How To Make Tasty Dog Treats From Scratch
Whether your goal is to save money or to give your dog the best possible options, making your own dog greats from scratch is a great idea. Homemade dog treats can be significantly healthier than store bought treats and they’re most certainly tastier than those nearly petrified biscuits you buy at the store. Not to mention you’ll save a bunch of money since you use so many treats when training your puppy. Here’s how to make tasty dog treats from scratch.
Standard Dog Biscuits
This recipe is for a standard dog biscuit. It’s fairly easy to make and the benefit of this type of treat is that you can store them in a jar on the counter for a few weeks. The downside is that it’s carbohydrate heavy and one or two treats a day will be enough for most breeds.
1 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup powdered milk
2/3 cup quick oats
1/3 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules (you can find these in small jars in your grocery section. They’re for flavor)
½ cup shortening
2/4 cup hot tap water
Step #1 Mix all dry ingredients into a large bowl, everything except the shortening, egg and water.
Step #2 Cut in 1/2 cup shortening.
Step #3 Mix in l large, lightly beaten egg and 3/4 cup hot tap water.
Step #4 Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
Step #5 Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Step #6 Roll out dough to ½ inch thickness. If you have dog bone shaped cookie cutters, use them to cut treats. Otherwise a small circle shape (depending on the size of your dog) works quite well.
Step #7 Place treats on a microwave-safe plate and microwave at 50% power for five minutes.
Step #8 Turn biscuits over and microwave at 50% power for an additional two minutes.
Step #9 Place biscuits on wire racks to cool and harden – one to two hours. Store in an airtight container.
This recipe is quick and easy and it gives your dog the protein they may be craving. Dogs need the amino acids, which can only be found in meat sources. And these treats store just fine in your refrigerator or freezer.
1 lb chicken livers
1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Step #1 Place chicken livers and any meat juices with the chicken livers in a blender and blend until smooth.
Step #2 Add egg and blend for another minute or two.
Step #3 Pour mixture into a large bowl and add dry ingredients. Combine.
Step #4 Coat a jelly roll pan or large baking dish with cooking spray. Pour mixture into pan. Bake 15 minutes in 400-degree hot oven.
Step #5 Cut into small squares while still warm and allow to cool completely before giving to your dog.
Keep treats in your freezer to prevent spoilage.
Chicken and Honey Biscuits
This recipe is a bit involved however it makes a tasty dog treat and is a nice change from the standard types of biscuits.
2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup honey
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup cracked wheat
Step #1 Preheat oven to 325
Step #2 In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
Step #3 Add egg, broth, honey, and garlic and combine.
Step #4 Blend in dry ingredients, flour and cracked wheat.
Step #5 Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 minutes or until smooth
Step #6 Shape the dough into a ball and roll to 1/4-inch thick.
Step #7 Using bone-shaped cookie cutters or circle cookie cutters, cut out biscuits.
Step #8 Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Step #9 Bake for 45 minutes.
Let cool overnight and store in an airtight container.
These three recipes make an abundance of delicious treats for your dog and you can make wonderful holiday gifts by packing them in beautiful, decorated, containers and giving them to friends and family with dogs. Get cooking today, your dog will love you for it.