Friday, June 13, 2014

Homemade Dog Treats Tutorial aka Doggy Crack

Our puppy, Paisley, is part Lab and part Rott.  And because she is going to be 3 next month and only 60 lbs, we believe she has something else in her :)  But she is amazing and not only is she incredibly smart but has the best personality, ever!  She also has had an upset stomach lately and about 8 months ago I started making homemade peanut butter dog treats for her.  I want to be able to control what is in them and what she is eating.  So today, I am going to share this recipe for homemade peanut butter dog treats and show you how to make them! She nearly loses her mind every time I make these treats for her.  SO BE CAREFUL, these are addicting!! :) UPDATE-Please note to have your dog eat these within 2 weeks or freeze them, since the ingredients are all fresh, we don't want our pups getting any moldy treats :)

(PS- as you can see here, she looked hungry so I thought it was time to make them again!)

First, here are the ingredients (of course, you can choose whatever brands you like).

2 ¼ whole wheat flour (excess for rolling dough out)
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup rolled oats
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
4 heaping tablespoons peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

First, you want to mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl.  I use a whisk just to make sure they are evenly distributed.

Then you want to mix the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.

Make sure your dog licks the spoon from the peanut butter (before stirring all the wet ingredients together).  Very important step!! :)

Next, you want to combine all the ingredients together, to form a ball.  

Then you want to put some extra flour on your surface and roll the dough out.  I did not want to have to wash the rolling pin, so I merely used the palms of my hands.  You want the dough to be about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inches thick.  

Then cut your shapes! But make sure to keep them the same size so they all cook at the same time.

I got these wonderful dog themed cookie cutters from Wilton.  Get Them Here.

Place on a cookie sheet.  What's nice is since there is nothing in them to make them rise, they can be put right next to each other on the cookie sheet, to utilize the most space.

Cook for 20 minutes (400 degrees).

I usually let them cool on cookie sheets until they are ready for Paisley.

TA DA!!!  

What are your favorite healthy treats for your dogs?

Do you make your own?

Let me know in the comments below!!

Have a great day!!

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