Homemade Dog Biscuits

homemadedogtreatsAs humans we find ways to treat ourselves on an, almost, daily basis. We may take a trip to our favourite coffee house or possibly even to the local bakery in order to satisfy our sweet tooth. For some a treat is stopping by a favoured retail shop to buy the new top that has just hit the stores. For others a treat can be as simple as finding a quiet place to sit and read. Whatever the treat may be we have to get our fix in order to feel whole.

As we are getting our treat fix we do not always think of our dogs. Dogs are our companions when there is no one else around. They are there for us when the world has turned away. That place deserves honour and respect. Our beloved dogs are entitled to a treat every now and again just like we are. Most of us will treat our dog with some store bought dog treat that has the scent and even the shape of random cuts of meat. Others choose to literally throw the dog a bone.

For the classic dog owner, the only treat to be had is a dog biscuit. Dog biscuits have been dog’s best friend for decades. They can be purchased in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any dog’s preference. It makes an owner’s heart happy to see their dog jump for their favourite treat. Dogs fill our lives with so much joy and happiness that we want to shower them with treats just to see them smile. There are, however, problems with store bought dog biscuits.

High in Calories

Dog biscuits are manufactured to be treats. They meant to be given out as special rewards for the dog. They are not manufactured to be the animal’s main source of nutrition. As was stated before dogs love to get biscuits and we love to make them happy. When a dog is given treats as dog food health issues can become a problem
Dog biscuits are high in calories. The dog is supposed to only eat one at a time. A small amount of these high calorie biscuits is perfectly fine for any dog to enjoy, but giving the dog too many treats can lead to weight gain. Just like humans, the weight is easily put on, but very hard to take off.

Mass Produced

Manufactured dog biscuits are mass produced in large factories and are made as fast as the machine can go. There are times where the machine may not be cleaned properly or an object could be accidentally dropped into the dog biscuit ingredients. Even with quality control checks mistakes can happen and it is our loving animals that pay the price.

Homemade Dog Biscuits Are The Healthy Solution

Store bought dog biscuits are not the only game in town. Many people have begun to make their own biscuits for their dogs. In recent years many people have experimented with ingredients and published recipes for homemade dog biscuits. These homemade dog biscuits offer many benefits than that of the store bought variety.

Easy to Prepare

Homemade dog biscuits can be made from many ingredients that are contained in any average cook’s kitchen. They can be made very quickly and stay fresh for long periods of time. Homemade dog biscuits are also much cheaper to prepare than they are to purchase.

Healthier for the Dog

Many dogs have allergic reactions to ingredients in store bought dog biscuits. With all the ingredients contained within them it can be hard to determine exactly what is making the dog have a reaction. With homemade dog biscuits the ingredients can be controlled and changed to allow the animal to have the dog biscuit without the allergic reaction. The calorie content can also be controlled to keep the dog’s weight in check.

Sustainable

In the times we live in, it is important to work on solutions that will help us rely less on the grocery store and more on our own individual know how. There is a large emphasis on green technology to become more self-reliant, but the truth of the matter is that self-reliance is less about the large things that can be done and more about the small changes that can be made in our lives to sustain us more efficiently.

We have an ultimate desire to show our pets that they are loved. Some show them love with expensive toys and high dollar dog biscuits. The dog does not understand how much money is spent on him or her. They understand the look on your face when they have done something that is worthy of a dog biscuit. We cook for those we love in our household. We tell them that the things we cook are made with love. Shouldn’t we love our dogs enough to cook them homemade dog biscuits?

What to Have in the Pantry for Homemade Dog Treats

leftover-dog-treatsIt seems that these days there is always a health warning about some food or other, from hidden sugars, to the dangers of processed foods. As humans, we can alter our diets or avoid certain foods, which we know are bad for us, but many people don’t think about extending this change to their pets. Similar to human food, there are a number of chemicals, or low quality meats put into dog food and treats, which can be just as harmful to your pets as poor quality food is for you.

Uncomplicated ingredients to benefit your faithful friend – and your pocket!

So why not take matters into your own hands and start with making your own dog treats. You’ll know exactly what’s going into your dog’s body and that it is completely healthy and chemical free. They don’t have to be complicated and full of specialist ingredients, most homemade treats can use every day ingredients from your store cupboard, or can be easily found in your local supermarket.
For example, making some basic dog biscuits all you need is carrots, oats, peanut butter, coconut oil, some flax seeds if you have them and eggs. By blitzing the carrots and oats in a blender or food processor then mixing the rest of the ingredients in, you can create your own dog biscuits in all shapes and sizes to bake in the oven. It doesn’t stop there, you can mix up the vegetables, maybe using sweet potato, peas, green beans or even fruit as long, as it’s pitted or non-seeded.

By making sure you have an a supply of staple ingredients like brown rice, rolled oats, honey cheese and peanut butter, you can pretty much make any combination as long as your dog likes it. Just be mindful to adjust your dog’s portion sizes accordingly if you’re giving more treats, as this can be an easy way to put on extra weight, especially for small or senior dogs.
It’s not all about biscuits

You don’t have to be limited to biscuits either, you can also make meat treats, such as dehydrated livers. These are packed full of iron, protein and plenty of vitamins, which are great for your dog and are super easy to make. All you need are some sliced beef livers to bake in the oven for a few hours to dry them out nicely.

The great thing about making your own dog treats is that your dog will love you even more, you know they’re eating healthy treats and you can save money too.

Homemade Dog Treats for Sensitive Stomachs

475641159mAllergies and sensitivity to certain ingredients is growing at an alarming rate. We see it on the news and in our very own homes every day. Chemicals used to make many processed foods are not very good for human consumption. We, as humans, generally make the necessary adjustments to our diet and go about our lives, but what about our dogs that may have sensitive tummies as well?

We give our dogs the best of everything. They are awarded the softest bed in the house, toys to entertain their every playful desire, and expensive, store bought dog treats. A dog given all of these comforts should be the happiest animal on the planet, but there may be a problem. Store bought dog treats are mass produced in factories in any number of countries.

[Read more…]

Homemade puppy treats

homemadepuppytreatsResearch has shown that dogs are likely to live longer if a nutritious diet is consistently fed to them. This means that the food you give to your furry little pets can have an effect on their health at a later stage. Therefore, it is important that you prepare the food for your puppy instead of relying on mass-produced dog food. Mass-produced dog food contains preservatives and artificial colours that can harm your puppy’s health. If you are a puppy owner who is looking for new ways to make treats for their puppies at home, then the following food suggestions can help:

1. peanut butter biscuits
For making this treat you may need eggs, honey, flour and vegetable oil. These ingredients can be mixed with tpeanut butter to form a thick batter. The batter is then placed on the baking tray and the required temperature of the oven is adjusted depending on the appliance that you are using. The biscuits can be shaped as a bone so that your puppy likes. Corn grits and peanut butter in the biscuit can help to provide the required nutrients that can re-energise your puppy.

[Read more…]

Beef Liver Treats

3Another easy recipe is simply to take 1lb of beef liver, preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with parchment.

Cut the liver into ¼” strips, place on the baking sheet and bake for around 2 hours. Make sure they are dry on the bottom.

These will keep in the fridge in an airtight tin for 2 weeks, or will freeze for up to 4 months.

Start with these simple recipes and your dog will love you even more for it!

Basic Dog Biscuit Recipe

To make 15-20 biscuits you will need 3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped; 150g oats; 1 tablespoon coconut oil; 1 tablespoon peanut butter; 2 eggs; a spoonful of chia or flax seeds, but this is optional.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and line a large baking tray with baking parchment
  2. Place the carrots and oats in a food processor and pulse until both are finely chopped (or use a blender on the slowest setting, or manually chop using a sharp knife)
  3. Add the coconut oil, peanut butter and eggs and mix thoroughly then empty the mixture into a bowl and chill for 30 minutes
  4. Place teaspoons of the mixture on to the baking tray and flatten out with a spoon. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
  5. Place on a rack to cool then store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Bacon and Peanut Butter Treats

1These are a great treat for a special occasion and not one I would give my dogs all the time as they are high in Salt and fat.

However, you will find your dogs standing at the oven begging for the treats to be ready

Ingredients for Mouth Watering Homemade Bacon Dog Treats

1/4 cup  of Bacon Grease or goose fat
3 cups of flour (preferably whole grain)
1/2 cup of oats
1 cup of Peanut Butter (preferably natural)
4 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup water (preferably filtered)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3 or 170 C
  2. Gentle cook the bacon (ideally Grill) until Crispy and pat with kitchen towel to get as much fat off as possible
  3. In a large bowl mix the flour and oats together and crumble the bacon into the mixture. (The best way to crumble the bacon is to place it in a zip lock sandwich bag you can then crumble it in your hands easy and not get greasy)
  4. Warm the peanut butter for around 30 seconds in the microwave and whisk in the egg and add the eater
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredient mixture and slowly add the peanut butter /egg/water mixture
  6. Knead lightly in the bowl with your hands.
  7. Roll the dough out on some greaseproof paper until it is about  1/2 inch thick
  8. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  9. Cut the dough into suitable bite size treats and lay out on the baking tray
  10. Bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes.
  11. Leave to cool overnight

Because these homemade dog treats do not have any additives they do not keep as long as commercially brought ones, however, if you place them in an airtight container in the fridge they will keep for around 14 days.  They also freeze very well.

The owner of this website, Derek Chambers, is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking Homemade Dog Treats to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com.