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Dog Treat Mixing Bowl, Issue #07 - Apple Dog Treats & Treat Toy Stuffers
August 04, 2009

Apple Dog Treat Recipes
& Ideas for Dog Treat Toy Stuffers

What's Cooking? Dog treats, of course! The Dog Treat Mixing Bowl newsletter will help you stay up-to-date on the latest recipes, ingredients, tips and techniques. Our goal is to make baking homemade dog treats simple, fun and nutritious.

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What's New for August

  • Dog Treat Dispenser Stuffer Ideas
  • Apple Carrot Nibbles & Spiced Apples Recipe
  • August 26th National Dog Day
  • National Assistance Dog Week
  • September Sneak Peek

Dog Treat Toy Stuffers

As summer comes to a close, we want you to be prepared for your dogs' impending boredom. Yes, as kids go back to school, backyard cookouts wind down and life kicks back into high gear, your dog needs treat toys.

But not just any treat toy will do. Get the low down on all things “dog treat dispenser”. There are many different shapes, textures and sizes that you'll want to know before you go to pick the best one suited for your dog.

So, now, you've got the perfect toy, or a variety of dog toys ... what goes in them? Homemade dog treats! Oh, you wanted specifics? Of course you do! :) But first, some things to think about before we get to the goodies.

First thing to consider, where will your dog be and where will you be when the treat is enjoyed? If your dog will be unsupervised the entire time, stick to dry treats. These will not make a sticky mess. Notice I said sticky, no one can get all those crumbs! If you'll be around, and/or your dog will be on a washable surface, feel free to explore moist and frozen varieties for playtime eating.

Second consideration, the weight of your dog. Treats are suppose to be around 10% of your dogs daily food intake, so keep this in mind when serving treats. Does your dog have a weight issue? Then use carrots, green beans or other lower calorie homemade treats to satisfy the need for chewing. You can add a few decadent treats at the very end of the toy as a reward for eating all of the healthier treats. You can also use your dogs daily food as a stuffer, just remember to feed a little less at meal time.

Third, what is the skill level of your dog? If your dog is new to interactive dog toys with treats, make it very easy and rewarding to play with. However, if your dog is an ol' pro at removing the contents of her toy in just minutes, you'll need to experiment with different concoctions to keep her interested.

Fourth, when using perishable foods in the toy, keep a close eye on the time and only let your dog play and eat as much as he can within a couple hours.

Use your imagination and what you know about your dogs' taste preferences to determine what you'll use in her dog treat dispenser.

Use fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, blueberries, broccoli, carrots and green beans.

Use a moist treat that all the dry ingredients can stick to like baby food, chicken or beef broth, peanut butter, yogurt, scrambled eggs and plain canned pumpkin.

Mix your choice of tempting treats and then spoon into the treat toy of your dog's choice. If all the pieces are small enough, spoon the mixture into a zip lock bag, push all the contents to the corner, snip the corner and squeeze into the toy.

More recipes are to come, so make sure you are signed up to our blog to get the latest dog treat recipes.

Apple Carrot Nibbles & Spiced Apples Recipes

The second week in August is National Apple Week. We couldn't just sit back and let this special occasion slip by, so we've set out two fantastic dog treat recipes for you to try.

Don't know if your dog likes apples? Then start with the Spiced Apple Dog Treat Recipe. It's quick and easy, and if you get a turned up nose, the two legged family members should like them, instead! :)

However, we're confident that your dog will love apples. The natural sweetness is undeniably tasty to your dogs sweet tooth.

Another wonderful apple treat is the Apple Carrot Nibbles dog treats.

These treats are made small and just for nibbling. :) Each time you pass the dog cookie jar, go ahead and give your dog a treat. They are actually the perfect size for dog training treats, so dust off the trick book and see what the two of you can do together!

National Dog Day

Here at, everyday is “Dog Day”, but we still loved the fact that on August 26th, everyone will observe our special four legged companions.

National Dog Day has two primary goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from shelters and neglect.

It's also an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.

This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.

The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. If you have room in your heart and home, please consider adopting your next family member.

To learn more about National Dog Day, go to the official website.

National Assistance Dog Week

August is full of ways to appreciate your dog, and the dogs around us.

One more national holiday to share with you, August 9th through the 15th is National Assistance Dog Week. If you don't know much about the amazing things that dogs can do for those in need, please, spend some time acquainting yourself with these dedicated dogs.

Did you know that you should not pet a service dog without permission? Yes, these are true working dogs, they are on the job. So, if you see a service dog, especially one with a vest, please, ask before you shower them with praise and love.

You may not have a need for a service dog, but did you know you could still be an integral part of ones life? You can become a Puppy Raiser! Teach potential service dogs the ins and outs of manners, build their confidence and loyalty before they try out for the all important role of service dog.

We've just scratched the service of what these dedicated dogs can do. Learn more about the world of Assistance Dogs, and find ways to help.

September Newsletter Sneak Peek

What's New for September? Fall Time Favorite Recipes!

We're going to fill your fall, and your dogs' stomach, with our favorite classic autumn dog treat recipes. They'll focus on pumpkin, sweet potato, seeds, peanuts and other nuts. Get ready to be satisfied! :)

Are you and your dog hungry for more? Let me know what you would like to see on the Dog Treat

Want more of a certain type of recipe? Need treat ideas for your next dog party? Let me know what's missing from the dog treat pantry and I'll get to it right away.

Thanks for reading. Until next month,

Happy Dog Treat Baking!


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