If your dog is anything like mine, he has his own particular preferences in food and in dog treats. It doesn’t matter how much you pay for them, if he doesn’t like them, he will promptly drop them on the floor, sniff them a time or two, turn up his nose with a look of disgust, and walk away. How are you to tell which dog treat he will and will not like?
One solution is to make your own dog treats. With one basic recipe you can tailor the treats to the particular flavor your dog craves. Mine craves peanut butter, so I know that any dog treat I make that is peanut butter flavored is bound to be a big hit with him.
How to Make Dog Treats
You will need a rolling pin, cookie cutters, a baking sheet, parchment paper, and a wire rack to cool your dog treats on. You will also need a covered container that will fit easily in your fridge.
By using this basic recipe you can tailor your dog treats to the likes of your dog. Use the substitutions below as a guideline for developing your unique dog treat recipe.
~2 cups whole wheat flour
~1/2 cup cornmeal
~2/3 cup liquid
~6 tablespoons vegetable oil
You can substitute bacon drippings, hamburger fat, or any other form of meat fat for the vegetable oil. Simply use what you have on hand if your dog isn’t too particular. Or choose the flavor that you know is his favorite.
Substitute the 2/3 cup of liquid with whatever flavoring your dog prefers. Buollion or vegetable and meat broths are a great way to add flavor to your dog treats. You may want to save the broth from your cooked vegetables to use in making dog treats. The broth will keep for several days in the refrigerator until you are ready to make treats.
Most dogs love peanut butter! Dissolve ½ cup of peanut butter in warm broth to create a peanut butter flavored dog treat you dog is sure to love.
~Mix all ingredients together.
~Roll and cut into shapes
~Line baker’s sheet with parchment paper
~Bake at 350 F for 35 to 40 minutes.
~Cool on wire rack.
~ Store in refrigerator.
Be creative when making dog treats and add foods you know your dog loves. Do not add raisins, grapes, walnuts, macadamia nuts, onions, or chocolate as these are all toxic to dogs. Now you know How to Make Dog Treats!