Peanut-Butter Carrot Cake…for the whole pack!

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Here's a recipe for a delicious, nutritious, mix-in-one-bowl cake that can be enjoyed by all the members of your pack - canine and human.

Now before you turn your snout up at the idea, let's talk a little bit about all the non-nutritional benefits of this cooking project.

I'm an author (and dog lover) and in writing an expanded edition of my dog care and training book, "MY DOG! A Kids' Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Pet," I covered all the basics - pre-pet preparation, reward-based training, housetraining, healthy feeding and so forth. But I also focused on creating novel, fun and engaging projects so that young children can take pride and pleasure in their pet companionship - so that kids will want to spend more time - and less frustrating time - with their dog.

Parents often complain, "My kids begged to get a dog, but who ended up taking care of the dog?" First of all, let's be frank, parents: Part of parenting is helping kids appreciate responsibility. But it's also true: Building that appreciation requires recognizing that a dog's needs center around repetition and routine, and that a kid's needs - especially kids who are stimulated with busy schedules and multi-media devices - aren't exactly centered at all!

A kid's desire for surprise and novelty often can be at odds with the daily "duties" of feeding, exercising and training a dog. A cooking project that feeds everyone is a great way to break through some of those attention obstacles!

And what's the real training incentive for your dog? Is it the treat? Is it simply avoiding those corrections? Not really. What motivates a dog to behave well is more time with your family, more of the good life that can be shared. As pack animals, both dogs and humans need companionship. And when everyone in the family - kids and grown-ups - can predict the dog's actions and prevent undesirable actions, there are more places, adventures, activities and occasions where the dog can be safe, well behaved and readily welcomed.

This peanut-butter carrot cake is perfect for a winter treat, but it's also healthy enough to share whenever there's a chance to say, "Who's been a very good dog? You!"

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Recipe © copyright 2011 by Michael J. Rosen, author of "MY DOG! A Kids' Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Pet" (Workman Publishing, 2011).

This project, and dozens of others, can be found on the MY DOG! website: www.workman.com/mydog

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