Today’s guest post-writer is Tao, a 10-month old German Shepherd dog.
Here I am running the puppy agility class course at Badger Kennel Club. It’s the last dog training class of the session and I’m showing my stuff. These hoops, these tunnels, these weaving poles are a piece of cake for SUPER DOG! Here’s a picture of me with the agility class instructor. He thinks I’m listening to him. I’m thinking about the homemade dog biscuit he’s holding. Keep reading for more of the story, more pics, and a recipe for healthy treats made with whole oats, wheat germ and cinnamon. YUM!
Six weeks ago I wasn’t so sure about that dark tunnel my person wanted me to enter on the agility course. I gave that woman one my frequently-used looks of “You can’t be serious. Why would I do that?” But she surprised me. She pulled out a homemade dog biscuit that smelled so good, my nose got the better of me. I followed the lure and got the treat. And guess what? She continued to give me treats every time I went through it. How easy is that for earning treats? Today, of course, dark tunnels are puppy play. She also wanted me to stand on a wobbly board that my shepherd body was way too long for. I thought I was pretty clever when no matter how she coaxed me I always managed to keep two feet on solid ground. But then she got stubborn and wouldn’t give me the treat until I did it. So, I decided, “Oh whatever“, as my teenager would say, and got all the way on it. Fortunately, the homemade treat tasted so excellent it actually distracted me enough to forget I was wobbling. My person says that homemade dog biscuits make for easy dog training. But we did have a scare last Saturday…The cupboard was bare!
Well, not completely bare, we did have store-bought biscuits that the kids pay me as ransom for their toys I nick. But my person knew that those old, dry biscuits would not compel me to perform in a room full of dogs and distractions. We both knew that only Cinny’s favorite treats would work. So she got baking.
Cinny is a golden retriever that co-authored the cat and dog treat cookbook called, Doggie Delights and Kitty Cuisine. Now Cinny is one good trainer. She trained her person, Martha Ward, to perfect dog biscuit recipes. Cinny knew just when to be fussy about her treats and she kept Martha busy in the kitchen for years until Martha learned to create excellent-tasting, gourmet dog treats. I don’t think my person could ever be so clever, so I’m grateful to Cinny.
I guess Martha Ward was pretty clever too, because she learned to bake homemade dog biscuits FAST! Cinny’s favorite cookie recipe is easy and quick, – just what we needed before Saturday morning’s class. Here’s Ward’s homemade dog biscuit recipe called Cinny’s favorite cookies:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (my person used a whole teaspoon ‘cuz I love cinnamon)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 1/4 cup milk
“Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Mix oats, wheat germ, honey, oil, and milk; blend well. Drop by teaspoonful on prepared sheet. Bake 15 minutes. remove treats from oven and cool on a wire rack. Store baked treats in a plastic bag and place in refrigerator or freezer.”
Old dog Sam sure liked these treats a lot too. And the boy wanted some but I gave him my best look of “Get your own cookies, Bucko.” The mom told him she’d bake him some oat cookies tomorrow. Hmmm, more homemade cookies may be left on the counter; I’ll start plotting my stealth attack now.
One caveat, now that puppy agility class is over, my person signed me up to take Badger Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen dog training class. But I’m hardly excited. I’ve watched that class. Dogs have to sit, and not jump, and walk slowly at their person’s side. I can tell you right now there’s no way I’m going to cooperate with that nonsense! Well, maybe, just maybe, I could sit for a second if I’m offered the right homemade treats. I’ll think about it.