Between socializing Nelson and running our dog walking business we sure do go through a lot of treats! Arrow, our setter mix, is a treat snob so we have tried everything on the market. He knows what he likes and anything else he lets bounce off his nose rather than catch them on his sophisticated tongue. Nelson on the other hand is a treat maniac. It took a ten minute training session for him to realize sit means “I would like a treat please.” Having seen him go from a wild man with no manners to an adorable puppy trying to communicate with us we can’t help but chuckle every time he sits with his ears perked and his giant tail sweeping the floor.
On the Bark Bus we only use treats and toys made in the USA. We decided to make our own Bark Bus Biscuits because we couldn't find local Maine made treats that Arrow liked. We didn't want to use store bought treats that were salty or too high in protein for our Bark Bus dogs, but something palatable and easy on sensitive stomachs.
We decided to use grain free buckwheat flour as the base of our treats since a lot of our furry clients are allergic to gluten. So far Arrow has approved of two flavors: Red Potato Parmesan and Carrot Ginger. We had a great time Saturday morning at the Farmers Market in Deering Oaks getting some Maine Potatoes and fresh Parsley for a new batch. Every time I am there I am blown away by what a beautiful setting the park is for the market. Surrounded by trees, bright bouquets, and farm fresh produce, it is easy to forget you’re in a city. It’s also a great place to see some of our furry pals and remember how great it is to be part of such a cheerful community.
Nelson would love it if we found him a chef’s hat and let him help out with the baking. So, to keep him out of trouble and out of the kitchen we stuff his Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Carrot with a few treats. I recommend also having people cookies on hand so that they stay away from the dog’s treats!
Here is a list of ingredients for our Grain Free Bark Bus Biscuits:
Potato Parmesan: Buckwheat Flour, Maine Potatoes, Milled Flax Seed, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil, Local Honey, Parsley.
Carrot Ginger: Buckwheat Flour, Local Carrots, Local Ginger Powder, Milled Flax Seed, Olive Oil, Local Honey.
Until next time, Stay Doggie!