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Old 02-25-2012, 01:16 AM
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Okay so I feel like, my parents think I'm crazy... I was talking about getting a dehydrator to make my own treats and my mom went off the deep end... saying stuff like "Why would you buy a dehydrator for a dog this big to make your own treats when you can go to petsmart and buy them.. blah blah blah". I even showed her the information on the recalls and she kept going on and on about how it was stupid. I feel like I'm up against a brick wall here, I just want what is best for Bailey and don't want her to get sick and it seems like my mom is on the page of "they are animals not humans, why make them human food" She even thinks I'm crazy for spending as much as I do on ZP. If it were up to her Bailey would be on Medical or Nutromax. NOT happening. I guess what I'm getting at is.. what treats can I give Bailey that are safe, without getting a dehydrator for jerkies?
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:21 AM
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Denise, I feel your pain my love, hang in there!
You can get bully sticks and dehydrated liver or salmon treats.
You don't need to give treats often, you already feed a really great
food that is as tasty as a treat. ZP has treats too, you can try those.

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Oh I know exactly how you feel. My parents are in the same mindset of "it's just a dog" and their two dogs are overweight with long nails and they stink and have greasy coats and shed like crazy and they are fed beneful or purina one. My mom thought she was doing a great UPGRADE by buying purina one last time instead of beneful. OMG.

I have talked to them and they just don't understand. Nor do they want to understand. They even say mean things like "did your dog eat prime rib tonight and you have hot dogs?" lol.

They just don't get it. I have quit trying to change them. People have to be open minded or they just won't get it.

So for healthy treats.... you can boil chicken breast and give tiny pea sized pieces for treats. Just keep little chunks in a baggy in the freeze and pull out when you need a treat. You can do the same with beef, turkey, etc. Fresh pet makes a food in a tube in the fridge section of grocery stores and also pet stores. That's a good treat. Just pinch off a little piece. Most dogs really like it. Most pet stores have dehydrated liver treats. Those are good. Just give a tiny bit though. I've even heard of some people using cheerios for treats if you aren't opposed to grains.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:26 AM
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Denise, I feel your pain my love, hang in there!
You can get bully sticks and dehydrated liver or salmon treats.
You don't need to give treats often, you already feed a really great
food that is as tasty as a treat. ZP has treats too, you can try those.

Yeah, I have dehydrated chicken treats that she loves. Don't really trust the brand though, so once they are gone, I'll be getting something I trust. She does love her food though! That is one thing I am standing my ground on. I do NOT want to feed her kibble. It just bugs me is all. She is MY dog why can't i buy what I want for her!! The other thing, my mom feeds the cat the temptation treats crap and I find her feeding them to Bailey. Drives me insane cause I don't want her to have them!! They don't seem that good to me
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Parents are like that, my mom thinks im crazy also for treating them like they are human, she says i treat my dogs better then i treat them(probably so) , but our pooches cant do things like an adult can. They cant feed themselves, they need us, they cant talk and ask for things. We all want whats best for our baby's , they love us and we love them, so why not give them the best? When we have children(human ones) we always want the best for them, our doggies r like our children so why not spoil them? Ur not crazy everyone in this forum will agree that we all want the best for our babys. Ive been thinking about making treats myself also, specially like u said so many recalls, so much fake crap and bad things go into store bought treats. I used 2 be so un-educated on what went into the "so called treats from the stores" , now i do research on everything i feed them. If i research a product and see bad reviews on it i wont buy that crap. Dehydrated treats are used by many here, we cook for ourselves and family so why not do it for our pooches.
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Oh I know exactly how you feel. My parents are in the same mindset of "it's just a dog" and their two dogs are overweight with long nails and they stink and have greasy coats and shed like crazy and they are fed beneful or purina one. My mom thought she was doing a great UPGRADE by buying purina one last time instead of beneful. OMG.

I have talked to them and they just don't understand. Nor do they want to understand. They even say mean things like "did your dog eat prime rib tonight and you have hot dogs?" lol.

They just don't get it. I have quit trying to change them. People have to be open minded or they just won't get it.

So for healthy treats.... you can boil chicken breast and give tiny pea sized pieces for treats. Just keep little chunks in a baggy in the freeze and pull out when you need a treat. You can do the same with beef, turkey, etc. Fresh pet makes a food in a tube in the fridge section of grocery stores and also pet stores. That's a good treat. Just pinch off a little piece. Most dogs really like it. Most pet stores have dehydrated liver treats. Those are good. Just give a tiny bit though. I've even heard of some people using cheerios for treats if you aren't opposed to grains.

My parents are the exact same! Although, I did convince her to put her cat on Innova if she was going to kibble feed! She still feeds the other crap once in awhile though. I will boil some chicken breast for treats though that sounds like a good idea!! I think she is allergic to grain cause when I had her on Innova she would scratch non stop, so I don't want to try the cheerios, thanks for all the ideas though!

Edited to add: What your mom says about prime rib and hot dogs, I would totally do that as well. LOL
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My parents are the exact same! Although, I did convince her to put her cat on Innova if she was going to kibble feed! She still feeds the other crap once in awhile though. I will boil some chicken breast for treats though that sounds like a good idea!! I think she is allergic to grain cause when I had her on Innova she would scratch non stop, so I don't want to try the cheerios, thanks for all the ideas though!

Edited to add: What your mom says about prime rib and hot dogs, I would totally do that as well. LOL
Yeah, you can really cook any meat you want and use it for treats. Just little pea sized pieces for training, etc. Cheaper than store bought and better because you control what is in it.

My parents definitely don't get it. Last time I was up there, my dad wanted to know what SHAMPOO I used to get Brody so shiny. Duh. It's not the shampoo, it's health from the inside out.
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Parents are like that, my mom thinks im crazy also for treating them like they are human, she says i treat my dogs better then i treat them(probably so) , but our pooches cant do things like an adult can. They cant feed themselves, they need us, they cant talk and ask for things. We all want whats best for our baby's , they love us and we love them, so why not give them the best? When we have children(human ones) we always want the best for them, our doggies r like our children so why not spoil them? Ur not crazy everyone in this forum will agree that we all want the best for our babys. Ive been thinking about making treats myself also, specially like u said so many recalls, so much fake crap and bad things go into store bought treats. I used 2 be so un-educated on what went into the "so called treats from the stores" , now i do research on everything i feed them. If i research a product and see bad reviews on it i wont buy that crap. Dehydrated treats are used by many here, we cook for ourselves and family so why not do it for our pooches.
That is just it! I have no human babies, so Bailey is my baby! I call her my first born . The last dog we had, we got when I was 8 as a family pet. She died 2 years ago of diabetes and I never really did research on what was good for her or not. Now that I have been researching, I blame myself for her getting diabetes . Tracy gave some wonderful treat ideas that I will try. I don't need a dehydrator for them either!
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