Category Archives: Homemade Dog Treats

Treats serve multiple purposes for dogs. For example, they can be used as training incentives to encourage a pet to learn new commands or tricks. Or they can simply say, “I love you” to Fido.

How Do You Love Your Dog?

We Americans love our pets!  In fact, a recent survey by Old Mother Hubbard®, maker of natural pet treats, showed that 57% of pet owners said “it was a deal breaker if their significant other or potential significant other didn’t like pets.”

The Old Mother Hubbard “Bits of Love” survey interviewed 600 pet owners nationwide and unearthed some interesting facts about the love we feel for our four-legged best friends.  For example:

54% of American pet owners tell their pets “I love you” every day.

26% of all pet parents surveyed said their pets get jealous when they show affection to their significant others.

Ginny, our Harlequin Great Dane used to shove her big head between my husband and me if Jim came to close to me to suit her.  My blue Great Dane, Coby, did not like to see affectionate embraces between Jim and me and “voiced” his displeasure.  He would get as close as possible to us and “talk” to us in his deep voice.  As soon as we acknowledged him, he would wiggle and push between us.

American pet owners enjoy celebrating special occasions with their dogs.  My granddaughter, Anna, adopted Bruiser from a local shelter a few months ago.  Bruiser recently celebrated his first birthday with a big party.

   

Pets celebrate birthdays

 Bruiser, the Much-Loved Pet of Anna North
Celebrates His First Birthday!

The Old Mother Hubbard® survey found that 42% of Americans will be buying their dogs a special treat for Valentine’s Day.

Another 11% will prepare a special meal for their pets.

21% will purchase new pet toys.

Old Mother Hubbard® suggests that those who would like to share their beloved pets on social media can enter their Bits of Love photo contest at http://bit.ly/15xVxeD for a chance to win a year’s supply of Old Mother Hubbard® natural dog treats.  This Smooch Your Pooch contest runs through the month of February.

 

 

Fruit Cookie Treats for Fido

For a sweet treat for Fido, try this cookie using baby food fruit as the source of sweetness.

Fruit Cookies

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 Cup Oatmeal (uncooked)
½ Cup Wheat Germ
2 Jars Strained Baby Food Fruit – Blueberry; Applesauce; Peaches; Any Flavor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together to form a stiff dough.  Add flour if mixture is too thin.  Add more baby food fruit or water if it is too stiff.

Roll out dough onto a floured surface to about ¼ inch thick.  From here, you can use cookie cutters or a small glass and cut out rounds – whatever shape you prefer.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  I prefer to use baking stones that are already treated, so I don’t have to bother with the extra paper.  Plus, the bottoms of the cookies won’t burn.

Place the cookies about an inch apart and bake for 20 – 30 minutes until light brown.  Loosen the cookies from the pan or stone and allow to cool in place.  Store in an airtight container or freeze in zip baggies.

When I shop, the check-out clerks often give me unusual looks at the baby food jars on the moving belt.  I’ve even been asked if I’m raising a grandbaby.  Of course, I reply, “Yes, he has 4 legs and fur.”  Gator has a sweet tooth and really loves these cookie treats.

 


Delicious Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

With this recipe, you can make chicken jerky dog treats for your dog and not have to worry about health issues in commercial pet treats.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. Local Wild Honey
2 Tbsp. Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
4 Tbsp. Water
1 Tbsp. Dried Rosemary
1 lb. Chicken (stir-fry cut)

Grind the rosemary by hand or in a food processor.  Combine molasses, honey, rosemary and water in a bowl.  Add the chicken and stir to cover all pieces.

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.  Line a roasting pan with foil and place a wire rack on top.  Twist and lay the marinated chicken on the rack.  Brush any remaining marinade on top.

Bake approximately 5 hours and allow to cool before serving.

These treats will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week.

Many thanks to writer, Alexandra Blantyre for granting me permission to use this recipe.  To read  more of her work, click here .  In her note to me, she wrote:  “…I want to help save pets lives by protecting them from some of the products out there labeled for them that are not safe.”


Basic Dog Biscuits

This recipe is perfect for using cute cookie cutters.  Try making these with  bone-shaped cutters and wrapping a few of the finished cookies with ribbon for a gift for your favorite pup.

2 ½ Cups whole wheat flour

½ Cup powdered milk

1 beaten egg

Baby food – beef or chicken

Combine flour and milk.  Add the beaten egg and mix with your hands.  Add the baby food meat until you reach the desired consistency to form a stiff dough.  Add a bit more flour if needed to reach that desired stiffness.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to create the desired shapes.  Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees until firm and golden brown.  This could take approximately 25 minutes but ovens behave differently, so keep tabs on your cookies until they are done.

This is an older recipe that I have used for years.  Origin unknown.


Canine Cookie Treats

The recipe for these dog cookies has been in my collection for years, and I have long forgotten the source.  They are quick and easy to prepare, but they do require a bit of guesswork.

2 – six-ounce jars of baby food – either Beef, Chicken, or liver.
NOTE:  Brand doesn’t matter but be sure the jar doesn’t contain onion or garlic.

2 Cups nonfat dry milk

1 Cup wheat germ

Whole wheat flour – approximately 2 1/2 cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.   If the dough is too thin, add whole wheat flour a little at a time, mixing well until the consistency works for dropping by small spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.   I use a melon baller for this part.   Flatten the balls slightly with the back of a fork.

Bake 12-14 minutes, depending on your oven, until slightly brown on the edges.  Cool and store in the refrigerator up to a week or freeze.

I usually freeze them by the dozen in zip-close baggies.  That way I can pull out a bag at a time and give out the treats over a week to my 2 dogs.


Pumpkin Puppers Dog Treats

The more I read about the problems with pet treats imported from China, the more concerned I become.  While I do purchase some dog treats that say they are made in the United States, I still worry that some of the ingredients may be imported.  it just makes sense to me to bake  treats for Gator and Maggie in my own kitchen.

I created this recipe one day as I was baking a batch of basic dog cookies.  Since it only contains a few healthy ingredients, others may have their own versions.

2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 – large can Pumpkin (16 oz.)

½ Cup Nonfat Dry Milk

¼ Cup Fat-Free Canned Milk

Mix the first 3 ingredients.  Add the canned milk.  Add more flour as needed to get dough stiff enough to scoop out with a melon baller or use a spoon and drop onto a baking sheet about 1 inch apart.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.  Let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container.  Freeze the extras.