Games and Treats
The Shelter Pet Enrichment Fund assists and pays for innovative programs that create happy pets and inspire adoptions at CMPD Animal Care & Control. That means we work with a LOT of enrichment activities which resulting in a LOT of fun. We believe in play and positive reinforcement.
Below are some recipes you might want to try to supplement your own playtime.
(From the ASPCA)
1. Plug the small hole with creamy peanut butter (make sure it seals)
2. Place the Kong in a cup/mug with the small side down
3. Fill the Kong full with water or broth leaving a little room to expand
4. Place the Kong in the freezer until frozen and ready-to-serve
1. Place any type of paté (ground, not chunk) dog food into the Kong
2. Place a handful of kibble and smash into the paté so it doesn't fall out.
3. Repeat layers until you fill the Kong
4. Serve as is or plug the large hole with a piece of banana
Rice & Potato
1. Boil 1/4 cup of rice (or enough to fill Kong)
2. Mash sweet potato into the rice
3. Mix in a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter.
4. Fill Kong and plug with a piece of banana
Meat & Potatoes
1. Mix a combination of:
3. Freeze the KONG overnight or serve it warm.
1. Cut apples, banana and melon (any kind) into chunks
2. Spoon cottage cheese or yogurt
4. Plug with a piece of banana if desired
5. Serve at room temperature or frozen
1. Put a spoonful of cooked oatmeal into the bottom of the Kong to seal small hole
2. Put two spoonfuls of canned or freshly cooked puréed pumpkin into the Kong
3. Add in yogurt or cottage cheese
4. Repeat layers until Kong is filled
5. Add graham crackers into the bottom of the Kong
6. Serve warm or frozen
List of Items Not To Feed Your Pet
Though your pet may eat these if given, remember they are poisonous.
Games are a great way to connect with your pet and exercise their muscles and mind. Any of the listed recipes would be a great reward for playtime.
Frozen Banana Ice Cubes
(From Just Little Things)
1. Slice ripe banana and place one piece into ice cube tray sections
2. Fill with water
Variation: Use small julienned apple slices and broth instead of water.
Dog Frozen Yogurt
(From B. Britnell)
1. Place 2 ripe bananas in a large bowl and mash thoroughly
2. Add in the 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, 1/8 cup honey, and 32 oz. plain yogurt
3. Mix well
4. Pour the mixture into your desired containers for freezing (ice cube trays work well)
Oatmeal & Cheese Dog Biscuit
(From Rachel Schultz)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. 3. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients below
5. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick
6. Remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with a small cookie cutter
7. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits
8. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on a baking sheet
9. Bake for 30 minutes until browned and firm.
10. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack
11. Turn off oven and place biscuits on wire rack in oven overnight.
Gingerbread Dog Biscuit
(From Dukes & Duchesses)
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet
3. In a large bowl, sift together:
5. Let rest for 15 minutes
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/4-inch thick
7. Cut out the cookies; transfer to the prepared sheet
8. Bake until firm, about 20 minutes
Bacon & Cheese Dog Biscuit
(from The Midnight Baker)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
3. Cook 2 slices of bacon to very crisp. Reserve 3 tbs drippings. Finely dice bacon.
4. In a large bowl, combine: Stir well to combine the following ingredients:
6. Add the flour and only as much of the remaining 1/2 cup of water to produce a rollable dough.
7. Roll dough to a little less than 1/4-inch. Cut out in desired shapes/sizes. I use a "medium" bone-shaped cutter that is about 3-inches long.