#1 Easy Dog Treat Recipe Used by the Pros | Minneapolis, MN

 

#1 Dog training treat used by the pros

My colleagues from The Academy for Dog Trainers introduced us to the Tuna Fudge recipe to use for dog training.  It took several mentions of this dog treat recipe before we decided to make it and check it out for ourselves.  It turned out super easy to make a batch.  Not only that, it was the perfect consistency for our dog training purposes.  We also love how easy it is to baggy up portions and store in the freezer (keeping it fresh) until we are ready to use another bag.  After that first batch we were sold.  Easy to make, cut up and store, with the perfect consistency made it our number one go to for all our dog training needs.

Dog treat recipe that your dog will love

Tuna Fudge is the dog training treat I always have on hand.  In fact, to date I have only had one dog turn her nose up at it.  But then again Seri is one of the most selective dogs I’ve ever known.  It was not surprising that she had no interest in my Tuna Fudge.

Dog Treat Recipe
Baxter loves Tuna FudgePhoto by Karin Newstrom Photography

Most dogs have been just like Baxter whose eyes nearly popped out after his first bite!  Dog after dog I have trained have voted and no doubt about it Tuna Fudge wins the gold star for dogs favorite homemade dog training treat.  Even the puppies we train are crazy about it and you can easily break each piece into smaller pieces without crumbling for the teeny tiny pups.

This dog homemade treat will save on your pocketbook

Eight full baggies of doggy deliciousness for only $4!  It’s about a weeks worth of training treats for your dog.  At least we hope you are training enough in those early days with your puppy or dog to work your way through that full batch.  (hint, hint) 😉

Tuna Fudge, the healthy, homemade dog treat recipe:

4 – 5 oz cans Tuna with water (do not drain)4 eggs3 cups flourMix all eggs and tuna in a large bowl, then gradually mix in flour.Spread out over greased cookie sheet (very important that it is greased)Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutesLet cool.  Use pizza cutter to custom cut into small pieces perfect for your dog.Fill ziplock baggies and put them in the freezer and just pull out one baggy at a time for what you need.  Super cheap, super easy and most dogs love them!  Makes a large batch and keeps treats prep easy.If you do give Tuna Fudge a try, tell us how your dog liked it in the comments below!

Until next time, Have Fun & Enjoy Your Dog!

Jody Karow – CTC

Dog Life Coach & Founder of Go Anywhere Dog™

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Avatar of Kristi
    Kristi

    Our dogs go bananas for Tuna Fudge! We use parchment paper in the pan for super-fast clean up, too. Works like a charm. 🙂

    1. Avatar of Jody
      Jody

      Jeannie says Thank You Kristi! She’s going to give that a whirl with the next batch too.

  2. Avatar of Rachel
    Rachel

    This is so great, thank you! Will be sharing with all my clients! I love using Tapioca flour instead of the regular flour – helps prevent crumbling, and cuts up just fine after cooling. The recipe also works well with other kinds of proteins – sardines, turkey, etc.

    1. Avatar of Jody
      Jody

      Thanks Rachel! Love the additional tips, I may have to do some persuading to get Jeannie to try out those Sardines. 😉

  3. Avatar of Liz Boyd
    Liz Boyd

    Do you have any recipes for dogs that have grain allergies?
    Thank you

    1. Avatar of Jody
      Jody

      Great question Liz! Yes, colleagues have used Tapioca flour in this recipe to achieve a homemade grain free treat.

    2. Avatar of Kim Ortman
      Kim Ortman

      Another recipe I was reading suggested using Soy or garbanzo bean flours for a grain-free diet

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    Jen

    I have made a smaller batch of these(basically half this recipe), but I use ground oats for flour. Last time I did 1 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup flaxseed flour(for small batches I fresh grind it in coffee grinder, not sure mine has ever seen a coffee bean lol). Consistency might be a little different but they still came out great. My dog seems to prefer them frozen(they thaw fast and not rock hard) but still experimenting with adding different ingredients and cooking on sheet vs. in a pan.

    In other recipes trying to stay more grain free(like meatloaf) I’ll do the ground oats but last time added in shredded veggies, ground flax, ground sunflower seeds. Still looking for an easy liver treat recipe, otherwise my usual go to that the dog LOVES is simple chicken or beef(heart =lean & cheap) jerky. Partially freeze, slice thin and dehydrate then store in mason jars. One shake of that jar I can get the dog from anywhere in the house 😉

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    William

    Once you freeze the excess do you need to de-frost or can you give them to your dog frozen? Sorry if that’s a dumb question.

    1. Avatar of Jody
      Jody

      Hi William! The tuna fudge treats actually defrost quite quickly when you pull them out, so no need to defrost at all. Your pup is going to love them! Thanks for reaching out.

  6. Avatar of Debbie Oliver
    Debbie Oliver

    Just used this recipe for a doggy treat exchange party, it was a HUGE hit and so easy. I also used parchment paper.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Avatar of Jody Karow
      Jody Karow

      Doggy Treat Exchange Party! What a blast! Happy to hear Tuna Fudge was a hit.

  7. Avatar of Janie Lee
    Janie Lee

    I train my dog using string cheese. I cut it into small disks then cut the disk into 6 pieces. Toby will do anything for string cheese.

  8. Avatar of Lisa P
    Lisa P

    So I didn’t check these while they were cooking and instead of Tuna Fudge I got some Tuna Crackers…. 🙁 Prince likes them just the same, but I had to really work to cut/tear/break them. LOL!

  9. Avatar of Wendy B
    Wendy B

    Pippa goes crazy for these Tuna Fudge treats at Puppy Training with Jody. We will be making these tomorrow morning, no question! Thanks Jody! Wendy

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    Shelley

    Are they crunchy or soft treats when freshly made or are soft out of the oven – thrn after u cut them up then crisp up as they cool?

  11. Avatar of Valerie Golden
    Valerie Golden

    BEST! Treat!! EVER! Thanks for this recipe, Jody!

  12. Avatar of Kelli
    Kelli

    My dog Penny absolutely LOVES tuna fudge. We immediately get her attention when we pull these out for training. It’s super effective!

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