Every year for Thanksgiving I make Pumpkin Cheesecake and this year while I was making it I decided to save my leftover pumpkin puree for the dogs. Even though we have a new baby I try to devote as much time as I can to the dogs (and the goats and chickens), but I will be the first to admit that it’s been tough. So, what better way to show my appreciation for my dogs than with some tasty and healthy dog treats around Thanksgiving time.
Every day my dogs behave themselves, which is pretty much every day, I like to give them a treat. One of our dogs, Hera, has learned many tricks over the years. She can sit (obviously), down, wait, come here, shake, double and single high five, spin (her favorite), and roll over. Ok, maybe that’s not “many” tricks, but it was a lot to teach her. Anyways, every time she “wants” something, such as going outside, playing fetch (her favorite thing to do), or getting a treat she goes through all of her tricks. First sit, then spinning usually twice, high five, then down, then rollover and so on. It’s pret1ty funny!! And no we did not teach her that.
Speaking of teaching her something…we taught her how to ring a huge cow bell to go outside when she was a puppy and boy did that back fire on us. She learned in about 30 minutes how to ring it and what it meant (to go outside) and she just abused the crap out of that bell because she wanted to go outside to play whether she had to go to the bathroom or not, which was what we intended the bell to do in the first place. But, She’s gotten better about not abusing its privilege these days and it’s turned out to be a good tool!
Pumpkin Dog Treats adapted from: Simmer Till Done
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons fat free milk
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- Mix all ingredients together
- Roll out on slightly floured surface
- Cut into your dogs favorite shapes
- Bake for 2o minutes on each side (40 minutes total) at 350 degrees
- Give to your dog(s) and enjoy watching them eat them with satisfaction!