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I have a Border Collie X Dog called Oz. He is a hard working, hard playing dog with more energy and vitality than I will ever have. Each month Oz and I have a retraining and recap of tricks learnt session. This does us both good as it reinforces his capabilities and where he is lacking in discipline, and where I am lacking in control. This session is also used to introduce new commands and training.

I point blank refuse to give Oz any of the usual treats whether they be specifically for dogs or humans: I don't like spending the money on such things, and I have to keep Oz's protein intake level to below 20% or I have a hyper-active Collie on my hands ...... a normally active collie is more than enough for me thank you very much.

I make my own treats for Oz. OK it is time spend getting the ingredients together and time spent in the kitchen, but these are things that I like and prefer to do.

Double baked hard tack type biscuits are what I make for Oz, they help to supplement his already very good diet, and to strengthen the bond between man and dog.

I am only going to include just three of my (and Oz's) favourite training treat recipes in this instructable, because these are the 3 that I obtain the best results from Oz with.
svermule3 months ago
Gareth0123 (author) 10 months ago

Liver makes a superb dog training treat, but as you can see by the 3 varieties I have included in this instructable a change is good for keeping your dogs attention and can increase their willingness to participate in training, By changing the flavour of the reward used attention spans can be maintained and training reinforced. Oz, being a collie needs stimulation, and so I have added to our training regime treats made from cans of Mackerel, Pilchards and from Herring. I have in Oz one very active, intelligent Collie cross who has a willingness to learn especially if home-made treats a play are involved.

bergeronjc10 months ago

Oh my God, these are the best! My dogs, two four month old black labs, have never gone as crazy over treats as they do over the sardine treats. When I tell them "time for bed" to go to their cage they race and nearly throw themselves in the cage, because I give them two treats when they get in. I'm never buying dog treats again. I'll be making the sardine treats until they stop liking them then move to the tuna one.

Gareth0123 (author)  bergeronjc10 months ago

Don't keep them on one flavour of treats for a long time. dogs are active and intelligent, and like us, a bit of variety can make a big difference and go a long way.

dspathaky1 year ago
Okay, two sessions of 20 minutes. Got that now, is it the same for all three recipes i guess?
Gareth0123 (author)  dspathaky10 months ago

The method is the same for all 3 recipes.

dspathaky1 year ago
Just what i was looking for, thanks for posting. I'm not sure what double baked means, could you explain?
Gareth0123 (author)  dspathaky10 months ago

Double bake at 160c for 20 minutes ... allow to cool for an hour between baking sessions then break into treat size pieces, spread the pieces flat on the oven tray and bake again for 20 minutes.

The sardine treats are the best for when I take Lyla to agility. She loves them! I cut them very small but they smell so tasty that she will do almost anything for them :) Thanks for this great recipe :)