Many people mistake dog foods and treat each other due to their consumption nature. Even so, the latter are like snacks for canine friends. So, the servings are usually bite-sized instead of the complete and balanced portions as the former’s (read more).
True to their names, treats are usually for rewarding canines for their decent behaviors. So, snacks should be fun in their shapes and flavors. Here are some of the DIY recipes that you can try.
Peanut Butter And Pumpkin Treats
These snacks may have the traditional bone shapes, yet the flavors can uplift your dog’s appetite. Above all, these snacks use whole wheat flours that encourage your canine friends to boost their activity levels. Here are the steps to make them:
- Mix the eggs, flour, canned pumpkins, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Gradually add 1-2 small cups of water to work on the dough.
- Add 1-1 ½ tincture of CBD oil to improve the taste.
- Bake in the preheated oven for around 40 minutes or until the biscuits’ surfaces are stiff enough.
In addition to the three steps above, there are two actionable tips that you can follow for this recipe:
- Economy tips: Remove the canned pumpkins from the ingredient and substitute them with one time of sugar.
- Alternative tips: Substitute the canned pumpkin with the pumpkin puree. In such cases, measure in ways that the pumpkin puree is around ¼-¾ more than the canned pumpkin’s portion.
Heart-Shaped Chicken Dog Treats
Sometimes, dogs are so similar to cats in ways that they both eat meat like chickens. This tiny treat does not only have a unique heart shape but is also rich in protein and carbohydrate contents due to the chicken and rice combinations. Here are the instructions to make this DIY treat:
- Mix thoroughly mashed cooked rice, finely diced chicken, rice flour, parsley, and an egg inside a bowl.
- Spoon the mixture with a tablespoon to put into the heart-shaped silicone molds. Then, gently press the mixture several times until they fit in the molds.
- Bring the molded mixture inside the preheated oven to bake them until golden brown (P.S. A little bit burnt is okay).
- Store the molded snack in any place that can loosen the mixtures.
- After that, use knives to move the mixtures from the silicone molds to the plates (or the bowls) (P.S. Wait for five days if you do Step 4 inside the fridge or up to three months if you execute the previous step inside a freezer).
There are times when people use parsley in Step 1. However, it is optional as parsley only acts as the natural flavor booster. You can substitute parsley with spring onions.
Homemade Dog Biscuits
There’s nothing more fun than teaching your pet and rewarding them with delicious treats afterwards. What can be more delicious than the bone-shaped dog treats with peanut butter and whole wheat flour? This recipe is another treat recipe that is friendly for both adult hounds and puppies.
The difference from the first recipe lies in the flaxseed domination. This Omega 3 and Omega 6-rich superfood can preserve your dog’s coat and skin’s shininess. Here are the instructions to realize this recipe:
- Mix flour, oats, and flaxseed thoroughly in a medium-sized bowl. Meanwhile, do the same for beef broth and peanut butter in a separate bowl.
- Combine the mixture into one bowl. After that, gradually add beef broth until the dough becomes stiff enough. Move the mixture to a flat layer.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture. Form these mixes into balls until you have finished the entire thing.
- Roll the balls using a rolling pin. Then, cut out to your desired shapes.
- Bake the rolled doughs until their surfaces become golden brown. Repeat this step for the reversed side.
- Store the treats inside a fridge for around three days. Continue to keep in an airtight container for at least one week after the hounds have eaten some of them.
You can leave the flaxseed as they are. Or, you can also grind these seeds for boosted health benefits for your furry friend.
Sweet Potato Fries
Who said biscuits are the only treats for a dog? These fries contain various spice combinations like cinnamon, sage, thyme, turmeric, and ginger. These spices are all dog-friendly (link: https://www.rover.com/uk/blog/5-safe-and-5-dangerous-spices-and-seasonings-for-dogs/).
So, never be afraid of giving these fries to your pet hound! First thing first, learn how to make it in these following ways:
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Then, cut the potatoes into long skinny forms like the ones you find in french fries products.
- Coat the potatoes with melted coconut oil and dog-friendly spices.
- Mix the potatoes, coconut oil, and spices inside a Ziploc bag. After that, shake well. Hence, the entire thing gets combined.
- Place the fries on a baking tray with a baking sheet to insert them inside the oven.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes.
- Flip the fries to another side. Then, repeat Step 5 and this step to make the baking results go evenly.
- Store the fries at room temperature inside a closed package before giving them to your canines.
One of the most appealing things about this recipe is, you can mix up to 7-10 different spices to the sweet potato fries. Another thing is that you can substitute sweet potato with everyday potato for a more economically-priced version of this recipe.
Overall, biscuits are the most popular snacks for hounds and puppies. In particular, these canines tend to go for peanut butter biscuits. However, you can also give them fries as a variation.