Many dogs have an affinity for fish, which is why we wanted to share this simple dog treat recipe submitted by Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) Marie Devaney. Marie’s dog-training clients love this recipe because it makes a ton of treats that are easy to handle, don’t crumble, and freeze well! The “fudge” is great to use as a training reward or “anytime” treat!
Tuna or Salmon Fudge
2 6-oz cans undrained tuna or 1 15-oz can undrained salmon (look for salmon that is deboned)
1 ½ cups flour
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 - 2 tsp garlic powder*
Mix all ingredients together and press into a greased 9” x13” pan (mixture will be stiff). Bake at 350º for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into narrow strips, then dice strips into small cubes. Refrigerate or freeze.
*Garlic can be toxic to dogs. The concern is typically with large quantities of fresh garlic, not garlic seasoning. Ask your veterinarian if garlic seasoning is appropriate for your pet. Or, just leave it out of the recipe and make your fudge garlic-free!
Don’t have time to make your own treats? Check out our great selection of Karen Pryor-approved training treats!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I must admit I was a little skeptical about the handleability of the treats (crumbly, sticky what have you) as I have a horrible habit of putting treats in my hoodie pocket and forgetting about them...
But I am SO glad I came across this! The boys love it, it was easy to make, cut up, and freeze until I need it (It also didn't stink up the house when baking, unlike other forays into canine baking that I've tried in the past) and, like you said, the treats do not crumble, fall apart or get too smooshy upon freezing/thawing (although I would imagine if you held them in your hands they would get smooshier with body heat - but they held up well in my pocket and bait bag!). I will most certainly be making this again!
(The boys thank you too!)