An easy way to make treats and a great dental aid for your dog (and some cats too) is to cut strips of beef or turkey meat and dry them into jerky. Use the cheap cuts of meat, like skirt steak etc., as they are often tastier.
Make sure you cut the strip "with" the grain of the meat and not across. This gives a better 'chew'. A width of about 2 cm. (1 inch) and a thickness of about 1/2 cm. (1/4 inch) is usually best as it dries quicker.
Lay the strips onto a tray and use a low heat setting (250 degrees F) for as long as it takes to remove the moisture from the meat. When I make jerky for us humans I salt it down overnight first, but I prefer not to add extra salt to the dog's diet.
Jerky stores really well in a screw top jar, and I have yet to find a pooch that won't do hand stands for a piece! Remember though that even though it shrinks, a few pieces rehydrated will equal 3 times more so don't overfeed your puppy. Cheers!
My friend heard from her vet that if you feed your dog Kibbles 'n Bits as a treat, they will really like them and also get food that is good for them. I tried this and my dog Jack just loves his treat.
When you buy soft dog treats, such as jerky or sausage type, tear them into smaller pieces. You can give just one tidbit as a training treat or plain old reward. Most dogs don't need the extra calories of an entire treat, and this way, you spend more time with your dog, too. It's all about the love!
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