Commercial dog foods and treats are fast and convenient, but they can also be expensive, and you don’t necessarily know just what goes into them.
It’s quite easy to make your own dog treats at home, and the new, fresh taste sensations will be appreciated so much by your dog. By making them yourself, you not only know and control exactly what your dog is consuming; over time you will learn what your dog does and doesn’t like, and you can tailor doggie recipes to suit his individual taste. You’ll also eliminate preservatives and other chemical additives from at least part of his diet – leading to a happier, healthier dog.
Remember when making treats for your dog to be aware of any allergies he has. Feed treats in small amounts initially so you are sure he reacts to it well.
Here are just two nutritious doggie treat recipes, care of Cesar Millan…
• 2.5 cups of rolled oats
• A pinch of salt
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon of chicken or beef stock
• 0.5 cups hot water
• You may add bacon bits, shredded cheese, liver powder or wheat germ if desired.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Dissolve the stock in the hot water, and add the remaining ingredients. Knead into a dough ball. Roll out to a thickness of 1-1.5 cm. Cut into slices or use a shaped cookie cutter. Place shapes or slices on a greased cookie sheet, and bake for thirty minutes. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container in the freezer. Allow to thaw for fifteen minutes before feeding.
Crunchy Apple Pupcakes
• 2.75 cups of water
• 2 tablespoons of honey
• 0.25 cups of pureed unsweetened apple
• 1-2 drops of vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 4 cups of wholemeal flour
• 1 cup unsweetened dried apple (in small pieces)
• 1 tablespoon of baking powder
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix apple puree, water, honey, vanilla and egg together well in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Lightly grease a muffin pan and pour the mixture into the pan casings. Bake for 75 minutes. Allow muffins to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the freezer. Allow to thaw for fifteen minutes before feeding.
Treats will keep frozen for up to six months.
Fido will love you!