Trusted Paws Texas believes in reward based training -- and we hope you do, too! We also believe that training is occurring all the time, whether we are actively engaging our dogs or whether they are resting quietly on their beds. Rewards come in many guises, from a scratch behind the ears, to a toss of the ball or a delicious treat. When it comes to food, dogs have preferences just as we do. Rewarding me with a tuna brownie would not be particularly successful, but a bit of Ben & Jerry's would be a different story. So keep this in mind when using treats as rewards. That being said, it is a rare dog who turns their muzzle up at these Tuna Brownie Training Treats. Though they are a bit smelly, they do play to a dogs strong suit...his nose.
Quality treats can become expensive. And even when you check the ingredients on the packaging, it is not always crystal clear what is meant. Could this be intentional? The recipe below has been requested time and again by students as it is quick to make, freezes well, can be cut into tiny pea-sized morsels easily, and most importantly, the dogs are mad for it. Give it a try and let us know what your dog thinks!
Tuna Brownie Treats
1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
2. Drain 2 regular cans (5 or 6 oz) or one large can of tuna and pour into mixing bowl
3. Mix in 2 eggs
4. Mix in 1 1/2 cup flour (can use white, or wheat)
5. Add ½ - 1 cup of Parmesan
6. Add 1 T garlic powder or crushed garlic
Blend well, form into doughy ball. Spread about 1/4 inch thick on greased cookie sheet. You can use your hands, a rolling pin, or a glass. Bake about 25- 30 minutes or until golden. Cut into tiny squares before they get too cool. You can also sprinkle extra garlic on top before putting them in the oven.
Cut into small squares the size of a pea. Using a pizza cutter works well. Store in airtight container or freeze!