Dogs spoil their owners with endless amounts of love. And while Fido may like to play ball or go for a run, one thing will make your dog happier than all the others combined: food. Their tail wags, they bark (maybe) and they’ll listen to any command you give if you have their favorite treat nearby.
But treats from the store can be expensive, and you never really know what you’re feeding your pup either.
You can’t cook your pup chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches (chocolate can kill them), but you can bake your pup:
1. Dog Cookies
If you’ve watched the Walking Dead, you probably caught the episode where Carol bakes awesome cookies. The Internet was ablaze with questions on how she made her cookies. While your dog cookies may not spread like fire across the Internet, you’ll have friends and family asking you for the recipe the moment their pup tries your cookies.
Keep in mind that you need to be very careful with the ingredients you put into any food you give dogs.
Chocolate is a big no-no as well as tomatoes and many other ingredients. So, with this recipe, we’re going to keep it nice and simple:
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup dry milk powder (non-fat)
- 1 egg
- 2 bouillon cubes
- 3/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 300F
- Grease a cookie pan
- Add ingredients into a bowl and mix
- Knead the dough for 1 – 2 minutes
- Roll the dough out
- Cut into squares, bones, etc.
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Allow to cool
Some people add sugar into their recipe, but if your dog has weight issues like many dogs do, the sugar will be overkill. Most dogs love the flavor of the bouillon cubes, so it’s more than enough to entice your pet to scarf down their new treat.
2. Beef-flavored Dog Biscuits
Dog biscuits are a little different than dog cookies, yet the idea is similar. This is a slightly healthier recipe, and there’s going to be the delicious scent of beef, which your dog will love. If you have a fussy pup that isn’t a fan of beef, you can swap out beef products for chicken products.
The neat thing is that this recipe can use a bread machine, so you’ll save a ton of time.
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp. Oil
- 1/4 cup dry milk
- 1 1/2 tsp. yeast
- 1/4 parm cheese
- Add all ingredients into a bread machine
- Mix and knead
- Remove dough from machine
- Roll dough out to 1/4″ thickness
- Cut the dough into shapes
- Place on top of warm oven for 30 minutes to rise
- Bake on 325F until brown and not soft (30 minutes or so)
- Allow to cool
If you have a cute dog bowl, you can place the treats in the bowl and see if your pup loves them as much as my dogs do. A neat addition to the recipe is bran, which a lot of owners add, or you can skip it like I have.
Just remember to seal up your newly-baked treats to allow them to remain fresh for your pup.
While dogs have resilient stomachs, you want to do your best to ensure that the food doesn’t spoil before giving it to them.
3. Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treat
If there’s one thing people love, it’s their dogs. The first dog café in America in the U.S. opened with the idea of being a coffee joint for potential pet parents. The idea is to lure people in with great coffee while allowing them to cuddle with potential adoptees.
The genius idea shows that anything is possible when a dog’s love is in the mix.
And what better way to show a dog you love him or her than with a peanut butter and pumpkin treat? These delightful treats always hit the spot, and they’re super easy to make (an added bonus for a busy pet owner).
- 2 tsp. Peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups wheat flour
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Add ingredients into a bowl.
- Whisk together (add water as necessary).
- When dough consistency is formed, roll out into 1/2-inch thick rolls.
- Cut into small circular pieces.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until hardened.
- Allow to cool.
These small circular treats are a favorite with my pup – she loves them and always wants more. Just remember not to overfeed your dog. A dog that’s overweight is at higher risk of back and hip problems as they age.