Making your own homemade dog treats can be such a fun reward for you and your dog. There are also many benefits to making your own biscuits at home:
- You can control what goes into the recipe; make it nutritious and wholesome! Change your recipes based on your dog’s taste preferences and any dietary restrictions.
- Prevent unhealthy additives. Many brands of commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives, fillers and byproducts.
- Tasty alternative to the boring, usual doggie biscuit. You can also pick from fun dog-themed cookie cutters!
- You can also have fun with these pet-themed baking trays!
- Love the idea, but not as excited about the actual baking? Here are great kits and treat makers you can use!
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix in the oil, molasses, and 1/2 cup water; let sit for 15 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/4-inch thick. Cut out the cookies with bone-shaped cookie cutters (We also found dog-shaped and paw print cookie cutters!). Transfer to the prepared sheet. Bake about 20 minutes until firm.
Peanut Butter Treats
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two baking trays with baking paper. Combine the peanut butter, water, and oil in a bowl. Add the flour gradually, mixing and kneading until the mixture comes together to form a smooth dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough so that it is about 1cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits and place them on the tray. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until just golden brown. This time will vary depending on your oven and the size of your cookies. Make sure you let them cool completely before you give one to your dog for the all-important taste test!
Note: some pets may be allergic to wheat, you can substitute the wheat flour with rice flour or coconut flour.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
- 2 cups flour (rice, gluten free or wholemeal)
- 100g can of meat paste
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 1 small sweet potato (approx. 200g)
- Approximately ¼ cup water
- Extra flour for dusting
- Steamer/microwave for sweet potato
- Rolling pin
- Baking paper
Preheat oven to 180 °C. Steam, boil or microwave sweet potato until cooked. Mash and leave to cool. Mix flour, tahini, meat paste and sweet potato in a large bowl. Gradually add enough water to form a dough. Knead on a floured surface and roll out to ½ cm thickness. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits and place on a baking tray. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
The Big Basic
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
- 1 tsp. salt (or less)
- An egg
- 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
- ½ cup hot water
- Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dissolve bouillon in hot water. Add remaining ingredients. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes). Roll dough until ½ inch thick. Cut into slices or bone shapes. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet. Cook for 30 minutes.
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 4 tbsp molasses
- 4 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl. Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens. Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (wet hands work best). Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened.