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3 Ingredient Dog Cookie

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl till well combined.
  3. Spread out on a floured surface, kneed into desired thickness.
  4. Cut out shapes with either a cookie cutter or a pizza roller.
  5. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.
  6. 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!

 

3 Ingredient Frozen Banana Dog Treat

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?

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Homemade Milk Bone Treats

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.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 egg

 

Process

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.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

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. Pillpockets (http://www.365daysofbakingandmore.com)

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!

How to Make Dry Shampoo for Dogs

Giving old dogs baths, or baths during the winter for large dogs can be tricky. Normally your options come down to wrestling your dog into the bathtub, or making a trip over to the groomers. Luckily for me George can easily walk over the edge of the tub, but Ginny had more of an issue. So I resorted to using baby powder to prolong her bath times, but I started experimenting to make my own dry shampoo for her.

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I started to use it on George too to absorb his stinky smells which works really well too, dry shampooing has proved to be a good way to get your dog clean fast and without a fuss. You can find commercial dry shampoos from pet stores, but they contain different chemicals but you can make an inexpensive dry shampoo at home using materials you probably already have on hand.

Recipe for Dry Dog Shampoo

The basic recipe uses one cup of one of these ingredients but you can make a smaller batch long as you keep it 1:1.

  • cornstarch
  • flour
  • baby powder
  • unscented talc

I have made a few batches with 1/2 cup of baking soda to deodorize and help loosen the dirt from their coats. I’ve added a few drops of essential oils, but make sure you use organic essential oils you know are safe on dogs!

When you have your ingredients gathered, dump them together in a clean dry glass jar with a metal, screw-top lid. (Old jam jars work well) Close up the lid and shake the ingredients to mix then punch about a half dozen holes in the lid. You’re ready to sprinkle and shampoo!

Before doing the dry shampoo, you’ll want to brush your dog thoroughly, just as you would before any bath. Brush them from head to tail, gently working through any knots with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. I like to do the actual shampooing part either in the bathroom, or somewhere you can easily vacuum up the powder once done. Make sure you keep the powder out of their eyes and nose, I like to sprinkle a bit on my hand then work it into the more sensitive areas.  For the rest of their coat, sprinkle it on and work it in through the layers of their coat, once you get them shampooed up let it sit for five to ten minutes so the shampoo can start to absorb the excess oils, once times up thoroughly brush it out.