Before Brinks was born we did a lot of reading about motivating puppies to learn.
The general message of my research was… ‘Some dogs will be food motivated, others will work hard for toys or even praise.’
Well Brinkley is definitely in the food category. He likes to be told he’s doing a good job and he adores the games that we play with his favourite toy, but when training requires him to use his thinking brain, he figures things out awfully quickly if there is food reward involved.
He already woofs down his meals, which we get delivered from Lily’s Kitchen and in our last food box, we also received a recipe for Fishy Treats. They were bound to be a hit, so I made up a batch straight away…
Here is the recipe…
You will need:
1 x 200g tin of tuna or salmon in oil
1 egg, beaten
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180 C and lightly grease a baking sheet.
Empty the fish and its oil into a bowl and flake with a fork. Add the beaten egg and stir well to combine.
Add the flour and mix together so that you have a lumpy dough. I cut out my dough into little bite-size squares.
Place the squares onto the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden.
Once they are cooled, you can keep them in a container, in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks.
They were so easy and quick to make. I love the fact that I know exactly what has gone into them and that Brinks will be getting one or two healthy snacks as part of his training.
I think I will also be making up batches to give to my friends who have dogs in their families. They might catch on as the new hostess gift. Forget a bunch of flowers or a bottle of wine – nothing softens people’s hearts up more than gifts for their bestest buddies!
Might you give them a go?
Have a lovely weekend x