-dried duck, peanut butter and (unsweetened) applesauce, which I then put in the freezer. It keeps him occupied for hours.

Punim will also accept carrots, apple cores, and broccoli stems as treats.


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We are a Nutro family ourselves. Tazzy is allergic to chicken so we use the Lamb or Venison blends. We only use dry kibble. I don't feed moist packaged food. If I'm going to give the girls something extra, it's fresh meat, cooked beef or pork.

The favorite treat in this house is Milk Bone. Big Girl will actually ask for it by name!


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What do you feed your dog and why? What are your dogs favorite treats?

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