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Dogs and treats: Tips for a happy pet during the festive period

How to look after your pooch without it being overfed or unwell?

There’s no rule about how often you can dole them out, as long as you limit treats to 10% of their daily calories. Some owners choose to give one large biscuit each day. Others give a handful of kibble (perhaps 20 or 30 pieces) over the course of the day, one or two pieces at a time. You should always make sure you provide your dog with plenty of water to drink if you’re giving them extra treats as some may be difficult to digest or contain ingredients that cause them to become dehydrated quicker. If you’re unsure which treats might be suitable for your dog or puppy, speak to one of our nutrition experts in store or have a chat with your vet. You should refrain from over-praising your pet, as this has a similar effect. Reducing the Treats: After your dog has learned the commands, only reward him with treats once in a while. They should be expected to perform them correctly, but receiving a treat occasionally helps keep him more interested. Overdoing it could lead to stomach issues in the short run, and weight gain in the long term and obesity in dogs can lead to serious health problem.

We hope you have found some treats for your dogs and your pet can have a happy holiday. Happy holidays! There are plenty of festive treats that you can give them in moderation to help make their day extra special. When you make homemade dog treats, you know exactly what’s gone into them. Every year, there are dozens of pet food recalls because of contaminated ingredients. Over time, thousands of dogs have died and many more made unwell through unhealthy commercial dog treats. Making homemade dog treats makes our dogs happy. This in turn releases dopamine in our brain which then makes us happy. Now that is definitely not something you’ll find in a bag of commercial dog treats! Dogs love variety.  It what helps make their day more interesting.  What better way to introduce more variety than to include a myriad of fresh ingredients in their daily feedings.  We would get tired of eating the same highly processed food every day, so one can only imagine how a dog feels when being fed the same dry or wet dog food each day.  The lack of variety is boring, but it also limits the nutritional value.  By feeding homemade dog food you can change up the variety and make it more interesting for your pooch.


Frozen Yogurt Dog Pops: A healthy treat for your dog on a hot day.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (preferably organic)
  • 1/4 cup honey (preferably local)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted and chopped up with a knife or small food processor. You can substitute unsweetened shredded coconut if you don’t have the time or inclination to toast it yourself. Just be careful not to burn your mouth!

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats.

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats.

Peanut butter and banana is a great combination, but you don’t have to use the actual peanut butter. There are many healthy alternatives that can be mixed with dog treats, such as apple sauce or yogurt. The banana will provide your pup with potassium and fibre while the peanut butter gives him protein and essential fats—both of which are important for canine health! Peanut butter is a nutritionally well-rounded dog treat, providing nutrients . It’s also a good source of folic acid for cell growth and magnesium to assist cells metabolize B complex vitamins. Another key reason peanut butter is beneficial for dogs in moderation is it contains fibre. As with humans, fibre is essential for regulating your dog’s digestive tract. Fibre is broken down into fatty acids to strengthen the colon or prevent bad bacteria from forming. Fibre also reduces the chances of diarrhoea or constipation.

Doggy Fruit Cake

Fruit cake is a fruit-filled cake that’s often made in large quantities and stored for long periods of time. You can also make your own version using different fruits like pineapple and mangoes.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound sugar (or more)
  • 3 eggs beaten until smooth

Doggie Doughnuts

Doggie Doughnuts

Ingredients: flour, water, sugar, yeast, milk, eggs, salt

How to make dog doughnuts:

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer add in 1 cup of flour and stir until combined. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt and mix again until evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  • Make sure there aren’t any clumps left at this point because they will affect how your dough turns out later on! Now add 2 tablespoons of warm water (you want these puppies soft enough to work with but not too hot because they’ll cook fast) into your mixture while mixing with an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon until everything starts coming together as one giant blob that looks like bread dough (not like cake batter). Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect just yet—just keep mixing! Once all ingredients have been incorporated properly then transfer them over into another bowl where you can cover them up for about 30 minutes before baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes – this time may vary depending upon how many dogs visit every day during peak hours…

Berry Merry Dogsicles

You can use any berries, yogurt that is suitable for your pooch

You can also use any type of dog treat mould to make your own yummy treats! Certain types of berries besides blackberries are also safe for dogs. You can feed your dog strawberries, blueberries and raspberries as well. These berries are soft and easy for dogs to chew and don’t contain any ingredients that are toxic to canines. Yogurt is high in calcium and protein. It also can act as a probiotic, which can be good for the digestive system.


It’s easy to make Holiday treats for your dogs.

You can make healthy dog treats for the holidays that your pet will love.

  • Dental treats, to help improve teeth and gums s well as help reduce bad breath, tartar and plaque
  • Reward treats have great flavour and palatability to give to your dog just because dogs love treats, especially when they’re homemade! It’s easy to give your dog a new treat that’s good for them and easy to make. Homemade dog treats don’t contain the same amount of preservatives, fats and chemicals that regular store-bought treats contain. This is simply because homemade dog treats don’t have to sit in bags on store shelves for weeks at a time, so homemade treats can contain the freshest and most natural ingredients available. Long-lasting chew treats can help relieve boredom and reduce destructive behaviour and dental treats and gnaws can promote healthy teeth and provide oral care and good for their mouth hygiene.

I know what you’re thinking: why would you want to make dogs treats when they’re already so cute? Well, there’s a reason most of us do it! Your dog will love the taste, and you’ll get some quality time with them while you make it happen. Plus, since we all know our pets are better judges of what they like than we are, these treats can be tailored to their individual preferences. Treats are an essential part of positive reinforcement, rewards-based training, but you also need to be mindful to balance your dog’s treats with their overall daily calories. Give them too many treats and you won’t just spoil their appetite for actual meals, but you could also make your dog overweight and unhealthy. Treats keep your dog busy and help to reduce the risk of boredom. Giving your dog a treat as you leave is also often used as a short-term remedy for separation anxiety. It can create a more positive association with you leaving the house and can help teach them that being alone is not so frightening.. So whether your pooch loves hot dogs or loves berries, here’s how to create holiday treats for dogs that’ll have them asking for more…

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