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DIY Dog Treats

By Kim Robson:

Recently we’ve written about DIY dog food and DIY cat food. Store-bought pet foods are sometimes the subject of frightening recalls, health problems, downright misleading marketing tactics, and a suspicious lack of supply-chain transparency. Making your own dog food is a bit of a commitment, but the advantages are clear: you will be avoiding the fillers, additives, preservatives, stabilizers and sheer lack of regulation found in commercial products. You’ll also sleep better at night knowing precisely what you’re giving your beloved dogs to eat.

So, our next logical step is to make our own DIY Dog Treats! My dog is not super food-motivated (unless it’s cheese; he ALWAYS pays rapt attention when cheese is in the room), so we don’t usually keep treats around. But most dogs, by far, are nearly always hungry and happy to do your bidding in exchange for a seemingly bottomless pocketful of treats.

When I was a kid, there were basically two kinds of treats: Milk-Bones and rawhide chews. Both are no longer considered ideal, though. Milk Bones contain sugar, BHA (a preservative and known carcinogen), wheat (hard for dogs to digest), and a host of chemicals. Rawhide (along with bones and antlers) can present a risk of choking, intestinal blockage, and tooth damage; and can be contaminated with E. coli bacteria and toxic chemicals, causing digestive upset or diarrhea.

Today, we have a dizzying array of pet treats, but making your own is always the healthiest and safest way to go. Have fun spending an afternoon making (and sharing) these easy-to-make treats with your pups!

Banana Biscuits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup ripe banana, mashed

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients to form a cohesive dough. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter (dog bone-shaped if you have them!) to cut out biscuits, or just use a knife to make squares. Bake on a cookie sheet for 16 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before serving! Store in an airtight container up to a week, or freeze for longer.

PB&B (Peanut Butter & Bacon) Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • ⅓ cup oats (both whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
  • 2-3 strips cooked bacon, chopped

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine peanut butter, milk, and egg first; then add the flour and baking powder, then the oats and bacon. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness. To cut out biscuits, use a cookie cutter or simply use a knife. Bake on a cookie sheet for 18 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom. Flip treats and bake for another 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in an airtight container up to a week, or freeze for longer.

Pumpkin Carrot Bites

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients to form a cohesive dough. Roll into 1-inch balls. Bake on a cookie sheet for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before serving. Store in an airtight container up to a week, or freeze for longer.

Minty Breath-Buster Bombs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup of water, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 3 TB unrefined extra-virgin coconut oil

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine parsley, mint, egg, water and oil. Add oats and stir to combine into a cohesive dough. Roll into 1-inch balls. Bake on a cookie sheet for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before serving. Store in an airtight container up to a week, or freeze for longer.

Chicken & Rice Treats

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cooked rice, mashed
  • 3 TB rice flour
  • 1 TB parsley or mint or kale, chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients to form a cohesive dough. Press into silicone molds. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before serving. Store in an airtight container up to a week, or freeze for longer.

Apple Cinnamon Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Dash of cinnamon (omit if applesauce already has added cinnamon)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats and applesauce, then add cinnamon and egg, and mix well. Press mixture into silicone molds or roll into 1-inch drops on baking sheet. Bake for 22 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before serving. Store in an airtight container up to a week, or freeze for longer storage.

Pro Tip:Do NOT use “diet” or “sugar-free” peanut butter, which may contain the sugar alcohol xylitol, which is deadly to dogs. Natures’ Logic Canine Peanut Butter, Newman’s Own Organics, Green Coast Pet Pawnut Butter for Dogs, and plain old Skippy and Jif brands are all safe for dogs. But please avoid these brands: Go Nuts Co., Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘N More, and P28 Foods.

About Kim Robson

Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at kimkiminy.wordpress.com. Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.

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