Taking care of your pet is not an easy task. Those who consider bringing a puppy in the house need to think if they have what it takes to look after a new family member. To be more exact, you need to be ready not only to play with it, but also to control the quality of the food you provide. At the same time, there are dogs who suffer from allergies or are sensitive to certain ingredients. Baking treats for your four legged friend is the best way to keep it healthy and happy. The dog cookie recipes presented below are easy to make so anybody can try them.
If you are wondering why you should bake treats for your pet instead of buying them, you need to think about the food you eat. Just because your dog cannot avoid unhealthy ingredients, it does not mean that it cannot get sick. Furthermore, you can keep your dog happy even if you bake something simple, like peanut butter biscuits. With few ingredients and inspiration, you can offer your dog a balanced diet, preventing health problems like obesity or heart diseases. In this article you can find ten delicious recipes that your pet will love.
Homemade treats benefits
Homemade dog cookies are the perfect snack for your four legged friend. If you are wondering why it is worth spending some time in the kitchen for it, here are the major benefits that have a direct impact on its health:
- you can control the ingredients;
- can give them a delicious taste without putting too much sugar;
- they are not expensive because you can bake much more treats that can be found in a box;
- they can keep the dog safe from allergies or diseases.
If you check the ingredients listed on a bag of dog cookies you will be surprised to see that you know only few of them. Just because your pet likes them, it does not make them healthy.
When you start baking your own treats, you can actually avoid unhealthy chemicals. Preservatives, for example, are bad for the pet’s organism, and still they can be found anywhere. There are studies that claim that certain chemicals can influence the behavior, causing the dog to be submissive, or aggressive, depending on how they affect the brain. Furthermore, if they are not good for humans, they are not any better for dogs.
The delicious taste of dog treats is given in high proportion by chemicals. Baking means giving a particular taste by using natural ingredients and avoiding sugar or saturated fats. On long term, you can prevent diabetes and obesity, but also heart problems that can lead to death. If you use the right things, you can cook treats that can clean the teeth, keep the gums healthy and even keep the coat shiny.
You can even choose to make vegan alternatives for your dog in this great article on making homemade vegan dog food. Just be sure that your dog is also getting a steady source of protein to sustain his nutritional needs.
Though it sounds expensive to shop for ingredients rather than for the snacks, in fact, the quantity you obtain is bigger. When you buy in bulk, you actually achieve important savings, and you can also use things that you already have in the pantry.
All homemade treats taste better than the ones you buy in stores. An important aspect that makes them tempting for your dog is the fact that you do not add artificial flavorings. Furthermore, there are products that are so harmful for your pet that can lead to kidney failure or heart problems.
Just like in the case of humans, certain chemicals can lead to cancer. Not to mention that allergies are familiar in the animal kingdom, and vets are accustomed to offer first aid to dogs that have eaten certain snacks. As a result, there are many pet owners who need to avoid the food that makes the dog feel sick.
If some of these recipes still look daunting, don’t throw in the towel. You can still provide all of the nutrients your dog needs in a healthier way by looking at some ways to add more natural food to your dog’s diet.
Doggy goodies recipes
Peanut butter biscuits #1
|Wheat flour||2 cups|
|Rolled oats||1 cup|
|Peanut butter||1/3 cup|
|Hot water||1 and 1/4 cups|
|Flour for rolling||1/4 cup|
Preparing delicious Peanut Butter Biscuits is very simple. Once you get all the ingredients listed above on the table you can preheat the oven to 350° F. The first ingredients that need to be mixed together are the dried ones. Next, you need to mix the hot water and peanut butter. If the dough is too sticky, you can add more flour. When the dough has the right consistency, you need to roll it out.
You can cut it in round shapes with a wine glass, or you can use dog cookie cutters. After you place them on the tray, and before you put them in the oven, you can whisk an egg with a fork and brush them with the mixture. Though this last step is not mandatory, the egg provides a nice sheen after the cookies are baked.
You need to leave them in the oven for 40 minutes. Ideally, it would be to leave the cookies to cool overnight in the oven after you turn it off. If your dog is too anxious to wait that long, you can take them out and cool them on a wire rack. After you give it a treat, you can store the rest in a sealed container and keep them in the kitchen for one week. If you wish to increase their validity, you can store them in the refrigerator for no more than three weeks, or in the freezer for half a year.
Sweet doggie bones #2
|Vegetable oil||1 ounce|
|Chicken stock||8 ounces|
|Whole wheat flour||10 ounces|
|All purpose flour||5 ounces|
|Peanut butter||1 cup|
In order to bake delicious Sweet Doggie Bones you need to start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. After you get all the ingredients listed above on the working table you need to mix 2 eggs, the honey and oil together with a whisk. Incorporate the chicken stock after, but avoid rapid movements so you do not splash it on the whole table and walls.
In a different bowl and with the help of a mixer combine the all purpose flour, the whole wheat flour and cornmeal. Carefully add the mix you prepared before, and when the dough gains consistency add the peanut butter and mix for another whole minute.
The resulted dough needs to be divided in two. Each part must be rolled out and cut into bone shapes. If you do not have bone cookie cutters, you can use glasses of different sizes. You can even be creative and use a knife to sketch your own shapes. Place your doggie biscuits on a tray with baking sheets. For extra softness, you can spray the sheets with regular cooking oil.
The last two eggs need to be whisked and brushed over the cookies. After you let them dry for approximately 10 minutes, you need to brush them with the eggs again and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes. If the cookies are big, you may need to leave them in the oven for a few extra minutes.
Best biscuits for all breeds #3
|Whole Wheat Flour||2 cups|
|Rolled oats||1 cup|
|Dried parsley||1 tablespoon|
|Dry Milk||1/2 cup|
|Peanut butter||1 cup|
|Cold water||1/2 cup|
In order to achieve these delicious biscuits for your pet you need to start by stirring the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, dried parsley, dry milk and salt. The rolled oats can be either quick or regular. If you do not find dried parsley, you can use fresh, but in this case, you need to double the quantity, meaning that you have to chop 2 tablespoons.
It is also a good idea to opt for nonfat dry milk. Once these ingredients are combined, you can add the eggs and the peanut butter, that can be plain or crunchy. At this stage, the mixture is crumbly, but you do not need to worry. After you add the water, you will achieve a cohesive dough. Depending on the type of flour you use, you may need to add more water.
This dough is very easy to use, thus you can make cookies depending on your dog’s size. The easiest way to model it is to place walnut-sized balls of dough on a baking sheet that was prior sprayed with baking oil. You can flatten them with any shape you desire until they are 1/4 inches thick. Depending on what object you use, you can achieve great imprints on the top. This dough can also be rolled, so you can cut the shapes you desire. Depending on how big the cookies are, they need to be backed for 40 to 60 minutes. They can be stored in the fridge for several weeks.
Crunchy treats #4
|White rice flour||1 cup|
|Carob Powder||1/2 cup|
|Vanilla extract||1 teaspoon|
In order to bake Crunchy Treats you need to start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. In this case, either silicone baking mats or baking paper work. It is a good idea to have them set up before starting cooking as this can actually ease your work and save you time. This is a very simple recipe as all you need to do is to mix all the ingredients together until you achieve a smooth dough. If it is too dry, you can add extra water.
Once the dough is rolled, it can be cut in various shapes. The cookies need to stay in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes until they start to crackle. Once they are cool you can store them in the refrigerator.
This is a dough that requires a bit of kneading until it comes together, so it is important to avoid adding extra water until you actually manage to incorporate all the ingredients. The crunchiness is given by the crumbliness of the composition, so it is a good idea to opt for small dog cookie shapes rather than for big ones. You can also use a pizza cutter to achieve nice squares. When you roll the dough, remember to use a lot of flour on the surface so it does not stick to it. As the cookies are small, you get 3 or 4 dozen with these ingredients.
Versatile dog biscuits #5
|All purpose flour||1 and 1/4 cups|
|Whole wheat flour||1 and 1/4 cups|
|Cornmeal||1 and 1/4 cups|
|Old-fashioned rolled oats||1 and 1/4 cups|
|Toasted wheat germ||1/2 cup|
|Light brown sugar||1/2 cup|
|Baking powder||1 tablespoon|
|Salt||1 and 1/2 teaspoons|
|Cold unsalted butter||1 and 1/2 sticks|
|Water||1 cup and 1 tablespoon|
|Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley||1/2 cup|
|Chopped fresh mint leaves||1/2 cup|
These dog biscuits are called versatile because they are as good for people as they are for pets. In order to cook them you need a food processor to mix the wheat germ, flours, oats, brown sugar, cornmeal, salt and baking powder. Add the butter and mix again for a couple of minutes. The last ingredient that needs to be added is the cup of water to gain consistency. On a floured surface knead the dough with the parsley and mint until they are equally distributed. Split it in two and create disks. You need to cut as many shapes as you can get from each part of the rolled dough.
In order to bake these cookies you need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You will also need two large baking sheets. Remember to spray them with cooking oil. As this recipe includes baking soda, you need to arrange the biscuits at 1/4 inches apart as they will grow. Do not throw away the remaining dough. Reroll it on the surface covered with flour and get extra biscuits.
Before putting them in the oven you need to brush them with a mix of egg and the remaining water. Cook them for 35 minutes and after you turn it off allow them to cool in the oven overnight. You can store them in the kitchen for a whole month if you put them in containers and separate the layers with parchment or wax paper.
Homemade doggie bones #6
|Whole wheat flour||1 and 1/2 cups|
|Wheat germ||1/2 cup|
|Melted bacon fat||1/2 cup|
|Cold water||1/2 cup|
The ingredients listed above were selected for 2 dozen treats. Just like in the case of other recipes, you need to start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. This is yet another simple homemade solution for your canine friend, as all you need to do is mix all the five ingredients in a bowl. If you find the dough sticky, you can gradually add more flour until you get the right consistency. If it gets too stiff, you can add water or bacon fat. You need to roll the dough on a surface covered with flour until it reaches a thickness of 1/2 inch and cut the shapes you wish.
With the help of a chopstick, poke various divots for equal baking. These doggie bones need to stay in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they get lightly brown. If you want to make them extra crunchy, turn the oven off and after you flip the bars allow them to cool inside the oven. You can store these delicious treats in a container and leave them in the kitchen.
Flax seed biscuits #7
|Whole wheat flour||12 oz|
|Bread flour||12 oz|
|Wheat germ||2 oz|
|Brown sugar||2 tablespoons|
|Flax seed||3 – 4 tablespoons|
|Vegetable oil||1 cup|
|Powdered dry milk||3 oz|
In order to prepare these delicious and healthy biscuits you need to mix the bread flour, salt, wheat flour, wheat germ and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix the eggs with the oil until you get a paste and spread it over the ingredients in the bowl. Use the water to dissolve the dry milk and incorporate it with slow moves. Keep on mixing until you get a firm dough. You can adjust the consistency by adding water or flour. When it is ready, cover the bowl with a towel and leave it to rest for about 20 minutes.
The dough needs to be rolled out, modeled in the shapes you desire and placed on baking paper. In order to bake them, you need to set the oven at 375 degrees. Leave them inside for 40 minutes. You know that they are done when they have a brownish color and are rock-hard. These biscuits can be stored in a container, but always on a shelve and not directly on the floor.
Bacon charm #8
|Natural peanut butter||1/3 cup|
|Maple syrup||1 teaspoon|
|Soy flour||1/2 cup|
|Whole wheat pastry flour||1/2 cup|
|Wheat germ||1/2 cup|
In order to cook Bacon Charm you need to start by cutting the bacon in small pieces. Put it in a pan and fry it until its gets crispy. You need to take the bacon out and allow the fat to cool a bit. When it is warm, mix it thoroughly with peanut butter, the egg, water and the maple syrup. You need to add the wheat germ, soy flour and whole wheat pastry flour and keep on mixing until you achieve a dough.
Put the bacon in the bowl and stir it in. When you roll the dough, avoid putting too much flour on the table.
If you use cookie cutters of one inch, you will get 6 dozen treats. You need to bake them in a preheated oven at 300 degrees for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Once they are cool, you can use them as training treats.
Banana treats #9
|Oat flour||1 cup|
|Rolled oats||2/3 cup|
|Dried parsley||1/2 cup|
|Peanut butter||3 tablespoons|
This recipe requires a preheated oven to 300 degrees. After you peel the banana, you need to place it in a large bowl and mash it thoroughly with a spoon. Beat the egg and mix it with the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them until you achieve a dough.
Let it rest for 5 minutes while you prepare the baking paper. Use a tablespoon to pick small amounts of dough and roll them into balls (you should get somewhere around 24 balls). Press them with your hand until they are flat and put them in the oven. You need to bake them for 40 to 45 minutes. You know that they are ready when the bottom is golden brown. The best way to store these treats is in the refrigerator or freezer.
Frozen treats #10
|Peanut butter||1/4 cup|
|Plain yogurt||1/2 cup|
|Ground flax seed||1 teaspoon|
|Unsweetened almond milk||1/2 teaspoon|
This recipe is very easy to make, and it is perfect for hot summer days. Put all the ingredients listed above in a blender and mix them until you achieve a smooth paste. Pour it in small bowls and keep it in the freezer. Before you give your dog this frozen treat let it soften for 10 minutes. Your pet will simply enjoy this delicious desert. Besides being an excellent way to cool off, it also includes healthy ingredients that are good for the digestive system.
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As it can be seen, it is not difficult to bake fresh treats for your dog. The recipes listed above are easy to make and in a couple of hours you bake cookies that last for several weeks. With all the additives and preservatives that can be found in the food, it is extremely important to monitor with what you feed your canine friend.
These treats are an excellent training option, but can also be used as a snack. They include healthy ingredients that are benefic for the pet’s organism. At the same time, you can forget about problems like allergies or obesity and keep your dog fit and happy.