Interested in some really easy and delicious (for your dog) treats?  I want to write this article for everyone interested in baking their own home made dog treats so you can be rest assured the treats you are giving your dog are only made with quality ingredients.  What this means for you is no added garbage that huge corporations add in to cut costs, or buying treats made overseas, shipped here on a boat in a container with thousands of other random items and sat on a shelf in a big box retailer for who knows how long.

It is no secret that the treats you see gift wrapped in those cute dog bone shaped stockings at the store with the nice green and red coloring is probably not the greatest for your dog.  As a matter of fact, since it is the holidays the next time you go to the store, go to the pet section and check out those holiday themed pet treats on the end of the aisle ways.  I would be willing to bet most of those are made somewhere overseas and shipped here some time ago.  Yeah those treats you are giving your dog……Who knows how old they actually are, and what is actually in them.

YIKES!!!

Below is a recipe that I have made recently (found on allrecipes.com) and my dogs as well as others absolutely LOVE them.  Plus, the best part to these.  They are SUPER easy to make and only take about an hour of your time.  (minus buying the stuff you think you have, but turns out you need.)

  • 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
    • Recommended is Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sale

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

While oven is preheated, whisk together the ingredients in a bowl and add water as needed to make the dough workable. (DO NOT ADD A LOT OF WATER).  Dough should be dry and stiff to work with.  Roll the dough into a 1/2 inch thick roll and cut into whatever shaped treats you want. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until hard.

 

See above for my first attempt at getting them ready.  Not bad for my first try.  We used a dog bone and paw print cookie cutter for the treats.

All in all, I am happy with how they turned out and our dogs LOVED Them.  As did other people’s pups who let us give them the treats as well.  Just an FYI, these make for great peace bargaining items for pups who aren’t too familiar with you yet.

 

I hope you enjoy this very easy do it yourself dog treat recipe and let us know in the comments if you tried this and how your dogs liked them.

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