Why bother with the store when you can whip up delicious and healthy dog treats in less than the time it takes to run to the pet store? Dog treats are an essential part of training, and that means you’ll need a lot which can get costly. By making your own dog treats, you ensure you’ve always got treats on hand and you know exactly what you’re feeding your dog.
The following is a few of my dog’s favorite recipes, which are adapted from the recipes of some of the best human chefs in the world. Yes, they make dog treats too. The links to the actual recipes are below the recipe.
- Please consult with your dog’s veterinarian about possible allergies before feeding him any new foods.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Damn Delicious calls these treats, “The easiest homemade dog treats ever.” They take only 25-minutes to make, and they feature a dog’s favorite ingredient: peanut butter. With only four ingredients, you may already have everything you need to make these treats in your fridge and pantry.
Set your oven to 350 degrees, and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat together 2/3-cup pumpkin puree, ¼-cup peanut butter, and 2 large eggs. Once fully combined, slowly mix in about 3 cups whole wheat flour. You may need more or less than this amount; basically, you want the dough to be well-mixed and not sticky.
Knead the dough for a few minutes, and then roll it out with your rolling pin. Use cookie cutters and then transfer the cookies to the baking sheet. Bake in the oven until the edges are golden brown (about 20 to 25 minutes). Let cool before serving.
Get the full recipe here: http://damndelicious.net/2015/01/07/homemade-peanut-butter-dog-treats/
Julia’s Barkilicious No-Bake Bites
This recipes makes about 18 balls. They’re a little sticky, so maybe store them in a container where they won’t be flattened, dried out, or mushed together. Your dog is going to love these treats, and they only take a couple minutes to whip up.
You’ll need a food processor, but if you don’t have one a pestle and mortar will work too. Grind about a ½-cup of rolled oats up this way until you’ve got a soft oat flour. Then mix the grinded oats up with another ½-cup of rolled oats (not ground), 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 1/3-cup coconut oil, ½-cup low-sodium chicken stock, and a small handful of finely chopped fresh parsley.
With wet hands, you can roll up the dough into yummy balls or flatten them for more traditional looking treats. You can freeze some of them if you don’t think you’ll use them all before they go bad, or you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Get the full recipe here: http://barkpost.com/5-ingredient-no-bake-dog-treats-recipe/
Martha Stewart’s Easy Homemade Dog Biscuits
The great thing about Martha’s biscuits is how many they produce. The recipe makes about 5 dozen biscuits, and calls for only a few ingredients. The biscuits are flavorful to dogs and they make inexpensive treats for training, but they’re not as healthy as a few of the other recipes; however, they have no dangerous filler ingredients, which makes them a great alternative to store-bought, non-organic biscuits. They take a little over an hour to prepare, and another hour or so is needed for cooling.
Mix together 1-cup all-purpose flour, ¼-cup wheat germ, ¼-cup brewer’s yeast, and 1 teaspoon salt. In a separate bowl add 1 ½-tablespoons of canola oil. You’ll need approximately 1 cup of low-sodium canned chicken stock. You’ll need to ration some out for brushing the baking biscuits, but most will be mixed into the oil as you also mix in the flour mixture. Once fully combined, roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it’s about 3/8-inch thick. Then use a cookie cutter, such as a bone shape, to cut the biscuits. Bake them for 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 400-degrees, and then brush them with the remaining chicken stock. Bake another 10 minutes or until they’re done. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for at least one hour.
Get the full recipe here: http://www.marthastewart.com/264802/homemade-dog-biscuits
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