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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597732
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

HOMEMADE TREATS FOR MAN'S BEST FRIEND

With 50 canine-tested, veterinarian-approved recipes,The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook has something to delight every canine connoisseur. Dog lovers can stir up appetizing homemade treats for their beloved pooches using easy-to-find ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. Recipes include Peanut Butter–Honey Nut Cheerios Balls, Taco Treats, Birthday Blueberry Pupcakes, Halloween Treats, Frozen Magic Meatballs, and more. There are even delicious doggy delicacies for pets with special needs, including Turkey Jerky and Salad Bar Bones. Fun and funky color illustrations plus Nutritional Notes and Treats and Tidbits about cooking and storing the goodies ensure that cooks will enjoy this book as much as their pets enjoy their homemade treats!

About the Author

Liz Palika has authored more than 40 books and won two prestigious Maxwell Awards from the Dog Writers Association of America. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines, including Newsweek, The Saturday Evening Post, Dog World, Dog Fancy, and the AKC Gazette.

More About the Author

Liz Palika has been writing professionally since 1985 when she was first published in DOG FANCY magazine. Since then she has written more than 65 books and more than 1,000 magazine articles and columns. She has been published in DOG FANCY, DOG WORLD, CATS, CAT FANCY, AKC GAZETTE, and other pet publications, as well as NEWSWEEK, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST and WOMEN FIRST.

Her books include PUPPY LOVE and THE KISS GUIDE TO RAISING A PUPPY; both of which are favorites with new puppy owners. THE ULTIMATE DOG TREAT COOKBOOK received rave reviews in magazines and newspapers all over the country, including USA TODAY. ALL DOGS NEED SOME TRAINING was listed by PET LIFE MAGAZINE as one of the ten best training books available to dog owners.

Liz's books have been awarded many honors. THE HOWELL BOOK OF DOGS was awarded Best Reference Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and was nominated as Best Nonfiction Book by San Diego Book Awards. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD: CHAMPION OF VERSATILITY won Best Breed Book from Dog Writers Association of America and Best Nonfiction Book from San Diego Book Writers. SAVE THAT DOG! won best General Reference Book from Dog Writers and the First ASPCA Pet Overpopulation Answers Award from the ASPCA. Liz's work has also won awards from Cat Writers and Purina, as well as others from Dog Writers. Liz was honored with the San Diego Leadership Award, was a North County Woman of Merit, and in 2005 was awarded Dog Writers Distinguished Service Award.

Liz has an international platform to connect with her readers. Not only is her podcast, "It's a Doggy Dog World" on PetLifeRadio.com the #1 most downloaded show on that site, but she is also a blogger for the PetConnection.com.

Liz has been teaching dogs and their owners in North County San Diego for almost 25 years. Her dog training is based on an understanding of dogs and what makes them tick. Liz is a Certified Dog Trainer (CDT)and a Certified Behavioral Consultant. She is an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator #4182.

Working in Vista, California (San Diego County), Liz is the owner of Kindred Spirits Dog Training and sees more than a thousand dogs and their owners every year. Liz and her dogs, over the years have participated and trained in many dog sports, including agility, carting, conformation, herding, obedience, search and rescue, therapy dog work, and more.

Liz and her husband Paul share their home with three Australian Shepherds.

Customer Reviews

Great recipes and very nutritious.
Carol L. Harvey
I loved this book so much, I bought a copy for a friend as a Christmas gift.
Rhonda Sue
There are some good recipes for making dog treats in this book.
Irene

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on July 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love to browse through different cookbooks. I have quite a collection, and usually go to the library to find new recipes to try before I decide to purchase the entire book. I normally look for 3 things in a cookbook, besides delicious recipes that will work for my family (including my dogs). This includes:

1) Pictures of more than ¾ of the recipes (Color pictures are the best)

2) A spiral binding, or at least on that easily lays flat

3) New & innovative recipes that have ingredients I can easily find at a grocery store

For this book, I combined my love of my three dogs, with my interest in fun, interesting cookbooks. The recipes are great, and I love that the book includes a chapter for dogs with special needs (allergies to certain food products) as I have a dog that is allergic to both corn and wheat. The chapters include: Cookies by the Spoonful, Cookie-Cutter Treats, Special Goodies for Special Occasions, Good Dogs Deserve Good Treats, and Delicacies for Dogs with Special Needs. The only thing that I disliked about the book is that there are no actual photographs of the finished recipes, and was not in a binding that laid flat. Otherwise, this is a wonderful cookbook with recipes that should leave any dog and their human begging for more great recipes.

Some of dog's favorites include: Tummy Tempting Chicken Soup Cookies, Ginny's Bonanza Treats, Carrot Crunchies, Turkey Day Treats, Grain Free Goodies, and Beef and Barley Biscuits. Enjoy!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Lorey on July 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book uses a lot of "pre-made" ingredients (dog kibble, cereal, pancake mix) in the recipes, if that is what you are looking for than this is the book for you.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lisa_S. on April 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a cute book with a nice variety of treats to make for your dog. The extra nice part is the fact that it fast tracks you to getting the treats made. It doesn't really take you down to making them completely from scratch in all cases, but rather tells you what to get at the store to make treats out of. Instead of telling you start with wheat flour and eggs and water and mix, blah, blah, blah. It tells you "2 cups of Cheerios or Kashi cereal" or "2 cups of dry dog kibble, crushed" and a lot start with varities of Bisquick or Jiffy muffin mixes. This is a nice time saver for all of us who want to make treats for our pets but don't have all day to roll out dough and do it all truly from scratch. Don't worry, there's still enough that you'll need to add that you won't feel like you're just buying dog biscuits at the store.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Rowland on April 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The writers of this book obviously don't know anything about dogs and what is harmful to them. For example (and probably the biggest thing) the taco recipe in here calls for Avocados... Avocados are BAD for animals (not just dogs) do a google search on it, your dog could DIE. I have a "101 things you didn't know could harm your pet) from the ASPCA, and the things that are listed in this book as things that are bad for your pet THAT ARE ALSO IN THIS BOOK are
Avocados (the book even gives a "nutritional notes" saying how good it is for them... scary)
Garlic
Onion
Salsa (yes it actually calls for salsa)
This book seems unprofessional, almost if someone who does not own a dog wrote it. Now maybe the dogs they tested it on were "ok" with it, but all the "tester" dogs were big dogs, takes more to hurt them, while I have 2 mini dachshunds, and that much avocado or onion could send them to the hospital.
Now past all the bad recipes and bad ideas, they book does have some good ones (BUT you have to know what you are doing, and whats the point of buying a book just for dog treats if you have to look up every dang ingredient)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Whittington on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This has a lot of good doggy treats, but it uses a lot of canned products (campbells soup, bisquick ect) and most recipes have cornmeal in them which is a dog allergen. Other than that it has lots of tips and lots of recipes. Just not from scratch..the semi homemade of dog cookbooks
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Hanneman on March 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Some of the recipes I tried in this book called for items that were found to have onion flavoring in them. For example Campbells Chunky Chicken Soup has onion flavoring in it. Onion is very toxic to dogs, and I feel that the book is somewhat contradictory. On a positive note, the book taught me to read labels before putting it in my dog treats. My Great Danes are grateful to that as well. Wouldn't want to hurt these beautiful creatures, or any of my other canine friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rusty - RIP 9/13/10 - Best Dog Ever on April 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Just received a copy of this book a company included free with some baking supplies I ordered.

I can see why they are giving it away free without me asking for it.

Many of the recipes include ingredients you shouldn't give dogs.

In particular GARLIC. You should not give dogs garlic.
Some of their recipes have it from other products (broth) and some have you add it directly including at least one called for as much as 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

Also many include store mixes that include sugar (Jiffy Muffin Mix), high amounts of salt (store broth or bouillon), dairy (milk, cheese, cream cheese), and onion (broth,bouillon).

Dogs do not need added sugar.
Adult Dogs have very limited lactase so can not digest much dairy.
Dogs do not need added salt. Large amounts of salt (sodium) are harmful and they get sodium/salt from other things they eat. Some things (spinach as one example) are naturally high in sodium.

If you are baking your own treats, the whole point is you can control the ingreditents. So why put in things that should never be put in? are questionable to put in? or can be toxic in higher amounts?

Further the damaging effect of onion (and I think garlic too, didn't have time to find the reference) can be cumulative.

So why intentionally put any in something you make?

The book says all the recipes are reviewed by a vet, Deb Eldridge DVM
a quick google search shows that she describes herself as "semi-retired veternarian - writer"
[...]
Apparent she got her DVM from Cornell in '91.
Historically Vet schools didn't do a lot of nutrition education and no idea what if any subsequent nutrition education or research this vet has.
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