Most dog owners spend a lot of time in front of the shelves of supermarkets looking at the list of ingredients in the dog food that they are to buy for their pooch. If they had spent the same time making some of the easy homemade dog treats, it would not only have been a fun experience for them but a very healthy experience for their pet dog as well.
Benefits of making homemade dog treats
As someone makes homemade dog treats, they ensure that they have a full clue of what is being ingested by their adored pet. They can monitor the nutritional intake of the pet and can help him grow healthy and stay healthier. By making easy homemade dog treats, one can prohibit their much-loved pet from taking unhealthy additives which form a good part of the commercial dog foods.
Apart from all these, by serving homemade treats to the pooch, you are letting your dog enjoy different tastes and not get bored by the same old dog biscuit that he had been eating since years. Last but not least, making dog treats at home can be economic and can be made from items which are readily available in the kitchen.
Easy and tasty recipes for dog treats
Here are a couple of the easiest homemade dog treats that will not take much of your time, money or effort, but will let your darling dog get tasty alternatives.
Leftover trail mix treat – You can make use of the leftover items of your fridge and cook some really tasty and healthy treat for your darling dog. Take pieces of meat and rinse off any flavoring that it might have, two medium-sized potatoes, vegetables, and fruits (you can take as many types as possible).
You need to cut all the ingredients in small chunks of half-inch thickness and pray lightly with the cooking spray. Preheat the oven at 200°F and place the mixed ingredients in the food dehydrator till the time it dries off. Cool it off and serve it to your dog and see how it enjoys the treat that is being cooked by his beloved owner.
Puppy Pumpkin Pie treats – To make this healthy dog treats, you would need 2½ cup of whole wheat flour, ¼ cup of toasted wheat germ and flax seed each, 1 cup of pumpkin puree, ⅓cup of natural peanut butter, 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of canola oil and water.
You need to take the cinnamon, flax seed, wheat germ, and the flour in a medium bowl and combine. Separately whisk the pumpkin puree, egg, butter, oil and water and store in a different bowl. Now you would be required to pour the wet ingredient into the dry ingredient’s bowl and stir to form a rough dough. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut out treats of different shapes using treat cutters. Use the egg yolk to brush the top of each treat.
Bake the treats in a preheated oven (350°F) until they turn slightly brown and relatively hard. This process should not take anything more than 35-40 minutes. Cool the biscuits to harden them. Once cooled, you can serve them to your beloved pet.