No one knows your dog better than you do, so why buy treats that are made for the masses? These three recipes are easy to make, and include a gluten-free option in case your pup has a sensitivity to grains. We also like to make a few extra to use as hostess gifts for our friends’ pups. And the best part? These are so easy to make that even your human kids can help!
You could shape these treats as squares or rectangles, but check out these paw and bone-shaped cookie cutters from MagiGift. At $9.99, these tin-plated steel shapes will let Fido know just how special he is!
Easy Pumpkin Treats
1 cup instant oats
1/3 cup pure pumpkin
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (no added sugar or salt)
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the oats to a food processor and grind until they reach a fine powder. Add in the pumpkin and peanut butter and blend until a sticky dough is formed. Remove from the processor and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies using a small cookie cutter of any shape, or cut into squares with a knife. Lay the treats on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the treats are dry and hard. Let cool before giving to your pup and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
3-Ingredient Grain-Free Treats
1.5 cups chickpea flour
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no added sugar or salt)
In a large glass bowl, combine all ingredients to form a dough ball. The dough should be smooth and not sticky. If it feels sticky, add an extra teaspoon of flour at a time until the texture is smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place an extra square of parchment paper on the counter, or use the plastic wrap you covered the dish with. Sprinkle a rolling pin and the plastic wrap or parchment paper with flour and roll until the dough is a half-inch in thickness. Be sure to dust the cookie cutters with additional flour each time you cut a shape. If you’re not using cookie cutters, dust your knife with flour as you cut the dough into squares.
Place treats with about 1 inch of room between them and cook for 30 minutes, then leave in the oven for another 30 minutes with the oven turned off. Remove and allow to cool for about 4 to 5 hours.
Store in a container with the lid off for up to four weeks. Do not refrigerate.
Sweet Potato Jerky
These are terrific treats for your pup and are packed with fiber, vitamin C, potassium, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin B6, manganese and magnesium. The best part? There’s just one ingredient: sweet potatoes!
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Wash and slice potatoes lengthwise, about 1/4-inch thick. Either use non-stick spray or place on parchment paper. Cook for 1.5 hours, then turn the potatoes and cook for another 1.5 hours. After cooking, allow the potatoes to reach room temperature before storing them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. These will stay fresh for up to one week.
Baking treats for your dog is easy and fun, and the cost is significantly less than pre-packaged treats. Plus there are no added preservatives so they’re healthier than those mass-produced treats. At Dog Day, Every Day!, our experienced staff will care for your pup while you’re at work and love them almost as much as you do. Give us a call at 513-860-DOGS to learn more about our full or part-time doggie daycare and spa. For more pet care tips and our latest updates, check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!