Doggy Treats

The following treats and biscuits are simple to make and let your dog enjoy some nutritious and tasty snacks outside of their main meals.

It must be remembered that these treats, whilst being nutritious and healthy,  should not be given to your dog on too regular a basis, even though they are much healthier than commercial or store bought treats.treats2


Apple Pupcakes


2½ cups water
½ cup apple sauce
4 cups plain flour
1 cup finely chopped apple
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg, beaten
4 tablespoons honey

Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. If you can find one, use a muffin tray that makes multiple smaller muffins rather than large muffins.

Mix flour and baking powder together in a bowl. Add the apple. In a separate bowl, mix water, applesauce, egg and honey. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients slowly, ensuring all the dry mixture is well combined.

Spoon mixture into muffin tray and bake for around 1 hour. Test whether pupcakes are ready by sticking a toothpick into the centre of one of the cakes. If it comesout dry, they’re ready.

Store the apple pupcakes in an air-tight container for up to a week.

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Bacon Bites


4 rashers of bacon
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
½ cup dry milk powder
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups wheat germ
½ cup cornmeal

Cook bacon well and remove from the heat. Allow to cool on paper towels. When bacon has cooled, crumble it into little bits and place into a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Mix remaining ingredients together until blended well. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Use a tablespoon to scoop up the mixture. Drop tablespoon-fuuls of mixture onto the baking sheet until all the mixture is used.

Bake for 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the bites on the baking sheet in the oven overnight to dry them out and make them crunchy. This should create about 40-45 Bacon Bites.

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Peanut Butter Doggy Biscuits


2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1 cup milk

Before you begin, you should preheat your oven to 375F (180C). Lightly grease a baking tray.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Use a separate bowl to mix the peanut butter and milk to form a smooth paste and then add this to the flour mix. Mix these together well until they form a thick dough.

Lightly flour a clean bench or surface and knead the dough lightly. Roll the dough out until it’s approximately ¼inch (½ centimeter) thick. Cut the dough into bite-sized squares, or use a cookie cutter to create shapes if you wish.

Place the cookies onto the baking tray and bake them for around 20 minutes, until they turn a light golden-brown. Watch them carefully as they have a tendency to burn easily.

Remove cooked cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely before offering them to your dog. Store any unused cookies in an air-tight container until needed.

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Gourmet Dog Biscuits


12 oz (350g) raw liver
1½ pounds flour
1 cup rolled oats
3 stock cubes (beef or chicken)
1 cup water
2 eggs

Before you begin, you should preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

Place the liver in a food processor and chop until it’s cut up finely. In a mixing bowl add the flour and oats and mix together. Crumble the stock cubes and add these to the flour mix. Add the chopped liver. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs well and add them to the flour.

Slowly add enough water to the mixture to create a firm, sticky dough. Rollout the dough so it’s no more than ¼ inch (½ centimeter) thick. Dip a cookie cutter in flour and then cut the shapes you want from the dough. Put the cut cookie pieces onto the cookie sheets.

Remove the unused dough portions and roll them out again. Press more shapes from the remaining dough and place these on cookie sheets. Continue until you’ve used all the dough.

Bake the cookies in the oven at 350F (180C0 for approximately 1 hour. When the biscuits are cooked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge. These should last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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Homemade Doggy Oatmeal Cookies


2 cups rice
1 cup oatmeal
¼ cup molasses
1 cup chopped carrot
⅓ cup spinach
1¼ cup flour
½ tablespoon gravy powder
4 tablespoon apple sauce
½ tablespoon vegetable oil

Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until they form a slightly sticky dough. Place dough on a lightly floured clean surface or bench and roll out until it’s around ¼ inch (½ centimeter) thick. Cut the dough into ½ inch (1 centimeter) pieces and then roll each piece into a ball and drop onto the cookie sheets.

Press the balls lighyly with the back of a fork to flatten them just a little. Bake your doggy cookies at 350F (180C) for around 15 minutes or until they turn a light golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

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When you see how much your dog loves these treats you may be tempted to give them to him/her a little too often. Remember that all their food requirements are provided within the main meal recipes. These are treats after all, and should therefore be treated as such.

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