Save Money and Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy
Making your own dog treats and biscuits is not only easy, but it can also be a great way to save a few bucks on your pet expenses. As luck would have it, making your own dog biscuits is also a fantastic way to ensure that your dog is getting the best ingredients in their snacks. But before you just go to your baking cabinet and get started, there are a couple of things you should know.
In this post we will look at the positive benefits of making your own dog treats and biscuits at home, and without any special equipment (though if you want to get special bone-shaped molds, you should). We will look at some easy, basic recipes as well, and highlight some ingredients that you should save only for human consumption, leaving them out of your homemade dog treats.
The Basic Recipe for Homemade Dog Biscuits
The basic recipe for homemade dog biscuits is really very simple. And with multiple versions available through a quick Internet search, you can almost tailor it to suit what you already have lying around the kitchen. This recipe is adapted from the one on dog trainer Cesar Milan’s website:
- 2½ cups whole-wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat; if your dog cannot deal with grains, regular biscuits probably aren’t for you.
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Unsalted beef or chicken bouillon granules (can substitute unsalted beef or chicken broth stock, but then omit the water)
- ½ cup hot water
- Oats, liver powder, and/or wheat germ for additional flavor and texture.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Dissolve the bouillon (if using) in hot water and mix it into all the remaining ingredients until a dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead it for a few minutes. Roll the dough out into a disk, roughly ½ an inch thick. Cut the dough into slices or make shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake on a lightly greased sheet pan for approximately thirty minutes.
Alternative Recipes for Homemade Dog Treats
The Internet is loaded with recipes and recipe ideas when it comes to making treats for your dog in your own kitchen. Something to keep in mind is that not all dog treats require baking.
Some recipes allow you to freeze the treats, saving them for later on a hot day or after a run. They can be as simple as two to five ingredients, or as complicated as the professional baker deigns to make them. One thing they all have in common though, is that they are missing the artificial preservatives and flavorings that you’ll find in most of what’s on your grocer’s or pet store’s shelves.
Homemade Dog Biscuits: Ingredients to Avoid
Your dog may eat and behave like a scavenger, but their stomach isn’t as strong as it may seem. Just about everyone knows not to feed a dog poultry bones, but there are many other common people foods – foods you might consider slipping leftovers of into a batch of homemade dog treats – that are toxic (or just not nutritionally beneficial) to dogs.
Make sure to avoid giving your dog the following foods, and leave these items out of your homemade biscuits:
- Anything salty or seasoned for human consumption. Yes, this includes bacon and most other prepackaged raw or cooked meats.
- Dairy, including most dairy products.
- Apple cores.
- Raisins and grapes.
- Uncooked dough, especially dough with yeast in it.
- Cooked bones of any type.
- Macadamia nuts.
- Onions and garlic.
- Raw salmon.
The Easiest Diner You Will Ever Try to Please
You don’t have to be good at cooking to please the palette of a dog. They will eat just about anything you can produce and will do so happily, coming back to beg for more. Homemade dog treats are cheaper, better tasting, and better nutritionally than what you can find in most stores, and as if that wasn’t enough, they’re also very easy to make.
Author: Giano Panzarella