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

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Letting Dogs Do The Talking For Pet Releaf CBD Products

This blog post is sponsored by Pet Releaf, makers of the highest quality, organic CBD products for dogs and cats. Although we received compensation for this post, our experiences and opinions are our own…and also our dogs’ opinions too! Use coupon code 2TD at Pet Releaf to save 10% off of your entire order! Check out all of the CBD products from Pet Releaf at www.petreleaf.com

Last month, we told you that we were going to be putting Pet Releaf CBD products to the ultimate test. After almost three years of being with our dogs Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake 24 hours a day in our RV, we had an upcoming trip. Yes, a vacation of sorts.

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It was a very hard decision to leave our boys in the hands of our trusted pet sitter and friend. But we were tired, we needed a break, and our dogs actually needed a break from us. Being full time travelers has a lot of fun benefits, but camping can be hard work and animal rescue is hard work. We had to regroup and refocus. I knew this in my heart, but my head was telling me I that if we were really going to leave them for two weeks, we were going to do everything in our power to make sure that they were ok…more than ok. And the first thing that went in when I packed their bags? Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil. You better believe it.

You see, we have been using Pet Releaf products for our dogs for over six months now.

According to the Pet Releaf website, “Cannabidiol (CBD) from the Hemp plant has been known to work wonders with people and with pets when it comes to temporary anxiety prevention. There are multiple scientific studies showing the positive effects of CBD for a multitude of health conditions- including pain management and anxiety reduction.

When CBD enters a mammals endocannabinoid system, specific receptors found throughout the body are activated. These are the only receptors in the body that allow for 2 way communication between body systems. Basically, CBD makes it easier for the body to calm down and relieve tension and temporary anxiety, because receptors in the endocannabinoid system can now “speak” to each other.

Pet Releaf organic CBD oil is extracted using no chemical solvents, it is safe for your pets (they can never over-dose), and it is non-psychoactive.”

We were using Pet Releaf CBD oil for Digby’s mobility issues, his comfort level and his lumps and bumps due to old age. We were using Edibites and Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil for Brickle due to his depression and his travel anxiety.

Had we seen any difference? Absolutely. You can read all of our past blogs and our journey to this point here.

But I felt that this was the ultimate test of Pet Releaf.  Were we nervous to leave them? If you know us, you know the answer to that! Now multiply that by a million!

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So, the real question is, did Pet Releaf help Brickle and Digby when we were away for two weeks on our vacation? Our pet sitter said it simply but best. “Pet Releaf made the boys so relaxed! I found no separation anxiety or trouble sleeping. They were able to relax, sleep and play and enjoy their vacation too”, Veronica Simonetto, owner of Unique Dog Boarding near Tampa Florida which officially opens in 2019.

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“The Pet Releaf Difference:

  • Our hemp is grown at our certified USDA organic joint-venture hemp farm in eastern, Colorado
  • PR-33, our specialized hemp strain grown specifically for pets, selected because of it’s extremely beneficial cannabinoid profile for dogs and cats
  • We extract our full spectrum hemp oil using only pressurized air and never with toxic solvents and chemicals
  • Our Edibites are handmade and baked in small batches in our Colorado kitchen
  • No 12 syllable ingredients in any of our products
  • 3rd party testing for guaranteed potency”

All of my worse fears about leaving the boys seemed to melt. I truly believe that there are two components to having your dog be happy if you have to leave them overnight or for longer. A trusted pet sitter and Pet Releaf. But just because this was our experience, we wanted to hear from others. We wanted to let the dogs do the talking for Pet Releaf this month. Because let’s face it. A company can tell us all about their products and give us guidance on using them. Pet Releaf may have been started by amazingly devoted people and their company is the best we have ever dealt with.

But the real proof? We believe that is in the personal experiences.

Real dogs and real pet parents telling us how Pet Releaf helped them.  Not just with boarding, but with all of the concerns that you have asked us about!  Let us introduce you to a few!

Meet Trixie.

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“She’s 10 and we’ve been lucky enough to have her for 7 years.  When she had a vet visit during the summer, the doctor said she was a bit stiff in her hips and back.  Not wanting to put her on more meds, we started her on Pet Releaf Hemp Oil to help keep her limber.  Since she’s been on it, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on the bed anymore.  Plus she plays with her toys a lot more AND even tries to jump up to say hi.”

Meet Mia.

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“Nap time!  Now she can get on the couch.  There was a time she couldn’t.  She loves to nap there.”We love the Edibites and feel they can be very helpful for arthritis and when there are fireworks.”

Meet LadyBug. 

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Edibites help her with anxiety, especially during thunderstorms!  They help her when alone and she can get her beauty sleep!”

Meet Bella.

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“This is my goofy girl Bella…she gets horrible skin issues on her stomach and in her groin (probably allergies but not sure to what.)  Before we had rescued her, two other families had returned her because they couldn’t deal with her skin issues.  We’ve worked with the vet and she is much better, but she still gets flareups.  Now we use the Pet Releaf Ointment (Cannacare), and if she does have an episode, it is quickly cleared up with the ointment.  We also use the Edibites for her separation anxiety and she is much less stressed when we do have to leave her.  We love Pet Releaf!

Meet Eddie.

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“Eddie has arthritis in his legs and hips.  He started using Pet Releaf in September and within a couple of days he was no longer holding his back leg up.  He runs and zoomies at mealtimes and acts like a pup at age 12.  We also use Edibites as his buddy Jasper won’t do the oil.

Meet Peaches 🍑

“This is Peaches.  She had gotten deathly ill with anxiety while being boarded, so for years I was unable to board her.  This past summer I treated her with Pet Releaf Oil and Edibites and for the first time was able to successfully board her with no episodes of severe anxiety.  I’m a believer in this product.

Every time we think we know all of the amazing ways that Pet Releaf can help our family members, we hear more ways…from you!  As pet parents, we have a responsibility to our pets.

It is up to US to help them when they need us, to feed them correctly, to do everything in our power to make their lives not just healthy but happy.  For pet parents considering CBD to help their pets, consider why we personally believe that Pet Releaf is the only company to purchase from. Simply put? You can go right to their website and read all of their testing reports. Their products are organic and made in the USA. Everything is transparent, you can ask them any questions with a personal response, and there is something else. We have used the products from Pet Releaf. We have witnessed the change in Brickle’s travel anxiety, Digby’s mobility and their overall mental health has improved.

We can only hope that if your pet has any issues that have not been helped by all of the ways you have tried, including conventional medicine, consult your vet and consider Pet Releaf, If we felt comfortable enough to leave the loves of our lives while we were half way across the world because of Pet Releaf, you can too.

-Nathan Johnson, Co-Owner of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

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