Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hot Diggity Dog!

Squeeeal! Tomorrow (which will be 'today' by the time this blog gets out) is the day Mr. Kuna Burger and I go to our first Karen Pryor Academy workshop! I'm geeked out and nervous all at the same time.

Since Toons and I will be training practically ALL day, he needs to have a lot of good treats. Mediocre treats won't cut it! So I made a trip to the nearest My Organic Market (MOMs) and picked up some mouthwatering grinds:

I also grabbed some ham and chicken deli cuts and hot dogs in beef and chicken flavor.

Hot dogs are awesome for a high-value treat. (Remember, this isn't for all dogs. Your dog may consider toys more high-value!)

Then I chopped it all up in to little pieces:

Next, in to the microwave for, um, forever. I use 1 1/2 to 2 minute increments so that nothing burns. Just stir everything around and pop back in the microwave. On average, it takes about 14 minutes.

In the meantime, I made some salad. (Ohp! What's that?! Is that me reppin' some Kahuna's K9s gear!?!)

After 14 minutes, your treats will look like this:

Mmmm...delicious, less-slimy hot dog treats. 

What scrumptious treats do you make for your pups??


  1. Hot dogs have been a favorite for years. I also use bits of cheddar (although I find too much can upset Honey's stomach), dried liver that I bake in the oven, dried salmon (also baked in the oven) chicken slices, and bits of carrot.

    I finally realized that the $9/4 oz salmon treats from the pet supply store were a waste of money. I could buy fresh salmon for $12 a pound and make it myself.

    Good luck at the clicker training workshop. It sounds exhausting for you both but hopefully, lots of fun. Can't wait to read all about it.

  2. ya know, I'm glad you said something. I've bought him the salmon treats from the store and thought "couldn't I make this cheaper??"

    good to know!! How long do you bake it? What temp? (I don't eat meat, so I would just crank that thing to a million degrees and bake the heck out of it!!)