I’m back! And I’ve been to puppy class! This 5-month-old German shepherd pup has been busy training people to give treats to dogs. I’m happy to report that my humans are doing exceptionally well. Initially, we got off to a rocky start when my girl thought the homemade peanut butter biscuits were for her. Her mother made them for me! Her mother says that we’re spending enough on puppy class, we’re going to save money by making our own homemade dog biscuits, – biscuits which will be of superior nutrition and taste compared to the majority of those commercially available. But I think she shouldn’t be saying these things so loudly. The result is her children, my girl and boy, are sneaking the biscuits out of my treat bag. That’s why we have to go to puppy class. These children need to learn my signal to give the biscuits to me!
We started out the class with the people learning how to look into our eyes. It’s called the “watch” command, and it’s the first step in any proper training of people. All dogs know how to give that special droopy-eyed, doggie stare that says, “I’m so good and so hungry that you will feed me extra-yummy treats now!” But the difficulty is getting the people to look at us. That’s why in puppy class the humans learn to hold a treat near their eyes, say, “Watch”, and then when we stare them in the eyes they give us the treat. It’s a very effective training technique which my people need to practice more often.
Next we train them from a distance to look into our eyes so that we can tell them to give us a treat. At class, my girl was sent a few feet away, then told to look at me so I could tell her I wanted a treat. My steady focus and alert demeanor got her to call, “Come” at which I ran to her for my treat. I’m very good at this; she needs the practice. Sometimes she calls me but forgets to give me the treat. We’ll be back to puppy class next week to work on this. Meanwhile, if you want a recipe for homemade dog biscuits that will make your dog happy click on “Continue reading…” for the recipe for homemade dog biscuits.
These biscuits are called peanut butter pups and come from the cookbook Doggie Delights and Kitty Cuisine by Martha Ward. Martha owes her cookbook success to her golden retriever, Cinnamon. Cinnamon trained Martha to not only give treats but to create healthy, tasty treat recipes one after another. Every time Martha made a new biscuit recipe, Cinnamon volunteered to test it. All Cinnamon had to do was feign slight disinterest, and Martha would go back to the kitchen, modify the recipe, make a new batch, and give it to Cinnamon to test. This dog had an impressive racket going. I doubt I can ever get my people as highly-trained. I’m in awe of that golden retriever.
Because Cinnamon kept Martha so busy baking biscuits, Martha learned to make her recipes easy. And she also learned to make them in large batches. This recipe for peanut butter pups is easy to make, and the extras can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Peanut Butter Pups
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup powdered dry milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 2/3 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons molasses
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Blend flour, oats, dry milk, and baking powder in food processor, or by hand or with a fork in a large mixing bowl. Mix in milk, peanut butter and molasses. Roll to a 1/4-inch thickness and cut or shape as desired using cookie cutter or hands. Place treats on prepared sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Cool in oven and then remove.
Store baked treats in an airtight container or plastic bag and place in refrigerator or freezer. These freeze well.
Crunchy dry cookies are good for a pet’s teeth since they remove tartar. After the recommended cooking time, turn off the heat and leave the cookies in the oven for 10-15 minutes, – up to overnight.