Monday, January 12, 2009

Making dog treats

Since we got Blue we have been using treats to help train him. He has a lot of energy and likes to jump. He is very smart and is learning fast. Daniel spends the most time with him teaching him to sit, stay, and lie down. We bought a box of treats, but thought it would be fun to make some of our own. It is certainly a lot cheaper and the girls loved the idea. They were able to do everything since making dog treats doesn't have to be very precise. It was a great activity for many reasons. First, the girls practiced their reading, measuring, mixing, and baking skills. Second, they got the satisfaction of being able to make something for the animals and then enjoyed giving it to them. Also, it was just a fun thing to do as a family.

In addition, I have the satisfaction of knowing what's in the treats and that they don't contain diseased remains of other animals. This is another whole subject that I'm not going to get into on the blog. I'll just say that after Daniel and I read a few articles this weekend we were shocked to find out what goes into commercial dog food and treats and what we have been feeding our pets. We have made a few changes to the dogs' diets that should be better for their overall health and appearance.

If you are interested in making pet treats there are tons of recipes online. I picked a whole grain recipe that was easy to do and only used a few ingredients. Happy Baking!


Anna Morrison said...

Totally doesn't surprise me that you and your girls did this. Really make sense and I know the girls must have loved it.

I bet it does feel good knowing what is going in your sweet dogs' bodies. They deserve the best as well. I am proud of you for thinking to research and follow through with an online recipe.

So proud of who you all are!!

Laura Parker said...

so fun! what a great project. and Blue looks like a wonderful addition to the family! love, L