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Caissie Canine Instruction: Summer Treats for your K9

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful Dutch Shepherd name Chase.

We began with no experience in personal protection training, but through hard work and dedication, we were able to bring Chase up to Personal Protection Level 3. Along with this, we also did e-collar training and worked with Paul on Area/Building Search for Human Scent training.

Thanks to Paul’s expertise, my dog has become amazing, and we are excited for what the future holds with Paul’s continue guidance.

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

I know with good intentions and its super cute, ice-cream shops offer “pup cups” or “soft serve” ice cream in tiny cones for your K9’s, however dairy products are one of the top intolerances for dogs.

For some dogs, even small amount of dairy, can cause abdominal discomfort, vomiting or diarrhea.

Another hidden hazard in many ice creams, frozen yogurts, and popsicles, they may contain a highly toxic ingredient called xylitol. Xylitol can cause your K9 severe illness or even death.

There are many vet-approved and dog friendly treats you can make at home.

Dogs love frozen banana chunks, frozen apple slices, frozen blueberries and even frozen green beans. You can even blend different fruits together such as cantaloupe, banana, watermelon (no seeds) with canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) and freeze a small scoop in your ice cube tray, for a fast and easy summer treat.

If you really want to get fancy, pureed bananas, freeze them in your ice cube tray and when you serve one up to your dog, put a dollop of xylitol-free peanut butter on top.

If you are looking for a “meaty” treat instead of something sweet, you can combine cooked plain chicken (no seasoning) with chicken broth (no salt) and stemmed carrots, blend and freeze into cubes.

Remember when you prepare food at home for your canine, you know the ingredients that are going into the snacks. Please do not let your canine overindulge in these treats, everything in moderations.

You can find many dog-friendly recipes on google, and even on Pinterest.

Happy cooking!!!

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