Certain foods that can be dangerous for dogs as they are poisonous, toxic or just have too much of a nutrient that they can’t properly digest or can be harmful for their organs. Avoid giving your dog the following foods: alcohol, avocado, raisins, grapes, currants, cooked bones, most nuts, too much onion, garlic, leek and dairy; some mushrooms, fatty foods, caffeine, xylitol, chocolate, sugar, yeast dough, baking soda and powder, seeds from plums, peaches and persimmons; human medication.
Foods that are safe and they love are cooked meats, potatoes, carrots, watermelon, cucumber and even apples. You can give your dog peanut butter but not in large amounts and free of Xylitol. It’s great for stuffing Kong toys, same as low fat liver pate and fish potato mash.
If you want to teach your dog a command you will have to tell him that he has shown the correct behaviour. That has to happen 1-2 seconds after his behaviour in order for him to make the connection and learn. Rewarding correct behaviour can be done with a clicker or your voice and a treat or a toy. When using positive reinforcement your dog will actually feel happy and remember those emotions when using that command in the future. That will help your dog to be happy and trust you more. This can help you change any underlying negative feelings in your dog that can cause problem behaviour. Using force or pain on your dog may show short term results but it will not make your dog trust you and therefore won’t be obedient in stressful situations, he will only listen to you because he’s scared. Ideally you want to work with your dog and not against him.
450g liver, 450g self-raising flour, 3 eggs and milk/water
180° bake for ca 35 min
Whisk eggs and add an equal amount of liquid into the jar. Blend the liver in a food processor or chop very finely. Mix all ingredients together and fill in a tray. Cut into small dices once cooled down.
They will keep for 3 days in the fridge and for 3 months in the freezer.
1 can of tuna, 4 tbsp olive oil, 1 egg, 1 tsp dried thyme and oregano, 250g cornflour, 150g rolled oats and 50g flour
180° bake for ca 25 min on baking sheet
Puree the liquids well before mixing with the rest. If too dry add the tuna water and/or normal water. Make dough and roll out 1cm thick, then cut triangles.
They will keep for 2 weeks in a tin.
Ideal for Kong fillers.
Boil a sweet potato and mash with the skinned mackerel. Remove any bones.
Fill into ice cube trays and defrost them the day before.
They will keep in the freezer for 3 months and fridge for 3 days.
If you want to use the biscuits for clicker training just cut them really small and bake them less long.
All recipes approved by Zoe the dog!
2 carrots, 1 banana, 200g flour, 100g rolled oats, 50ml oil and water as required
180° bake for 25 min and leave in the turned off oven overnight
Grate carrots and mash banana. Mix all well together and add water if required. Make dough and roll out 1cm thick. Cut squares about 4cm in size.
They will keep for 3 weeks.