My puggle, Kolchak is a food hound.
(Actually, I usually call him a food something else, with some 18A rated language.) He will cut you and step over your limp body if he thinks it will get him closer to a snack. When something smells super delicious, there is *no way* to keep him from loosing his head. What can say? He’s part beagle. These dogs are slaves to the snouts.
Snacks: All the cool dogs are doing it.
Actually, all the cool dogs are over-doing it. It’s estimated that almost HALF the pet population is overweight. Time to lay off the Snausages (they are smelly and gross and full of junk anyways.) Still, I totally get it. Dogs love treats and we, as their people, love giving them treats. The secret is learning to give treats that they will love and you can feel good about.
Lean, Mean & Green
I know we have professed our bean-love before, but let me just say it again. Beans aredelish. We love fresh steamed green beans as a treat or green bean pupsicles as a cool treat on a hot day. Beans are full of awesome. Full. Beans are a great source of carotenoids and antioxidants, two things that are essential for kibble fed pups due to the highly oxidized nature of kibbles. Beans are also a rich source of dietary fibre, zea-xanthin, folates, vitamin B-6,thiamin, and vitamin C, as well as a great mineral source for iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium. They are also AWESOME for your waistline.
At only 34 calories per cup (*fresh) you can easily eat a bunch without packing on the pounds.
The only catch? They are just beans. My dogs really love meaty treats and getting them to eat dehydrated green beans without a kick of flavour can be a real challenge. That’s why I decided to combine the power of chicken and green beans to make these easy dehydrator dog treats.
Meaty, Green Bean Dehydrator Dog Treats
2 cups frozen green beans, defrosted
1 cup freeze dried chicken treats, like Purebites (<affiliate link)
*Kol’s Note: You could actually use any kind of dried meat treat you like. Felix loves these made with duck or white fish due to his allergies.
These crunchy green beans treats can be made in the oven or in a countertop dehydrator. We like to make ours in our dehydrator because it is so easy to just pop them in there and forget about them. I always worries about leaving the oven on for this long.
OVEN: Preheat to 150F or get out your counter top dehydrator
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