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Learning How to Make Homemade Dog Treats and Why I Care About It

Two years ago this March, my dog passed away. It hurt to loose her, but I knew it was her time to go. Since then, I did try to find another dog. If I wanted to see a dog or cat, I would usually visit my friends who have fur babies and recharge my pet affection from them. Even though I didn’t look for a new pet, I am interested in finding one. It’s just not the right time for me.

Since my dog passed away, I realized there are things I want to do differently for my future pet. Those things include a new way to house train a puppy, installing a better fence for a dog to use when they go to the bathroom, and other things that involve prepping the house for a new fur baby. Especially a small puppy.

One of the things I wanted to also focus on is researching new dog food for them. My three previous dogs had problems with food. I couldn’t figure out what to do until new dog food brands became widely available. Those brands are still available, but there was one thing that my dog didn’t like: Store bought treats.

My previous three dogs didn’t like store bought treats. Prior to them, the other dogs that I had liked certain treats, but as they grew older, they began to hate them. Since my last doggie past away, I began to wonder what kind of treats they would’ve liked to eat. Even though I didn’t have a dog, I began browsing the dog food aisle to see what kinds of dog treats are available as well as their ingredients.

So far, I found one possible candidate for a treat I would like to give my future doggies. Yet, I don’t know if any dog I know would actually want to eat it. Also, I don’t know if my own dogs would’ve eaten them if they are alive today. After some thought, I began to wonder if I should make dog treats for my future dogs from scratch.

I know that baking and making dog treats will be hard work and won’t be fun nor easy, but I have done it before. At that time I didn’t know what kind of dog treats to make. Back then, there were cook books but I didn’t think about buying one. Instead, I would do research online and see what kind of nutritional needs dogs have. It worked well and, even though I didn’t make official dog treats, my dogs loved it. She enjoyed the “treats” I made for her. With these new treats and a new diet, her health began to improve by leaps and bounds.

Since I saw the benefits of giving my dog homemade treats, I wanted to learn more about making official treats. Right now, I’m still researching. Dogs are not like humans, so feeding them ingredients such as chocolate is, to put it mildly, dangerous. I knew there are other ingredients to avoid feeding dogs, but I need to learn more about them before I can move forward to making homemade treats.

Fortunately, I don’t have a dog so I have time. I also found multiple dog treat recipe books available on Amazon. I already purchased one that not only had many great reviews, but came recommend by my friends. The book was published around the time when my dog started to show signs of the illness that would eventually take her life. Even though I wanted to buy it, I knew it wouldn’t help her health problems. Years later, I thought about the book and decided to buy it. Even though I don’t have a dog to taste test my recipes, I am enjoying reading the book and learning more about dog treat recipes.

I still have more to do until my future dog comes home with me. Even though I am still lonely without a dog, or any pet for that matter, I am spending my time alone preparing for them. It may sound weird to some to hear someone talk about learning more about dog treats and other food related things for a future dog, but it’s true. There are many regrets I have from taking care of my last dog that I wanted to fix while they were still alive. Now that they are gone, I still want to fix things before my new dog comes to make not only their lives safer and better, but mine as well. Learning more about making dog treats and dog food in general are just part of the bigger attempt to prep my house for them.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

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