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If you have a dog, we’re pretty sure that you treat him or her just like a member of the family. So much, in fact, that sometimes you may be tempted to let your furry friend eat the same foods (or treats) that everyone else in the family does.
Here’s the problem with that—dogs tend to have a pretty sensitive system. This means that certain foods (or at least the way certain foods are prepared) may taste good at first but it could wreak pure havoc on their bodies within an hour or two. Foods like what? Chocolate, fatty meats, most dairy products (a little Greek yogurt is typically OK), garlic and onions, grapes and raisins, any time of caffeine or alcohol.
But what if your dog is sitting at the foot of your dinner table, looking pitiful and sending you the message that they don’t want what’s always in their own bowl? What if, tonight, they want to try something different? We’ve got an idea. How about making some them their own dog treats?
All you need are some cute silicone molds, a few ingredients (ones that you probably already have in your pantry or fridge) and some fun-to-make recipes. The recipe part, we’ve got that for you right here. Eight of ‘em, in fact!
Just make sure that after you get your ingredients together that you click on the links underneath them; they will take you to how to prepare each and every recipe we’ve supplied. Something tells us that after you make your first batch and you see just how much your dog loves ‘em that you’ll be making them a whole lot more often. Perhaps even some for some neighborhood pups too!
While these treats are both delicious and easy to make, you don’t want to be only feeding your dogs treats. Your furry friend should be chowing down on the best, and the best is clean, good-for-you ingredients that us humans would eat too! Spot & Tango offers just that. Fresh recipes that are made with 100% fresh, human-grade ingredients that are complete and balanced for all pups and adult dogs. Spot & Tango’s Fresh Recipes are cooked in small batches to retain freshness and they even offer their UnKibble option, which is an alternative to commercial kibbles without the unnecessary additives.
Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats
What You’ll Need:
- 1 1/4 cup of natural creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup non-fat milk
- 1 egg
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour (measured precisely)
- 1/3 cup of whole-rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 2 strips cooked bacon, chopped into small squares
Note: We recommend speaking to your vet on the type of flour you should use that is most beneficial to your dogs health.
Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2 – Add peanut butter, milk and egg into a bowl and mix till uniform. Then add the flour and baking powder to the mix and mix for a bit longer till the dough is all smooth. Note: You may want to use your hand for the mixing to get the dough nice and uniform.
Step 3 – Then, add your cooked bacon and oats and mix into the dough.
Step 4 – Roll out your dough and shape as you wish! You can use cookie cutters or a knife, whatever you prefer.
Step 5 – Once you have shaped them and used up every bit of your dough, then it’s time for the cooking. Add your nicely shaped dog treats to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 20-22 minutes.
Step 6 – Then remove them from the oven, flip each treat to the other side and cook for another 10 minutes. Make sure your dog treats look just lightly brown on each side and you’re all set! Hope your dog enjoys!
Note: These treats can staying fresh in a refrigerator for about one week.
Breath-Freshening Dog Treats
What You’ll Need:
- 3/4 cup of fresh mint packed
- 3/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped packed
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons of organic coconut oil (for pets melted)
- 1 tablespoon Ghee melted
- 3/4 cup bone broth or filtered water (warmed)
- 1 tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll
- 4 1/2 cups chickpea flour
- 2 tablespoon of activated charcoal or 12 capsules cut open
- 2 tablespoon of diatomaceous earth
- 3 tablespoons of Brewer’s Yeast
- 3/4 teaspoon of grass-fed gelatin
Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2 – Then, grab yourself a food processor and process the mint, parsley, charcoal, diatomaceous earth, brewers yeast, gelatin and egg. Then add the melted coconut oil, melted ghee, bone broth and liquid chlorophyll into the food processor and mix till smooth.
Step 3 – Then, take your chickpea flour and add into the processor, pulsing your processor each time you add more till smooth. You should add about 1/2 a cup each time till you are out of chickpea flour and it is all in your dough.
Step 4 – Then, take your dough out of the processor and roll out. Shape the dough in any shape you would like, (we like this shape). Do this till you have used up all the dough.
Step 5 – Place your shaped dog treats on a pan and bake in oven for about 12-16 minutes.
Step 6 – Let cool, have your dog show off a few tricks and enjoy a freshly made treat!
Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Dog Treats
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 carrots, peeled and shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1 1/2 cup baby spinach, chopped into small pieces
- 3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats
Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2 – In a bowl, add pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs. Beat them hard or use and electric mixer on medium setting. Make sure the the batter is well combined and smooth.
Step 3 – Then, start adding the dry ingredients. First the rolled oats slowly while beating, then the flour till it is all full incorporated into the dough.
Step 4 – Then, add your carrots, spinach and zucchini. Beat until its is fully mixed into the dough.
Step 5 – Take your dough out of the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface, kneed till nice and uniform.
Step 6 – After that, roll out your dough and shape in any shape you would like, (we like this shape). Do this till you have used up all the dough.
Step 7 – Then, place your shaped dog treats on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 22-26 minutes or till lightly browned. Then, let cool and ENJOY!
How awesome are these treats? Have fun making them. We already know your dog will have a ball eating them!
If you have a pet at home and you want to not only treat them to some yummy dog treats above, go on and get them a Bark Box. This will definitely brighten their smile as I know it does with my dogs! Lastly, if you’re not into making your own dog treats or perhaps you have many different pets, not just dogs. Get all your treats for your other pets from PetSmart! They have so many awesome products for all pets!
Oh and if you don’t have a dog and are planning to get one soon, here are a few thing you need to know!