Reply To: Dog Treats of High Value (Discussion FE520)

Alana McGee

You are so lucky that Tippet is so food driven.

Ashley is not unless it’s stolen wet cat food. Many times she prefers kibble over canned dog food. When we first started classes, cheese and hot dogs were not good enough.

At training classes, we typically need a high value treat or she ignores it. If she has concerns about the environment, even HIGH value treats don’t work – less often now than in August.

One happy note: for truffle hunting, we have not needed high value treats. The game provides a huge reward on it’s own.

In September, I went on a huge search for dogs treats and made these 5 (file attached) and we had great success!!! For the the jerky type treats, I smoke them, but they can easily be made in the oven or a dehydrator. They all taste good. For the oat flour, I just bought oats and ran them through the food processor until I had a coarse flour.

Next on my list is working on our own doggie treat sausage. Then we can just make a few when we make our own bratwursts.

I will also post my larger file of everything I had gathered when I went on my search for dog treat recipes on the fb page. Again not pretty, but lots of great recipes. Alana, I’ll email mail it to you.

If you haven’t heard about the problems with some jerky products, here’s some info. And at some point Costco was selling jerky products from China and surprisingly it was not pulled off the shelves.

For more info…mation/ucm295445.htm…Treats-for-Pets.aspx

Here’s important info from the 2nd site:
Types of Jerky Pet Treat Products

What are the products involved?

The majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams.

Are there specific brands we should be concerned about?

The illnesses have been linked to many brands of jerky treats. The one common factor the cases share is consumption of a chicken or duck jerky treat or jerky-wrapped treat, mostly imported from China. Pet owners should be aware that manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products, so packages that do not state on the label that they are made in another country may still contain ingredients sourced from China or other countries that export to the U.S.