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A tick sucking ass.
Homemade treats make an excellent, inexpensive gift for the holidays and will thrill your 4- and 2-legged friends. These treats are great year-round, but may be just the thing you are looking for to give special clients a nice thank-you.
About a year ago we started hearing about recalls of pet treats on a regular basis. We’re still hearing of dogs getting ill and dying after eating jerky imported from China. At that time, I decided to start making my own pet treats and they have been a phenomenal success with my clients. We now make a jerky, a pumpkin treat and catnip treats regularly for our clients.
The jerky I make is highly addictive! Dogs go crazy for it. Not only is it a healthy, great-tasting snack, it’s a great ice-breaker. I have used it to make instant friends with fearful or slightly aggressive dogs. Once they get a taste of it, they will do anything you want. We jokingly refer to it as canine crack.
A friend had some of my jerky in her pants pocket and gave it to her dog during a walk. When she came home from work that night, her dog had chewed a hole in the pocket area of her pants, trying to get to the last crumbs left there.
3 pounds lean ground turkey
2.5 pounds carrots
1 pound cranberries
3 medium bananas
In a food processor, grind the carrots and cranberries and purify bananas. Mix all thoroughly with the ground turkey (meatloaf style). Use a jerky gun or mold mixture by hand into thin strips or links and place on dehydrator trays. Depending on your dehydrator, dry for 6-8 hours. Makes a full gallon-size plastic bag of jerky or 4-5 quart-size bags. You can make them very crispy or a little chewy. Storing in refrigerator will keep it fresh for at least a month. You can also freeze them.
Alternative methods: If you don’t have a food processor, you can cook the carrots and cranberries first and thoroughly mash them. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can bake them in the oven on a low setting until completely dried. A jerky gun is very much like a cookie press. A cookie press would probably work too and make shapes..
Alternative ingredients: You can use spinach, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, green beans or vegetables of your choice to mix with the meat or use the meat plain. I have found that sweet potatoes have to be cooked first to soften enough to use. Adding vegetables doubles the size of the mixture and adds valuable vitamins and nutrients. You can make the mixture with vegetables only for dogs with protein allergies. Use only fresh or frozen vegetables. Avoid canned vegetables because they are loaded with sodium.
Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour OR baby rice cereal
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough.
Form the dough into half-dollar size balls and flattened with your thumb. OR you can roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thick and cut with cookie cutter, such as bone shape. Place biscuits on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. Bake 30 minutes, watching to make sure they don’t get too brown. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.
* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not tolerate wheat.
Makes up to 75 small biscuits or 50 medium biscuits
I order a 1-pound bag of Frontier organic catnip from Amazon. This is a LOT of catnip and it is super potent. Stuff a handful of catnip into infant (size 0-3 months) socks and tie the end shut with string. Clip the string after tying so the cats don’t swallow it. Cats who like to eat catnip can still lick or chew on the sock to get the rush. But they can also play with it and it will last a long time. Avoid the mess of catnip on the carpet and create a fun toy that will last for months.
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Facebook Halo Fan, Joy Langdon Gray, wrote to us earlier this month about her dog, Ewok and his experience with Halo natural dog food. Here’s what she wrote:
I can’t say enough good things about your Spot’s Stew dry dog food. My chihuahua mix has a super sensitive belly, and if he even eats a small amount of another dog food, particularly cheap supermarket dog food, he gets very ill. He has diarreah, nausea, painful gas, and has become very dehydrated as a result. Your food (duck and pheasant) is the only dog food he can tolerate. It’s made so well and it’s easily digestible for him and he has no problems with it. Your food has greatly improved his quality of life and I just wanted to thank you. I tell everybody about his miraculous turn around and the food that helped him. Thanks again, and keep up the good work!
Thank you Joy for sharing your story. We are so happy that Ewok has greatly improved thanks to Halo. Welcome to the family and we hope Ewok has a long and healthy life.
This is brilliant. It’s also related to dog training.
This Dad has hit on a great technique for ending a frustrating situation quickly: redirecting from an unwanted behavior to another.
Redirection is another technique in the Applied Behavior Analysis toolbox. I’ve spoken about differential reinforcement before. This is also a form of differential reinforcement: DRO or Differential Reinforcement of an Other behavior. (Although we could call what Dad is doing in the video DRI too, since you can’t cry and “moo” like a cow at the same time.) As the video clearly shows, redirection/DRO can be a very effective technique.
(By the way, controlling antecedents might be another option: if playing with a certain toy often leads to a tantrum than that toy might disappear during a nap. But I digress…)
You’ve likely heard or read something similar with dogs. Redirect a puppy that is chewing on hands or furniture to a toy. Redirect a dog displaying fearful or aggressive behavior to an alternative, such as targeting or eye contact. It can work in the short term, which can be a blessing to a dog owner and it can help in the long term since the first step is alleviating an unwanted situation is preventing or curtailing it, and it can even work in the long term if the undesired behavior is not reinforced as well as the one being redirected to.
One possible pitfall here is unintentionally creating a behavior chain: the little girl might figure out that throwing a tantrum gets her Dad’s attention, similar to a puppy that figures out that chewing on a chair leg makes a bone appear. Preventing this isn’t difficult. Make sure that there is an easier way to get what they want, in the case of the little girl it might be as simple as asking for attention and for the puppy it could just be a polite “sit.”
Have you used redirection with your dog?
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Stress is the body’s normal form of defense. When faced with danger or discomfort, your body reacts in a ‘fight or flight’ mode as a form of protection. If your body is subjected to constant, repetitive and stressful situations, without time to restore itself, your health could suffer.
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