Saturday, 2 May 2009

meatloaf recipe for dogs

I've cooked the first recipe from the beautiful nibble munch chomp pet-feeding book I bought recently. It's published by Jojo Publishing, a local company I hadn't heard of previously.

This is a beautiful book, with gorgeous photos that make it a pleasure to look at as well as to use.

Here's our first product, raw and then cooked.

Now, here's the thing...
I reckon it must taste wonderful, because in an instant Penny learned a trick we've been working on for ages with less tasty treats - the reverse heel position.

I held a little portion of meatloaf in my hand and lured Penny to a position beside my right hip, and stepped back. It was as if she were glued to my side!

Almost immediately I faded the lure (I didn't actually hold food in that hand), but seeing it's a newly learned behaviour, I did still reward her. The command is 'hip' for heeling beside my right hip. We'll be moving onto 'hop' for the left hip, when this behaviour is established.

Apologies for the terrible quality of the video clip. I was too impatient to wait for daylight - I wanted to film it tonight.


Amber-Mae said...

OMG! That meatloaf looked sooo YUMMY!!! That was pretty good Penny. I love your enthusiasm. Keep it up! I haven't learned that yet.

Solid Gold Dancer

Big Pupi said...

That meaty loafiness looks tasty!! And you're awfully good at that fancy heel trick.

The jumping trick will eventually turn into mom and me jump roping together. For now, mom says "1,2,3 JUMP!" and I watch her and leap off my hinders at the same time she does. We started the trick with my target, which I'll leap into the air to touch. The target was faded out and now I just follow commands and body language.

The flash cards have Sit, Down, Spin, Stay and Come written on them. When mom holds one up, I do as it says. Stay and Come are still new and it takes a while for me to really put the card and the action together, but I'm getting there! We'll try to get a video up soon.

Noah the Airedale said...

The meatloaf looks very good. No wonder Penny mastered the new trick so quickly.
The B&B book is called Dogs In Residence and they have a website of the same name. Just google it and you'll find it.


parlance said...

Amber-Mae, we think it's amazing if there is anything Penny can do that you can't. I guess you just haven't tried it yet.

We are loving watching your babies grow.

parlance said...

Big Pupi, I'll be waiting to see that video!

parlance said...

Thanks, Noah.
We'll Google it.

Slavenka said...

ah,a tasty food makes miracles :)

parlance said...

Slavenka, Penny can always perform miracles if the food is good enough.