It’s December which means we have many festivals to look forward to. We just got done with Diwali, now we have Christmas, New Year, Republics Day and so much more!
Dog’s also deserve to feel special during this time of the year but since they can’t have the same food as we can, we have some fun and interesting treat ideas for them to feel special during this festive season.
Dog Treats For The Festive Season?
The festivals are here, and everyone is excited – except your dog. Loud noises, dances, speakers and bright lights aren’t their idea of fun. The only thing they are perhaps looking forward to is you accidentally dropping sweets or fries from your hand so that they can devour it.
During the festive season, the chances of unhealthy high-calorie foods falling to the ground are quite high. Just think of the number of sweets and fries we make at home and not to mention all the goodies that keep coming from our friends and families. Imagine how harmful it is for dogs to have a small amount of all those goodies.
So, clearly, we can’t give them our special treats but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the festivals special for them. After all, with the things they endure, they do deserve something really delicious and safe.
In this article, we will discuss some do’s and don’ts for all festivals and add some special recipes for your pooch. We hope you are having a wonderful festive season!
- Make sure they have a safe go-to place in the evening when there are loud noises.
- Divert their minds with healthy treats if they feel too scared – Some dogs feel less scared when they are interacting with their humans while others want to be left alone.
- Understand their individual personalities and respect their boundaries
- If you have a Christmas tree in the house, make sure the wiring is done well. We don’t want your dog to get tangled in them
- Keep an eye on the number of snacks they have throughout the day
- Walk them in the morning when the roads are quiet and there is less litter outside
- Keep the floor clean so that all dropped sweets and fries are in the bin and not in their hungry mouths
- Inform visitors, especially children that they cannot share festive snacks and food with your pets
- If you have a very reactive dog, keep them in a separate room during meal times
- Don’t share festive snacks made for humans! Even a little is not good for them
- Don’t take them out at night or when there are too many people on the road
We know it’s hard to remember the rules when we are busy cooking and cleaning. But they depend on us for their health, safety and security so there are no compromises when it comes to their good health.
Now, for the fun part! Let’s have a look at some fun recipes!
We outlined three unique recipes. Each of them are very unique recipes. You can pick the one you find most convenient. If you feel ambitious, we urge you to try all of them! All the recipes are grain-free and should be a fun treat for your dog.
Remember, treats should only comprise 10% of their diet. So, even if these are homemade goodies, do not overfeed them.
Recipe 1 # Grain-Free Dog Safe Momos
Momos are steam cooked dumplings. They are healthier than other snacks we have out there but to make them for our dogs, we must cook them without the spices. So, here’s our dog-friendly momo recipe. They will lick this one out of your hands!
- 1 Boiled Potato
- 1 Cup Almond Flour
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil (Optional)
- ¾ Cup Minced Chicken
- Combine the boiled potato and almond flour until you get a firm dough. Please add water as necessary
- Roll the dough out in small thin circles
- Optional: Add 1 tsp of coconut oil to the minced chicken and mix thoroughly
- Add 1 tbsp of minced chicken to each flattened dough circle and seal it shut
- Steam the momos for 15 – 20 minutes
- Serve it once it’s cold
Recipe 2 # Chicken Lollies
This recipe is perfect for those who have a warmer Christmas and new year. It’s really simple and does not require any measurements. So, make it as dense or as light as your dog likes it.
- Unflavoured chicken broth
- Boiled chicken breast
- Pull apart the chicken breasts. It can be as chunky or as fine as you want
- Mix the chicken pieces in the chicken broth
- Fill your popsicle stand with the mixture and pop it into the oven before the chicken pieces settle at the base
- Wait till it sets and serve it cold
Here’s a Christmas treat idea from Gone To The Snow:
Recipe 3 # Baked sweet treats
If you want to have a sweet option for your sweethearts, here is a healthy, hassle-free recipe for you. Remember, that these baked goodies are made with fresh ingredients so refrigerate all the leftovers. They last for 2-4 days.
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Honey
- ½ Cup Almond Flour
- Mix the eggs till they are fine.
- Add the honey and mix into a smooth texture
- Add the ½ cup almond flour and mix again
- The batter should be smooth, much like a cake batter. If the mixture is too watery, add more flour. If it’s too tight, add some water
- Transfer the batter to a small cake tin and bake in a 200 degrees Celcius oven for 15 minutes or till the batter is cooked through the centre
- Serve cold
If you don’t want to cook but still make them feel special you can, of course, check out Goodness Dog treats on our website.
We hope these recipes were helpful. Do try at least one of them this Christmas and New Year. While we munch on our snacks and goodies they should get something good too! We wish you all a very happy festive season. Have lots of fun with your non-human children!