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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!

 

How to Store Homemade Dog Treats

Learning about dog treat storage may be the last thing on your mind when you first start baking for your dog. It is much funner picking out all those cute cookie cutters and finding the perfect recipe than thinking about how to store the biscuits. But you don’t want to go to the effort of making your first batch of dog biscuits to see a week later they are stale or have started growing mold. I have been there and done that, it is heart breaking to see all your Martha Stewart perfect looking heart biscuits gone to waste cause of mold growth.

There are three choices for storing your homemade dog treats: in a dog food storage container at room temperature, in the refrigerator, and in the freezer. Depending on the kind of dog treats, and how long you need to keep them will dictate how to store them. Why is this important? Proper storage of your dog biscuits will prevent the growth of mold and spoilage of your treats.

Safe Dog Treat Storage

Baking healthy homemade dog biscuits means that you are probably using healthy natural whole grains and oils in your homemade dog biscuits and cookies, there is a downside to using natural ingredients. They don’t stay “fresh” as long as store bought biscuits that contain chemical preservatives. Natural ingredients can support the growth of mold, they can decompose, and become rancid.  Making soft biscuits or dog cakes biscuits with margarine makes the biscuits last much longer then butter or oils, also treats that are made with meat or meat juices will need to stay in the refrigerator and they don’t last as long as other treats. 

Moldy dog treats

Moisture creates a haven for mold to start growing in dog treats, learn how to prevent it!

So how can you naturally preserve the freshness of your biscuits and extend their life? Make sure the moist treats stay in the refrigerator, and dry your hard biscuits properly. Moisture in hard biscuits is your biggest enemy, any sort of moisture will shorten the storage life dramatically and increase the chance of mold growth. Make sure when you bake the biscuits they are firm to the touch, but not burned or over browned. When I am making biscuits for my clan, once the timer goes off I like to transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack, then put them back in the oven with the heat turned off. This lets the biscuits to finish cooling down while the moisture is still being absorbed out, remember drawing out the moisture is key to avoiding mold growth. In a few hours I come back and check on the biscuits making sure they are very hard and firm, usually I bake them at night so I can let them cool down over night. Another way you can draw out the moisture during the baking time is reducing the temperature and cooking  them for a longer period of time. But make sure you check on the biscuits regularly to make sure you don’t over bake them! 

Another method of drying out biscuits is using a dehydrator, make sure you follow the manufactures instructions for the dehydrator and check often to see if the biscuits are hard enough. I personally have never used a dehydrator, I find my method of leaving the biscuits in the oven till cool works well. But if you have a dehydrator go ahead and give it a try, I heard they work really well at finishing the drying process of the biscuit. 

Before storing the biscuits you need to make sure they are completely cooled down. If you don’t and put them into the treat mar you could end up with a moldy jar due to condensation. This point applies to when we make biscuits for ourselves, it is a very important food safety tip to remember. Placing a lid on anything warm and storing it away is just inviting bacteria and mold to start to grow. 

Sometimes you will see recipes that call for citric acid, vitamin c or e or Rosemary these are natural preservatives. You can add them if you’d like, however it’s not necessary if you are making biscuits for your household consumption and not retail. Properly dried biscuits can last several weeks in an airtight container, frozen biscuits can last up to 8 months properly stored. 

Dog Food Storage Containers

Cute Dog Treat Canister

Your choice of treat storage containers is also important and helps keep the biscuits fresh. A simple and cute cookie jar or treat canister works well for casual everyday storage of dried dog biscuits. Check out this DIY for an airtight option then keeps your biscuits fresh while looking cute sitting out on the counter. Amazon has quite a few cute decorative ones that are also great options, I think this one is my favorite, are awful cute too. Etsy is also a great place to find cute handmade option. Depending how humid your house will dictate how strict things need to be air tight, consider this, if you store your bread differently due to humidity in your house. You should probably use a proper airtight container with a seal for the biscuits too. 

Now that you know the ins and outs of storing biscuits properly check out some of these great recipes to try them out with your furchildren. 

Is there a Thing as too Many Treats?

Giving treats to your dog is a great way to show extra love or a little reward. The special yummies can be anything from a biscuit from a dog bakery, homemade cookies, grocery brand treats, or morsels of table scraps. With so many options, we tend to go over board with indulging our dogs. However with moderation you can be sure you are choosing the right kind of treats for your dog.


Advantages of treats
Every dog deserves an extra treat occationally, and treats can be a good thinDog Bones in Jarg too! There are many different kinds of treats, some promote improved dental hygiene, others may contain added nutrients.  Knowing your dogs favorite treat can also provide great motivation during training, or encouraging good behaviour.

When you are rewarding your dog with these yummy morsels, you feel good, and he will feel good because hes pleasing you. This goes along way towards strengthening the bond and trust between you and your dog.


When good treats go bad
Unfortunately too much of a good thing can be bad. And many of the treats and cookies dogs love the most are very high in fats and sugars. This can be a hidden cause of weight gain, as it is easy to lose track of how many treats you offer over the course of a day. 40% of all pets in the United States are obese, and only 17% of pet owners realize their pet is over weight. This puts nearly half of all pets in the US at a higher risk of heart problems and diabetes. One way to monitor your dogs treat intake, is to watch the monitor the amount of calories in his favourite treat.

Depending on his level of activity, a 20-pound dog may burn only 700 calories a day. If one large dog biscuit contains 100 calories, just 2 or 3 of these added to his regular daily diet will push him into overindulgence. Keep track of calories in the treats and subtract these from your dog’s total daily diet to prevent overindulgence. If your dog is overweight, save treats for very special occasions only or choose low-calorie treats.

Many of us share a portion of our meal or snack with our dog. If you’re lounging on the couch eating popcorn, usually it goes, one for me one for you. Soon it’s hard to resist those pleading brown eyes looking up at you, and know there’s a monster who begs constantly. Table scraps tend to be high in fat and sugar and can upset your dog’s digestion. Many people who have ‘picky dogs’ have spoiled their dog by consistently feeding table scraps after dinner, soon kibble is no longer appealing and health problems ensue.


Healthy Alternatives
You don’t want to deprive your dog but how do you choose the proper treats for him? Choose treats made for dogs, it is best to eliminate all sorts of table scraps as they cause more harm then good. Another great idea is substituting dog treats with fresh veggies such as carrots, green beans or broccoli. Fresh Chihuahua and Cookieveggies are low in calories and high in fiber , however, some table foods can be harmful or toxic to dogs.

Make sure your dog eats his nutritionally balanced food before filling up on treats. And always have fresh water available for your dog.

With the vast array of dog treats available, do your best to make wise choices. Check ingredients and fat content. If your dog is healthy and eating a balanced diet, an occasional healthful treat will enrich his life.
But keep in mind, try to keep treats to under 10 percent of his diet.

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