Dogs love to get little savory snacks when on a walk or during training. Here are tips for buying, selecting and preparing your own dog treats. This is a guide for saving money on dog treats.
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!
By vicki57 from Queensland, Australia
Hey vicki57, one question. "Low heat setting" on what? Do you put this in the oven or what?
Thanks so much!
Make sure to have plenty of fresh water at the ready ok, important
Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.
I do this a lot in the summer time. It's for the k9s in the family. I'll put some Kibbles and Bits in a ice cube tray then fill with chicken broth, I cover this with Saran wrap, stick some rawhide sticks in the middle, and let freeze.
Cheap dog treats! I was spending a fortune on dog treats training our puppy. I have since begun buying hot dogs and I slice them into thin discs. About half I cut again into 4ths. I use the smaller ones for training, when you need to use many in one sitting.
Instead of spending money and adding extra calories for my dog, I don't buy dog cookies anymore. Now I give her a couple of Cheerios as a treat and she is just as happy.
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.