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6 Easy Dog Treat Recipes To Spoil Your Dog Crazy

6 Easy Dog Treat Recipes To Spoil Your Dog Crazy

If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’ve a little furry friend at home – maybe even two. Of course, they’re not just something you ‘own’, on the contrary: they’re part of your family. As such you want to treat them like family and feed them like family!

You take care of what you put into your body. As a loving dog mom or dad you want to extend the same care to your four-legged family member and spoil them with home made dog cookies and treats. Don’t worry if you’re unsure of where to start. Here are our favorite 6 easy dog treat recipes to spoil your dog crazy that are filled with goodness and yet are so easy to make that anyone, really, can master these treats.

1. Breakfast Dog Biscuits

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    Breakfast in bed anyone? These bone shaped biscuits from Love + Cupcakes are big enough to make a whole meal for your dog rather than a little treat. They’re packed with flavor with bacon and cheese and have added goodness with carrots and flax seeds – so you can rest assured that you’re nourishing your fur babies as well. So treat them to something different to their usual dog food. Whether you want to serve your dog in bed – up to you.

    2. A Seasonal Favorite

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      We all know how good pumpkin is for us humans and same applies to dogs! So extend your autumn favorite to your loving family pooch with this recipe from White On Rice Couple. If you want to go extra healthy, omit the sugar and replace the wheat flour with chickpea flour for a no-grain option. Your dog will start loving autumn as much as you do, guaranteed.

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      3. A Meaty Option – Beef and Cheddar Biscuits

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        With a total preparation time of 1 hour, this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker is easy to follow and prepare at home. Make them for a special birthday treat or make them in batches and keep them in a jar for a little treat here and there. Of course these are pretty in bone shapes but if they’re for regular use, you’d be forgiven to shortcut and just form round cookies.

        4. Apple Cheddar Biscuits Almost Too Pretty To Eat

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          You’d be forgiven to think that these are actually for humans, they’re so pretty – can you see, these are actually little paw prints! Looking at the ingredients of this recipe there is nothing suggesting that these wouldn’t actually be tasty for our taste buds also. Love + Cupcakes certainly knows how to spoil a dog!

          5. Four Ingredients Only Oat Biscuits

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            OK, so this recipe actually consists of four ingredients only – oats, eggs, broth and a bit of salt. Plus they only take 30 minutes to make. Add A Pinch is showing us how easy it can be to make home made treats for your dog. With only ingredients your dog goes crazy for anyways, these are sure to be a winner both for your dog (for taste) and for you (for ease of making).

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            6. Blueberry Treats

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              Lola the Pitty is a blog solely focused on dogs, including great recipes for healthy treats. This blueberry number is using almond flour, rice flour, olive oil, egg and of course blueberries. With that, they’re technically gluten free. Added bonus: the antioxidant qualities of the blueberries. They’re not only good for humans but have the same effect on our dogs, protecting cells against free radicals.

              This is just a list to get you started and really the sky is the limit! You can get creative with ingredients and shapes depending on what your dog likes and if everything else fails, there is always the option to let somebody else do the work and order in home made dog treats.

              Featured photo credit: Maude Enjoys Her Treat 2/Tricia via flickr.com

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              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

              Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

              1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

              Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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              Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

              3. Improved Sleep

              Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

              4. Appetite Control

              Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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              When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

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              Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

              7. Mosquito Repellant

              Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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              While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

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              Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

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              Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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              With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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