Homemade Doggie Treats: Recipe Ideas for your Pekingese

 


Homemade Doggie Treats: Recipe Ideas for your Pekingese

Making your own homemade doggie treats can be a fun activity and a healthy reeward for your beloved pekignese. There are lots of benefits in making your own dog treats instead of buying at the store.

  • You control the ingredients. You can ensure that he is getting a nutritious and fun snack. You control on what goes into the treat that you are making. You can also customize his treat according to his preference and his dietary restrictions.
  • No unhealthy chemicals and additives. Most commercially made treats contain lots of preservatives in order to extend their products’ shelf life. Furthermore, treats bought from the stores are created out from byproducts and fillers rather than from natural and healthy ingredients. In creating your own homemade treats, you can be sure that his snack is tasty as well as healthy.
  • A tasty option. Making your dog a treat would give him an option in eating a more tasty as well as nutrious treat from his usual dog biscuit treat from the grocery.

Homemade Doggie Treats

Ingredients – You have complete say in what goes into (and stays out of) your dogs’ treats. You can customize ingredients in your treats once you know the dog treat ingredients to avoid.

Easy – We have simple recipes to choose from for those with little baking experience or little time. Easy dog treat recipes are also a great way to get kids involved in baking for the family dog.

Size – Dogs come in various sizes and so do their tummies. When you bake your own treats you can size them to fit your needs. You can find many different sizes of dog cookie cutters to fit the theme of the season or event. Check out our dog biscuit recipes to see the fun shapes we have used like our bones, hearts, pumpkins, carrots, gingerbread men, and even turkeys!

Special Needs – Is your dog in need of weight management, does she have dog food allergies or is he in need of dental care? If your dog has these or other special needs, you can bake the dog biscuits he requires.

Source: Dog Treat Kitchen, http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/

Easy Doggy Treat Recipes Suggestions

Leftover Mix
Go to your kitchen and go get all the leftovers from your refrigerator to make a more tasty trail mix which can be perfect for your hike or a snack for the dog park.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Pieces of meat (rinse off any flavoring)
  • Fruits except grapes or raisins

How to:

  1. Cut all the ingredients into 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Put a bit of cooking spray.
  3. Put it in a food dehydrator or inside a preheated (200 degrees) oven until dried.
  4. Design the mixture into your desired shape by using a food shaper.

Frozen Peanut Butter Treats
This snack would be a perfect treat when he is indulged in a vigorous play session.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 32oz vanilla yogurt

How to:

  1. Using a microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter.
  2. Mix the melted peanut butter and yogurt.
  3. Pour the mixture into small cupcake papers and place in the freezer.

Simple Doggy Biscuit

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 whole wheat flour (you can use oats or regular flour if he is allergic to wheat).
  • 1 tsp or less of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp. chicken/beef bouillon granules (you can use chicken/beef stock if you want).

Optional add ons:
liver spread, cheese, bacon bits, eggs, oats or wheat germ.

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven (350 degrees)
  2. Dissolve the bouillon in hot water.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients.
  4. Knead the dough-like mixture into a ball-shape.
  5. Roll the mixture until it is 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut the mixture into bone shape or other shapes that you want.
  7. Place the pieces in a slightly greased cookie sheet and cook for 30 minutes.

Apple Pupcakes
A delicious and fruity treat that your pekingese will surely love.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried apple chips

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven (350 degrees).
  2. Mix the egg, applesauce, vanilla, water and honey in a bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it until it blends well.
  4. Pour the mixture in a slightly greased muffin pans and bake for 1 1/4 hours.

When preparing homemade doggie treats, see to it that you know what ingredients your pet is allergic to. By all means, avoid the ingredients that you know your pet has a history with. And if you are in the mood of experimenting flavors into his treat, try to give him small amounts first and observe how he will react to it until you give him all of the treats. Lastly, be sure to store your treats in an airtight container and freeze. Before giving the treat to your pekingese, try to thaw the treat for 10-20 minutes first. By freezing the treats, it can last upto 6 months.

If you decide to try one of the said recipes above, please do give us a feedback after you have used it and how your pet reacted to it.  Any further recipe suggestions? Leave it on the comment box below so that everyone can also try your tasty treat.

 

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When Do Dogs Stop Growing? Your Pekingese Turning into an Adult

When do dogs stop growing? That is one question that many dog owners would like to know the answer to. But this one question has more than one answer.

It is general knowledge that majority of the dog breeds would stop growing once they reach one year old. While this may be true to some, it is not the same for the other breeds. This misunderstanding began because most kibble manufacturers would only recommend you to give him his puppy kibble until one year old. But bear in mind that your puppy won’t stop growing instantly after having his 1st birthday.

Growth rates differ by size and breed. For instance, if you compare a Great Dane and Pekingese it would be different. Your pekingese would stay small all throughout his life and it won’t grow anywhere near like the Great Dane. So, the pekingese would most likely reach its adulthood by the time he reaches one year, while the Great Dane on the other hand will require a much longer time before it reaches it mature size.

Though it is apparent that living conditions and diet would play a vital role in puppy growth, each puppy would will have a different rate of growing compared to others.

When Do Dogs Stop Growing? Your Pekingese Turning into an Adult

When Do Dogs Stop Growing

Determining what age a puppy will stop growing depends mainly on the breed. Also growth spurts of a puppy can vary so feasibly a puppy can reach full growth before it actually matures. In some circumstances a puppy will not stop growing until it has fully matured.

Smaller dog breeds such as Chihuahua’s and rat terrier’s can finish the growth cycle by the time they reach about ten months old. The smaller breeds tend to have rapid growth spurts between 2-4 months then again between 8-10 months. Smaller breeds will also have gained their full height by about 13 months old and their full weight after about 18 months old.

Source: Squidoo, http://www.squidoo.com/at-what-age-does-a-puppy-stop-growing by Meads

Small Breeds

Most small breeds would reach their adult size by the time they reach one year old.

For instance, the smaller toy breeds like the Chihuahua and Yorkies would most likely become adults around 10 months to 1 year. However, stockier breeds like the Shih Tzu, Pug and Pekingese may take a few months beyond one year in order for their weight to catch up with their size.

Medium Breeds

Generally, majority of the medium breed dogs would reach their adult size when they reach 12-15 months old. Stockier breeds may take as long as 18 months.

Large Breeds

The large breeds take the longest time to reach their full adult size. Their body frames would keep growing until they are 18-24 months old, while their body weight would continue until they are about 14-36 months old.

As you can see, it is rather difficult to be certain and give an accurate answer on when do dogs stop growing. Your best option is to compare your puppy’s size to his breed heritage and doing a research on your own. Keep an eye on him has he reaches adulthood and you will eventually notice that he has stopped growing already for a number of months. If that happens, then it is now safe to assume that he has already reached his adult size.

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Stop Dog Digging: How to Stop Your Pekingese from Digging

Stop Dog Digging: How to Stop Your Pekingese from Digging

Since when has your backyard become the moon with craters everywhere? You have to stop dog digging or else everything at home would be a mess for you. The dog’s relatives like the wolves and foxes dig dens in order to raise their pups. Sleeping inside the dens would also protect them from predators and from the climate. The same goes for our dogs, they try to create a softer resting place using the ground. Dogs dig for various reasons: to stay cool or warm, to entertain themselves, to bury important items and when hunting for rodents or other ground animals.

Why do they dig? Here are some reasons on why.

For fun. Generally, dogs love to dig though other breeds tend to dig more compared to some. Digging is fun for them especially if they don’t have anyone to play with.

Burying treasure. Yes, they bury their valued belongings like bones, toys, food and prey. This is a dog’s survival instinct on display. In the wild, this method would allow them to conceal their food and come back for it later to eat it.

Staying comfortable and cool. Dogs make this big circle of dirt in order to create a comfortable bed. If you observe, doggy holes are strategically places in cool/warm places.

Separation anxiety. Dogs are very prone to suffer from separation anxiety when left all alone. He would resolve to digging in order to resolve his anxiety issues or to get you to notice him.

There are actually lots of reasons on why your dog is doing this nasty habit of digging, I can’t state them all here on this post. If you wish to learn more about it, just run a research about it.  What I mentioned above are just the common reasons on why your dog is doing it.

Stop Dog Digging

Expand your dog’s world and increase his people time in the following ways:

  • Walk your dog at least twice daily. Not getting enough exercise is a leading cause of problem behaviors.
  • Redirect your dog’s energy by teaching him to fetch a ballor flying disk and playing with him as often as possible. (A tired dog is a good dog.)
  • Teach your dog a few commands or tricks. Practice these every day for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take a training class with your dog and practice daily what you’ve learned.
  • Keep interesting toys in the yard to keep your dog busy when you’re not around. Kong®-type toys filled with treats or busy-box dog toys work especially well. Rotate the toys to keep things interesting.

Source: Humane Society, http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/digging.html

How to Stop Dog Digging:

  1. Obedience class. Go enroll yourself and your pet in a basic obedience class. Use the calm assertive approach in training him.
  2. Don’t let him be bored. Most of the time dogs dig out of boredom. Give him extended play times and give him IQ related toys that would fascinate and keep him pre-occupied for hours.
  3. Give him a sandbox. A sandbox would be the place where he is ok to dig in. Fence his sandbox and put fresh dirt on it. Bury his favorite treat or toy in that place so that he would be encourage to use it.
  4. Discourage him. If he happens to dig outside his sandbox, punish him by giving him a stern voice to stop, sprinkling water on him or giving him a cold shoulder. Sooner or later he would understand that he is only allowed to dig in the sandbox.

Always remember that a tired dog is a good dog.  If you burn out all of his excess energy by playing or going out on a run with him then he won’t have the energy to go and dig around your front or backyard.  If you know how to stop dog digging, then you better do it as early as now before it goes out of control.  You don’t want things to be messy every time you come home from work now, do you? Make your move now.

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Dog Fever Treatment – What to Do if your Pekingese is Sick

Dog Fever Treatment – What to Do if your Pekingese is Sick

Before you go frantic and search on what should be the dog fever treatment, see to it that your pekingese is actually febrile. The dog’s normal body temperature is around 100-102. Us humans have a different body temperature so most of the time, we worry over nothing. A dog’s temperature is higher than ours, always remember that.

In the event that he is sick, do not give him human over the counter drugs. Such medications could either harm or even kill your pet. Your pekingese’s drug reaction is not the same with ours, so what may be good for us may be harmful for them. Just like how chocolates can kill dogs. Aspirin for babies may be okay but it depends on your dog breed. It doesn’t do well with the small breeds or younger dogs. Vets would just normally give your dog a dose of pain killer. If there is a sudden change in eating behavior would indicate that he may be allergic to the medicine that was given. Inform your vet and withold all the medications given.

Dog Fever Treatment

You can also bathe your dog in tepid water (slightly above room temperature) to help bring its temperature down. If the dog is too large to pick it up and put in a bath tub, you can use a container of water and a sponge or large cloth.

Dip the cloth in the water, then wipe down the dog with it, dipping the cloth in the water as needed to keep it cool. The most effective areas of the dog to wipe is the stomach, abdominal and chest areas, and under it’s front and hind legs. These areas have much less hair, so the water will be able to reach the skin much better. Do this every 20 minutes until the dog’s fever has come down.

Source: Wiki Answers, http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_reduce_a_dog’s_fever

Treating your Dog’s Fever

  • Get his temperature. Use a rectal thermometer and insert it unto his rectum for 2 minutes. A normal temperature is below 102F.
  • Cool bath. Give your dog a cool tepid bath. The water should be cold enough to bring his temperature down but won’t cause him to shiver.
  • Dry him out. After his bath, dry him completely using a towel. His cool fur would help in bringing his fever down.
  • Use a wet sponge. Run a cold water into a rag and wring it out completely. Then place the rug on your dog’s tummy to keep his internal temperature down. Once the rag becomes warm, wet it again. Do these steps until your vet arrives.

Those are the things that you can do for a home-based dog fever treatment.  A fever is a sign that there is something wrong with your dog’s system and you should keep an eye on him.  A normal fever would only last 2-3 days, if your dog’s fever would go beyond 3 days you should consult your vet already.  Also, keep your dog hydrated throughout his sick days.  Give him clean water all the time and bring his water and food container close to him since having a fever would cause him to be weak.

Hopefully, the steps I mentioned above would be able to help you out with your doggy fever dilemma. Do you have any further questions? Feel free to leave your inquiries below.

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Dog Snoring: Does your Pekingese Snore?

It is not new for dog owners to witness dog snoring since most owners allow their pets to sleep with them in the bedroom. Does your pekingese snore? Dogs offer a different kind of comapnionship that other animals cannot provide. Snoring may be a sign of obstructive airway and it would also affect their health too. Aside from their sleep patterns, snoring dogs also tend to have compromised respiratory systems thus affecting their daily lives.

Just think of how their bodies regulate body temperature when they are having an exercise or merely playing outside. Humans have sweating mechanism to cool down, dogs don’t have that. What they do is pant, they let their tongue hang loose in order to cool down. With their mouths open, the cool air would enter their systems. If your dog is unable to move the cool air efficiently through his system he would be prone to heat stroke and chronic fatigue.

Dog Snoring: Does your Pekingese Snore?

Dog Snoring

Like with humans, there are various considerations as to why dogs snore. Most though deal with the obstruction of the air passage which causes the collision of certain parts along the throat area that in turn, leads to collapse of these parts.

A snoring dog must be checked for various causes to determine which treatment can be best applied. Some dogs are especially prone to specific allergic reactions that cause the constriction in the airway. It may also be that there is some excess tissue found in this area that inhibits proper breathing.

Source: Disability Resource Solution, http://www.disability-resource.com/medical-health/sleep-disorders/snoring/causes-of-snoring-in-dogs.php

Possible Reasons of Dog Snoring

  • Overweight – If while looking down at your dog and you can see his waistline, then he is overweight already. Excess tissue minimizes your dog’s upper airway opening thus causing him to snore.
  • Nasal Congestion – Just like how we snore when our noses are clogged, dogs are the same. Airways that are blocked due to colds or allergies may cause snoring.
  • Sleeping position – try to notice, your dog is more likely to snore when they lie down on their backs. Vets would suggest you to buy round beds so that your dog would be encouraged to sleep on their sides to minimize snoring tendencies.
  • Fat Face – dog breeds that has a short muzzle and flat face are more prone to snoring because they have abnormalities in their airways and noses due to their face shape.
  • His usage of Muscle Relaxants – letting your dog take muscle relaxants can induce dog snoring due to blocked airways.

Simply wondering about dog snoring when you witnessed it yourself won’t help solve the issue. If you don’t mind him making those noises, then good for you. But if it is already bothering you and disrupting your sleep then you should take action to stop it. Bring him to your vet to pinpoint the cause and what should be done.

I hope this post has been very informative for you and now you are enlightened on what you should do.  If this post has helped you don’t forget to like our page and leave your story below.

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