As unappealing as it might be to humans, most dogs will readily dive into a bowl of kibble. However, if you have a picky pooch, mealtime can be a battle. Whip up a few homemade additions to your dog’s food and make meals a pleasure again.
Why Add Homemade Food?
Store-bought dog food is developed and tested to provide your furry friend with all the nutrients she needs, but homemade additions are a tasty addition to her normal food. Adding homemade food is great for picky eaters, and is a fun, creative way to treat your furry friend. These additions should be a treat rather than a meal substitute, and shouldn’t comprise more than a quarter of what she eats during the day.
Chicken and Rice
Chop 1/2 pound of boneless chicken into bit-sized chunks, and toss them into a pan with 1 teaspoon oil. Cook the chicken until brown and crunchy, and sprinkle 1 cup of uncooked rice into the pan. Pour in three cups of reduced-sodium chicken broth and a bag of frozen carrots, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. The rice will be gummy and sticky, but that’s exactly what you want; when you mix it into her food, it will meld with the kibble into a puppy pudding.
Sauté 1 pound of beef cubes in a big stock pot until brown, and pour a box of beef stock over the meat. Bring it to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes to cook the beef completely through. Add a bag of frozen, chopped broccoli, a bag of frozen peas and a bag of frozen carrots to the pot and boil for 15 minutes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of arrowroot into the pot and whisk until the liquid turns into a thick, bubbly gravy.
Sweets should never be the focus of your dog’s meal, but a bit of this peanut butter-based treat once in a while won’t hurt. Add 1 cup smooth peanut butter to a bowl, and stir in 1/2 cup shredded carrots and a container of nonfat yogurt. Store the mixture in the refrigerator, and add a spoonful to your dog’s kibble. Stream in a little hot water, stir to combine and let rest for five minutes before feeding.
Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.