When I’m stuck at home and experiencing cabin fever for whatever reason AND my dogs are there with me, I find myself searching for ways to do these 2 things: save money and get organized! Specifically, I’m always on the hunt to find new ways to save money on stuff for the dog (dog treats, dog food, dog toys, dog beds, dog grooming items, etc). And I’m also looking for clever ways to re-organize all of the dog’s gear and supplies (like I way I organized all of the dog treats and dog food in our house). Today I’m going to share with you some fun ways to do BOTH of those things while spending good quality time with your dog at the same time!
Recipes For Dogs
Have you considered making your own dog food and treats? If you make dog treats yourself, they’ll be cheaper and healthier than store-bought ones. And you’ll be able to pronounce all of the ingredients! Here are the best recipes for DIY homemade dog food and treats and other tips for finding the best recipes for dogs.
Here is the best list of foods you should AVOID giving to your dog (human foods that are poisonous or toxic to dogs) + Foods that you CAN give to your dog (human food safe for dogs) — according to pet experts. Plus, what you should know if you decide to offer table scraps and other people foods to your dog at some point.
Wondering what to stuff inside of your dog’s Kong toy? Here’s a list of the best Kong recipes that have worked well for lots of dog owners. These dog recipes make delicious treats that you can stuff inside a Kong toy!
How will your dog be spending Thanksgiving this year? Chances are, most of our four-legged friends will find themselves smack dab in the middle of the holiday festivities. And many will be on the prowl for turkey treats, table scraps, and dropped food particles! Here’s what dogs can and can’t eat on Thanksgiving day. Plus lots of fun ways to include your dog in the Thanksgiving feast — by making your own Thanksgiving food for dogs with these recipes OR by serving these one-of-a-kind dog-friendly Thanksgiving foods and treats that are now available in stores!
Can dogs eat turkey? Yes… but they might get an upset stomach. See which Thanksgiving dinner foods are safe for dogs, and which ones aren’t. Instead of giving your dog Thanksgiving turkey & all the fixin’s, try these easy homemade Thanksgiving dog treats — to avoid bloat & canine pancreatitis!
I used to ignore dog treat recipes if I didn’t have 1 of the ingredients on hand. This handy chart shows how to make homemade dog treats with 3 ingredients. Plus some handy substitutions for dogs!
I’ve tried a BUNCH of recipes for DIY dog breath treats. Very few dramatically effect a dog’s bad breath. These are the ones I’ve found to have the greatest effect.
Freshpet is the only brand of fresh, refrigerated pet food in the stores (in the pet food aisle). See why I – and my dog – LOVE Freshpet Ready to Bake Cookies for dogs.
Tips for stuffing frozen Kong toys that your dog will enjoy on a hot summer day. Plus, lots of homemade frozen dog treat recipes!
Ice cream and birthday cake for dogs are 2 simple things that can turn an average day into a dog birthday party! Here are some dog cake recipes to try, plus the inside scoop on how we include our dogs when we go to Dairy Queen.
Tired of filling your dog’s Kong toy with the same old treat? Try making your own Kong treats! Here are some great Kong recipes using healthy human foods. Plus, tips for cleaning the inside of your Kong toy.
If you make dog treats yourself, they’ll be cheaper and healthier than store-bought ones. And you’ll be able to pronounce all of the ingredients!
Dog treats can be expensive. Plus, the ingredients in them aren’t always best for your dog. Commercial dog treats can have preservatives, food coloring and other things that you may not want your dog to eat. Here’s a collection of homemade dog treat recipes that are healthy AND tasty – dogs love ’em!
Personally, I can come up with a couple of reasons as to why I wouldn’t feed a dog raw food. Basically, they are the same reasons I wouldn’t feed raw food to a person. Here’s why a lot of dog owners are feeding their dogs the BARF diet — raw food and bones.
All natural dog food is best, however, there are still some advantages and disadvantages — as with anything. Your biggest decision will be should you use store-bought natural dog food or make homemade natural dog food for your pet?
We began with the Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers homemade dog treat recipe. It’s very easy, only 4 ingredients. Then the Bacon Bits for Dogs recipe — I never met a dog that didn’t like bacon. Finally, we tried the Canine Carrot Cookies — my dogs adore carrots. Then made our own homemade dog treats. We call our recipe: Peanut Butter Puppers.
Pooch Smoothies are ice cube sized popsicle treats for your dog — minus the stick. You might also call them Yogurt Cups for Pups… or Puppy Popsicles. The best part: They’re made with all the same ingredients you would use to make a Fruit Smoothie for yourself! Here’s how to make them.
Rachel Ray has a fairly decent collection of pet recipes that look fun & easy to make, including: Dog Casserole, Oatmeal, Bananas & Peanut Butter Breakfast, Peanut, Orange & Carrot Salad, Doggie Pasta & Meatballs, Mini Burgers Doggie Sliders, Chicken & Rice, Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Meat & Potato Hash, Bacon, Cheese & Barley Burgers, Chicken BLT, Olive Oil & Bacon Truffles, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & Chicken, Peanut Butter & Carob Biscotti, Banana & Berry Pooch Smoothie, Butternut Squash Mac & Cheddar, Pumpkin Barley With Turkey, and Pooch Pate On Toast.
See why I subscribe to the Kong Company e-newsletter, and why I highly recommend you sign up too. It’s FREE. And it’s loaded with fun ideas and games and photo contests for you and your dog to enjoy!
The Dog Ate It is a cookbook for dog owners that’s filled with recipes that both you and your dog will enjoy!
If you’re dog is celebrating a Birthday, or some other special occasion, then he deserves an extra-special treat like these Dog-Friendly Frosted Cakes & Treats that can be shipped to your door… Or even a Dog Birthday Cake that you can make yourself! Here are some fancy treats for your dog and the party guests…
What do most people stuff inside their dog’s KONG toy?… While peanut butter is probably the most popular, it’s not the ONLY thing. Here are some ideas to get you started.