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*Note: If using broth remember that onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) are harmful to dogs so it's suggested not to use it!
In a blender or food processor, combine turkey meat and beaten eggs until well blended and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour and rolled oats and add blended turkey. Add water or broth to flour, stir till dough is sticky.
Divide dough into 2 balls. Knead each ball on a well floured surface (about 2 minutes), adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
With a rolling pin, roll out dough to between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Time should adjusted if size is different than in this recipe.
Cool on rack and store, at room temperature, in a container with loose fitting lid.
They should keep for 3 weeks, however you can freeze for longer use.
Source: Recipe is from Mac Pherson's K-9 Cookbook. I substituted turkey in the place of ground beef.
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By Angela from London, Ontario
Looks like a great recipe. But, turkey is a very rich meat & a lot of dogs get diarrhea from it. Try using chicken instead. What to make with all that left over scrap meat? Why Soup of course!
These home-made dog biscuits are easy to make and dogs love them. They are also breath fresheners.
,li> Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
Tip: moisten fingers with water if dough is too sticky.
By Kelly from Eureka, MO
You can use grease drippings, gravy, or applesauce, it won't have the same breath freshers in it but dog will still love em. The honey will make them a nice golden brown color and if you don't have honey use brown sugar. I also make these and use 2/3 cup peanut butter but sometimes I have to add more water.
My dog waits in the kitchen when I make these for his stocking!
Mix the dry ingredients together. Then mix the wet ingredients together. Blend both mixtures until a firm dough is achieved. Shape dough into an oblong roll, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease sheet pan.
Slice roll into 1/4 inch slices, place on sheet pan and bake for about 1 hour or until treats are done, checking after 45 minutes, and then every 5 minutes thereafter.
Let them cool before giving to your best friend.
Source: My Dog
By Jodi from Aurora, CO
The great thing about these dog treats is that you can make them in your microwave. It's really nice in summer so you don't heat up kitchen.
Here is some top sellers that dogs keep begging for more. All ingredients are organic. But how you choose to make each recipe is up to you. Recipes scaled down from original.
I know this isn't for us humans, but if you're like me, you like to do a little something special once in a while for your dogs. They love this. I hope you enjoy sharing it with them! Just a little something different.
Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Doggie Cookies. I like to make my (4) dogs homemade treats. I have found this site to have numerous recipes to make. There are also recipes for Cats and Humans too :)
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Heat oven to 400 degrees F, line a sheet with parchment paper. Mix flour, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and salt together in medium bowl. Combine oil and garlic, add 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Mix until well combined. Knead for 2 minutes by hand on floured surface, dough will be sticky. Roll dough out about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out bone shapes, put on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes, rotate baking sheet, baste with remaining chicken stock. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn off oven; let pan sit in oven for 1 and 1/2 hour longer.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Editor's Note: Most veterinarians recommend avoiding garlic and onions for dogs but some suggest it for natural flea prevention. Please discuss this with your own vet.
Brewers yeast is a natural anti-flea remedy.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewers yeast (available at health-food stores)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1 clove garlic, chopped medium
1/2 cup chicken stock plus 3 tablespoons for basting
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Mix flour, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and salt together in a medium bowl. In a mixing bowl, combine oil and garlic. Alternately add 1/2 cup chicken stock and flour mixture in 3 parts; mix until well combined. Knead about 2 minutes by hand on floured surface; dough will be sticky.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out bone shapes; place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, rotate baking sheet, and baste with remaining 3 tablespoons chicken stock. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn off oven, leaving oven door closed. Leave pan in oven for 1 1/2 hours longer
Makes about 5 dozen bone biscuits
On several recipes, I substituted the use of lard with olive oil, but left bacon fat or grease when it was called for. I know from long experience that bacon is a favorite of most cats and dogs alike, and often times, made the difference as to whether or not the pet would accept the treat. They are smart little things and cannot be easily fooled.
Mix all ingredients together.
Knead and shape into crescents, rounds, or sticks for dogs. For cats, roll out and cut into narrow strips or ribbons.
Bake 25-30 minutes in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) until lightly toasted. Watch the narrow strips as they tend to get done sooner than the others. If the biscuits are not hard enough, leave them in the oven with the heat turned off for an hour or as long as desired.
Mix all together. Cut into shapes and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes.
Combine flour, powdered milk, and garlic powder in a medium sized bowl.
Add beaten egg and flavoring; mix well with hands. Dough should be very stiff. If necessary add more flavoring.
On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with shaped cookie cutters of your choice.
Place biscuits on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Mix ingredients together.
Add enough milk, stock, or water to make a firm dough.
Roll out flat on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F until barely brown.
Mix flours, add liquid.
Roll out on cookie sheet and bake until golden brown at 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, mix cheeses with oil.
Stir in flours, milk powder, and garlic salt until blended.
Add water; knead in bowl until stiff yet pliable dough forms.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease 1 or 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out treats with cookie cutter. (For kitty snaps, use 1/2 inch triangular or round cookie cutter; for dog bones, use 3 1/2 inch cutter in the shape of a bone.) Gather scraps, re-roll dough and cut out into more shapes.
Bake kitty snaps 15-18 minutes, turning once, until lightly golden.
Bake dog bones 38-40 minutes, turning once, until golden. Let cool on wire rack.
Makes 650 kitty snaps or 24 dog bones.
Recipe from McCall's/November 1997 Issue
By Pookarina from Boca Raton, FL
I have a mini-schnauzer who had a bout with pancreatitis about 4 months ago. My vet said no treats except carrots and apples. Also to feed only lite dog kibble. I would love to be able to make some biscuits or chew-treats that would be healthy for my little guy. Any suggestions?
Having adopted my third "recycled" dog who is being trained, I was going through a lot more doggie treats than before. I decided to take some bread that was going stale anyway and try an experiment.
My dogs love bite-size shredded wheat as a treat. There's no sugar, no salt, and it adds fiber to their diet. It also helps clean their teeth because they have to crunch it.
Here is a great idea for dog treats that are easy to make, high in fiber, all natural, and your dog will love them! I started making these when my Lab got a case of chronic diarrhea and they helped a lot.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls, press flat with fork. Bake on well greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Store in fridge. Freezes well.
This guide is about homemade dog biscuits. Inexpensive and nutritious dog treats can be made at home.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper. Place the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal in large mixing bowl.
This is a guide about frozen treats for dogs. In the heat of the summer your dog will appreciate a cold treat.
Is Fido your best friend? Here's a recipe that will make him happy this holiday season.
Our dog would constantly go after any ice cream left on the picnic table during summer and then whine if he couldn't get any. The problem is that dogs are lactose intolerant.
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I have a 15 year old chocolate Poodle and she has been diagnosed with kidney failure. The vet put her on a diet of kidney trouble food only. Does anyone have an idea of a treat that she can eat? The vet gave her "allergy treats" that are very expensive. She is eight and a half pounds.
I am looking for some quick and easy homemade dog treat recipes. I'm not very good at working the computer to find these things so please email me any recipes.
I have one recipe: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup peanut butter and 3/4 cup milk. Mix until moistened then knead for 5 minutes, roll into balls and use a fork to criss-cross cookies just like you would for regular cookies. Bake 350 for 20 minutes and cook completely.
My dogs LOVE them but I would like more recipes. I hope your dogs like these, please send me some recipes. Thank you.
Elaine from Christmas Valley, OR
I wanted to make dog treats for my four beautiful chows, but this site said I couldn't feed them certain things. How can I get around it?
Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog
Does any one have a recipe for dog treats for dogs with allergies, something all natural?
By Cyndi from Kenansville, FL
Stinky, and they love it. Cut in small pieces, freeze in small amounts you can use up in a short time. Forget this one if your dog is allergic to any of the ingredients. I don't put that much garlic in usually, and often leave the parmesan right out if I have none on hand.
Two cans cheap salmon (do not drain)
One and a half cups whole wheat flour
One tablespoon garlic powder
Two eggs, lightly beaten
One quarter cup parmesan cheese
Mix all with electric mixer until well blended
Spread mixture into greased 9X9 cake pan
Bake covered at 350° for 20 minutes
Cool. Cut into bite size pieces. Store in fridge or freeze.
How much vitamin E would I add to a basic dog biscuit recipe in order to preserve it and extend the shelf life? How do I acquire the vitamin E? The only form of vitamin E I am familiar with is the capsules that you can purchase at health food, grocery stores, or pharmacies.
My daughter wants to sell homemade dog biscuits to friends, family, and some small businesses, but we need to try and be sure they will not go mouldy for a reasonable period of time (a number of weeks).
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
I need the easiest recipes for dog biscuits that need to be mailed in the heat of the summer. Last Xmas, I made some that arrived moldy. It is June and I don't want this gift to be ruined.
By R.U. from Hollywood, FL
My recipes call for baking and letting them dry over night, but I have found that the ones that have oil, and or eggs in them will get moldy if I do not keep them in the frig. Here are (2) you can try.
1 pkg. liver
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal (not sure of temp. I just bake at 325 F till hard, and dry them over night). These really smell up the kitchen!
Peanut Butter Bones
4 c whole wheat flour
2 c wheat germ
2 c peanut butter
1-1/1 c water
1/4 c honey
mix together, and roll out on cookie sheet bake at 350 F 30 to 35 min. dry over night. (I cut them before I bake them) (I also substitute molasses for the honey (costs less).
I also grind oatmeal and substitute 1/2 of the wheat flour. I have some more recipes if you or anyone would like them here is my e-mail leekelly245 AT gmail.com sent a request. My big boy Zues loves his cookies!
I would like to find recipes for homemade dog treats for a dog with kidney disease.
By Nancy from Flintstone
I googled & quickly found the following. Please remember to NOT use anything that has onion or garlic in it. Lkely is why they show making your own chicken broth is because dogs are NOT to have garlic or onion which is in most canned broths. www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=1030 is a site that lists foods to avoid when feeding a dog. Hope some of this helps a bit.
Low Fat/Low Protein/Low Phosphorus Dog Cookies
If you want a snack that will be safe, here is the recipe for cookies with almost no fat or protein. Super easy to make. Depending on how large you cut them ( I use a heart shaped cutter that is approximately 1.5 " and get two cookie sheets full of them), you can get enough from one batch for 2-3 weeks. Be sure to freeze those you will not use within a week. These are perfect for pancreatitis, for renal or liver problems since there is little fat or protein in them. See recipe for how to make no-fat homemade chicken broth below*.
Note that dogs with renal (kidney) disease should be fed a low phosphorus diet. If they do not have liver or pancreas problems, fat is good, including butter. Egg whites are also good to use, as they contain almost no phosphorus. There is no need to limit phophorus for dogs with liver disease or chronic pancreatitis, so any kind of flour can be used for them, but it is important to limit fat for those dogs.
· 2-&frac; cups rice flour or white all-purpose bleached flour (these two are lowest in phosphorus, which is best for kidney disease)
· &frac; tsp. garlic powder, or fresh ground
· 6 Tbsp low sodium, low fat chicken broth*
· &frac; cup cold water
· 1 cup cooked vegetables ground up (winter squashes, zucchini, and sweet potatoes are low in phosphorus, which is best for kidney disease)
Combine flour and garlic; mix in chicken broth and vegetable(s); add enough cold water to form a ball; pat dough to &frac;" and cut into desired shapes; place on non-stick cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Freeze what is not eaten within a week.
*Non Fat Chicken Broth
You can use a pressure cooker and complete this in 2 hours, or a stock pot and finish in 24 hours.
Remove skin from whole chicken OR chicken pieces. ( in the pressure cooker I use 3 leg quarters from which I remove the skin before cooking ). Place the chicken in the pot with distilled water. For the pressure cooker, cook on high for 2 hours and in the stock pot, simmer on low heat for 16-24 hours.
Remove the chicken and bone from the broth and discard ( all the nutrients are in the stock)
Pour the broth into a fat separator ( looks like a pitcher with the spout coming from the bottom ) After 10 minutes the fat will float to the top. Pour off the small amount of fat at the top and pour the low fat broth to a container. Be sure to watch what you are doing because near the bottom you will come to more fat and will need to stop pouring into the pot and discard that part, too.
Refrigerate the broth and when it is cold, any fat remaining will be gelatin on the top. You can remove part of it or you can pour the whole thing through a super fine mesh strainer, which will stop the fat and allow the plain broth through. You will find that after the broth has been used and you run your hand inside the container, it will not be greasy.
I am looking for a yogurt dip recipe for dog treats that will harden and keep even out of the refrigerator. If you have one, please let me know.
I'm not sure about the yogurt, but you could get some candy melts (Wilton makes some and they are available at Walmart and Michael's),melt them and dip the treats. As long as it isn't chocolate (and these aren't) they will be OK for dogs. The melts come in pastels, too ;-))
Does any one know how to make soft dog treats with baby food and wheat germ? There is more to the recipe that I found on thriftyfun.
By Sherry from Valdosta, GA
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Even the family pet deserves a "special" treat! But those "gourmet" dog treats can be very expensive. These are great recipes for making your own dog treats at home.
Maybe you're celebrating a special occasion in your pup's life. Maybe you love to cook and want to experiment with new recipes! Here are some basic recipes for homemade dog treats -- I'd love to hear about any variations you try.
Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm chicken or meat broth. The richer this broth is, the better your dog will like the biscuits. Let yeast broth mixture set 10 min. Mix together the flours, cornmeal, and milk powder. Combine the yeast broth with the flour mixture.
Roll resulting dough out approximately 1/4" thick. Cut dog biscuit shapes from dough -- this is a good time to use those cookie cutters! Brush biscuits with egg wash if desired. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 300 degrees for 45 min.
Turn off oven and leave in overnight to finish hardening. Makes 60 medium-sized biscuits.
Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix wet ingredients. Blend wet and dry together until you get a firm dough. Shape dough into a roll, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for one hour.
Slice roll into quarter-inch pieces and place on greased baking sheet. Cook at 300 degrees for about an hour. Let them cool before sharing with your pup!
These will get you started... but be creative! You can always add boullion to water in any recipe to add more beef or chicken flavor. Just be careful -- some dogs are allergic to beef or wheat. And never EVER use chocolate!
Well sounds good and easy enough. Cookie and Oso will try these out soon. (04/26/2006)
My dog is allergic to wheat, and if there is a way to make treats with out it I would love to know. She loves "cookies" (dog biscuits) but I have had to go to rawhide. Thanks so much (04/26/2006)
octoberbabye: try to make a recipe using oatflour (pulverize oatmeal in your blender, but be careful not to burn the motor), rye flour, buckwheat, spelt flour, quinoa flour, barley, or millet flour. You can find these at your health food store. I'm sure your baby would love the treats. (04/04/2007)
This is great, my chis just love them. (04/08/2007)
Re Wheat Allergy - I made rice based treats that my little dog adores: Take equal quantities by weight of uncooked short grain rice and chicken liver. Cook the rice until soft, allow to cool a little, then mix with the raw liver in a food mixer (or use a stick blender). Spread about 1cm/.5 inch thick on non stick trays or silicon sheet, and bake at 150 centigrade for half an hour or so, then leave in a VERY low oven (100 c or so) overnight. Break into small pieces and store in a polythene bag or air tight container (07/12/2007)
By Flissy's Mum
Lots of home cooked recipes for animals on my blog and they are all free. Start here and work your way through the blog for some great recipes and ideas. http://flip195.wordpress.com/2007/04/14/
When I took my first dog for training, the trainer gave me this recipe. Very small bites (use pizza cutter and separate after baking) motivate my dogs.
Roll and cut out (score with knife). Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Break into bites after cooled.
By Friend of Dog
My blog at http://www.homemadehealthypetfood.com has free dog food recipes, and it also has updates on the commercial dog food recall.
My siberian huskies were getting fat so i started giving them snacks of carrots and apples. Both of them like the apples, but only the female will eat a carrot. The male looks at me like I have got to be kidding. When I have time, I make them meatballs of ground turkey, rice, some bread crumbs, and mashed veggies. Then I cook them until they are pretty hard. They love them.
Go to the following website for tons of recipes!
Go to http://www.recipezaar.com. Type in dog treats and hit "go". There are 17 different recipes
Check my post under Homemade Cat Treats for a recipe for both dogs and cats.
Editor's Note: Here is that post: