DIY Dog Treats

Oh boy!  Oh boy!  I made dog treats!

If you’ve ever read any of this blog thing, you know that my love for my dogs is perhaps my least kept secret.  I’m pretty crazy about them.  And while Josh and I forbid begging and giving them scraps, we like to occasionally give them a treat.  Usually this takes the form of whatever was on sale, often a milk bone-pig ear-bacon flavored something.  (And sometimes Josh brings home some dog daycare freebies.  That’s right, where my husband works, swag takes the form of the occasional free bully stick.)

Being the ever aspiring penny pincher and DIY devotee, I figured I should try to make some myself.

Here they are:

I didn’t say they were pretty.  But my dogs seemed to really liked them.

Here are my dogs voraciously eating the treats:

And here are my dogs asking for a second treat:

They’re sitting because they know they can only get special things if they follow directions (and their directions were “sit”).  Obviously, I rewarded them for following directions.

So here’s the recipe:

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Dog Biscuits

  • 2 cups flour (most people agree that white flour is less than awesome for dogs, so whole wheat flour is the recommendation here)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. sugar
Whisk the eggs in a bowl, then add all of the ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Eventually, it will develop into a dough.  Use your hands to continue kneading in the bowl until it is cohesive.
Once you have a ball of dough, you can roll it out flat onto a cookie sheet or fill mini muffin tins:
A bit rustic in appearance, but I’ve found that my dogs don’t care so much what their food looks like as much as how it tastes.  Bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, or until they are hard.  Dogs like the crunchy things — or at least I think they do — so that’s how cook them.

Yes, I tried one. I ate a dog treat.  Me.  But listen, I’m the one who made them, so it’s not like I was eating dog kibble out of a PetSmart bag…  I must admit they’re a bit dry, but this lends itself perfectly to the crumbly/crunchy-ness that my dogs love… and it encourages them to drink more water (and Josh and I firmly believe that our dogs don’t drink enough water).

But don’t take my word for it.  See what my dogs had to say about it.

What?  You can’t hear them?  Sorry…. They must be shy around strangers.  They talk to me all the time, though.  In perfect English.  No, seriously — they have lots to say.

Anyone else out there ever try their hand at dog treats?  Or cat treats?  (Do cats even eat treats?  I wasn’t sure… I just figured they were too busy with hair balls.  Can you tell I don’t really care for cats?)

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