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SMELLY TREAT SEASON IS ALMOST HERE!

dog-and-kong-by-oakleyoriginals-thumb-272x300-12718The other day we read this awesome post on GopetFriendlyblog.com called Train Your Dog To Be A Good Dining Companion!

One of the tips they gave, that we think is a PLUS, is to set your dog up for success, by keeping your dog busy, so he is not tuned in to what’s happening around him:

“While you’re eating, why not feed your dog at the same time? By packing his meal into a stuffed Kong, not only will your dog be occupied, but he’ll learn that eating out is very rewarding. And, be sure to hold a few special treats back to reward your dog for not reacting if something that would normally set him off should happen.”

Although we understand that a stuffed Kong is a safe and considerate way to occupy your dog when dining out.  We also say, bring out the SMELLY + MESSY STUFF!

If the idea is to keep your pooch busy and distracted, then why not give them what they LOVE, smelly things! And, they obviously don’t mind getting messy.

If you live in an area with seasons, then you should know that it’s time to STOP depriving your dog of the GOOD STUFF…

…because YOU don’t want to deal with the yucky smell or clean-up in your home…

And to start allowing your pooch to MUNCH down on a STINKY FILLED HOOF or a CHEWY MOOOO TUBE, with plenty of fresh drinking water by his side.

SUMMER is ALMOST in FULL EFFECT!

 

 

 

What Sets Us Apart? | Product Selection!

One of our values, is simple, healthy ingredients.  If you didn’t recognize this trend during the April A-to-Z blog Challenge (we blogged about Chew, Treats + Bones), no worries, we have made a category for this topic to browse though.  You can also check out the category, Chews, Treats + Bones…Oh My!

You see, we like and understand the idea of sticking to the canine (and feline) natural diet.  Yes, we know these beautiful domestic creatures have adapted over time, but we still think the  basics are crucial and necessary.  What do we mean by that?  Well, one of the things that a canine must have in their diet is…PROTEIN!  And we don’t mean the inappropriate protein from a veggie or plant source, we mean MEAT PROTEIN!  So although a our furry companions are not able to eat fresh killed meat, straight form the forest like their ancestors, we are able to provide them with other sources of meat protein, like Chicken, beef, Fish, Lamb (etc.).

On the other hand, one of the things that is NOT a crucial and necessary dietary need for a canine (or even a feline), is CARBS…even GRAINS (processed).

“the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract of carnivores-like lions, wolves, dogs, or cats-has not adapted in a way that allows the system of these animals to contend with processed grains.  Why then are those grains major ingredients in many pet foods?”             – The Royal Treatment –

Causes of the unhealthy pet epidemic, plaguing the life span of our pets (check out SlimDoggy’s Blog post Dog Life Spans), CARBS + GRAINS (processed) will be very scarce when sniffing around tha MUNCHbox.  When we say we value simple, healthy ingredients, we mean we focus on products that are essential and beneficial to our canine (and feline) diet. As mentioned, MEAT PROTEIN is key, so you will definitely find many shapes and forms of different meat proteins (like liver, lung + hearts), amongst our products.

Did you know that wild carnivores obtain fiber from the prey they eat.  Fiber which comes from fur, nails, fins, cartilage, hooves, feathers, teeth (etc.).  Although tha MUNCHbox doesn’t have any fur or feathers in stock (at least not at the moment), we certainly have HOOVES and TENDONS.  We also have SWEET PAWTATO CHIPS, which isn’t a “wild” fiber, but one our furry companions have adapted to.

Now, we know the issue of whether or not BONES should be consumed is a touchy subject.  But, we agree with the fact that bones serve as a natural toothbrush, great for canine dental hygiene.  I’d rather offer bones to gnaw on and tendons to chew on versus spending money on a toothbrush and nasty toothpaste (or even GREENIES), that doesn’t really do the job it’s suppose to do.

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So in all, will you find the typical packaged Chews, Treats and Bones sold in a pet store like Petco and PetSmart amongst tha MUNCHbox products?

As previously mentioned, we focus on simple, healthy ingredient…limited ingredient Chews, Treats and Bones.  We like these products to be pure, all natural, slow roasted and dehydrated.  We don’t like carbs, processed grains, non-meat proteins, fillers, additives, or non-natural preservatives.

If you are all about yummy, healthy Chews, Treats and Bones for your canine (some of our products are feline approved), Check-Out thaMUNCHbox.com!

 

X-Large Contest | tha DINO Bone!

For the Letter X, we are going to do something SPECIAL and host our first…CONTEST!!!

Would YOU like to WIN a X-Large DINO BONE and….a FREE Box Code from thaMUNCHbox.com?!

It’s SUPER EASY, just post a photo of your Pooch with a LARGER than life ATTITUDE or BRRAVADOOO (Foreign Accent), along with these 3 Simple Hashtags: #thaMUNCHbox, #DinoBONE, #forBOLDdogs

***Although It is NOT Required, PLEASE Follow Us on: INSTAGRAM, TWITTER + PINTEREST (Like Us on FACEBOOK)***

This Contest will ONLY last for a day – Starting Monday Morning @ 12AM – Monday Night @ 11:59PM.

WINNER will be picked from a hat and ANNOUNCED the Next Day, Tuesday, April 29th!

(We will Connect with the WINNER via InstaDM!)

Any Questions? Just Email us at thaMUNCHbox@gmail.com!

 MUNCH LUCK!

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A Bite into Dino Bones:

All though these 17″ long bones are kept away for tha larger breeds, we think these bones are a great present for any size dog.  Made from real USDA Approved beef these bones are baked with a natural, savory-smokey flavor and are meant to last, offering long lasting gnawing action… without splintering.  Made in the USA, these X-Large bones can assist with eliminating boredom and stress relief/frustration, by teaching positive chewing behavior.  Reducing plaque and tarter buildup on teeth, as well as, relieving teething pain and toughening gums, these Dino’s are a great source of calcium and the soft marrow inside is a potent source of protein and emollients for GOOD health and Shiny Coats.

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RAWESOME BONES!

What do we, at tha MUNCHbox, think about Raw Bones?

Well, the title of this post should clearly let you know.  But just in case you didn’t catch on, we think Raw Bones are…RAWESOME!

Not just providing more essential nutrient and minerals than processed bones, Raw Bones are also a smart substitute for struggling with your dog to brush their teeth.  Assisting with stimulating saliva enzymes, preventing plaque buildup and gum disease (especially in the upper back molars), and removing trapped food particles from in between teeth, a Raw Bone sure does make a RAWESOME after dinner treat.

Although Raw Bones are less prone to splinter, It is still wise to NOTE that not all dogs can have bones in general. Meant to be gnawed/chewed on, we do not recommend bones to dogs who prefer to chomp a bone into smaller chunks to swallow; this is why we think it is important to know what type of chewer your dog is.  Nevertheless, it’s best to always be in the surrounding area when you give your dog a bone, to monitor the intake.

Available in different shapes and sizes, with meatier being better than just bare, be sure to choose the right size bone for you dog.  As an example, when giving a raw bone to a small dog, be mindful that they have delicate teeth and jaws, so a big raw knuckle bone is probaley not best for them, but for a pit bull, this will definitley work.

Whether you give your RAWESOME bone frozen (nice summer treat to work at) or thawed out, remember, moderation is key.  Allowing your dog to chew/gnaw on a Raw Bone for an hour may prove to be too much for them, especially if they are known to have a sensitive stomach. If your dog is new to Raw Bones, Start with smaller time intervals, say 10-15 minutes and if your dog doesn’t experience an upset stomach, slowly increase the chew/gnaw time.  Likewise, a Raw Bone a day may be too much, but one every Friday, might be just right.

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Himalayan Chews | tha Dog Cheese!

“Himalayan Dog Chew comes from an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalayas.  In the mountains at more than 15,000 feet, it is made using traditional methods with Yak and Cow Milk and all natural products and no chemicals or preservatives {No additives – 100% Authentic}” 
Yak and Himalayan Dog Chew

Collected from rural community co-ops of the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal and the Mountains of West Bengal in India, Himalayan Dog Chews are made from Cows and Yaks raised in sheds, where no modern equipment or techniques are used in milking the animals.  Never introduced to hormones, prophylactic antibiotics, or other chemicals, these animals graze on open grasslands and are considered to be sacred life-givers.

Using a traditional method for human consumption, the Yak and Cow Milk is turned into hard cheese, which becomes a chew as hard as a regular bone, but softens after licking and/or gnawing for several minutes.  Recommended to keep in dry conditions, with an expiration date of approx. 4 years from the date of opening, these chews may give Antlers a run for their money.

Isn’t Milk, hence Cheese bad for dogs?

On the contrary, “positive reward-based obedience trainings often encourage the use of small pieces of cheese as motivators for behavior.”  Moreover, milk in its raw form is what’s difficult for dogs to digest. Yet, once it is made into cheese, the cooking process alters the protein making it more easily digestible… In actuality, most or all lactose is removed. The final product has little or no lactose to contribute towards the intollerance among dogs.

Worried about the salt and fat content?

The fat content is less than 1% of the whole product of Himalayan Dog Chew.

The amount of salt included in the creation of these chews is negligible. It is included by the people as a flavor enhancer, not for the flavor itself.

Wanna sample tha Dog Cheese? Check-out tha Yaky Puffs Popcorn + tha 6” Yaky Stick (thin layer of tha Dog Cheese wrapped around a Bull Pizzle) at thaMUNCHbox.com.  If you are looking to try the long lasting Himalayan Dog Chew in a MUNCHbox, we are hoping to get these in shortly, so please, keep checking tha website. Or, just go to HimalayanDogChew.com.

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D-I-Y | Dehydrated Grain-Free Duck Treats!

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IF ONLY I HAD THE TIME!

I would love nothing more, than to make grain-free Duck treats for my little midget, who is 3 lb. of tough Yorkie; he LOVES + DEVOURS Duck! I honestly don’t know what it is, although I am guessing the soft “DUCKtile” texture has something to do with it.

Quick Note: I definitley feel as though a dog’s body, just like ours, will tell us what nutrients they need (or don’t need). I think this is why Ballou tends to push away or ignore some foods, like beef, versus others, like duck, which may contain nutrients his body is yearning for.   

Anyway, although Duck is on the expensive side and can be harder to find than say…chicken, it’s a novelty protein that stands as a wonderful alternative to common proteins (Lamb or Beef), especially for dogs with allergies.  Moreover, being that my midget is on the small side, I do feel as though he can stand to gain a few pounds and with Duck being higher in fat and calorie content…than chicken, I think Grain-Free Duck Treats are perfect for him.

For those of us who may not be fortunate to be close to a butcher or Grocery Store (i.e. Super 88) where Duck is readily available, definitely check out Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow at www.Hare-Today.com. This site has everything from Duck gizzards to Duck Necks; although I think I will personally start off small with Duck Liver + Duck Hearts.

Doing my Due-Diligence on making dehydrated treats, I have created a list of things/steps/tips that I will keep on hand for when it’s time for me to chef it up in the kitchen.  Check them out below:

1.) If you’re going for breast meat, leaner cuts are best (be sure to remover any skin or fat)

2.) Strive for equally sized pieces for a consistent drying time.  If the meat does need to be cut, know that partially freezed meat makes for easier cutting; try cutting against the grain (I think I know what this means)

Quick Note: Placing meat between wax paper and taking a rolling pin or meat pulverizer to flatten the pieces will also aid with a consistent drying time, cooking the meat evenly.  

4.) Whether you are using a Dehydrator or an Oven, you typically want to set your device on the lowest setting or between 150-200 degrees.  The lower the temperature, the longer the time, which can be anywhere from 2 hours to 7 hours (even more).  As mentioned, the thickness of meat will also play into drying time.  Also, meat should be fully thawed when dehydrating, too much moisture could prolong drying time as well.

Quick Note: Rotate meat every couple of hours.  The decision of whether the treat is ready is really under your discretion; some like a little moisture (shorten shelf life), while others like dried-out.

5.) If you are using a rack, use non-stick cooking spray to make sure the meat doesn’t stick.  If you are using a baking pan, you can also spray the pan down or sheet with foil or parchment paper.  Lightly basing the meat with oil helps

Quick Note: Make sure the meat is evenly spaced on the rack/baking pan (not touching)

6.) Don’t be afraid to Chef it up a bit.  Knowing Duck is apart of the fowl family, I have discovered some chicken jerky recipes for dogs, like the Honey Lime Chicken Jerky by Doggy Desert Chef, that I definitely plan on using for inspiration. To be specific, Cinnamon, Parsley, Sage, Mint, tumeric, basil, ginger…are all things I plan on using, but not all at once of coarse.  If you are not sure about using a certain ingredient, just google it.

Quick Note: For the healthy and beneficial properties, Olive and Coconut Oil will be my seasoning base of choice

7.) Store in freezer for up to a month in an airtight container (no time for defrosting, this makes a cool summer time treat).  Refrigerate no more than 3 days to a week.

Although my midget is familiar with Duck, I still will take the proper precaution in slowly introducing his new treats.  I feel this is especially necessary because I am choosing to season/marinate the meat before dehydrating.

Until I am able to make these yummy treats, Ballou is currently in love with Dehydrated Duck Feet (a perfect chew for his size, check out this DIY Dehydrated Duck Feet Post), Primal Canine Duck Freeze-Dried Formula (a great food topper or full meal), and Lucky Duck Krispies (a wonderful training treat stemming from Polka Dog Bakery).

Dehydrated Duck Feet + Lucky Duck Krispies can both be taste-tested by ordering a MUNCHbox!

What are your thoughts on Duck as a protein?  Have you ever made dehydrated duck treats? If so, what was it like?

Any questions or concerns, just email us: thaMUNCHbox@gmail.com!

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