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!
In my house hold, George has a tendency to be a treat thief. If there’s a package on the counter, and I go out for an hour or so. Almost guaranteed that treat package will be obliterated, doesn’t help much either putting things higher up as he is a Great Dane on a mission.
Now sometimes Oswald gets a hunkering for treats too, and if he can find his treat bag he will do his best at shredding it open. Which then I swear he invites George to help him clean up the mess. Few weeks ago I put the remaining salvaged treats into a boring plain mason jar and let it sit out on the counter. Sure enough someone…not naming names got it onto the floor but couldn’t get the lid off (trust me for how far that container traveled through the house they tried).
So now sitting on the kitchen counter were two plain boring old mason one filled with cat treats, the other filled with dog treats. With no real way to differentiate between the too, I know more than once the cat got the dog treats and vice versa by guests. Instead of being boring and just writing their names on the lid, I decided to get crafty and hot glue little plastic figurines on top of the kids then spray paint them. My original ones I have since given to a close friend as she fell in love with the dog one, but here are some instructions on how to make your own.
Old mason jars, peanut butter containers, pickle jars, spaghetti jars. – Any jar really you can find with a secure top.
Plastic animal figurines. – I found mine at the dollar store in a tube. The great part about this diy if you’re giving it as a gift you can customize it to look like your friends pet.
Hot glue or crazy glue. – In the long run I should have used crazy glue for a cleaner look. But hot glue was the only option I had around the house.
Spray paint. – Any color you want will work, just watch when you’re buying it that if you want a glossy look you don’t accidentally buy a matte finish. Metallic paints work great too.
Cardboard or newspaper. – Some sort of material to protect the surface you will be spray painting on top of.
Make sure the jar you are about to use is clean and doesn’t have any residual oils on the lid. The glue won’t adhere as well if there is.
Take either your hot glue, or crazy glue and bit just a bit on the paws of the animal. Then stick them to the lid where you want it to be. Make sure you let the glue fully set before we move on to the next step. I am often guilty of not being patient enough when it comes to glue drying times.
Spread out your cardboard or newspaper over a surface that you feel comfortable painting ontop of. Now depending on your spray pain it might take several coats or only one. Make sure you read the directions and allow each layer to dry before you paint a new one.
Once the lid is fully dried, you now have a nifty new pet treat holder. It makes an awesome gift for any pet parent. But dot stop at just dogs or cats as the jar lid toppers, you can use any plastic figurine you want. Dinosaurs, giraffes, anything you can get ahold of really!
The awesome bonus of this DIY treat holder is the fact it is completely dishwasher safe (if you use peanut butter jars I would be leer sending them through the dishwasher). Just make sure to not send the lid through the dishwasher, but instead hand wash it. You wouldn’t want a rogue plastic figurine flying around in there. Now you just need some yummy treats to fill the container with, check out these awesome homemade biscuit recipes!
Last week we focused on ingredients you never want to find in your dogs kibble. Unfortunately the cookies and treats we feed are dogs are also a haven for chemicals and other toxic ingredients.
I often buy my clan homemade treats from a dog bakery or these awesome human grade organic biscuits. They both loved this apple and carrot biscuit so much from the bakery that I decided to try and make a version of my own and add a little cheese into the mix.One of the benefits of making your own biscuits is being able to control exactly what ingredients go into them. George has a terrible chicken allergy, even eggs are on the no-go list. And most times then not, eggs are in all sorts of dog biscuits, they use it as a binder. Fortunately I do not have to worry about flour or a wheat allergy, but like this post if you guys want to see a wheat-gluten free version of these biscuits!
2 cups barley flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup diced carrots
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and about 3 tablespoons water to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with a 3 1/2-inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off oven and place biscuits on wire rack in oven overnight. Remove from oven and store in an air tight container up to 2 weeks.
If you want crunchier biscuits, cook them at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. The actual cook time will depend on how low the temperature is, so remember to keep checking them! By cooking them at the lower temperature for a longer period of time this also ensures that most of the moisture is cooked out of the biscuit which makes the storage life much longer.
Check out this post to see other great tips and advice in making your homemade biscuits last longer. Have nothing cute to store your new biscuits? Follow this simple DIY for a customizable treat container.