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Wicked Easy Homemade Dog Treats

December 19, 2016

 

 

If you make this process a part of your normal cooking ritual you will have a stockpile of homemade dog treats on hand whenever your dog needs them…and the best part about these dog treats is that you are creating them so you know what your dog is eating.  You have control of their dietary needs. You can also make these treats in bulk to freeze so they are always available. It is wicked easy to create homemade, healthy dog treats.

 

Start out with the basic Dog Treat recipe listed below. This is a healthy start to any dog treat. If your dog is intolerant to any of the ingredients listed below try to substitute with ingredients that your dog can tolerate. For example if your dog does not digest milk use almond or soy instead. Just try to have the Basic Dog Treat Recipe on hand for quick prep and bake situations. I keep mine taped inside the cabinet door right above my mixer. I also keep room on the recipe for writing notes. Then you simply use your Basic Dog Treat Recipe and add in the ingredients as your refrigerator dictates or as your dogs needs change.

 

 

 

 

Basic Dog Treat Recipe

 

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (fair source of fiber)

1/2 Cup Quick Oats (excellent source of fiber)

2/3 Cup Skim Milk (Vitamin D and Calcium)

3 T Olive Oil (antioxidants and vitamin E)

 

Instructions:

 

Mix the dry ingredients first and then add in the milk and oil. Mix until dough is formable, spoon or roll and cut. Bake at 350 degrees. If rolled to 3/8″ baking time is 30 to 35 minutes…or until a golden brown.

 

 

Tip: This is the easiest basic dog treat recipe that I experimented with. If there are any problems with your dough forming correctly just add milk to a dry batch and flour to a wet batch.  

 

Leftovers

 

What dog doesn’t like bacon? After making Twice Baked Potatoes for my family I had extra bacon and shredded cheese. While still cleaning from diner that night I added my Basic Dog Treat ingredients to my blender, added the leftover bacon and cheese and created Bacon & Cheese Dog Treats before I was done cleaning my kitchen for the night. Making your dog treats doesn’t have to be a chore it can be second nature.  It is wicked easy to create homemade, healthy dog treats just by making your basic treat recipe and adding in some leftovers.  

 

 

Bacon & Cheese Dog Treats

 

 

1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (fair source of fiber)

1/2 Cup Quick Oats (excellent source of fiber)

2/3 Cup Skim Milk (Vitamin D and Calcium)

3 T Olive Oil (antioxidants and vitamin E)

¼ to a ½ Cup Chopped Bacon

 

¼ to a ½ Cup Chopped Cheddar

 

Instructions:

 

Mix the dry ingredients first and then add in the milk , oil , bacon and cheese. Mix until dough is formable, spoon or roll and cut. Bake at 350 degrees. If rolled to 3/8″ baking time is 30 to 35 minutes…or until a golden brown.

 

 

 

Holistic Remedies

 

 

For our next treat lets try a scenario. One of my dogs often has bad breath. Aside from all of the typical ways to prevent bad dog breath, using parsley is a good solution for this issue. I sprinkle fresh parsley on her dog food daily and make her treats when her breath is really bad.  Once again I use my Basic Dog Treat Recipe and add parsley to the recipe to help control Maddy’s bad breathe issues. If your dog really likes the taste of parsley you can make the treats stronger by actually heating two teaspoons of fresh chopped parsley in the olive oil before making the treats.  It is wicked easy to create homemade, healthy dog treats according to your dog’s dietary needs.

 

Parsley Dog Treats

 

 

1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (fair souce of fiber)

1/2 Cup Quick Oats (excellent source of fiber)

2/3 Cup Skim Milk (Vitamin D and Calcium)

3 T Olive Oil (try infusing the oil with parsley)

2-4 Tbs. of Fresh Parsley (depending on the strength you desire)

 

Instructions:

 

Mix the dry ingredients first and then add in the milk, oil and chopped parsley. Mix until dough is formable, spoon or roll and cut. Bake at 350 degrees. If rolled to 3/8″ baking time is 30 to 35 minutes…or until a golden brown.

 

TIP:  You can create infused oil by using the 3 tbs. of olive oil as used in the Basic Dog Treat Recipe with 2-4 tsp. of fresh parsley. Making an even taster and antioxidant rich treat. The fresher the herb the better the nutrients but dried herbs are great as well.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to play with the recipe…

 

Once you establish a “Basic Treat Recipe” it will be second nature to get that mixed up and then add whatever it is you have handy into the recipe.  Having the basic treat recipe as a foundation for healthy implementation of foods for your dog is wicked easy to do. Just research healthy cures for your dog’s ailments and practice adding them to your basic dog treat recipe. Unlike your human companions dogs typically are very eager to try your new recipes…

 

Jerky

 

 

 

Another wicked easy to create dog treat is to make a jerky, use whatever meat you have and put it in the oven on a low setting like 170 degrees for 4-6 hours. This is another great idea to use up leftovers. No waste and a happy dog…

 

 

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