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I've been looking and looking for ways I can make treats at home that Riko can have (no wheat, and we've just switched him to fish and potato food).

We always fed our other dogs table scraps etc, and as much as I know they don't know, and they don't necessarily need it....I would love to be able to give him treats at night, not just his hypo-allergenic bones!

I heard one can make sweet potato nuggets, but am unsure of how or what to do other than cutting chunks and baking them...

Any ideas out there for us?
 

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I don't make treats, but I do give my dogs carrots, apples and bananas as treats. They especially love the carrots.
 

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Great idea goldhaven, thank you! He loves apples....we've just stopped everything we can control until we get a grasp on what is going on with him!
 

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We have 2 springers that can't have any wheat. I dehydrate liver and sweet potato for them. I also bake them cookies that are made with brown rice flour or potato flour. Its worth the effort to make them yourself, that way you know for sure what is in them. If you need the recipe let me know.
 

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I would love the recipes if you don't mind :)

New to this making treats thing!!! I just can't mentally get around them only eating dog food and some bones......he must have more fun with food!
 

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Rookie doesn't get wheat either. The training treats I use are: Zuke's minis, dried liver treats, small bits of chicken and cheese. Occasionally he'll get a tiny bit of apple sausage and he also likes raw zucchini. A half an egg shell is another great treat. Rookie also likes frozen green beans (I call them beansicles) and frozen peas. I make him work for all his treats, but do try to keep it fun.

Oh, and Rookie's favorite, favorite, favorite treat is a Frosty Paws dog ice cream. He only gets them once in a blue moon but he does a happy dance and starts licking his lips when I ask him if he wants an ice cream. I also give him a raw marrow bone once or twice a month also because I know they're good for his teeth.
 

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I have to keep Shadow on a wheat free diet and it's really quite easy.

his kibble is grain free.

For treats I use cheese, apples, carrots, dried liver, hot dogs, raw meat, cooked meat, etc. I also can buy wheat free treats at our local feed store. In fact, MilkBone I think it is has a wheat free chewy treat - the ones that look like pieces of steak or cheese or chicken legs. I read EVERY label of dog food/treats that come into our home.

Good luck!
 

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Thank you all for the ideas :)

I spent 1/2 an hour yesterday reading every treat I came across.....I found 2 with no wheat, however we've been buying Wellness treats at the vet.

I can't imagine veggies could have a reaction in him, so I'm going to start there (we're limiting the meat proteins).

He'll eat just about ANYTHING (the only thing he's refused so far is lettuce)....and grapes he LOVES, he plays with them then eats them :) That is usually a treat when Brandin drops one!
 

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I don't mind at all. I'll post the recipes for you tomorrow. I don't have them with me. (I'm at work )
 

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He'll eat just about ANYTHING (the only thing he's refused so far is lettuce)....and grapes he LOVES, he plays with them then eats them :) That is usually a treat when Brandin drops one!
Do you know that grapes are toxic for dogs? You should definitely avoid giving him any grapes at all.
 

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I had NO Idea grapes were toxic to dogs...OMG....he only gets a grape here and there, and as I said they are usually dropped...he likes to play with them, but that can be replaced with peas :)
 

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I just looked it up....Raisins (of course...) as well....wow....I've had dogs my whole life (except 7 years) and never knew that!

Thank you for sharing that with me!
 

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For wheat free treats- we've tried the following, all of which he loves:
- Wet Noses
- Newman's Own Organics
- Buddy Biscuits

All/most can be found at either Petco, Pet Food Express or your local feed store. :)
 

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Zuke's mini treats are awesome! Lucky loves them for click training. He also likes the Wellness ones. Carrots are also great.

Definitely not grapes (I just learned that as well) also no onions or tomatoes (learned that as well too).
 

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Slow bake:

Sweet potatoes (get the fries if you want to save time)
cooked and sliced meat/liver bits

You can season with garlic etc. if you want as well. I just get a cheap roast, cook it, slice it into strips then dry it in an oven on low to get 'jerky'. Or, I just freeze it in chunks once it's cooled for bait.

Treats do NOT have to be grain based cookies! My guys also like yogurt, and one of these days I'll be making them a batch of homemade yogurt too (just waiting on the half a cow to arrive so I know if I have any freezer space!)

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I prefere home made treats for them. I like knowing what the ingredients
are and it is also cheaper.

For high value treats I will poach meat.. no seasonings till done, then freeze or refrigerate. Sometimes we also use string cheese.

As for the cookie treats. I pulverize a box of quick oats in the food processor until it is a powder. Put aside. If oats are a problem for your dog you can find rice flour at the health food store.

Decide what flavor you are making.. Choose 1:
1 # of meat ( pulverized to a mush in the processor ), 1 can solid packed pumpkin, 1 can of mackerel, 2 cans of tuna or 1/2 a jar of peanut butter.

Put the meat in a bowl, add 2 eggs and most of the oat flour. You can add grated carrots or apples to add interest, too. It will be a very stiff dough.

Press the mixture into a parchment lined sheet pan. Bake 25 minutes @ 325 degrees. Use a pizza cutter and cut into small squares, and using a spatula flip them all over and bake for about 30 more minutes. Cool. Remember to keep in the fridge or freezer, as there are no preservatives used.
 

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I have done "sweet potato chips" I put thin slices in the oven & a light brushing of honey if you want.

Her are a couple recipes for biscuits. Some I got here, some on internet.
Peanut Butter dog treats
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3 tbls peanut butter (I use more like 5!)
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour (use oat flour if pup is allergic to wheat)
1 cup oat flour or oatmeal

Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture. Pour onto ungreased cooke sheet and bake 20 minutes @ 400 degrees F. Cut with pizza roller, put in baggies and refrigerate. Make all your neighborhood dogs love you by sharing
You can add some mashed banana for a change of pace or if you've got a banana going bad.



Nutty Bones

1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup brown sugar
12 tbs. butter
1/2 cup ground walnuts
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup vanilla extract
2 tbs. toasted wheat germ


Combine ingredients, knead until thoroughly blended. Roll out till 1/2" thick. Cut into shapes or just squares. Bake at 375F on ungreased cookie sheet for 12-15minutes. Cool. Store in airtight container. Keeps 2 weeks.

Snickerpoodles

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup honey
2 eggs
3 ¾ cups white flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix vegetable oil, shortening , honey with eggs. Beat well. Add flour, soda and cream of tartar. Knead dough until mixed well. Shape dough by rounded teaspoons into balls. Mix the cornmeal and cinnamon together in a bowl and roll balls in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet . Press the balls down with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 400F. Cool on a rack. Store in airtight container

PATCH'S DOG TREATS ALA POOCH

2 sm. jars strained baby beef
1/4 c. non-fat dry milk
1/2 c. wheat germ

Mix all ingredients and shape into small balls. Arrange on greased cookie sheet and flatten with fork. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Store in refrigerator when cool. Guard your fingers when you offer them to your pet
New Year Delights

2 tablespoons honey
2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened chunky applesauce
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup dried apple chips
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix together honey, water, applesauce, vanilla and egg. Add flour, apple chips, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix thoroughly, scraping sides and bottom of bowl to be sure no dry mixture is left. Spoon into greased muffin pans so that each cup is three-quarters full and bake for approximately 1 hour until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container. Makes 12 muffins

 

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We use Wellness Wellbars here. I bought a new box last weekend and noticed they have come out with 2 new flavours and one is completely grain-free and the others are wheat free.
 

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Natural balance treats are grain-free and pretty cheap. I always get the small dog size (which is still fairly big) and they only run about $5-6 for a 1/2 lb bag. One bag usually lasts awhile. They have several different meat flavors too (duck, venison, turkey, etc.)
 
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