At the grand old age of 5 and a half poor Buddy is being subjected Miss Frugal’s version of dog training and it’s not going well!
Buddy was never the easiest dog to train although that may not necessarily be his fault as the vet thinks it might be linked to the medication he had when he was a very young puppy. When he was just a few weeks old he was diagnosed with Puppy Strangles (I’m not sure what the technical term for this is) which can be fatal for puppies. Luckily they caught it early on and with the help of a fair amount of medication, he pulled through but we have no idea what the long term effects of the medicines he was given are.
He’s a gorgeous dog though with some a loving nature and good temperament. He’s not a naughty dog at all so it’s never been an issue that he doesn’t lay down when you tell him to or that he won’t roll over, play dead or give you his paw on command. It took us long enough to get him to learn to sit on command so we figured we had no hope with anything more complex.
But recently (I blame YouTube) Miss Frugal has been making it her life’s mission to try and teach him to do various tricks. He just looks at her when she’s trying to teach him his new moves and if he could talk I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t like what he has to say about teaching an old dog new tricks.
He is slightly more interested in her lessons now that she’s brought in a secret weapon though – easy peasy no bake peanut butter and banana dog treats!
Easy to make, no bake peanut butter and banana dog treats
135g Porridge oats (about 1 1/2 cups)
125g peanut butter (about 1/2 a cup)
1 large banana
A little milk to bind it together
Before you start, it’s really important to make sure that you check that the peanut butter you’re using is safe for dogs, most are perfectly fine but a few contain Xylitol which is a sweetener used in many foods that can be harmful to them.
- Mash the peanut butter and the banana together in a bowl and then gradually mix in all but a handful or so of the oats – you’ll probably need to get your hands in here to get everything combined fully.
- If the mixture seems really dry and won’t stick together then you can add a little milk and give it a good mix again.
- When the mixture has all come together you need to divide it up and make the treats. Miss Frugal went a little over the top with ours on the first attempt and they had to be cut in half so poor Buddy could eat them! You know the best size for your dog so just make them as big or as small as you want them to be.
- Roll the treats in the oats you set aside earlier and pop them in the fridge to set for an hour.
Buddy loves them but he’s still not getting the hang of lay down – he just wants a hug!
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