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Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats

Have you had the pleasure of making homemade dog treats? Did you know you have most of the ingredients for homemade dog treats already in your pantry?  Maybe you’ve said, “It’s just so easy to buy dog treats at the store.” If so,  here are five benefits and three recipes to show why Homemade dog treats are well worth the effort. With a small amount of time and one or two items to purchase if any, the rewards are awesome.

 

5  Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

  • Homemade dog treats are a healthy alternative to store bought treats
  • Homemade dog treats can be packaged for sharing or for giving as a gift
  • Homemade dog treats use fresh ingredients that you know and trust
  • Homemade dog treats are cost effective to make and can be frozen to last longer.
  • Homemade dog treats make your house smell great, dogs gobble ’em while people ask “Are these for the dog?”

Aloha Bones

May is Luau month and when we hosted a Luau Party for our Daycare dogs in May, we decided to make homemade dog treats.  Since we had as much fun making the homemade treats as the dogs did eating them, we wanted to share three recipes for our homemade dog treats with you. A bone shape cookie cutter was used for the Aloha Bones as pictured above.  Some foil stamping alphabet dies were great for spelling out the Hawaiian word of welcome.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray or oil a cookie sheet. Mix all ingredient in a bowl, knead for 3 minutes, roll out 1/4″ thick.  Cut out bone shape cookies, put onto cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes.  Let cool 10 minutes before removing from baking sheet!

2 cups  flour, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 Tbsp. Molasses, 1/3 cup Peanut Butter, 1 cup nonfat milk

Puka Cheese Shells Homemade Dog Treats

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. while you prepare a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or vegetable oil.  Mix dough ingredients and knead on floured surface until blended, 2-3 minutes.  Roll dough 1/4″ thick and cut into circles.  Press each circle into and up the sides of the muffin cup for your homemade dog treat and add a pinch of cheese to each.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until done.

1 cup flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 1tsp baking powder, 1tsp chicken bouillon, 1/2 cup cold water, 1 egg well beaten; 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)

Pineapple Halos Homemade Dog Treats

These halos can be any size depending on your collection of cookie cutters.  You will need one large and one small for this homemade dog treat.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well until a stiff dough is formed.  On a floured surface roll the dough to 1/2″ thick.  Place halo teats on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 20 minutes until done.

3 cups flour, 2tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 Tbsp honey,, 1 Tbsp Molasses, 1 egg well beaten, 3/4 cup crushed pineapple (well-drained) .