As dog owners, we put so much time and effort in to choosing the right dog food. Checking the meat content, making sure it doesn’t have additives or derivatives, and keeping an eye out for things we think our dog shouldn’t be eating. But so many owners still give their dog food that should be for humans only. And when we do give them dog treats, it’s usually a bag grabbed at the supermarket and whatever is on offer.
What if we told you that it’s pretty easy to make your own dog treats from at home, so easy you can get the kids involved and it should help you save money in the long run. We’re sharing our favourite recipe below, chosen as they are perfect for hiding dog and puppy worming tablets in and our dogs just love the taste. You can be assured that you know exactly what’s in the treats too. And the best bit? You don’t even have to use the oven!
Peanut Butter Balls for Pups
- 90g Rolled Oats
- 250g Peanut Butter - try to find one with no or low salt content, or ideally use one specifically for dogs such as Peamutt Butter
- 125g Plain Yoghurt
- Grab the yoghurt and the peanut butter and whisk together to make a paste like texture.
- Next, add the oats a little at a time, making sure they are fully coated in the peanut butter paste and you can’t spot any dry ones. The mixture by now will be stodgy and sticky.
- Using a spoon, scoop out portions that are bite size for your dog and use your hands to roll them into balls. Do this gently and slowly, as too much squeezing and the balls will fall apart.
- Pop them on a piece of baking paper, on a flat tray, then place in the fridge for one hour so they can set.
- After this they will be ready for your dog to taste test.
This recipe makes up to thirty treats, depending on what bite size means for the size of dog you have. Keep them in an air- tight container, stored in the fridge and they will last up to ten days.
Remember treats are designed to be part of a balanced diet, if you have given your dog a few more than usual that day, be sure to adjust his regular dog food portion so he’s not eating more than he should be.
When you need to give your dog their regular treatment to get rid of worms, just pop the tablet inside the peanut butter ball to help disguise your plans. Your dog should be quick to gobble down the treat you’ve so lovingly made, none the wiser, and you’ll be looking after his health in more ways than one.