As the owner of a two-year old mutt, Daisy, who loves to do rounds of obstacle course training in our garage and fetch in our backyard, I’m always on the lookout for healthy training treats. Oh, and did I forget to mention Daisy’s obsession with her Kong ball? We have a nightly ritual that has to be observed: immediately after my husband and I finish eating dinner, Daisy shows me where her Kong ball is. The expectation, of course, is that I’ll fill it with a few treats, some dog food, and top if off with a bit of peanut butter.
While I’m not averse to buying treats from the store, I’m always very careful to check and see what ingredients are in the treats. The healthier and natural treats tend to be the more expensive ones. So, when I have time, I like to make my own dog treats, and Daisy goes absolutely wild for them. She seems to always know when I’m cooking just for her and waits patiently for the treats to come out of the oven and cool.
These energy oat balls are made with wholesome, dog friendly ingredients. If your dog is a fan of carrots, he or she will adore these energy oat balls. You could also flavor these with a bit of bacon or a tablespoon or two of chicken broth. As it is, Daisy doesn’t seem to mind that these are (to my nose) a little bland. I think the peanut butter is what wins her over every time. Make sure that the peanut butter you are using is made only out of peanuts, though.
You can make these as large or small as you (or your dog) prefer. I use a heaping tablespoon of mix for each ball – I find that these are just about the right size to squeeze into a Kong. They are also easy to pull apart and use for training treats.