5 Super Yummy Boredom Busting Kong Stuffing Recipes
Fruity Yogurt Filler
-1 cup of plain 2% Greek yogurt.
-1 handful of fresh or frozen blueberries. Feel free to use any dog safe fresh berries if your dog does not like blueberries.
Meat and Taters Filler
- 2 small jars of turkey and sweet potato baby food,
OR use the equivalent amount (4 to 6 oz. pureed) of regular cooked turkey and sweet potato if you have some on hand. (If you are buying prepared baby food read the label to make sure that no other unsafe ingredients for dogs have been added)
- 1 cup of plain 2% Greek yogurt.
- 1/2 cup of freeze dried liver treats. (read label and check for the source of these treats. Don't buy Chinese sourced treats!)
Doggy-licious Cheese and Potato Filler
- 1 large white potato, cooked and then chopped into small cubes and mashed). You can also use cooked Sweet Potato!
- 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup of plain 2% cottage cheese or kefir.
Sweet Peanut Butter and Cheese Filler
- 1 cup of organic crunchy peanut butter (read label and make sure there are no artificial sweeteners in this peanut butter)
- 1 teaspoon of raw, honey (manuka honey if you have it)
- 1 cup of 2% cottage cheese or kefir
Chunky Monkey with Banana Filler
- 1 cup of ripe mashed banana
- 2 tablespoons of organic crunchy peanut butter (read label to look for unsafe added ingredients)
- 2 tablespoons of a good quality unrefined organic coconut oil
- 1 cup of plain 2% Greek yogurt
Nothing says I Love You like making your Best Furry Friend some homemade dog treats. Why worry about the toxic ingredients included in store bought treats when you can easily make your own treats right in your own kitchen? These treats are easy to make and use only 5 ingredients or less.
Adapting A Recipe
Quite often homemade dog treat recipes use wheat flour. If you have a Husky or Malamute you know to keep wheat, corn and soy our of your dog's diet.
Here is a list of flour substitutions that you can interchange 1:1 with wheat flour. These flours can be found in any health store or market.
Amaranth, Bean Flour, Millet Flour, Quinoa, and Spelt Flour
Three Ingredient Vegan, Grain Free Dog Treats / from Good Dogs & Co.
1 sweet potato, baked and cooled;
1/4 cup coconut oil;
2 cups quinoa flour.
1. Preheat your oven to 350º F.
2. Add your sweet potato and coconut oil, and mix until well combined. Don’t worry about getting it completely smooth.
3. Add your flour, about a half cup at a time, until your dough begins to stick together and release from the sides of your bowl.
4. On a floured surface, roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out your treats. Quinoa flour is not as elastic as regular flour, so you may have to roll in batches if your dough breaks apart easily.
5. Bake your treats for 20-25 minutes, then turn the oven off (or as far down as you can make it go) and let them sit and dry out for another 45 minutes to an hour. Take out your treats and let them cool before putting them away.
Three ingredient dog treats: grain free, vegan, 20-25 minute cook time.
Easy Two-Ingredient Dog Treats / from Dog-Milk
2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour* (or wheat germ, spelt, rolled oats — or a mixture of these);
2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food** – beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken, etc.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix ingredients together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out evenly until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they’re still edible).
Homemade Dog Biscuits / from Kitchen Confidante
Homemade Dog Biscuits
1 cup whole wheat flour;
1 cup rolled oats;
1/2 cup flaxseed;
1/2 to 1 cups beef broth;
1/4 cup natural peanut butter ( do not use PB that contains Xylitol!)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats and flaxseed.
Mix in 1/2 cup beef broth and peanut butter.
Mix well, adding additional beef broth if necessary to bring the mixture together to a thick dough.
Form into a ball and turn out on a lightly floured surface.
Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out to desired shape.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway.
Cool completely, then keep in an airtight container for about one week.
YIELD: Makes about 1 dozen.
Cheesy Bone Treats / from Sugar The Golden Retriever
Cheesy Bone Treats
4 cups of flour;
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese;
2 tbsp-1/4 cup of olive oil;
1 1/3 cups of water.
Combine flour and cheese.
Stir in oil, egg, and water.
Adjust liquid as necessary to make stiff dough.
Roll on floured cutting board to 3/8″ thick.
Cut with bone shaped cutter.
Placed on non-stick ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 2 1/2 – 3 hours in 250 degrees oven until thoroughly dry. Turn treats over to make sure that there is no moisture on the underside. Bake for a few more minutes if necessary.
Cool and then store in a paper bag in the fridge to help keep the treat dry.
Related Health Risks For Your Dog
By Margit Maxwell
I Am Not The People Police
No, I am not about to give you a lecture about the health risks associated with smoking for you. By now it is impossible for you not to already know of the health hazards associated with smoking. But perhaps you have not considered what effect your choice to smoke may have on your dog.
Second Hand Smoke
There are mountains of evidence showing us that second hand smoke is very toxic to other humans living in the same environment as a smoker but many people forget that your dog is also forced to breathe the same air as the humans in the household. Since your dog’s lungs function in exactly the same way that human lungs do, that also means that second hand smoke can also cause the same health problems in your dog as it does in humans.
Lungs Need Clean Air
It cannot be argued that exposing lung tissue, human and animal lungs, to continued second-hand smoke will affect the delicate lining of lung tissue over time. And when the lung tissue is scarred with lesions or fibroids, then the lungs can no longer do their job of air exchange. Getting lung cancer from second hand smoke is a very real possibility for dogs living in homes with smokers.
Symptoms Associated with Second Hand Smoke Inhalation
There are numerous lesser breathing related symptoms associated with exposure to second hand smoke that can plague a dog who lives with a smoker. Asthma, chronic bronchitis, and even allergies can often be traced back to dogs breathing in their owner’s second hand smoke. If more than one person in the house smokes, the level of toxicity contained in the poor quality of the air has even a greater impact on tender lung tissues of innocent by-standers.
If your dog exhibits the following symptoms and someone in your house smokes, then chances are very good that second hand smoke could be causing your dog to be sick.
Asthma and frequent asthma attacks,
Allergic Lung Disease,
Chronic Bronchitis with a hacking cough,
Difficulty breathing during or after exercise.
Another hazard for dogs living with smokers is the ingestion of cigarettes and used cigarette filters. Packs of cigarettes and ashtrays containing discarded butts are often left down where dogs can easily get a hold of them. Did you know that a used cigarette filter still contains approximately 25% of the nicotine that was originally contained in the cigarette?
The ingestion of tobacco and nicotine will cause digestive distress and cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, drooling, and shaking. Very high doses of nicotine (remember that what constitutes a “high dose” is directly related to the body mass of the dog) will cause constricted pupils, nervousness, anxiety, possible seizures and even death.
If you suspect that your dog has ingested any part of a cigarette or loose tobacco, immediately call the emergency Vet Clinic for instructions for treating the poisoning. Do not induce vomiting without checking with a Vet first.
What You Can Do To Help Keep Your Dog Healthy
If you insist on smoking, please choose to go outside while you are smoking a cigarette. This helps to keep the second hand smoke from being in the air that your dog breathes indoors.
Don’t smoke in the car while your dog is in this confined space with you. And no, rolling your down window while you smoke in the car is not enough to keep your dog’s lungs safe. A certain amount of second hand smoke will still remain in the car with you even with the car window open.
Make sure that cigarette butts are not left out in ashtrays where dogs can ingest them.
Make sure that you don’t throw your cigarette butts on the ground outdoors where your dog can pick them up and eat them.
Margit Maxwell- A Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Canine Behaviour Specialist for The Divine Dog Project. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her Herd of two Siberian Huskies (Kaya and Angel) and an Alaskan Malamute (Skylar). She also has credentials in Psychology (Human and dog), Animal Sciences, Natural Medicine, Energy Medicine, and many alternative Healing Modalities.