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.