Hazel started her nosework class a few weeks ago and the last time we took a class I remembered that the teacher used a tube of spreadable cheese in the boxes which Hazel absolutely loved. When I saw these Treat Toobs at a local pet store I thought I would try and make my own filling to see which one would motivate Hazel the most during practice. As for the tubes they are so much easier and cleaner to use and you don’t end up with holes in your pockets when you accidentally forget that treats are in your pants pocket. Believe me, the dogs won’t forget.
The cheese filling that was used before had a strong fish scent to it so I thought that a mixture of low fat cream cheese and tuna fish would be a great start. With just these two ingredients it couldn’t be easier for you to make and it only takes a few minutes, best of all you could mix it by hand if you don’t have a blender.
All you need to do is put both ingredients in a blender, or a bowl and mix them together until it is smooth and creamy.
- 1- 12 oz. tub of cream cheese
- 1 can tuna fish
Optional ingredients for substitution:
- cooked liver
- cooked hot dog
- low fat cheese spread
I found that it is easier to put the Treat Toob in another cup or grab an extra hand if you have one to keep the toob stable. I scooped the mixture into a plastic ziplock back and then cut off the end to make a pastry bag because the opening is a bit too small to load the toob up with a spoon.
The beauty of these tubes is that you can squeeze out just a little amount, or a lot depending on how much you want to “pay out”. Ernie and Nooner had a great time trying out the recipe and it looks like it was a winner!
As always, if your dog has specific diet restrictions or is allergic to any of these ingredients please talk to your veterinarian before using them for this recipe.