Regularly feeding a quality, balanced diet is important for the health of your dog. However, on occasion, a special treat prepared lovingly with your own hands in your own kitchen adds that something extra to your pet’s life. While you’re indulging in your favourite comfort foods, your dog can chow down on his too. The following dog treat recipes are simple and fun to make.
- 1½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour and baking powder. Stir in milk and then add the peanut butter and honey. Mix well. Knead dough on a floured surface, and then roll out into a ¼ inch thickness. Cut into bite sized pieces and bake on a greased cookie sheet for approximately 20 minutes or until brown.
Doggy Banana Pudding
- 1 banana
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- ½ cup plain yogurt
Mash the banana with a fork. Fold peanut butter into the banana, and then mix in the yogurt. Serve as a doggy dessert!
Baby Food Dog Biscuits
- 3 (2 1/2 oz.) jars of baby food lamb (check the ingredients for onion which is toxic to dogs)
- ¼ cup powdered milk
- ¼ cup oatmeal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Roll into bite sized pieces and bake on a greased cookie sheet for approximately 15 minutes or until brown.
- ½ lb ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp instant potato flakes
Simply scramble ground turkey, eggs, and potato flakes together in a frying pan. Serve mixed with crumbled cornbread or on a hamburger bun or even with dry dog food.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 Tbsp canola oil (or safflower)
- 4 Tbsp water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Knead into dough and roll out into a 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into bite sized pieces and bake on greased cookie sheet approximately 10 minutes or until brown.
A Few Words of Caution
When feeding homemade dishes to your dog, be sure to avoid foods such as chocolate, grapes, macadamia nuts and others that are toxic for canines.
Sudden changes in diet can cause digestive upsets. Be sure to introduce new foods slowly.
Treats should be kept to a minimum to avoid weight gain. Obesity is a serious health risk to dogs.
Individual dogs have different nutritional requirements due to health issues and life stages. Ask your veterinarian about the best food for your dog.