DIY Organic Dog Treats

With recent pet-treat recalls frightening dog owners, it just makes sense to start making your own goodies for Fido. When you make your own organic dog treats, you know exactly what goes into them and can rest assured that your puppy is getting only the best. It’s easier than you might think.

Cooking for your pet doesn’t have to be complicated; in fact, you should try to keep the treats fairly simple, for the most part. Try to use only organic ingredients to ensure that your dog won’t be ingesting any preservatives or colorants, which can be harmful to pets, and stay away from things like garlic, onion, and chocolate, which are also dangerous for dogs. [1]

A fun way to make sure your dog gets plenty of nutrition and flavor is to make your own homemade stew for dogs:

Quick and Easy Dog Treats

Dogs love meat, so it makes sense that the best snacks for them would be meat based. The simplest treat is simply a small piece of chicken, beef, or liver that has been cooked through. However, for something a bit longer lasting, why not make your own jerky?

Chicken jerky is the simplest to make. All you need are some organic boneless chicken breasts and your oven. Cut the breasts into very thin strips with the grain, about ¼ inch thick, removing any fat. Preheat your oven to 200° and lay the strips on a baking sheet. These should be baked for about 2 hours or until the meat is soft but dry. If in doubt, leave it in a little longer; your dog will appreciate the extra chewiness, and you’ll be certain the strips are cooked through. These will keep for about three weeks in the fridge. Do not store more than a few hours without refrigeration.

Go ahead and try other types of meat, depending on what your dog enjoys! Fish, beef, and pork can also work, and if you prefer, use a dehydrator instead of the oven. [2]

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Make Your Own Dog Biscuits

Dog biscuits are perhaps one of the best known dog treats, and they are also very easy to make at home. Recipes abound, but again, keeping it simple is usually best. You may want to try a couple of different recipes to find out which one Sparky likes best, but once you have a winner, you can make these biscuits ahead of time and freeze any that you won’t be using in the near future. They also make great gifts!

Common flavors for biscuits include cheese, peanut butter, and, of course, meat. Here are a couple of options you might want to try, remember to get organic ingredients!

Wheat-Free Turkey Treats

1 cup oat flour

1 cup cornmeal

½ teaspoon sage

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 5-ounce can flaked turkey (use tuna or salmon if preferred)

¼ cup canola oil

⅔ cup water

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Use a food processor to puree the turkey; then add in the oil and water and mix until smooth. Add to the dry ingredients. Knead the mixture until smooth and somewhat dry. Roll until the dough is about ¼ inch thick; cut into strips or use cookie cutters to cut out special shapes.

Place the biscuits on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Store in the fridge once cooled, for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for 4 months.

Pumpkin Sausage Treats

1 ½ cup potato, grated raw

⅔ cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

1 egg, slightly beaten

½ cup sausage

¾ cup flour

3 tablespoons canola oil

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix the sausage, pumpkin, and potato together until well blended, being careful to break up any clumps. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 2 hours and then leave in the oven when you turn it off. Store these in the fridge for 1 week or freeze for up to 4 months. [2]

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Celebrate With Doggie Cakes

Cake isn’t just for the humans! With a little tweak or two, you can whip up a tasty veggie cake for your dog, or you can make a meatier version. Just remember, when looking at recipes, avoid any that suggest you add garlic or onions to the mix, since these are not good for dogs. Also make sure to use organic ingredients.

To make your own cake, here’s a nice meaty recipe:

3 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup vegetable oil

5 organic eggs, large

1 cup ground meat

2 cups carrots, finely shredded

Preheat oven to 325°. Mix the oil and eggs in a bowl and beat until smooth. Add the carrots and meat and mix well. Add the flour and baking powder; stir until you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter into 2 9-inch baking tins and bake for 1 hour. Cool before serving to your canine pal! [3]

All of these treats are just as quick and easy to make as a human meal, and most can be stored for several weeks, so it’s a simple matter to make them ahead of time. Try a few different recipes, and see which one your dog loves most!

by Brandy Martin

Sources
1. http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/organic-healthy-homemade-dog-treats-2655.html
2. http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/
3. http://www.natural-pet-essentials.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes.html