In this week’s At Home with Martin & Sylvia story "Puppy Sitting", Martin and Sylvia wake one morning to hear Momma talking to a friend on the phone. They are thrilled to overhear her saying that a puppy is coming to visit for the whole day and night! They can’t wait to have a younger dog around to fetch, play tag and other fun doggies games, but they are surprised to learn that puppy sitting is a lot more work than they expected.
Indeed, while puppies are incredibly fun, they also require a lot of looking after. In addition to being fed, watered, and housebroken, any dog that’s going to be a member of the family has to be taught a few basic manners, too. And — whether young or old — one of the best ways to teach a dog some new tricks is with a yummy reward.
Our “puppy” turns 10 next year, and he still has a lot to learn in the manners department. He also gets super itchy when he eats anything with grain in it, so finding acceptable dog treats to entice him can be really hard. As such, we mostly forgo commercial dog treats in favor of simple bites of human food — like cheese and sliced turkey — when we’re working on his sits and stays.
Another treat we’ve found that works is these simple frozen yogurt drops. With just two ingredients, they make a great recipe for small chefs to whip together for their canine friends. And, if it’s summer in your part of the world, your pup will also appreciate cooling off with these icy cold treats.
Peanut Butter Yogurt Drops for Dogs
(Makes one large cookie sheet full)
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons peanut butter
In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter and yogurt until they’re well incorporated, and spoon into a plastic sandwich bag.
Cover a large cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Snip one of the bottom corners off the sandwich bag and use the bag to pipe half-dollar sized drops of yogurt mixture onto the cookie sheet. Put the whole tray into your freezer for a few hours to harden the drops.
Once the drops are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container and continue to store them in the freezer. Pop a few out for training sessions or just for a cool puppy treat.
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The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred year old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two pre-schoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion--showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun--in her weekly Sparkle Kitchen posts.
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