Makes 50 to 60 tiny training treats
These treats are rich and tasty, and they smell good as well. They will motivate any
Because they are frozen, take out only as many as you need for any training session and carry them in a plastic bag. If you’re going to have an extended training session or are driving to a training facility, carry these treats in a small cooler.
Since they are raw, they could potentially spoil if they get too warm.
Ingredients for Frozen Magic Meatballs for dogs
2 cups high-quality dry dog food kibble
1 pound raw hamburger (or raw ground turkey)
1⁄4 cup honey
How to make Frozen Magic Meatballs for dogs
Put the dog food kibble in a food processor or blender and grind to a coarse flour.
Measure 2 cups after grinding.
In a large bowl, combine the ground dog food kibble and the other ingredients.
Using your hands, mix well — as if you were mixing the ingredients for a meatloaf.
Form tiny meatballs (training treat size) and place on a cookie sheet that will fit
into your freezer. The meatballs should be close together but not touching.
Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 2 hours, until the treats are frozen.
When the treats are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container. Store in the freezer and remove only the number you will use during each training session.
TREATS AND TIDBITS: FEEDING UNCOOKED MEATS
Feeding your dog uncooked meat does carry with it some risk, although many owners today do feed raw-food diets to their dogs.
These owners feel that a raw food diet is a more natural diet for dogs, and has more health benefits than do commercial grain-based dog foods.
To minimize risks, make sure that you buy good-quality meat from a reputable supplier. Keep the meat refrigerated until preparation, prepare it quickly, and then return the treats to the refrigerator or freezer.
When feeding meat to your dog, take out only the meat you will use.
If the training session is going to last more than a few minutes, transport the meat in a cooler so it won’t spoil. Don’t let the treats totally thaw; that could allow them to build up unsafe bacteria levels.