Dog Days of Summer
Every year we try to create at least one new product. Pet products have been on our list of things to try for several years. We actually have doggie bandanas in the shop, and we even tried a dog shampoo one year. It sold, but we weren't completely satisfied with our formula--still working on it.
Before the virus (standard script now it seems), we were planning a doggie workshop. Lavender can be very beneficial to dogs, and we wanted to introduce our new products during the workshop. Although our pet line is again delayed, we wanted to still share some of our doggie ideas.
To freshen your dog's coat, try making a homemade dry shampoo!
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
3-4 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to thoroughly mix. Funnel the mixture into a glass with holes in the lid.
To use, shake a little powder over your dog's coat. You may want to do this outside. Work the powder into your dog's fur and brush as usual. Lavender oil is known as a natural flea repellent as an added bonus!
Now that your dog smells good, try the same with your carpet and dog bed.
One of our most popular items is our lavender carpet freshener. Sprinkle on the carpet and allow to sit for about 15 minutes before vacuuming. It keeps the vacuum cleaner fresh as well. Do the same with your dog bed! Our freshener contains crushed dried lavender buds, and it smells heavenly.
Lavender oil is not only for fragrance. It can be added to coconut oil and applied to your dog's hot spots or other skin irritations. About 2-3 drops of lavender oil to one ounce of coconut oil. Lavender has healing properties that we use on ourselves for burns, cuts, insect bites, etc., but still check with your vet before using.
Every dog deserves a treat. Lavender can be beneficial to add for its calming qualities and taste. This Lavender Chamomile Dog Biscuit will help calm and relax your dog before bed, before being left alone, or before a vet's visit. Basically, any time your dog needs to chill.
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cinnamon apple sauce
1/3 cup bacon fat or coconut oil
1/4 cup dried chamomile, crushed
1/8 cup dried lavender, crushed
Preheat oven to 275.
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Dough may be rolled out and cut with bone cookie cutters, or spread dough on a greased baking sheet, or press into dog bone molds.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
If your dog is more of a meat eater, here's another easy treat recipe:
1 cup whole wheat flour (or substitute coconut flour)
10 oz. any meat variety baby food (Baby food comes in turkey, ham, meat, and chicken flavors.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Spread mixture on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cut into desired shapes.
Of course, you will need a creative place to store all these delicious treats. Are you crafty?
We would still like to schedule a doggie workshop in the future where we make a few products together including the dry shampoo and treats. Would you be interested?