One thing a dog owner knows beyond all else is – your dog loves treats. It’s as if you were offering him a piece of gold or a ten carat diamond. Their joy knows no bounds when you utter the words, “Do you want a treat?” Most dogs learn to recognize the word even when spelled!
But it’s becoming increasingly scary to buy dog treats at the store. In the last few years there have been a number of recalls of dog food and treats that are tainted causing illness and even death.
Plus, even when not deadly, many of treats contain ingredients that are not good for your dog.
The solution for many pet owners is to make homemade treats. Then they know without any doubt that the treats are safe for their beloved pet. They can choose the ingredients they prefer including organic or gluten free recipes. Also, they can choose the portion size they prefer for their pet.
Here are a few easy treat recipes to get you started.
No Bake Treats
Peanut Butter and Applesauce Balls
In a large bowl mix together:
- ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
- ¼ Cup Yogurt
- ½ Cup Applesauce
After mixed add:
2 cups of oatmeal
Option: Some bits of bacon
Roll the mixture into small treat size balls.
They’re ready to go with no baking and your dog will love them.
Summer Apple Treats
These are good for a hot day.
Chop up bits of apple and place in an ice tray. Fill the trays with water and freeze.
You now have a treat that will cool your dog and entertain him.
Snacks to Bake
Two Ingredient Snack
This easy treat lends itself to many varieties.
- 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 Cups Baby food – Try different flavor to see which your dog likes the best. Some options include various fruits or sweet potato.
Roll into balls or press into shapes and then cook for 25 minutes.
These are easy to make, but do require a long cook time. The best part is your kitchen will smell amazing while they’re cooking.
- 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese (cheddar works well, but you can try different kinds)
- 4 cups of Flour
Mix with a little oil and water and make into cookie or bone shapes.
Cook for 3 hours.
Gluten Free Snacks
If your dog has digestive problems his vet might recommend trying a gluten free diet.
- ½ cup flax meal
- 2 cups buckwheat flour
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup beef broth or stock
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (from a can)
Mix well using a mixer
Place a tablespoon of the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Adjust the size if you want smaller treats. Press them down like cookies.
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes then turn over and bake another 20 minutes. They should be firm when removed from the oven.
Let cool before placing in a storage container.
Making homemade treats assures your dog is getting only the safest, best ingredients. He’ll love you even more.
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