DIY dog treats for your special pal! Give it a go!

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We have been looking at some unique recipes and chosen a variety of idea’s to suit even the fussiest of companions so you can DIY dog treats for your pal.

As humans we can all be a bit guilty of indulging every now and again, its our way of saying “well done” to ourselves so shouldn’t it be the same for our dogs? Whether they have finally learnt that new trick you have been teaching them or simply behaving themselves in social situations its imperative our pooches feel loved and get a well-deserved treat.

Homemade has a huge advantage as you know exactly what your dog is eating and there are no nasty surprises hidden in the huge ingredients list on most store bought treats. Its also the perfect way to ensure you are praising your dog but also monitoring calories at the same time. It also saves you some money since store bought products for dogs are usually on the pricy side.

If you are unsure about what ingredients you should avoid using to feed your dog, take a look at this post made by the ASPCA for more information.  

 

Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats– 

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The weather will be getting warmer and since dogs do not sweat nearly as much as humans this is a tasty way to cool them down.

Ingredients

32 ounces vanilla yogurt

1 cup peanut butter

Directions

Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl

Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter

Pour the mixture into cupcake papers

Place in the freezer

 

Martha Stewart’s homemade dog biscuits 

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From Martha Stewart herself this recipe is the perfect dog treat for your special one or, as she also suggests, as a gift for other dog lovers.

Ingredients

Makes about 5 dozen

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup brewer’s yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

 Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)

Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Bacon Cookies

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Bacon bits to dogs must be like chocolate chips to us! Treat your dog with a more unique recipe!

(Makes about 40 round dog treats)

Ingredients

3 slices uncured bacon

1/2 cup flax seed

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup toasted wheat germ

1 large egg

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

1/3 cup chopped parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 large shallow baking sheets with parchment paper.

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium and cook bacon until crisp, turning once or twice, about 6-7 minutes. Drain bacon, transfer to a cutting board, and finely chop it. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat.

Combine the chopped bacon, flour, wheat germ and dry milk in a medium bowl. Whisk together reserved bacon fat, egg, broth and parsley in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until a rough dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl 5-6 times until it comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a 1/4-inch thickness. With a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out treats and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Press all the scraps together, kneading once or twice, then roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out more treats; repeat if necessary.

Bake treats until lightly browned and fairly hard, rotating the pans from top to bottom once, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely; biscuits will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container.

 

Diabetic dog treats

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Every dog is a blessing and sometimes its hard to find the right product to suit your dogs needs, this recipe is perfect for diabetic dogs and simple to make.

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 eggs

1 1/2 pounds beef liver, cut into pieces

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 10×15 inch pan with parchment paper.

Place the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.( If you have room, add the flour and eggs, and process until smooth.) Transfer to a bowl, and stir in the flour and eggs using a wooden spoon. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the centre is firm. Cool, and cut into squares using a pizza cutter. The treats will have a consistency similar to a sponge. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

 

Do you have any recipes or pictures of your furry friend enjoying one of our suggestions? Let us know!  Send us pictures of your DIY Dog Treats! 

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