Delight Your Dog With A Natural Dog Treat

Submitted by Marsha Newsom on Sat, 02/20/2010 - 15:26

After reports of pets dying from tainted dog food and the resultant dog food recall of 2007, many pet owners turned to natural and even homemade foods and treats for Fido. They found that many dog treats could be found in most kitchens, refrigerators and gardens.

Carrots, apple slices and celery are easy and healthy treats for your dog. Try chopping them up and adding a dollop of peanut butter. (Be sure you wash the fruits and veggies first.)

Dogs, like kids, love peanut butter. You can create a special treat that combines this favorite food with healthy whole grains.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Combine the peanut butter and milk in another bowl, then add to the dry ingredients.
  • Mix and knead into a ball.
  • Roll to ¼'' thick.
  • Cut into squares or use cookie cutters in the shape of dog bones.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Bones should be dry after baking.

For dogs that love beef flavored treats, try this next recipe.

Oatmeal Crunchies

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Cups Oatmeal (uncooked)
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Beef or Chicken Stock

Directions

  • Mix stock and milk together with a fork.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour and oatmeal.
  • Pour liquid ingredients into dry and mix well.
  • Press the mixture onto a cookie sheet.
  • Cut into shapes with a knife.
  • Bake at 300 degrees for one hour.
  • Turn off the oven, but leave the cookies in the oven to dry overnight.

Just as in humans, mint can soothe your dogs upset tummy. While it might be tricky to get Fido to eat mint leaves, he'll beg for more of your homemade minty dog bones. The parsley also soothes the tummy and can help relieve arthritis pain. The touch of garlic will support the immune system while it acts as a natural flea repellant.

Minty Dog Bones

Ingredients

  • 1 Tb. Veg. Oil
  • 1 C. Water
  • 2 ½ C. Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ C. Oatmeal
  • 2 Tb. Fresh Mint
  • 1/3 C. Chopped Parsley
  • ¼ Tsp. Minced Garlic

Directions

  • Mix ingredients, then roll out onto a floured surface.
  • Cut into shapes with a knife or cookie cutters.
  • Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Store your homemade treats in an air tight container. Or make a double batch and freeze the extras.

photo by Kevin Miller

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