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Suggestions for picky dogs

This is an ongoing list of suggestions from the Turmeric User Group. If you have other ideas to contribute, please post them in the group.

Laura Margison Gallacher’s peanut/oat treat:

For anyone having problems feeding the GP to their furbabies, I have found a no bake recipe that works like a charm! She hates GP but the peanut butter overpowers the GP and she loves it.

1 1/4 cup of oats
1/2 cup of Natural Peanut Butter (no xylitol or sugar)
1/8 cup water
70 quarter teaspoons of GP (I used 6 tablespoons which is equivalent to 72 quarter teaspoons)
Mix well together, measure into 70 portions, separate, roll and freeze. Each piece should contain approx. 1/4 teaspoon of GP.

Saskia Vermuelen’s frozen yoghurt treats (make sure these are removed from the freezer long enough before feeding that they can soften up first)

Just made these frozen treats for my pup as he wont eat the GP. Plain yogurt, then froze it, then piped dome GP, then I mixed a heap of peanut paste with some yogurt and covered the GP, and then topped it of with some more yogurt and sprinkled it with crushed liver treats. Success!! My boy ate it.

Allana Kasperczyk's Turmeric Balls
  • 125g (1/2 cup) turmeric powder
  • 250 - 500ml (1-2 cups) water (different batches of turmeric need different amount of water, it's the consistency of a thick paste we aim for)
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 70ml (1/3 cup) coconut oil
  • About 100g (3-1/2 ounces) ground up dry cat food (any brand your dog likes.)
  • 10 g Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
Put 250 ml of cold water in a pot and add the Turmeric, stirring over gentle heat until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7 - 10 minutes and you will need to add additional water along the way. Add the pepper and oil at the end of cooking. Stir well (a whisk is ideal) and allow to cool.

While the paste warms up I usually grind the cat food into a rough powder and put it onto a flat plate. When the paste cools down stir it now and then, and just when it reaches the consistency of play doh, take the desires amount per treat into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball in the cat food and put it into a container. I separate the different layers of treats with baking paper.

Store the Turmeric balls in the fridge.
They will last up to ten days, best used within 7 days.

Other ideas:
Wrap a portion of golden paste in a slice of cheese or lunch meat
Mix it into:
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Liverwurst or braunschweiger
  • Canned dog food
  • Cat food
  • Tuna fish, mackerel or sardines
  • Yoghurt
  • Raw mince (ground meat) or liver
  • Green tripe
  • Scrambled eggs
  • a small amount of canned pumpkin
Trick the dog:
  • Eat something yourself and then toss a treat with golden paste in it to the dog
  • Toss one or two plain treats, and then one with the golden paste in it.
  • Offer a plain treat and then a treat with golden paste, and then before the dog has an opportunity to spit that out, offer another plain treat
  • Barbara Casciano suggests this: “I started GP for me by putting on my favorite cracker. My dogs ALWAYS want to have whatever I’m having. So after a couple of days of them “staring and hoping” to get in on what I was having, I gave them their own cracker sandwiches. I put the GP inside of cracker halves so their first taste was blended. Worked like a charm.”
Disguise with other flavors
  • Pour bone broth over the food you’ve mixed it in
  • Add Ceylon cinnamon to the recipe