Nothing says hello to warm weather like fresh berries! Strawberries are truly the embodiment of summertime and we humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy these delicious berries – Our canine companions do too! Berries are full of antioxidants that are just as beneficial to dogs as they are to humans. This simple to make recipe is sure to become a new favorite for your pooch. Containing only 5 ingredients and a few quick steps, it’s sure to please you as well!
1/2 cup Strawberries
1 medium Banana
1/4 cup Milk
1 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Puree strawberries and mash bananas then mix together.
3. In a large bowl combine the strawberries and the bananas with the rest of the ingredients until well mixed.
4. Roll out dough on heavily floured surface (the dough is very sticky) 1/4 inch thick.
5. Cut into shapes with the cutter of your choice.
6. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets and poke with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
7. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
8. Cool and refrigerate
Recipe courtesy of Doggy Dessert Chef.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! You can instill a little luck o’ the Irish in your pup with this delicious and very festive dog treat recipe. Instead of food coloring, these healthy yet tasty dog treats get their beautiful green hue from mother nature! A nutritious snack sure to help your pup paint the town green!
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of frozen peas, cooked
1 cup of chopped spinach
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp sea salt
Optional – 1 additional egg for egg wash
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a big bowl, add flour and sea salt.
3. Puree the peas and spinach with the canola oil.
4. Add the green mixture to the flour, and crack in your egg on top.
5. Blend together until dough forms
6. Wrap in parchment paper and put in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.
7. Sprinkle dough with flour and roll out to about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
8. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
9. Lightly beat an egg and brush it on top of the treats to make them glossy. (This is an optional step)
10. Bake for 20 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of My Dog’s Breakfast.
These delicious dog treats are healthy, inexpensive, and easy to make! What’s not to love?!
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup of wheat germ
½ cup of cooked quinoa or other seeds such as pumpkin
1 cup of no salt or low sodium chicken broth
½ cup of water
- 2 tbs of dry milk powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- You can use All Purpose Flour if you like, whole wheat is just healthier
- If your dog is allergic to chicken, you can use beef or veggie broth as long as it’s low or no sodium and doesn’t contain onions.
- You can add a small amount of dried fruit or berries but not raisins! Dogs are allergic to raisins and grapes
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
3. Break the egg into another mixing bowl. Add the water and the
chicken broth and stir together until blended.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir. Let this mixture sit for about 20-30 minutes.
5. Cut a large sheet of parchment paper to the size of your baking sheet.
6. Sprinkle some flour on the parchment and rub some on your rolling pin. Drop your granola ball onto the surface and start rolling it out. You’ll want them to be about a ½ inch thick. Cut them into bars or smaller pieces, depending on the size of your dog.
7. If you want them to be a bit shinier, you can brush them with egg whites before you bake them.
8. Place them directly onto your ungreased baking sheet and bake them at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes. If you’d like the bars to be crunchier, as opposed to chewy, turn off the oven and leave them inside for a few hours to harden.
9. Let cool and serve!
(Recipe courtesy of mydogsbreakfast.com)
Your dog will go bananas for this simple yet delightful dog biscuit recipe! These easy to make biscuits are a healthy alternative to preservative laden store bought dog treats that your hungry pup is sure to enjoy!
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Mashed Banana
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 Egg White
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl mix egg, peanut butter, honey, and banana together by hand until well blended.
3. Add dry ingredients to mixture and mix well.
4. On a well floured counter, roll out dough to desired thickness.
5. Cut biscuits into desired shape and place on a non stick cookie sheet.
6. Brush the tops of biscuits with egg white. This step is optional, but it will provide the biscuits with a glossy look which is nice if they are a gift.
7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
(Recipe courtesy of Simply Pets)
Making your pooch homemade dog meals and dog treats is not only fun, but it’s a healthy substitute from all that processed commercial food. Your pup will go bananas for this delicious doggie recipe of banana dog cupcakes!
2 c. water
2 (mashed) bananas
½ tsp vanilla
3 c. whole wheat flour
½ tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp honey
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
With a large mixing bowl combine the water, mashed bananas, vanilla, egg, and honey. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well.
Pour the batter into a muffin tin that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or lined with paper cups.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of your dog cupcakes comes out clean.
Cool and serve. ENJOY!
(Recipe courtesy of 3 Dog Bakery)
Fat Tuesday is a time to eat and be merry – don’t leave your hungry hound out of the mix! Spoil your pup on this celebration with some delicious meat cakes that are not only nutritious for your furry friend, but a treat that you can both enjoy.
Prep Time: 35 Min.
Cook Time: 1 Hr. 15 Min.
Ready In: 2 Hrs.
Serving Size: 4
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. of brown rice
2/3 cup water
¼ large potatoes, grated
½ large carrots, grated
¼ large celery stalks, chopped
11 ounces ground beef
1/8 dash salt
1-1/4 tsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. regular rolled oats
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 4 cups of large muffin tins.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine rice with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered, and cook 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool several minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, ground beef, and eggs. Mix ingredients together using your hands or a sturdy spoon. Add salt, olive oil, rolled oats, and rice; mix well.
4. Fill each muffin cup with some of the meat mixture, and pat down to make it firm. Bake 45 minutes, or until surface feels set. Cool on a rack 10 minutes or longer.
5. Remove the meat cakes by turning the muffin tin upside down over a sheet of aluminum foil. Tap each muffin cup to release the cake. Refrigerate or freeze in sealed plastic bags. NOTE: Do not feed to dogs while still hot.
The winter season is a popular time to practice your cookie baking skills. The delicious aromas tease your dog’s senses and they beg for a bite when you devour the delectable treats. Surprise your canine by whipping up a delicious homemade recipe of winter mint dog cookies made especially for them!
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups bisquick
½ cup mint chopped leaves
4 tablespoons margarine
1 ½ teaspoons corn syrup
1. Combine the ingredients in a food processor and process until it is well mixed.
2. Roll out on a floured surface to ¼ to ½ inch thickness.
3. Cut with fun-shaped cookie cutters and then lace on a non-stick cookie pan.
4. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. Cool and store in an air-tight container.
Pumpkin is a popular flavor among the holiday season. Spoil your pooch with a taste of the festive flavor and bake some delicious homemade pumpkin dog treats that will not only make for a happy hound, but also allow you to monitor what your pup is actually consuming. These treats are a great way to share some of the holiday love with your deserving dog.
1/2 c. canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
4 tbsp molasses
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Blend all of the wet ingredients (pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, water) together.
3. Add the dry ingredients (wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon) and stir until a soft dough forms.
4. Grab the dough by teaspoonfuls and roll it into balls with your hands. Drop the balls onto the cookie sheet/pizza pan and flatten them with a fork.
5. Bake until hard (approximately 25 minutes).
It’s that time of year again: Thanksgiving. Families will be gathering together to enjoy a filling feast over good conversation, but when Rover gives the puppy dog eyes in exchange for some table scraps, refrain from giving in. While your Thanksgiving meal may appeal to your hungry hound it is important to know that some of the foods may not be suitable for your pooch. Avoid sharing these table scraps with your begging buddy:
- Turkey Skin – It’s a fact that turkey skin and gravy are high in fat and can be harmful to your dog. Turkey skin is difficult for pups to digest and can even lead to pancreatitis, which includes symptoms like vomiting, abdominal pain, depression, and an unwillingness to move. If you do decide to share some of that tasty turkey, be sure to remove the skin and only give your pooch a small portion of white meat.
- Turkey Bones – Dogs love bones, yes. Although, tossing your canine a turkey bone can be hazardous. Poultry bones that have been cooked are frail and can splinter easily. Your dog may easily swallow the turkey bone and get it stuck in the esophagus or create stomach or intestinal pain. If you are going to give a dog a bone, stick with a delicious dog bone that was made specifically for your pooch.
- Macademia Nuts – These tasty treats are scattered about different Thanksgiving dishes and desserts and can cause toxic results if ingested by your dog. Just twelve hours after consuming macademia nuts symptoms will begin to settle, including vomiting, weakness, depression, muscle tremors, ataxia, and hyperthermia (to name a few). While symptoms tend to lessen within 48 hours, the aftershock could be detrimental on your pooch and in extreme cases could be fatal.
- Onions – We love to season our dishes with onions, but high levels of onion intake by your dog can call for life-threatening anemia. Since many stuffings and casseroles contain onions it is probably best to skip sharing with Fido.
- Nutmeg – Around the holiday season nutmeg is a very prominent spice usually found in sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin pies, and various dessert dishes. While we may love these treats, if consumed by your pooch it can cause mild hallucinogenic properties, as well as seizures, tremors, and central nervous system complications in dogs. There have even been severe cases of shock and death reported, so pass your pup a dog treat when you are enjoying dishes containing nutmeg.
While a puppy is born deaf, blind, and toothless; the average dog accumulates forty-two permanent teeth in their mouth. It’s no surprise that young pups depend on chewing to cope with the loss of their baby teeth and to help position their permanent teeth. Teething can be a painful process for poor pups. Provide your growing canine with some helpful dog chew toys to avoid your favorite shoe falling victim to your pup’s phase. Supplying dog chew toys, dog bones, and rawhides will help keep your doggie’s teeth focused on items other than your furniture and belongings. If you notice your teething pooch gnawing your household favorites, firmly tell them no and replace the item with one of the chew toys before offering praise (“Here is your toy, good boy!”). If your pup does well with teething on their given toys, reward them with a delicious dog treat for their good behavior. Frozen rubber teething rings are also helpful for relieving some of the pain your pup’s cutting teeth create. If you can’t keep your pup from chewing the furniture it may be wise to also invest in a dog crate to keep your canine in while you aren’t home to watch them. Stay patient and re-load on dog chew toys as needed. Most dogs calm down after their terrible teething phase, but chewing is inevitable – keep prepared!