Recently I’ve become more and more conscious about what I’m feeding my dogs, especially after that pet food contamination business that happened last fall. If you read the label on dog food and dog treats it can be somewhat disturbing what the manufacturer actually uses for ingredients.
A lot of manufacturers use corn and other fillers in dog food and dog treats (amongst some other things I can’t pronounce). Again looking at the labels of dog foods you’ll see that many different brands list corn as the first ingredient. I’ve read that many dogs have trouble digesting corn or have allergies to corn so a dog food primarily made of corn is not a good idea!
There are dog foods out there that do not contain corn or at least do not list corn as the first ingredient so look for those when you are at the store. Of course you could always make your own dog food at home, but who has time for that? Not me.
If you can’t make your own dog food, fortunately it’s very easy to make your own dog biscuits. It’s a lot like making sugar cookies. A quick Google search will bring up tons of recipes for all kinds of dog treats. I have tried several different recipes and found that my dogs really like peanut butter, as do most dogs.
The recipe is very simple and makes a ton of biscuits. They keep well in your refrigerator and also freeze well. You can make dog biscuits any shape you want. I have a dog bone cookie cutter that I bought at JoAnn for about a buck. The size of the cookie cutter should be in proportion to your dog. The bigger the dog, the bigger the cookie cutter. The smaller the dog, the smaller the cookie cutter. If you have a small dog Wilton’s make some nice cookie cutter sets that are about one inch in size. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, use a glass to make round shapes, or just cut out squares in an appropriate size with a knife.
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
Makes a whole bunch
3 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups milk
1 ¼ cups all-natural peanut butter
1 tbsp molasses
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, oats and baking powder in a large bowl. Mix the milk, peanut butter and molasses until smooth, then add to dry ingredients. Stir until well combined and a stiff dough forms. Add more flour if dough is still sticky. Form into a ball and knead for several minutes on a floured surface until smooth adding flour as necessary.
On a smooth surface roll the dough out to ¼ inch thick. As you roll out the dough continue to pat flour into the dough to keep it from sticking. I flip the dough over several times to make sure it is not sticking to the surface. Once the dough is rolled out cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on a cookie sheet. Gather up scraps and roll out again. Continue cutting shapes and rolling out scraps until all dough is used up.
So is it worth it? I say yes! I’ve made these several times and my dogs always love them. I’m happy to feed them treats that I know are good for them. They are fairly cheap to make and I usually have the ingredients already on hand. Plus its just a fun project.
It’s important to remember when making treats for your dogs that a dog’s digestive system is different from a human being, so what you eat is not necessarily good for your dog. For a list of foods that dogs should not eat please visit PetEducation.com.