Dog Treat Hacks-Part Two

This is part of our Saturday Editorial Series. Normally, we let the dogs do all the talking on our dog blog every weekday! Join rescue dogs Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake for their take on life and travel at www.2travelingdogs.com. And join over a million followers on social media who help us “Make Rescues The Breed Of Choice!”

Last week, we took you to a grocery store to show you that dog treats don’t have to be purchased in the dog food aisle. You don’t even have to go to a pet supply store.  Instead, we invited you with us to shop for real food to use as treats that you may not have thought of before. You can read the article here.

What was on last week’s dog treat hacks?  Matzoh crackers, dehydrated or baked lean meat, unsalted cashews and even brown rice cakes!

This week, we asked for YOUR input on your dog’s favorite treats and snacks that you can purchase right from the grocery store.  You inspired us!  So for Part Two, we bring to you some of our fan favorites!

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Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Unsalted) Herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and humans. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract. We like to sprinkle about a tablespoon on Brickle and Digby’s dinner and also give them as a stand alone energy boost during the day.

Raw Fruit and Vegetables.  There are many dog friendly fruits and vegetables.  We often reference the ASPCA’s guidance online to double check each veggie.  Brickle’s favorite veggie? Green bell pepper.  Digby’s favorite veggie?  Green beans!  Many of you told us how much your dog loves carrots or bananas! With fruit, make sure to limit quantities due to calories.

Coconut Chips.  This is a snack we fight over! Make sure the coconut chips are unsalted, with no sugar or flavorings added.  Coconut is great for their skin and coat!

Organic Greek Yogurt (No sugar or sweeteners added). Yogurt is high in calcium and protein. It also can act as a probiotic, which can be good for the digestive system. The probiotics in Greek yogurt also fight yeast infections, which can help dogs with recurring ear or skin infections.

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Not every dog will love every snack.  As you can see, Brickle hates carrots!  But with just a little creativity and a new mindset, you can save money and time by shopping for your dog’s food the same place that you shop for yours.  Don’t our dogs deserve real food?  Why let dog food and dog treat companies tell us that the only food we can give our dogs are ones that are labeled as such.

img_7349We all know that these same companies try to scare us into thinking that we can’t feed our dogs real food.  And yes, there are certain precautions we need to take such as researching which ingredients are dog safe.  But once you get the hang of it and you see the difference in your dog’s health and happiness, we can guarantee that you will never go back.  Never!

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We won’t bore you with a history of dog food and why it came to be sold.  But do your own research.  And then decide if you want others to tell you what is best for your dog.  I sure don’t.

-Rachael Johnson, Owner and Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

DISCLAIMER: AS WITH ALL TREATS, LIMIT QUANTITIES FOR YOUR DOG AND BASE ON ACTIVITY LEVEL.  NO ALL TREATS ARE SUITABLE FOR ALL DOGS. CONSULT A VET BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR DOG’S DIET

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Dog Treat Hacks Found In The Grocery Store

This is part of our Saturday Editorial Series. Normally, we let the dogs do all the talking on our dog blog every weekday! Join rescue dogs Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake for their take on life and travel at www.2travelingdogs.com. And join over a million followers on social media who help us “Make Rescues The Breed Of Choice!”

Let’s face it. Life is busy and hard for us all. We have been taught that our dogs have to eat food that SAYS it is dog food. We have been taught that dogs can only have treats that SAY dog treats! Why is this acceptable to us? Because we think that it is easier. Because we are so busy.

But how many of us have had to go to the grocery store for ourselves and then to a pet food store for our dogs? How is that saving time?

Why can’t more people realize that our dogs deserve real food? Maybe we think it is more expensive to feed them real food. Maybe we think that there is too much of a risk to feed them anything else than what dog food companies tell us to. Well, that is what they want you to think. And they are wrong.

For over eight years, our dogs have survived and flourished on a homemade diet. But we started with treats. And it’s a great place to start! We want you to start today too.  We all love our dogs and we all want to take care of them in the best way possible.  Just like no one can take care of your dog like you do, no one should be able to tell you…especially no one from a dog food corporation on what is best for your dog.

Today, we bring to you our first dog treat hacks! Look for part two next week!

Brown Rice Cakes

Brown rice cakes are a low calorie, gluten-free, crunchy treat for dogs. Pick the brands that offer organic, no salt, plain and sugar-free options. Low in fat, sodium and calories, this snack is great for energy on the trails.

Dehydrated, Baked Chicken Or Any Lean Meat

Ok. You have to cook this. But it’s not hard! You don’t even have to add any seasonings! Buy a dehydrator and follow instructions or just bake in your oven. We live in an RV. We do this. You can do this. Compare the cost to homemade with dog treat brands.  Remember the “made in China” scare for jerky?  Know where your dog’s treats are sourced from.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is a wonderful “pick-me-up” treat for dogs, especially in the summertime or when your dog is a little run down or ill. Bone broth can also benefit dogs with allergies and food sensitives, as it is a phenomenal immune system booster. Make your own (find our recipe at http://www.yourdogsdiner.com) or buy an organic, salt-free version.

Matzo (Matzoh) Crackers

This is Brickle’s favorite snack! Matzoh is unleavened bread made with water and flour. Pick the no salt, no flavoring options. If you can find organic, that’s even better! Low in fat and calories and a good source of carbohydrates.

Cashews

This is our favorite on the road snack for the boys. Cashews are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein. But limit quantities as they are high in fat.  Also pick unsalted and make sure they are not mixed in with any other nut that could be bad for them like macadamia nuts (no!).

Meatballs

You do have to put a tiny bit of effort on this treat. That means taking the lean meat and rolling it into a ball and baking it. You can do that! If you want to add other ingredients, check out our recipe for Mutt Meatballs at www.yourdogsdiner.com

Low-Fat Mozzarella Sticks

Picking a cheese low in lactose like low-fat mozzarella is a great, occasional, protein packed snack for dogs. Limit quantities.

When you begin to think outside the pet food store, your possibilities are endless.  Don’t believe that it’s too hard to feed your dog real food.  A good life includes yummy food.  We should not, and I will not deprive my dogs of that.

This is just part one of a two part series! Look for more treat ideas you can find right in your own grocery store on next Saturday’s blog too! And look for how the boys reacted to these treat ideas on our Facebook page, Sunday, January 6th at 10 a.m. ET! You can also find many great recipes for dogs on our recipe site, www.yourdogsdiner.com

DISCLAIMER: AS WITH ALL TREATS, LIMIT QUANTITIES FOR YOUR DOG AND BASE ON ACTIVITY LEVEL.  NO ALL TREATS ARE SUITABLE FOR ALL DOGS. CONSULT A VET BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR DOG’S DIET

Do you have a treat idea that your dog loves? Let us know! We may include your treat on next week’s blog!

-Rachael Johnson, Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Find these treats on our Amazon store if that’s how you do your shopping! Shop Now! 

We receive compensation for items sold from our Amazon storefront.