March 23 is National Puppy Day! Training is a key part of raising your cute puppy into a good dog, so we’ve teamed up with food blogger Nellie Bellie to create an easy training treat recipe.
These homemade training treats for puppies (and dogs!) are only three ingredients and can be made up in just 30 minutes. With the extra time you're likely spending at home due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, this activity is a great way to practice a new hobby or help entertain the kiddos. Best of all, you’ll love how easy and inexpensive these treats are to make and and your pup will love how they taste!
Training dogs requires copious amounts of yummy treats as reward for their good behavior. That sometimes results in bags of expensive treats. These homemade alternatives taste yummy and are easy to make in a hurry with pantry ingredients.
The trick for making these treats tiny without spending lots of time is using parchment paper to cut them out. Cutting them out on the parchment paper allows you to simply transfer the parchment paper to the baking sheet, bake, and store. You’ll end up with LOTS of tiny morsels without a lot of effort.
Your dog will happily follow your commands if the result is one of these treats. Just remember, too much of a good thing is still too much!
Training Treat Recipe
2 cans albacore tuna, canned salmon, or canned chicken – all packed in water, low sodium (or reduced salt salmon is a good alternative), and drained
1 egg (this recipe is totally fine to cut in half and still keep the 1 egg... 1 can tuna, 1 egg, 1 cup flour)
2 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Place all of the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until blended together.
Pour out the dough onto a well-floured piece of parchment paper (note... the parchment paper is important!).
Roll out into a sheet that is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and a bit smaller than your baking pan.
Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough but don't cut through the parchment paper.
Slide the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Let cool completely before storing.
Freeze for up to 1 month or store in a sealed jar or 1 week.
Note: We used tuna in our training treats because it's a good, inexpensive protein. If you'd like, you can easily substitute canned salmon or chicken for the tuna.