With the recent scares about commercial dog food, I became interested in making our own dog food. I made numerous failed attempts, and now we’re back to commercial food. However, I did discover some tasty dog treat recipes that the dogs seem to love! One of the benefits of making your own dog treats is that you control the ingredients. You can be sure that you are feeding your dog something that is natural and healthy - unlike most commercial dog treats.
Please note that like any other treat, these should be given in moderation, in conjunction with a healthy nutritional diet. These treats are great to use for positive reinforcement training in order to encourage good behavior.
Below are some tasty treat recipes that I’m sure your furry friend will enjoy:
Crunchy Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
1 cup (250 ml) dry oats
2 cups (500 ml) whole wheat flour
1 cup (250 ml) all-natural peanut butter
1 cup (250 ml) water
1/4 cup (60 ml) canola oil
1 egg, beaten (or Egg Beaters, equiv. to 1 egg)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180° C). Mix all of the ingredients together in a fairly large bowl. Sprinkle a bit of flour over a flat, clean surface, and roll the mixture out over the flour to about ¾” (2 mm) thickness. Use dog-themed cookie cutters or simply cut into rectangles and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cook first for 20 minutes on one side and then flip the treats over and cook an additional 20 minutes. Remove to cooling racks and let dry out thoroughly. Treats are ready after about two hours.
Veggie-Dog Mini Muffins
1 apple, cored and shredded
2 cups (480 ml) carrots, shredded
1/3 cup (100 ml) molasses
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
1 cup (250 ml) flax seed
1/4 cup (60 ml) dry oats
3/4 cup (200 ml) whole wheat flour
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. If the shredded carrots and apple are too wet, add some of the dry ingredients to the mixture until it is a thick batter. Lightly grease mini muffin tins and spoon the mixture into the compartments until they are about ¾ of the way full and bake for 15 minutes at 400ºF(200ºC) or until browned.
Chicken Yummies For Your Dog
1 lb. (450 grams) chicken giblets
1/2 cup (125 ml) of the broth reserved from boiling the chicken giblets
3 T (45ml) olive oil
3 eggs, beaten (or Egg Beaters, equiv. to 3 eggs)
1 cup (250 ml) whole wheat flour
1 cup (250 ml) regular flour
1 cup (250) cornmeal
In a large saucepan. bring 1 quart (1 liter) water to a boil and cook chicken giblets until done. In a blender, combine the cooked giblets, the reserved ½ cup (125 ml) of stock, olive oil and eggs . Blend until mixed well, but still a little chunky. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl and add in the last three dry ingredients. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 450° F (230° C) for 20 minutes. Freeze in a container in the freezer and take out as needed, storing for up to three days in the refrigerator.
Here are some simple and natural treats your dog may enjoy. However, always remember to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly and remove seeds and pits before treating your dog. Many seeds and pits are toxic, if eaten. If your dog doesn’t like fruit, try adding a dab of all-natural peanut butter. This should create a treat that is hard for your little friend to resist.
Simple Natural Treats:
red bell peppers
green bell peppers
As tempting as it may be to feed your little friend human food. Just remember that many things people can eat are not safe for dogs. For a list of just some of the foods that are toxic to dogs, please visit http://www.lacetoleather.com/fataltodogs.html.