When you’re at the pet store, you quickly notice there’s not much in the way of healthy, interesting and creative treats for training. This means you have to make them yourself, especially if you’re doing some sort of specialty training with your dog.
Understanding how to make fish treats for dogs is a nifty way to keep treats on hand and has the potential to save you some money. You can always shift and change the ingredients as you need to suit your pup’s preferences and diet.
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A Note about Serving Fish to Dogs
It’s okay to feed fish to your dog if your dog will eat it. Not all dogs like fish, so make sure your pup will devour it before you make huge amounts. Also, make sure you always feed your precious fur baby fresh, wild-caught fish that comes from a pristine and clean body of water.
In other words, stay away from fish caught from the Pacific Ocean and avoid using canned fish. The Pacific Ocean is highly toxic, especially since the nuclear waste spill from Fukushima in 2011 (which is still leaching into the ocean).
Plus, unless you know for sure the canned fish is fit for your dog, avoid giving it. You just don’t know where it came from or if it’s even actually fish that your dog can eat.
Doggie Dried Fish Snacks
This is a simple recipe that you can make in the oven or with a dehydrator. The snacks will keep for several days in the fridge.
Items You’ll Need
- Baking Sheet with a Crisper or a Dehydrator
- Paper Towels
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1½ lbs White Fish
- 1 tsp Parsley, dried or fresh
- 1 tsp Turmeric, powdered
- Clean the white fish well, ensuring you remove all skin and bones.
- Rinse the remaining fish and shred it into tiny pieces with a fork in the bowl.
- Pour in the apple cider vinegar along with the spices and stir well; cover and set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Pull the fish out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 200°F or less, if you’re planning on dehydrating this way.
- On your dehydrator racks or your baking sheet with a crisper, form bite sized piece or balls with the fish mixture.
- Either bake this in the oven or dehydrator for six to eight hours or until the fish has a dry and chewy texture.
- Remove the fish from heat and allow the treats to cool completely before giving any to your dog.
Fido’s Fresh Fish Biscuits
These are the perfect snacking treat for your furry best friend. Fresh fish biscuits are great during the colder months and help keep your pooch’s belly healthy.
Items You’ll Need
- Cookie Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Non-Stick Frying Pan
- Medium Sauce Pan
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Airtight Containers
- 1 Potato, cooked and mashed
- 2 Eggs, large
- 1 Cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
- 4 oz Peas, frozen and unthawed
- 1 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 2 Filets of Tuna, use ¼ cup water for cooking
- Take the peas from the freezer and let them begin thawing.
- Put water in the medium saucepan and boil the potato until soft. You can leave the skin on or take it off, the choice is yours.
- Clean and remove the bones from the tuna, if any.
- Put ¼ cup of water at the bottom of a nonstick pan and cook the tuna filets until they’re mostly cooked through on medium heat. Add more water if necessary.
- Take the potato and tuna off the heat.
- Put them, along with the tuna water, in the mixing bowl. Add the frozen peas and let everything reach the same temperature, wait about 20 minutes.
- Set your oven on 375°F and wait for it to heat up.
- Mash the potato, peas and tuna until you have a blended mash.
- Mix in the eggs, parsley, and flour. Add a more flour or water if the dough is wet or dry, respectively.
- On a parchment-covered cookie sheet, take spoonfuls of the dough to form biscuit or cake-like shapes. Ensure there’s space between each for heat and air to pass through.
- Bake the biscuits for 15 to 20 minutes or until the golden brown.
- Remove, allow them to cool and store in an airtight container.
Fishy Biscuit Recipe #2
This is a more simplified version of the recipe above but it combines two fish instead of one and there are no veggies. One of these savory biscuits will be enough for your pooch. If your dog struggles to keep its weight down, only serve ½ of a biscuit.
Items You’ll Need
- 2 Nonstick Frying Pans
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Spoon
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- 14 oz Salmon (no skin or bones – cooked with ¼ cup of water)
- 7 oz Tuna (deboned, no skin and use ¼ cup of water for cooking)
- 1½ Cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Dill, dried or fresh
- 1 tsp Basil, dried or fresh
- 1 tsp Thyme, dried or fresh
- 4 Egg Yolks, large and separate the whites
- Cook the tuna and salmon in their own nonstick pans with water until fully cooked.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Use a small bowl to separate the egg yolks from the whites. Use a whisk to beat the yolks until frothy.
- Tear apart the fish with a fork until they are in tiny pieces in the large mixing bowl.
- Add the water from both frying pans along with the flour and spices.
- Beat the egg yolks into the fishy dough and fold them in until well incorporated.
- Cover the baking sheet with parchment and spoon the dough into biscuit-like portions. Make sure you leave space between each.
- Put the sheet into the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the mixture is spongy.
- Put the biscuits on a drying rack and allow them to cool. Store the biscuits in an airtight container.