Blaine Bowen is an animal friendly environment. We have three lovely, furry friends to keep us company throughout the day. With the upcoming holiday just around the corner, fireworks are sure to be heard all over the United States. Here are some ideas on what to do if your dog is frightened by the sound of fireworks, and here are some recipes for tasty, homemade doggie treats to help ease their nerves!
Carrot Oat Applesauce Treats
- 1/2 cup oats (quick for dogs)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup (about 1 large) carrot, finely grated
- 1/2 cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and cover a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Mix all four ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Use a tablespoon to drop clumps of the mixture on to the baking tray. Shape if you wish.*
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, until treats are set.
FROZEN COCONUT OIL & BLUEBERRY DOG TREATS
- Small silicone heart mold
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, in solid form
- Frozen blueberries
- Place a frozen blueberry into each heart in the silicone mold. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil until it liquefies.
- Allow coconut oil to cool for a few minutes, then carefully pour oil into the heart mold.
- Carefully place mold into the fridge to solidify.
- When coconut oil treats are solid, pop them out of the mold.
- Store coconut oil treats in a baggie in the freezer.
QUICK AND EASY DOG BISCUIT RECIPE
- 2 & 1/2 cups Oatmeal instant oats
- Chicken or beef bouillon
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Preheat oven to 350º
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Dissolve the bouillon cube in the 3/4 cup of water and mix.
- Put the oats, bouillon, salt and egg in a bowl and mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Then knead the dough together for about 3 minutes. The dough will be a little sticky.
- Let it set for about 15 minutes and it will get a little drier.
- You can shape it free-hand or you can roll it with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters for your shapes.
- Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.
SAFETY AND CALMING TIPS FOR DOGS DURING FIREWORKS:
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
- Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
- Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
- If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
- Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.
- Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.
We hope that these recipes and tips will keep your canine friend safe and at peace. After all, they are a member of the family as well!