Here is a quick cookie recipe to try this afternoon for your dog! It only uses three ingredients and likely you already have them in your pantry. Rolling these out and cutting them with a pizza cutter is a great quick way to make small training treats instead of constantly having to break bigger cookies into smaller chunks.
I like making these and having them on hand for stuffing them into George’s Kongs too. Make sure you use peanut butter without xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is very poisonous to dogs.
A great advantage to this cookie recipe is you can make them super hard and crunchy by baking them longer and leaving them to cool over night in the oven to harden and try out. Or bake them for less time, once cooled store them in an air tight container to keep them soft and fresh.
3 cups oat flour (whole wheat is fine if your dog doesn’t have allergies)
1/3 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 1/4 cup hot water
additional flour for rolling
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl till well combined.
Spread out on a floured surface, kneed into desired thickness.
Cut out shapes with either a cookie cutter or a pizza roller.
Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.
Turn the oven off and let them cool overnight.
Cooking times can vary depending on if you want super crunchy cookies, or softer cookies. Just make sure to keep checking them in the oven so they don’t get too crispy or burnt!
Thankfully I am not allergic to peanuts, however any other nut I am (figure that one out). Peanut Free products are everywhere in the grocery stores now, almost all small kids snacks are “lunch box friendly” and even all the local elementary schools are banning peanuts. It didn’t dawn on me till a little while ago that those commerical pill pockets aren’t useful for families who are nut free, let alone the natural pill pocket recipe I posted a little while back. It also is not advantages to the dogs’ that are allergic to peanut butter, trust me there is a lot more than you think.
Ginny loved crunching on ice cubes, didn’t matter if it was the dead of winter or a sweltering hot day, she loves ice cubes. She’d panic when one would slide beneath the fridge out of her reach even. We always knew if she was starting to feel the summer heat we could give her a few ice cubes to cool down. George on the other hand, hates ice cubes. Has no idea why anyone in their right mind would want to put one in their mouth, it’s just water that’s been frozen…It’s slippery, slimy, and boring.
So one day I saw on TV this nifty dog-cicle maker, had cute little molds and a premade mixture that you just poured into the trays, let it freeze then fed to your dog. I thought about it some more, George loves Popsicle (wooden handle included..yikes). So why can’t I make a dog version?
Lots of dogs love Milk Bone treats, but have you ever actually read the ingredients on the side of the box? Most of them aren’t even pronounceable. They also add chicken fat mixed into the concoction making it a no-go for many dogs.
I made these as my first treats ever for Ginny years ago, she loved them. I made so many of them I gave some too my friends who had dogs too. They are super cute sitting in a jar on the counter an make a great quick present too. With this recipe you likely have most of the ingredients sitting in your cupboard, I personally use beef broth due to George’s allergies but either chicken, beef or vegetable will work. Any small cookie cutter will work, I made my first ones with a heart one but later I got this bone cookie cutter.
3 cups whole wheat flour
¾ cup chicken or beef broth
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
½ cup powdered milk
Preheat oven to 350°.
Whisk together wet ingredients well, stir in dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
Knead dough for 2-3 minutes. Roll out onto a floured surface to a 1/4” to 1/2” thickness.
Cut into dog bone shapes. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
Remove from pan and allow them to cool completely- they will dry very hard.
Store in an airtight container. The recipe makes about two dozen depending on the size, I can usually squeeze about 26 bones from the one batch.
Do you have a dog that hates taking his medicine or pill? I know I struggled for a long time getting Ginny to take her supplements. She would spit them out and lock up her jaw so I couldn’t even try if I wanted to!! I searched and searched for a pill pocket recipe that didn’t fall apart when molding the pocket around the pills. Finally I found one and I want to share it with you guys! I use peanut butter as the main binding ingredient in my recipe, but if your dog has allergies to peanut butter you might want to check out these allergy formula pockets.
Homemade Dog Pill Treats Ingredients:
¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Depending on what kind of peanut butter and flour you used, you may need to add more or less flour. The consistency should be fairly dry, but able to mix together and hold a shape kinda like play-doh. Divide “dough” into balls, this batch makes about a dozen on average- depending on the size of your dog and the pills themselves, you can make them smaller or larger. Use your finger, or a clean pencil to poke holes in the centre of them. Make sure not to poke the hole all the way through! Make the hole as big as you need depending on the pill size. Once the pencil is in the hole, you ca work the dough around the pencil to make the pockets longer. Once you have made all the dough balls, make sure you store them in an air-tight container and keep them in the refrigerator so they don’t spoil!