Home-made Dog Training Treats





Introduction: Home-made Dog Training Treats

About: I live in the UK, and own a small business designing and building: Cargo Carrying Bicycles, Bike Trailers, Pedal Powered Utility Trucks & Vans, Pedal Racing Cars and Human Powered Vehicles, lightweight Pony ...

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.

Step 1: The 3 Recipes I Like to Use

A dogs digestive track and metabolism is set up as an opportunist omnivorous hunter/scavenger, and so I like to use Offal, Fish and Eggs along with cereal based products in the training treats I make.

Here are the 3 recipes I like to use:

A) Liver Hard tack training treat

350g Liver

125g Plain Flour

250g Corn meal

2 Eggs

1 g Sea Salt

2 g Garlic granuals.

Double bake at 160c for 20 minutes ... allow to cool for an hour between baking sessions.

B) Tuna flavoured Hard tack Training Treat

1 can of drained Tuna Flakes ~~ 170 g

175 g Corn meal

65 g plain flour

2 medium eggs

I gram Garlic Granules

A pinch of salt

Mix and knead together all the ingredients in a bowl

Oil a shallow baking tray.

Punch the mixed dough into the baking tray, ensuring that it is of an even thickness. Score the surface with a knife (to make mini bit size pieces), Prick the whole surface with a fork and bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool well away and out of reach of a salivating dog.

The results we are having with these Tuna treats are exceeding the results we obtained from the Liver treats.

C) Sardine Flavoured Training Treats

1 can of Sardines in Tomato sauce.

100ml (volume) Plain flour

100ml (volume) Corn meal

a good pinch of dried Garlic

a good pinch of salt

2 medium eggs.

Method as in the posts above.

Oz  almost fights me for these Sardine flavoured treats

Step 2:

A very Attentive Collie, who will do anything for one of my home-made training treat pieces.



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    1 year ago

    Great tips, thanks for sharing

    I made the liver ones and my dog is over the moon for them. I just have two questions? How long will these last, do they need to be refrigerated and also would these work with other proteins such as chicken, salmon maybe even peanut butter etc. ??

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    I like to use them with 10-14 days. That way I know they are not deteriorating.

    I have been asked about Oz's diet. So here is the regime that I follow with him:

    With Oz my collie, I keep changing his propriety canned food to prevent sameness and boredom, but I do have preference for Pedigree chappie.

    Collie's are highly intelligent, high energy, high maintenance dogs and I have to keep on my toes to make sure he doesn't take too many liberties and develop in-grained bad habits, and my primary care for Oz is based around a diet of no more than 18% protein. Any more than 18% and I have a hyper-collie on my hands who pushes boundaries and does not tire easily.

    Oz's daily diet consists of a daily roll around, and each meal has added Garlic granules and chopped plum Tomatoes.

    Day 1) 1 X 400 g Propriety canned dog food (but never Beef!) and 100g complete dried food

    Day 2) 100g of "Chub" a tripe based sausage and 100 g of complete food

    Day 3) Day 1) 1 X 400 g Propriety dog food (but never Beef!) and 100g complete dried food.

    This I repeat until the whole 300g of Chub is consumed and then Oz has a 500g raw feed only on the 7th day. Either "pet" raw minced meat from our local butchers made from all scraps at the end of the day... Turkey, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Venison and Game, or a whole minced rabbit: skin, bones guts, fur... the works.

    And then back to the beginning again. Cans of dog food are available in several flavours and I usually buy outers of 12 cans with 4 of each flavour: Chicken, Game, and Lamb. Chub is available in 4 flavours: all tripe, Lamb & tripe, Chicken & Tripe and Beef & tripe... but I avoid the Beef one with Oz!

    Dried garlic in small quantities is not toxic to dogs. This was advice given to me by one of the worlds foremost canine nutritionists(now retired; he worked with my father for 27 years, and I went to school with his son; we remain friends after 42 years!).

    For over 30 years now I have added a small pinch of dried Garlic to to the main meal I give to my dog (s) along with about 2oz/50g of canned chopped plum tomatoes. The dried garlic prevents the dogs from catching fleas, ticks and mites and helps prevent internal parasites such as worms. The Tomatoes help with the dogs digestion and stops urine from killing the grass and the poops smelling less offensive.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    Okay, two sessions of 20 minutes. Got that now, is it the same for all three recipes i guess?

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    Just what i was looking for, thanks for posting. I'm not sure what double baked means, could you explain?

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    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 :)