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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!

 

DIY Dog Treat Mason Jar

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.

Materials Needed

  • 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.

Steps

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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! 

Tasty Apple and Cheddar Dog Biscuit

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
  4. 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.

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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