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DOG TREAT RECIPE: APPLE POCKET BISCUITS

easy dog treat recipeWho says fancy has to be complicated? These little ‘apple pockets’ are a playful twist on apple pie season and offer dogs a nutritious taste of all the best autumn flavours. Plus they will make your kitchen smell wonderful – to dogs and people alike!

Ingredients
–  1 cup of chickpea flour (or equal parts chickpea and whole wheat organic flour)
–  1-2 tbsp organic honey
–  2 tbsp vegetable oil
–  3/4 cup finely diced apples
–  1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

What to do
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Combine flour, oil and honey until a thick, stiff texture is achieved.
3. Roll out mixture on a flat surface.
4. Use a large circular cookie cutter to divide up pastry.
5. Combine apples, honey and cinnamon then gently cover half of each circle with the fruit mixture.
6. Fold the remaining pastry half over the mixture and gently press the pastry lip with a fork.
7. Bake on greased sheet for 30 minutes.
8. Allow to cool and serve to what we’re sure will be a captive canine audience!

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DOG TREAT RECIPE: OH-SO SWEET SQUASH SOUP GOOP | HUMAN FOOD FOR DOGS

Easy dog treat recipeSoup may not sound like something that you would treat your dog with — after all you can’t exactly slosh soup around in your pocket. But, believe it or not, soup is a fantastic way to spoil your furry minion at home, especially if you make it a little goopy!

This dog-friendly Sweet Squash Soup Goop recipe is a wonderful way to cozy up your pup’s kibble at dinner time! It takes no time at all to make, adds interest to your dog’s meal and gives them a healthy boost of much needed vitamins and dietary fibre! Oh, and did we mention that this easy dog treat recipe has only THREE ingredients? And go!

INGREDIENTS
– 2 cups of no sodium vegetable or chicken broth
– 1 or 2 organic sweet potatoes
– 1 butternut squash

DIRECTIONS
1) Slice and dice the sweet potatoes and squash into bite sized pieces.
2) Place in large pot and cover with broth.
3) Bring to a gentle simmer for 30-40 minutes or until potato chunks are soft.
4) Allow to cool and blend using an electric hand mixer or blender (who knew!)
5) Store in glass jars or plastic containers once cooled.

When dinner time comes around, simply ladle over your dog’s kibble and watch the drool flow! this is especially ideal for older dogs who may have sensitive teeth and need their kibble softened with a bit of water before chowing down. A simple way to dress up suppertime and your dog will adore you for it!

PAWSH PERK: Another three-ingredient dog treat recipe.

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DOG WELLNESS: EASY ROUTINES TO ADD FUN TO YOUR DOG’S LIFE

stylish-dog-magazine-poodlesOver the years I have been lucky enough to interview a variety of dog trainers and behaviourists and a common thread of wisdom that I gleaned from these conversations is that dogs thrive on structure and routine. So recently, I created this little dog-friendly ritual…

At the end of the day when I’m getting ready for bed I take off my socks and toss one to each pup to catch, which they do oh-so gleefully! I know, I know, this sounds a little odd, but it is a fun, simple activity that has over time taught Rory and Lucy that the day is winding down.

They sit patiently and wait for their toss. Then they roll around on the rug for a moment and maybe play a quick game of chase before happily bounding away to their beds for a good night’s sleep (without the socks — I can’t have them chewing those!)

Don’t ask me how this little routine started, but it is a sweet way to wrap up an evening and something the dogs seem to look forward to. It is a final little play session for the day then off to bed for some sweet dreams!

What daily rituals do you have with your fur-kids? I would love to know!

PAWSH PERK: A fantastic dog-friendly game to play while you watch tv.

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