Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a good size round steak, or two smaller ones. 1. Trim off all fat on the edges and in-between and if it has a round bone in it, remove that too. 2. Take a pair of scissors (outstanding tool for cutting meat) and cut the steak into manageable squares or rectangles. 3. Choose a large fry pan (non stick works the easiest) and give the pan a small drop of oil or a quick spray of Pam. 4. Heat the pan until really hot and drop in the steak pieces in to sizzle. Keep your heat high but don’t leave the pan unattended. 5. Sprinkle on a little garlic powder or garlic salt. 6. Let it sizzle for about a minute or two then flip over. Braise the other side (pour off the juice if there is too much) and remove from pan when the middle is pink. Place on to paper towel, blot and let cool. 7. Take your scissors and cut all of the meat in strips about ¼” wide. Now take those strips and cut small pieces about the size of a ½ of a dime, (or whatever size you prefer). 8. Place small amounts into seal-able snack baggies, then place those baggies into a seal-able freezer baggie and place in freezer. On the day you are going to training, take out one or two baggies, place them in the frig and they will be un-thawed by the time you are ready for class that evening. Of course the dogs love them frozen too, if you forget! They will un-thaw quickly in your pocket.
You can also do the same with calf’s liver. After it is unfrozen, soak up the excess blood with paper towel, and proceed starting with #3 as above (you won’t have to cut this first). Only braise the liver long enough on both sides (don’t thoroughly cook it) as it only needs to be cooked to a “medium” range, otherwise it will get crumbly. Drain the liquid during cooking if needed.
This will make about 500 treats and they don't have the chemicals in them that most commercial treats have!
The process takes a little time but saves a lot of $$ and the dogs go crazy for them!
Hope this helps!
You can nuke hot dogs so they are stiff and not as moist in your pocket. Gets the juice out of them. just slice them up and put them on a paper towel and nuke them. Lots. I use zukes mini-naturals because I do not like the gunk in my pocket.
Take a tube of string cheese, and cut into small pieces, I have to use a plastic baggie for that because I do not like the gunk in my pocket.
Some people use a carpenter's belt to put treats in.
Besides stuff that's fairly bad for them (hot dogs) not much will be readily taken in a raw form. Zeke loved carrots as a pup but Berlin says no thank you.
I buy the vital complete meal in the bag, not the rolled form. I loved it. Already comes in a treat size circle. Is a little wet on the hands and has a strong odor, smells kind of good actually. You can get 3 or 5 lb bags at petco and it last a while (in the fridge!) If there is a kroger store in your area, like a king soopers, the sell a store brand version thats almost identical for half the price (11 $ vs. 20-something $)