The Treat Contest was a huge success – certainly as far as my own dogs were concerned. I will include the top three recipes here.
I used a set process to pick a winner. I made small batches of the recipes submitted and then took each dog individually and put them on a sit stay. I then put two treats down about 4 feet apart. I released the dogs to see which one they went for first. I repeated this step putting the treat samples on opposite sides just in case the dogs went for the one I put down first or whatever.
I admit to using some non Belgians as well – our older Corgi and the two Australian Shepherds helped. Actually, the Corgi kept cheating – breaking her stay and simply nabbing all treats!
All of these treats used some wheat but you could probably substitute rice flour or potato flour. None of our dogs have wheat allergy so I used the original recipes.
Runner Up Recipe: Maizie’s Peanut Butter Treats:
1 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup honey 1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup oatmeal 1/4 cup peanut butter but adding a little more is better :))
1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup water
Combine and mix everything on low until well blended. Make little balls and flatten to 1/4 inch with a fork on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes. Keep refrigerated or freeze and defrost as needed.
These were the Corgi’s favorite treat – at least as best we could tell. All the dogs loved these and the humans enjoyed them as well. I love treats that everyone will eat! Thank you Pat Mock!
Runner Up Recipe: White Training Treats
2 cans of tuna undrained 2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 tbsp garlic powder
Mix all together and spread on a cookie sheet with sides after using a nonstick baking spray. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Freeze for later use or refrigerate for now.
This recipe came from Karen Johnson and is great for training on dark surfaces when you want your Belgian to spot the treat or for tracking in snow when you want the treats hidden. This was anothe big hit. Hokey voted for these as his favorite. And our barn cat, Firecracker, enjoyed them too! Plus this was another treat that all the humans felt tasted good.
And our Winning Recipe: Yummy Liver Treats
1 pound raw beef liver 4 eggs
2 cups flour 1 cup organic beef broth (no MSG)
1 cup ground flax seed 2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
Liquefy liver (food processor or blender) then put in large mixing bowl. Add remianing ingredients and mix well. You may want to spray your hands with a nonstick cooking spray as the mix will be sticky. Spread on a large oiled cookie sheet – will spread out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Bake at 325 for about 50 minutes. Cool and cut into proper size pieces and either refrigerate or freeze. A second version adds:
1 1/2 cups wheat bran 1 1/2 cups oatmeal 1 cup finely ground carrots 6 to 8 eggs
1 to 2 cups more beef broth as needed
The second batch will feed a dog party! This recipe came from BJ Potts. I personally hate liver – hate the smell, hate the taste, etc. However, while the humans walked around with wrinkled noses, the dogs were thrilled! The barn cat thought these were good too but not quite as good as the tuna treats.I did catch Dani (Belgian Terv bitch) trying to steal the pan off the counter after I had removed the treats so these were really top notch!
BJ will be getting a copy of Liz Palika’s Dog Treat Cookbook! Enjoy these treats for your dogs – they would all make a nice gift for a dog club gift exchange or for a hostess gift to a friend with Belgians, etc.