Spoiling Your Pit Bull: Homemade Treats for Training

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Whether you're the new owner of a young pup or the experienced master of a full grown dog, preparing homemade treats and foods not only spoils your pet, but it improves their overall health -- with the use of quality ingredients.

American Pit Bull Terriers require a diet of high protein and nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, zinc and iron; so, preparing healthy, balanced and delicious foods for your dog helps optimize your dog's energy, temperament and appearance as well.

Pit Bulls, as with most dogs, respond well to positive reinforcement, such as giving treats in exchange for good behavior and obedience. Although many of these snacks and treats grace supermarkets and pet stores for consumer use, making your own treats for training your Pit Bull proves to be an economically sound and healthier alternative.

Ingredients and Supplies

Gather the following ingredients and materials to create your own signature treats for training your dog:

  • 1 lb of uncooked pinto beans
  • 1/2 lb of beef liver
  • 1/2 cup of bacon fat
  • 8 cups of water

You will also need the following supplies:

  • a pressure cooker
  • a cookie sheet
  • potato masher
  • a strainer
  • a sharp knife.

Choose beef liver of the darkest coloring available when purchasing it from your local grocer or butcher. Other organ meats such as deer liver and hearts can substitute for beef liver as well.

Preparation and Cooking

Add the pinto beans and water to the pressure cooker and snap it shut. Cook the beans on high heat for approximately three hours. Check the pinto beans after three hours, and add more water if necessary. Allow the pinto beans the time to become soggy, bloated and fully cooked. Strain away all of the water from the beans once they are soggy.

Chop the beef liver into small chunks and make sure to keep as much blood from the liver as possible. Add the diced up raw liver, bacon fat and the saved blood to the pot of overcooked pinto beans. Add another two cups of water to the concoction before allowing it to cook for approximately 45 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the mixture to slowly cook uncovered.

Allow the beef liver and beans to simmer until all of the excess moisture has evaporated from the pan. Remove the pan from the stove and mash the liver and beans together using a hand held potato masher. Mash the contents of the pan until it forms a smooth and creamy pate' like substance. Pour the mixture from the pan to the cookie sheet and spread it evenly over the surface of the pan. Pop it into the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cut Them Up

Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, and allow the brown liver and bean pate' about 15 minutes to cool. Cut it into squares that are small enough for your dog to chew and store them in zipper bags in your refrigerator. One batch makes approximately a week's worth of training treats for your dog, and they keep well in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Each training treat is packed with protein and fatty acids that improve your American Pit Bull terrier's muscle mass and energy levels. They also taste delicious and don't contain any preservatives or fillers like many commercial dog foods and snacks.

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Kotas Mommy
Tue, 04/27/2010 - 8:57am

This recipe sounds great - I don't have a pressure cooker though, I'm wondering if the consistency can be reached through boiling??? Also if it would hurt the finished good if the bacon fat was omitted? (My entire house is pork free - including the dog!) lol
I also am wondering about the high protein - I understand Pit Bulls need more protein (because of their build & energy), but I have read & been told by Dakota's vet to be very careful about too much protein as it can lead to organ failure. I feed Dakota a diet of Blue by Blue Buffalo (we use chicken & rice flavor as well as fish & sweet potatoe)and raw (mostly organic fruits & veggies with some amounts of lightly grilled proteins such as chicken, lamb or red meat). Dakota is completely trained with basic commands, but she's only 20 months and we "train" everyday!!! We still have a long way to go for her to be considered a "good citizen"! I

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aschlauf
Tue, 11/09/2010 - 11:38am

High protein is good for dogs and the fear of organ failure stemmed from people with kidney failure being feed low protein diets. However, recent studies show that, concerning people with kidney failure, the risk has more to do with the quality of the protein and not the amount. Additionally, consider what wolves eat in the wild (and yes, our dogs are genetically 99% still Grey wolves in their digestive functions). You never here farmers complaining about the wolves eating their crops. Quality meat protein is what puppies, adults, and senior dogs need. Wolf pups eat off of the same carcass as the adults, why shouldn't ours? Additionally, concerning your vet, while I am sure he is good to your dogs, he probably knows little about the nutritional needs of dogs. Veterinary schools do not spend much time on the subject. We are conditioned to avoid high protein by crappy dog food companies looking to make a buck because, guess what, quality meat protein costs more!!!!!!!! Its time to think for ourselves and do some research, and not on wikipedia. :)

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2CHOCOLATEPITBULLS
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 10:28am

I love the fact that you want your pitty to be considered a "good citizen" but in this world we live in that will probably never happen i have 2 and they are the most well mannered dogs i have ever owned but any time we are out walking at the park or where ever there is always that one jac.... with his/her kids that want to come and be licked that grabs there children up and is scared to death that there child is going to be attacked on site and we have the media to thank for that because they only report about the bad things with pit-bulls what about the 5 or 6 that where at ground zero helping to save/find people buried in the rubble after the towers fell on 9/11 why don't they write about that or the 20 to 25 that are used by the border patrol to help sniff out drugs and other stuff oh i forgot i was talking about pit-bulls and how they are just vicious killers that attack on site of animals and children right sorry but as long as people like you and i keep trying maybe one day our beloved friends will not be so feared and they will be respected just as other dogs sorry to babble on i just get carried away when i start on the subject of how misunderstood pit-bulls are LOVE THE BREED KILL THE DEED

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2CHOCOLATEPITBULLS
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 10:31am

I forgot to mention sorry i feed my 2 dogs diamond dog food it has seemed to help with there coat and there energy level seems to be much higher

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ramz
Wed, 06/09/2010 - 4:07pm

hello, I have a pit named chikita who just had 9 puppies about a month and half ago. Well my baby is losing lots of hair and I don't know what to do to help her, this problem started after having her babies which I don't know if it has anything to do with it. I feed my chikita purina dog chow with lamb and rice or chicken and rice and I think is good, but also helps when she have to go...it dries fast with the sun. Can someone help me with this problem I'm having with my pit? Hi 2chocolatepitbull, unfortunately I must agry with you. This type of dogs have a very bad reputation which is only due to their bad owners I've had 3 pits before my chikita and they were never fighters or attacked anyone in my neighborhood. Well hope someone can help my poor baby with her hair lost problem...thanx

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mhaze
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 9:05am

What you describe could be mange. You need to see a veterinarian. You should also feed a higher quality food. See http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/. And last but not least, if you're asking these types of questions here, I have to wonder why you're breeding your dog in the first place.

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suze4405
Mon, 09/06/2010 - 9:38pm

I just made a batch of these snacks with some adjustments and my dog is crazy about them!
I used canned black beans instead of dry pinto and pork liver instead of calf.

They were super easy to make and I cannot tell you how much Ippa likes them. Thanks for sharing!