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Dog treats / Re: Recipes for home made treats.
« on: Apr 27, 2016, 21:54 »
Thanks for your reply, Dottie. Just seen your other thread about feeding treats and that someone else bought a dehydrator, so will hop off over there to tell her all about it!

Dog treats / Re: Warning about Kong toys
« on: Apr 27, 2016, 03:10 »
I have used Kongs for many years. My old Border Collie, Zak, never had food in his as he would never bother to get it out so it would just rot! He was not a chewer at all, but still had it to stay occupied if I went out. He would take it to the top of the stairs and let it go just so he could retrieve it. All day!
However, my little Jackiex, Buzz, got the top of his Kong in quite a short time. which concerned me. In response, I bought him one which is too large for him, so if he should get the top off this time, it will be too large for him to swallow, and if he kets bits off, they will only be very small. This is perhaps worth adding to the list of precautions for fierce chewers, as in real life, you are most likely to give your dog a toy when you are too busy to watch him and you want to keep him occupied.
 Incidentally, his is rarely filled, as he refuses to eat most things except a home-cooked diet, which he won't entertain in the Kong, and I refuse to fill it with pate all the time! Too fattening! He does get it frozen with pate if I will be out for more than a couple of hours.

Always check ANY toy for signs of damage before giving it to your dog. No toy is completely indestructible, but the Kong range come closest in my experience.

Dog treats / Re: Recipes for home made treats.
« on: Apr 27, 2016, 02:47 »
Hi, there
My first post!
I also bought a food dehydrator as another way to store my home grown fruit and veg, and to give the kids healthy treats instead of sweets.
Then I thought of drying meat as training treats for my very fussy Jack Russell x. Lo and behold, I found a treat that he loves ;D
I am a groomer, and hit on the idea of trying my clients with the treats, and have not found a dog yet who will not eat them. In fact, I gave away lots in little bags as healthy Xmas treats for my regulars.
Now I have re-homed a young Labradoodle, the dehydrator is on almost constantly!

I have dried most meats and offals, and all seem to go down well, but I have found that if I dry them just to a' leathery' texture rather than completely dry and crispy, the fussier dogs prefer them and they work great as 'high-value' training treats. The dogs really do 'roll-over' for them! ::) They don't keep as long as the crispy ones once exposed to the air, but still for a week or two. I bought a small vacuum sealer and pack them into small bags that are easy to carry around and store indefinitely.
Now all the dogs on our regular walks come straight to my right coat pocket!  :P

I find lamb liver best for the smallest and/or fussiest dogs, but they all seem to love kidney, heart , chicken and fish too. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), steak was the least sought after. ??? Lights I haven't tried as we don't have a local butcher where I live. (probably the only thing I really miss since moving from a town).

If anyone has any other ideas for the dehydrator, I would love to know.

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