The Great British Bark Off!
by Alice Freeman // December 2017
The Great British Bark Off!
As Christmas fast approaches and we squeeze in those last minute presents and prepare ourselves for the season of over indulgence we ask ourselves “have we remembered everyone?” Here at Surrey Dog School we know our staff are barking mad, to the point of working at the ‘woffice’, so we know who’s on the top of our Christmas list! Whilst we know we’re supposed to say it’s our family and friends, we all know the truth is it’s our four legged friends!
Whilst our dogs presents are often on the top of every ones list have you considered what Christmas treats they’ll be having during the festive period? Whilst we sit on the sofa deciding between Christmas pudding or chocolate yule log (a heated debate in our household) what tasty treats can your dog have to get involved and join the party?
With the ever-growing research, awareness and interest in our pups diets and the food we give them why not look into making your own natural Christmas dog treats this year? A great activity for all the family and one that your pup will be more than happy to help clear up after! As Frank and Stevie are eager to demonstrate below!
As the resident baker on our team I was put to work on the requested recipes and varieties for our pups to try so they could report back to you on how to make your dogs Christmas as tasty as possible (without them getting hold of the turkey!)
Whilst we humans are lucky enough to enjoy the variety food has to offer it’s important we choose carefully which types of human food we give our dogs. Below we have concocted a three course menu just for your four legged friends.
Freshly baked hand rolled duo cheese bake (cheesy rolls)
125g multipurpose flour
25g grated parmesan
25g grated cheddar
350 ml evaporated milk
Heat oven to 175c, Mix all ingredients together well and shape into any festive shape you like, Bake for 10-12 minutes until nicely browned, leave to cool and let your pup enjoy!
“I’m just crackers about cheese Gromit”
For the Main
A gluten free sweet potato, coconut bake (gluten free biscuits)
1 cooked and cooled sweet potato
2 Oz coconut oil
16 Oz coconut flour
Heat oven to 175c, mash the sweet potato and mix with the coconut oil, add the flour slowly whilst mixing until the dough sticks together, roll out the dough and use a cutter of your choice (Christmas tree or candy canes are the favourite in our woffice), bake for 20 minutes until cooked through, leave to cool completely. Rate the tail wag out of 10 to judge how much your pup loves these tasty snacks!
Peanut butter ice-cream (yoghurt cubes)
8 Oz unsalted and natural peanut butter
32 Oz natural yoghurt (no added sugar)
Melt the peanut butter in the microwave, once slightly cooled mix with the yogurt, put the mixture into cupcake papers or a silicone mould and freeze. As you can see the dogs can’t resist the smell of these sweet treats!
Now that your dogs have some delightful natural treats it’s crucial we remember the importance of everything in moderation for our pups (hypocritical of us considering our reaction to a pack of cheesy biscuits we know!) but it’s in their best interest.