Treating your dog to some high-quality treats doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.
You can even prepare some treats for your pooch while you cook dinner for your family.
Just remember, if you’re going to give you dog extra food, make sure you’re adjusting his regular portions during his meals because you don’t want to overfeed him. When it comes to special snacks, I love serving up chicken. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for some chicken meat treats.
You’re going to need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of grilled, boneless, skinless chicken
- ¾ cups plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt
- 1 carrot
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Start with shredding the chicken. You want to make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked, either grilled or boiled. Sometimes, I find boiling the chicken worked well. Boiling chicken prevents any charring or over-drying and makes the chicken easy to chop up and shred. You want tiny pieces of chicken, not chunks.
Next, add in your plain yogurt but make sure it has no xylitol in it. Artificial sweeteners can be toxic for you dog. Yogurts that are high in live cultures are the best because they will help your dog digest the lactose.
However, pay close attention to your dog the first time you give him yogurt. He may be lactose intolerant.
Stir up your chicken and yogurt and add the carrot. I use a cheese grater to shred up my carrot. Like the chicken, you want small and thin carrot pieces, so shredding is the best bet. Carrots are high in natural sugars so if your dog is diabetic, add fewer carrots or find a green vegetable substitute.
Finally, add in your oil olive. Olive oil is naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids and helps your dog keep his coat shiny. Mix up all four ingredients and spoon them into an ice cube tray. I like to get fancy and use a silicon dog paw tray, but you can use any regular tray or even an egg carton.
The portion size each treat will depend on your dog’s size. Bigger dogs can have bigger treats, but you want to make small treats for small dogs. For smaller dogs, you can spoon half teaspoon treats on parchment paper to freeze rather than ice cube trays.
Let the treats freeze solid, and then you’re ready to serve them up. I love having these frozen snacks on hand for my dog, especially on hot summer days after we come back in from your walks.
These treats don’t take long to prepare, and your dog will love them.