Festive Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Cookies!
halloween cookies in the shape of ghost and skull
It is pumpkin spice time of year!
I have to admit I enjoy pumpkin spiced things for a little while! I also enjoy egg nog flavored things near Christmas time (especially egg nog pancakes) and minty things near St. Patrick’s Day!
So I figured maybe we should get our dogs in on some of the festive action!
However, it is critical this time of year to realize that certain spices like NUTMEG are toxic and can be deadly to dogs.
Nutmeg in large doses can actually cause neurologic problems and death in people as well. For more on that; click here for this news from CBS.
Remember dogs respond with more increased sensitivity to some things!
Be very careful when making your own dog cookies and when purchasing dog biscuits that you stay away from anything that has these “spices”.
Most “pumpkin spiced” human goodies actually don’t have “pumpkin” in them at all; they are a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice (which has nutmeg in it) and ginger spices.
But those things are dangerous to our dogs.
And, let’s face it; our dogs have a great sense of smell and therefore a great sense of taste! They don’t need spices.
But they do like pumpkin and many vets recommend pumpkin because pumpkin is actually beneficial to your dog’s health!
Did you know that pumpkin can help dogs with incontinence and urinary problems?
It also helps with diarrhea AND constipation!
And, the fiber in pumpkin is good for weight loss!
So here is my favorite pumpkin dog cookie recipe so our dogs can get in on the festive pumpkin fun!
2 ½ cups of flour (wheat flour is better for your dog but any flour will do).
½ cup of canned pumpkin
3 table spoons of peanut butter (what dog doesn’t love peanut butter!)
A pinch of salt if you desire but remember your dog doesn’t need lots of salt to flavor his snacks and salt in large quantities is bad for his kidneys.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Whisk flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter and salt in a bowl.
Add water, if needed to help make the dough more workable, however the dough should be fairly dry and stiff (remember these are dog cookies not human cookies).
Roll dough to approximately ½ inch thick and cut into pieces (or use your favorite Halloween, Fall themed or bone shaped cookie cutter).
Bake in oven until golden and crisp. Crisp cookies last longer!
Moist cookies need to be stored in the refrigerator and used fairly quickly before they begin to mold.
I like to use a moister cookie if I am giving small gifts (classes or events) or if I will be using them quickly and will refrigerate but use your own judgement!
Not only are these healthy; but my dogs tell me they TASTE GREAT!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.