Every owner wants the healthiest treats possible for their pet. The best way to know exactly what you are feeding your pet is to make it yourself. It's fun and easy to make dog treats at home. There are a bunch of great websites with recipes to make yummy snacks for your four legged friends. Here are a few recipes from some great websites:
PEANUT BUTTER PUPPY POPPERS
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375'F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container. --- This is the original recipe, but I have found the cookies burn easily.
PUMPKIN WAFERS DOG TREAT RECIPE
One 15 oz. can mashed pure pumpkin (NOT the spiced pie filling)
3/4 cup cream of wheat (or rice cereal if wheat-sensitive) You can mix this dry--no need to cook it first
1/2 cup dry powdered milk
Preheat oven to 300 F. Mix all ingredients together. Drop small spoonfuls (I use about half of a tablespoon) onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
If you'd like to make bite sized cookies for small dogs, training rewards or just small treats, you can use a pastry bag and squeeze out rosettes about the size of a dime for tasty bite sized cookies!
BANANA BEARS COOKIES
1 cup water
1 banana (cut into 1 inch pieces)
¾ teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached flour
½ cup corn meal
2 Tablespoons soy flour
2 tablespoons wheat or oat bran
1 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds
1 tablespoon brown or raw sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons dry yeast
Place all the ingredients in your bread maker in the order that your manual suggests. Use the "dough" cycle. Of mix by hand until it is an even mixture.
When the bell rings, remove the dough and divide it into 3 equal parts so that you will have portions that are easy to use. Sprinkle flour onto a cutting board and flour your rolling pin. There are some new rolling pins that are "nonstick" and if you have one of these you won't have to flour yours. Roll each portion of dough into a circle that is ¼ inch thick.
Cut your bears, dipping your cookie cutter into a bowl of flour in between cuts. This will help make it easier to cut and avoid sticking. If your dough is sticky, you may have to add a little flour and work it into the dough. If you were making people cookies, this would make them a bit tougher, but your dog won't mind. Make it easy on yourself!
Place the dog cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Cover the cookies with a clean towel. Let them rise for 30-60 minutes in a warm location or until they are doubled in height. They get kind of puffy-this part is fun!
Bake the cookies for 1 hour at 275 degrees F. Turn off the oven and leave the cookies in the oven for several hours or overnight so they get good and hard. Taking the moisture out of them makes them keep longer and they are better for your dog's teeth. You should store the cookies from this dog treats recipes in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Hope you enjoyed these recipes!!! Have fun making them at home!!!