Makes 10 to 12 8-inch dog bone–shaped cookies
A “jackpot” refers to a breakthrough in training. For example, you could be teaching your dog something, and he may have difficulty learning the lesson, and then suddenly the lightbulb goes on over his head: “Aha! I’ve got it!”
To reward that breakthrough, give him a jackpot reward. A jackpot could be a handful of treats instead of one single treat, or it could be an extra-special treat.
You can pack one of these giant bones in your training bag and use it as a jackpot when needed.
Ingredients for Jackpot Giant Bones
3 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk
1⁄4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄3 cup low-sodium beef or chicken bouillon powder
2 large eggs
1 cup warm water
Instructions for Jackpot Giant Bones
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the first six ingredients together in a large bowl. Slowly add the eggs and warm
water. Mix well to form a stiff dough. Then knead the dough with your hands and
form it into a ball.
Place the ball on a floured breadboard. Roll the dough out to about 1
⁄2 inch thick.
Cut out the dough, using the largest dog bone–shaped cookie cutter you can find
(I have found some 8 inches and 10 inches long) and place the bones on a greased
cookie sheet. If you can’t find a large bone-shaped cookie cutter, use a sharp knife
to cut out dog bone shapes 8 or 10 inches long.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and, using a spatula, flip the bones over.
Return to the oven for another 20 minutes or until the bones are golden brown on
Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container in
For crisper treats, when all the cookies have been baked, turn off the oven. Put all the cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven.
Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.
TREATS AND TIDBITS: HOT DOGS
Hot dog brands vary in regard to their nutritional content, so read the labels carefully.
The appeal of hot dogs as training treats is their taste; dogs love them. Their high nitrate and sodium content make them a special treat, however, not a daily training treat.
Keep in mind, too, that hot dogs are fully cooked, so you can use them straight from the package. But cooking them in the microwave makes them a little easier to handle.
To make training treats using hot dogs, slice a hot dog into rings, creating 1⁄4 inch slices (each about the size of a nickel).
Place the slices in a single layer on several paper towels on a heavy-duty paper plate (not Styrofoam).
Microwave at full power for 5 minutes. Remove the plate from the microwave and let the treats cool. The slices will get firmer as they cool. Store on a paper towel in an airtight container in the refrigerator.