Archive for September, 2016

  • Homemade Bunny Treats

    Following along with the two previous homemade treat blogs, we’re now moving on to the small animal world! Not everyone has a dog or cat, bunnies need love too! And the best way to show them you care is by homemaking treats for them. This can be a great activity for the whole family to spend time together and showing love to their animals. We hope you (and your pets!) enjoy this list of homemade small animal treats!

    Banana Oatmeal Carrot Granola Treats:

    Ingredients:

    5 cm ripe banana

    5 cm carrot, shredded

    1 pandan leaf, cut into strips

    3 tbsp instant oatmeal

    Directions:

    1. Mush the banana into purée. Add in the shredded carrot and pandan leaves
    2. Add in the instant oatmeal and mix into a dough
    3. Take a small teaspoon of the dough, press hard into a ball shape.
    4. Shape the dough into a bowl shape. The shape allows the rabbit to bite on its own without having us to hold on to the snack.
    5. Lay the small doughs onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.
    6. Bake the doughs in an oven set at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Then allow the snack to cool down in the oven for at least 1 hour to allow most of the moisture to escape.
    7. Store the cool down biscuits in an air-tight container. Give your rabbits one or two biscuits per day!

    Via: http://mymindpatch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/banana-oatmeal-carrot-granola-for-rabbit.html?m=1

    Special Bunny Cookies:

    Ingredients:

    ¼ cup mashed banana

    1 tsp honey

    ¼ cup pureed pumpkin

    ¼ cup ground pellets

    ¼ cup ground oats

    Directions:

    1. Gather and mix all ingredients together
    2. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness
    3. Cut dough out into cute shapes and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees
    4. Turn off oven, but let cookies dry in warm oven for another hour
    5. Let cool completely, then give 1-2 cookies per day

    Via: http://www.thebunnyhut101.com/2014/01/bunny-cookies.html

    Bunny Cilantro Squares:

    Ingredients:

    1 Banana

    1/2 c. Pineapple, crushed (Do not drain juice. If you are using canned pineapple, make sure it is just pineapple in juice. Do not use pineapple in syrup.)

    2 c. Cilantro, chopped

    1 c. Rabbit pellets

    1 c. Oats

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Puree banana, cilantro and pineapple until consistency is smooth.
    3. Grind oats and pellets into a powder (a clean coffee grinder works best for this).
    4. Mix the puree, oats and pellets together in a large bowl, and knead the dough until it is stiff enough to form a ball. Divide the dough in half, and place on baking sheets or stones, and roll to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Hint: When you are rolling out the dough, put plastic wrap over it. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.
    5. Cut the sheets of dough into small squares (a pizza cutter works well).
    6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Be careful not to brown them too much, especially if you are using baking sheets (metal sheets brown faster than stones).
    7. Turn the oven off and let the treats sit in the warm oven for several hours to dry out and harden the treats
    8. Let cool completely before giving them to your bunny and store in an air-tight container
    9. Only give these occasionally, as they are loaded with sugar!

    Via: http://www.amysedarisrocks.com/simpletimes/simple-times-crafts/

    Another good idea for very simple treats is putting your bunny’s favorite fruits and veggies, cut up, in ice trays with just enough water to bind the chunks together and freezing overnight. Viola, instant cooling treats for your small animal!

  • Don’t Forget About the Kitties, Homemade Treats for Your Beloved Feline Friends!

    I know we’ve done several blogs about homemade treats for dogs, one that was pumpkin spice inspired just last week, in fact! But I don’t want to leave out other beloved pets that would love, love, love some homemade treats! This week will be a couple of great treats that you can make for all the cat lovers out there, so take a look! Make sure you check the ingredients with your vet to make sure everything is okay to give to your four-legged friend.

    Catnip Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:

    5 oz tuna in water, drained

    1 egg

    ½ cup flour

    ¼ cup wheat germ

    ½ cup cornmeal

    ¼ cup wheat flour

    ¼ cup water

    ½ tablespoon catnip

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
    3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined
    4. Form into a dough, it will by sticky!
    5. Place dough onto a floured surface
    6. Pull off small pieces of dough and roll into small balls
    7. Push the dough down so the treat is the size of a nickel and place on parchment paper
    8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, allow to cool completely and serve!

    Via: http://www.messforless.net/catnip-cat-treats-recipe/

    Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:

    1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs (You can sub with salmon or tuna!)

    1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves

    1 cup organic quick-cooking oats

    1 organic brown egg

    1 tablespoon organic catnip

    1/4 cup flour

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Steam the boneless and skinless chicken thighs until cooked through. You can swap for boneless and skinless organic chicken breasts, salmon, or tuna with cat-loving results too. Let the chicken cool for 20 minutes before the next step.
    2. Place the chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg, and catnip in a blender or food processor, and pulse on low until the mixture blends together. It should still be a bit chunky but also smooth, similar to the texture of wet sand.
    3. Pop the mixture into a bowl and add the flour. You can also add a dash of salt or sugar to mix up the flavor. Use your hands to knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky, then place on a flour-dusted work surface.
    4. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle of dough around 1/2 inch thick. With the help of a pizza cutter or small cookie cutter, create small shapes for the finished treats.
    5. Place the kitty treats on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool until room temperature, and then toss to your cat.

    Via: http://www.popsugar.com/pets/Homemade-Organic-Cat-Treats-30776974

    3 Ingredient Salmon Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:

    10 oz canned salmon (undrained)

    1 egg (beaten)

    2 cups whole wheat flour

    Instructions:

    1. Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and chop as finely as possible.
    2. In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.
    3. Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.
    4. Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
    5. Allow to cool before serving.
    6. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

    Via: http://www.thecookierookie.com/3-ingredient-salmon-cat-treats/

     

    Goat’s Milk Cat-Sicles:

    Ingredients:

    Instant goat’s milk

    Water

    Silicone tray

    Directions:

    1. Mix goat’s milk packet with water as directed
    2. Pour evenly into the silicone ice tray
    3. Put in the freezer for at least an hour
    4. Serve to happy kitties!
    5. You can leave in freezer for up to a week
    6. As an extra additive, throw one of your cat’s favorite treats into each cat-sicle as a little surprise!

    Via: http://www.catster.com/cat-food/

  • Fall Is Just Around the Corner…Time for All Pumpkin Everything, but Mainly Homemade Dog Treats!

    I know, I know! We are about to be inundated with pumpkin spice as fall is about to be within our grasp, but I just couldn’t help myself! Pumpkin makes such a good ingredient for homemade dog treats as it is very easy on sensitive tummies and is scrumptious for our furry friends! Take a moment to treat your pups today!

    Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    3 cups oats

    ½ cup peanut butter

    1 cup pumpkin puree

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    2 eggs

    Instructions:

    1. Place the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse it until it’s not so coarse, but it doesn’t need to be a fine as flour.
    2. Add oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter cinnamon baking powder and eggs to bowl on mixer and blend on medium until it’s all mixed.
    3. Roll out with a little flour and cut with cookie cutters.
    4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
    5. Cool on rack until completely cooled.
    6. Place in airtight container to keep them fresh, or in the freezer. I keep them in the freezer, they don’t freeze solid as there is little liquid.

    Via: http://www.createdby-diane.com/2012/10/pumpkin-peanut-butter-oatmeal-dog-biscuits.html

    Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats:

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

    1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

    2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

    1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds (unsalted)

    1/3 cup blueberries

    * Water as needed

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a blender or food processor, grind the pumpkin seed finely. Empty grounds into bowl, and then add blueberries. Grind to a pulp.
    3. Blend together the applesauce, pumpkin and blueberries. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and pumpkin seed meal. Knead into a stiff dough, add water if necessary.
    4. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters.
    5. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool. Refrigerate or freeze in Ziploc bags or airtight containers

    Via: http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/beautiful-blueberry-and-pumpkin-dog-treat-recipe/

    Pumpkin Yogurt Easy Frozen Dog Treats Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    100% Pure Pumpkin

    Plain Greek Yogurt

    Banana

    Supplies:

    Silicone Mold

    Directions:

    1. Slice a banana into thin slices
    2. Layer each section of the mold with pumpkin, yogurt and tip with a banana slice
    3. Tap the mold on the counter to try and eliminate any air bubbles and then press down on the banana slice to push the ingredients into the mold
    4. Freeze overnight
    5. Pop the treats out of the mold and serve to very happy pups! You can store in the freezer for up to a week.

    Via: http://amagicalmess.com/2016/08/yogurt-frozen-dog-treats-recipe.html

    Pumpkin & Molasses Dog Cookies:

    Ingredients:

    ½ cup organic canned pumpkin

    4 tablespoons molasses

    4 tablespoons water

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    2 cups whole wheat flour

    ¼ teaspoon baking soda

    ¼ teaspoon baking powder

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl mix the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water.
    3. In a separate, medium bowl combine whole wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the dough softens.
    4. Scoop out small spoonful’s of dough {about 1 inch wide} and roll them into balls with your hands.
    5. Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork.
    6. Bake for 20 minutes
    7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

    Via: http://betsylife.com/easy-homemade-dog-treats/#_a5y_p=4440262

     

  • 5 Important Things to Teach Your New Pup

    Bringing home a new dog is a huge responsibility, no matter how old they are. One of the most important things you can do is ensuring your dog develops the behavioral, social, and physical skills needed to live a good life in our world!

    How you train your dog can dramatically shape their personality and future. At Petland, we’re huge fans of training our dogs through positive reinforcement using any of the scrumptious training treats we carry in our store.

    In order to make sure you’re setting your tail-wagger up for success, here’s a checklist of 5 crucial training and behavioral tips using dog treats to get you started.

    1. Basic commands

    Sit, Stay, Come, Leave It: These are the golden commands that can make your life so much easier. “Sit” and “Stay” help teach your dog patience and these two commands come in handy when you know you’re dog is in a state of excitement. “Come” is one of those commands that will help you get their attention and serves as a good command when you need to distract your dog from what they’re doing. “Leave it” is best used for when they fixate on something, whether it’s destroying your shoe or trying to steal a treat off the streets.

    2. Learning about their space in your home

    It’s important for your dog to love their bed/crate and know that that’s their space to claim. Having consistent spots in the house helps them feel secure since they have a natural instinct to den. Some dogs take to this more naturally while others need more coaxing, especially if it’s a crate or a bed placed in a spot of the house that’s not their favorite. The best way to get them to like their nook is to reward them with a treat when they are in the bed/crate. Soon enough they’ll begin to develop a positive association with the area and automatically go their designated spots!

    3. Teaching them about boundaries

    Dogs respond well to boundaries as long as they have been clearly defined. If your dog isn’t allowed to chew shoes, make sure you say a stern “No” and swap the shoe for one of their toys so they know what’s acceptable. Similarly if your dog isn’t allowed on the couch, gently push them off and when they stay down, reward them with a tasty treat and tons of praise. But make sure you stick to these rules. If you allow them on the couch sometimes and don’t at other times, it’ll confuse your dog and make it harder for them to know what’s ok and what’s not.

    4. Go Potty

    Older adopted dogs, are usually house-broken but that doesn’t mean that they won’t have accidents while they try and get used to their new environment. The best way to train a puppy or dog to go potty in the right places is to deliberately walk to the spot when you know they need to go and when they do go reward them with praise and treats. By constantly reinforcing the behavior you’ll be able to get them on a steady routine where both you and the pup know when it’s time to go!

    5. Teaching them to be ok with being home alone.

     If you’ve managed to train your pup to like their crate then leaving them home shouldn’t be too difficult. But for those of you who don’t crate, the best way to get your pup to not worry when you leave is to stagger the amount of time you’re gone and reinforce the good behavior with treats. First you can start by leaving them for 5 minutes. Come back and reward them if they don’t howl. Gradually increase the amount of time you’re gone. With some patience and time your dog will eventually learn that when you leave it doesn’t mean you’ll never come back. This a great way to also build trust between you and your dog. Once they start to trust they’ll be more at ease.

    Here at Petland, dog training is a big part of our everyday lives. We specialize in helping customers with tips and tricks for all sorts of training concerns and questions. We also send each of our new puppies home with training sessions in our store with the option for in-home training as well from the training company we work with. Having a solid foundation of training, no matter how old your four-legged family member is, will not only make you happy, but your pet as well! We also stock everything you would need for successful training from treats to crates, correction collars and so much more! Swing by and let us help you today!