12 brilliant play ideas for you, for your dog, for great teams!
In 2016, Good Dog Practice is featuring a dog-friendly activity once a month, by courtesy of guest author, Monika Stanzig (IDBTS, certified by Sheila Harper).
These are not meant as tasks or training ideas. Rather, they are a way of sharing relaxed, quality time together. Your dog can gain confidence by doing problem-solving activities as independently as possible, while enjoying your support and attention. Just for fun!
Consistent with the values of Good Dog Practice, we feel that our dogs are not obliged to be interested, nor should they be pressured to complete a task. If they prefer to do something else or just rest, that’s just fine! Maybe another time! 🙂 A tip: many dogs take a pause from a problem-solving challenge and come back to it later. If the dog looks for your support, you can of course assist him or her.
(These activities are chosen with care, but come without guarantee for correctness or completeness. They are meant as quality-time activities. Please be present with your dog while he is doing them, also for safety reasons. Please note, we take no legal responsibility for any mishaps, damage or injury. All rights to text and photographs reserved.)
Give your dog a surprise treat this Christmas with homemade dog biscuits 🙂
– a large bowl
– a grater for the carrots
– a rolling pin
– a surface to roll out the dough
– cookie cutters
– baking paper spread on an oven tray
Use only ingredients which your dog tolerates well.
– 150g flour (e.g. whole wheat flour)
– 1 tablespoon of neutral oil (e.g. sunflower oil)
– 30g carrots
– 50g oat flakes
– 80g cheese (e.g. parmesan)
– 2 eggs
– 1 teaspoon of honey
This is how you do it:
1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Then grate the carrots. Weigh out all the ingredients and mix them in a bowl. Knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky, adding a little extra flour if necessary.
2.) Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it out till it’s approximately 5mm thick.
3.) Cut the biscuits into shape with the cookie cutters and put them on the oven tray. To use the leftovers, you can knead the rest of the dough and roll it out again. Repeat until the dough’s used up.
4.) Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes at 180°C. Let them stand to dry out for a few days and then store them in a biscuit tin.
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