I am reminded of an old My Three Sons episode, where Steve cooks up some eggs for dinner. They are horrible, burned and disgusting. The boys look at each other and everyone agrees they are inedible. Chip, I think, says, "Let's give them to Tramp."
Steve looks up horrified, and says, "Chip, he's our dog." And with that statement, Tramp misses out on the burnt eggs. I feel that way about dog treats. Why give our dogs something that we wouldn't eat? (We do give them good dog food, but I make sure I understand what is in it.)
So, with that in mind, I began looking for good dog treat recipes. This one is easy, good for your dog and fairly cheap. This recipe is adapted from Sweet Peas Kitchen.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
In a mixing bowl combine:
1-15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 C oats (omit if your dog is on a grain free diet)
3 C whole wheat flour (you can use rice or gluten free flour if you want)
3 T all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional**
Stir well then put extra flour on your counter top and plop the dough on it. Roll it around on the flour till it is not sticky. Roll to about 1/2" thick and cut with cookie cutters or cut into strips. Put on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes. I like to shake the pan a bit and then leave them in the oven for a couple of hours. If they are not hard as rocks after than time you can bake them again for another 30 minutes. They will harden as they cool.
** Do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything with nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs and can make them sick.
I like to use a cookie cutter like this: It has 8 petals. I like this one because after I cut out one "cookie" I cut it into fourths, making little hearts. Cute! You can also use a small round biscuit cutter or the top of a drinking glass. Then cut each one into halves or quarters.
Scrappy and Rocky love these treats.
I thought these sounded good too, but I haven't tried them yet.
APPLE CARROT DOG TREATS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix ingredients together in a mixing bowl until dough forms. Roll dough out and cut as above or roll into small balls and press them down so they are about 1/4" thick. Bake until golden brown and cool on a wire rack.
1 C whole wheat flour
1 C grated carrots
1 tsp baking powder--I use non-aluminum baking powder
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
Adapted from For the Love of Pooch
Take care and let me know if you have other recipes that your dog loves,