Recipe: Delicious Doggy Biscuits

The most commonly requested dog treat… doggy biscuits. Instead of purchasing doggy biscuits which have been processed, filled with preservatives, etc., why not make your own?

All you need to do is gather the ingredients and get started on cooking.

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp beef or chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Small bits of bacon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Dissolve the 1 tsp bouillon in hot water
  3. Combine flour, egg, salt and small bits of bacon
  4. Add bouillon mixture to ingredients
  5. Knead to form ‘bread-like’ texture
  6. Roll until 1/2 inch thick
  7. Cut into desired shape
  8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden-brown

We hope this recipe is enjoyed by your doggy! Have fun cooking! For more recipes, visit the ‘Nutrition’ section of DogBehaviorBlog.

Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Snacks

If you’re looking for a ‘cool’ snack, this may be the one for you. Yogurt is very good for our dogs, and including it in recipes is a wonderful idea.

This easy-to-make treat is sure to get your dog’s mouth watering.

So, what will you need?

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces of plain greek yogurt
  • Peanut Butter (make sure you get organic peanut butter so it doesn’t include xylitol–there are many peanut butters which are dangerous for dogs due to this artificial sweetener)

Directions

  1. Melt 1 cup of peanut butter in the microwave
  2. Mix the 24 ounces of yogurt and the melted peanut butter together
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube maker
  4. Freeze and serve!

It’s that easy! For more treat recipes, view the other articles on dogbehaviorblog!

Understanding Her Body Language

In order to fully understand your dog, you need to understand her body language. Her body language along with her vocalizations will be your main line of communication. You can understand how your dog is feeling based on what she is telling you. The quote, “dogs talk to those who listen,” is extremely accurate.

“Dogs talk to those who listen.”

Relaxed Body Language

When your dog is relaxed, her body language will display the following:

  • Relaxed, open mouth
  • Ears up (but not straight forward)
  • Loose, relaxed stance
  • Head held high
  • Tail down and relaxed

Alert Body Language

When your dog is alert (looking at something, listening intently, etc), her body language will likely appear as follows:

  • Forward-facing ears
  • Horizontal tail
  • Large, open eyes
  • Closed mouth
  • Standing slightly forward with extra weight on the front paws
  • Tail wagging slowly

Fearful, Aggressive Body Language

If your dog is feeling scared of something, she may become aggressive. The fearful, aggressive body language will appear as follows:

  • Lowered body posture
  • Wrinkled nose
  • Dilated pupils
  • Ears back
  • Fur raised on the back
  • Mouth pulled back
  • Teeth visible

Dominant Aggressive Body Language

If your dog is acting dominant aggressive, he is likely challenging another dog, animal or person. If your dog is in a dominant aggressive state, he is likely to display the following body language:

  • Wrinkled nose
  • Wrinkled forehead
  • Ears far forward
  • Curled lips
  • Teeth visible
  • Raised tail
  • Raised fur throughout top of body and tail
  • Stiff stance

Fearful, Worried Body Language

If your dog is afraid of something… and is worried… she is likely to display the following body language:

  • Ears back
  • Smooth fur
  • Indirect eye contact
  • Raised paw
  • Lowered body
  • Tail down

Stressed Body Language

If a dog is stressed, he is likely to display the following body language:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Ears back
  • Body lowered
  • Tail down

Total Submission Body Language

If your dog is being submissive, you may notice the following:

  • Urination
  • Laying on back
  • Tail tucked
  • Partially closed eyes
  • Head turned
  • Exposing throat and abdomen

Playful Body Language

If your dog is feeling playful, you may notice the following body language:

  • Rump and tail up in the air
  • Lowered front
  • Ears up
  • Dilated pupils
  • Mouth open with tongue exposed

Fully Understand Your Dog

Understanding your dog entirely involves understanding his body language. Please click on the links in each article also to learn more!

When Does a Puppy Become an Adult Dog?

Our puppies grow up so fast. One moment we are holding them in our arms and the next minute, they’re all grown up. But, which age does a puppy become an adult?

Every Puppy is Different

Every puppy, and dog, is unique. If your puppy is not as mature as other puppies his age, don’t take this as a ‘bad’ thing. Some puppies just mature sooner than others. For the most part, you can consider your puppy an adult at around 1-2 years old.

Emotional Maturity

Emotional maturity basically means… when does the puppy start acting like an adult dog instead of a wild puppy? Well, this varies significantly based on environment, breed and other factors. German Shepherds, for example, often mature later emotionally than a Corgi puppy.

Switching Food

This is a common question Canine Nutritionists and Behaviorists are asked. When can I switch my puppy from puppy food to regular food? If you have a small breed dog, they can be switched as early as 9 months of age. Medium breeds can begin eating adult dog food at about one year of age. Large breed dogs should wait a little bit longer to transition– about 1 year and 3 months old.

Large breed dogs take longer to adjust to adult dog food because their bodies are still growing when small breed dogs are ready to transition.

I Don’t Know My Dog’s Age

If you aren’t sure of your dog’s age, you can ask your veterinarian. Your veterinarian is able to determine approximately how old your puppy is.

Doggy Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice is an excellent option for dogs who are prone to upset stomach or simply are picky in their eating habits. This is also a good, healthy meal for those who just want to cook their dogs a homemade dish.

Ingredients

  • Shredded, boiled chicken
  • White rice
  • One cup of hot water

Directions

  1. Boil chicken.
  2. In a separate pan, cook white rice
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, shred the chicken into the cooked white rice
  4. Add approximately ½ cup of warm water
  5. Mix thoroughly

Feed this meal to your dog in place of her usual meal.

You can also feed this in smaller quantities throughout the day which can be easier for their little bellies to handle.

In terms of how much to feed, adjust based on your dog’s size, appetite and activity level.

Dog Treat Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Doggy Cookies are a favorite among most dogs! This easy-to-make recipe is definitely worth a try!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (be sure to get the peanut butter without xylitol– raw, unsalted peanut butter is best)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of water

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix together your flour, eggs and peanut butter in one bowl.
  3. Once your flour, eggs and peanut butter are mixed, add in a little bit of water at a time until all of the water is added.
  4. Lay out the dough and cut cookie shapes as desired.
  5. Place your cookies on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes.

Wet vs Dry Dog Food: What’s Better?

The topic of whether to feed wet or dry dog food comes up frequently among dog lovers. Which type of food is better for our dogs? What should we feed them?

Wet Versus Dry

Ultimately, the decision to feed wet or dry dog food is up to you. There are pros and cons to each. Take a look at the list below when making your decision.

Wet Dog Food Pros

  • High water content
  • Easily digested
  • Great for dogs who are picky eaters

Wet Dog Food Cons

  • Doesn’t maintain oral health (if wet dog food is provided, be certain to get chew toys or chew treats like greenies to help maintain oral health)
  • Must be refrigerated once the can is opened
  • Can only be refrigerated for a limited amount of time
  • More expensive

Dry Dog Food Pros

  • Can be stored for long periods of time
  • Maintains oral health
  • The ‘crunch’ reduces anxiety
  • Can be used as treats for training
  • Less expensive than wet dog food

Dry Dog Food Cons

  • Low water content
  • Not digested as easily

Other Options

Please note, wet or dry commercial dog food is not your only option. You can also feed your dog a home-cooked diet if you would like to. If you are interested in feeding your dog a home-cooked diet, take a look at the other articles available on this website to assist you with preparation and feeding.