Well it's time for Tricks and Treats and lucky for me-Josie likes both. Josie's best trick is to go get the mail with me every day, and then once she brings it all the way into the house-she gets a Treat. So, lets start out with Treats.... Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. From lattes to pies, pumpkin is truly a staple of Fall, and Howl-O-Ween.... However, what many pet parents may not realize is that pumpkin (in it's organic, natural pureed form) is also highly beneficial. Does you're fur kid like Pumpkin? Josie it hit or miss depending on the Pumpkin treat.
Did you know that one of the most common uses of canned pumpkin is for dogs suffering from diarrhea? Canned pumpkin is an excellent source of soluble fiber, and contains essential vitamins and minerals. Additionally, canned pumpkin also contains vitamins A, E, C, potassium, and iron. The natural fibers and essential vitamins of the pumpkin helps to slow down digestion by adding bulk to the dog's stool by absorbing water-who knew. Pumpkin if you really do research- helps a ton of aliments and has numerous benefits that can be used all year long and Pumpkin seeds can even be given to your dog for health benefits. This is also why I love to blog-I always learn fun facts.
Tricks- As I mentioned above-Josie is my official mail carrier. As a puppy-we went to get the mail every day, and she eventually was able to take it all the way back into the house. People always ask how I taught her this (she can now deliver a card as well), and like anything else when it comes to training-consistency, consistency. Also, Josie being a mixed terrier likes to have a job to do. When you mention-mail or time to work-she gets excited and is ready to go. All dogs are different and the funny part is that simple tricks have been harder for Josie to learn compared to more challenging ones. For instance, Josie learned a figure 8, quicker then learning the command down (which still is not great-lol). I spoke to two trainers about all of this to find why I could not train her to do the simple stuff like other dogs, but she could pick up crazy things. Also, Josie is not food driven-so I treat Josie with the reward of her ball, or something that squeeks. To say Josie is unique is an understatement. In any case, I try my best to work on a trick a month-how about you? If you follow me on Instagram and check out my stories-I post many of Josies tricks there.
Have a great October and if you have never tried baking treats for your dog-this is one of my favorites on the web!
(3)Three Ingredient (Easy, Beginner Dog Recipe)- Pumpkin, Peanut Butter Biscuits (Feel free to adjust to your dogs diet needs-like Gluten free, etc and just google)
1. 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
2. ½ cup All Natural Peanut Butter (look for a brand like Skippy Natural that does not contain xylitol)
3. 1¾ cup Whole Wheat Flour
(You will also need parchment paper-I find it best to roll dough out on this (like I do for my Sugar cookies)
Preheat oven to 350 F
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until it's clumpy, and not sticky
Place the dough on the parchment sheet
Lay another sheet of parchment paper over the dough and use a rolling pin to roll dough to ¼ inch thick( again just like you would Sugar cookies)
Once it is to your thickness liking, peel off the top parchment paper.
Use your desired cookie cutter to start cutting out the treats- I have a dog bone cutter, and I use some of my baking Holiday ones too.
Place on your lined baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 F
Let cool completely
How many cookies yielded will be determined by size of cookie cutters, and thickness if you don't do ¼ inch.
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Dawn McCarthy October 2018
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