Making your own homemade dog treats is a fun and easy project that can save you quite a bit of money on commercial bones and biscuits. These easy dog treat recipes require little time and preparation and result in dog-approved snacks that your pet won't be able to resist. They're made of simple ingredients that are even safe for human consumption, although they probably won't appeal to human tastes.
Baby Food Dog Treats
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour 7 oz of beef or chicken baby food into a large mixing bowl. Add ¼ cup of nonfat milk and ½ cup of wheat germ. Stir well to combine until a dough-like consistency is reached.
Pinch off approximately 24 equally sized pieces of the dog treat dough and roll each into a round ball. Place the balls in a single layer about ½ inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the dog treats to cool completely before serving. Store the treats in an airtight container.
Chicken Liver Dog Treats
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine two cups all-purpose flour with one cup wheat germ in a large mixing bowl.
Combine one large egg, 3 tbsp of vegetable oil, ½ cup chicken or beef broth, and 2 tsp of dried parsley in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to this bowl, about ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly to combine.
Add 1 cup of cooked chicken liver to the mixture and stir well. Turn the dough out onto a floured working surface and knead it for about 1 minute. Roll the dough to a thickness of approximately ½ inch in thickness.
Cut the dough into shapes using a cookie cutter or knife and then place each dog treat onto a greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the treats are firm, remove from the oven, and them allow to cool before serving. Store the treats in an airtight container.
Other flavors of baby food may be substituted for beef or chicken, if necessary.
The baby food treats may be molded into shapes such as dog bones or flattened with a fork to create a flat biscuit, if desired.
Cornmeal may be used in place of wheat germ for either dog treat recipe, if necessary or desired.
Items You Will Need
- Beef or chicken baby food
- Nonfat milk
- Wheat germ
- All-purpose flour
- Large egg
- Vegetable oil
- Chicken or beef broth
- Dried parsley
- Cooked chicken liver
- Cooking spray
- Book: Planet Dog: A Doglopedia; Harry Choron; 2005