A dog treat that travels well is a snap with this nutritious trail mix you prepare in advance and package in individual travel-sized portions. Or, simply buy the ingredients on the go, mix them together in a ziplock bag and shake. Voila, instant treat your pooch will adore.
Write the date on the labels with a list of the ingredients. Affix the labels to the small ziplock bags.
If you are preparing the mix in advance at home, combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly blended. Scoop the mix into the small ziplock bags. Pack as many portions of the trail mix as you think you'll need for your trip. Store the rest of the trail mix in the cupboard for your next trip.
If you are making the trail mix on the go, purchase the dried fruits, nuts, sunflower seeds and carob chips, readily available in the baking section of most grocery stores or any health food store. Add all the ingredients to the large ziplock plastic bag. Shake to distribute the ingredients evenly throughout.
Serve your dog small amounts at a time by hand. For rewards, serve individual pieces, such as a piece of diced apricot, a banana chip, a peanut or carob chip. It's a tiny treat that teaches your dog to take food gently from your fingers.
Unlike traditional trail mixes, do not add raisins, chocolate or macadamia nuts, all of which are toxic to dogs.
If you would like to use additional ingredients in your trail mix, always research the ingredient to ensure it's safe for dogs. If in doubt, check with your veterinarian.
When traveling, bring along his Kong and add a little crunchy or smooth peanut butter to the mix, roll into balls and stuff the Kong.
Add toasted wheat cereal like Shreddies, or corn cereal like Corn Chex for a crunchier trail mix.
Add toasted coconut for extra flavor and texture.
Items You Will Need
- Large mixing bowl or large ziplock plastic bag
- Small ziplock plastic bags
- 1/4 cup banana chips
- 1/4 cup carob chips
- 1/4 cup dried, diced apricots
- 1/4 cup whole, dried blueberries
- 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup hulled sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds
- Dr. Richard Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats; Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
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