Budget Friendly Homemade Dog Biscuits

I don’t know about other dog owners out there in the blogosphere but I’m more than a little bit upset about the cost of commercial dog treats and just how UN-healthy they actually they are for your dog.  We have a 6 year old Cocker Spaniel that was recently put on a diet because she gained another 2 pounds since her last vet visit about 3 months ago.  She’s supposed to weigh anywhere from 20 to 24 pounds….right now she’s closer to 28 pounds.

Part of our problem is that we’ve been giving her a whole commercial dog biscuit every time that she comes in from outside, which for now we have cut back to 1/2 a treat.  That and she’s a really good beggar and some people in our house cave and give her some people food every now and then.  When we did all the math it was pretty easy to see where we needed to cut back in order to help our dog lose her “extra” pounds.

The other day I did an internet search for Healthy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes.  Because it’s actually cheaper to make your own treats than it is to buy those UN-healthy ones at the store.  It’s pretty sad that a big box of Milkbones in the size for our dog is almost $6.

So here are a few recipes for everyone to try out.

Pepper’s Favorite Dog Training Treats

Ingredients for Canine Training Treats

  • 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup dry milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water

3 cups chicken broth or bouillon

Directions for Training Treats for Dogs

  • Combine all the ingredients and mix until they form a ball.
  •  Cut into chunks of dough that will be more manageable for you to handle. This is a lot of dough, so you won’t be able to work with it all at once!
  •  Roll each chunk of dough into a ¼” thick sheet.
  •  Using a pizza cutter, cut (roll the pizza cutter) the dough into squares that are ¾-1” wide.
  •  Let the squares rise for about ½ hour while your oven comes up to 300 degrees F.
  •  Bake the squares for 45 minutes and then let them completely dry in the oven after you turn it off—overnight.   Make sure that you check the training treats while they are baking, because if you oven is a little hotter than it’s supposed to be—the treats can get too dark.

 

Dog Breath Tamers Recipe

Ingredients for Breath Tamers

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried mint or 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons activated charcoal
  • 2 tablespoons parsley

    Directions

    • Place all the ingredients in your bread maker in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
    • Set the bread maker for the dough cycle. 
    • When the dough is finished, remove it and divide it into 3 portions.
    • Roll each portion into a sheet that measures ¼” thick.
    • Cut the cookies, using a 1” cookie cutter. You can see the shape that I used in the photo above. 
    •  Let the charcoal dog biscuits rise for 45-60 minutes.
    • Bake the biscuits at 275 degrees F for about 50-60 minutes.

     Turn off the oven and let the dog treats continue to dry for several hours or overnight. They will be hard and crisp when done.

     These Breath Tamers dog treats can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container and they will keep nicely for a few months.

    Dog Weight Loss Bones

    Ingredients
    for Canine Weight Loss Bones

     

    Directions for Weight Loss Mini Bones

    • Place all the ingredients in a bread maker.
    • Use the dough setting.
    • When the dough is ready, divide it into several pieces.
    • Roll the dough out (on a floured cutting board) until it is 1/8” thick.
    • Using a 1” mini bone cookie cutter, cut out little bones and place them on a greased baking sheet.
    • Bake at 275 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
    • Turn off the oven and let the mini bones dry overnight or for several hours in the oven.
    • Store the bones in a cool dry place.

    Bacon Cheese Dog Bone Treats Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup water
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup white flour
    • 1/2 cup cornmeal mix
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
    • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese powder
    • 1 tablespoon tumeric powder
    • 2 tablespoons bacon bits
    • 1 tablespoon dry milk

    Directions

    • Place all the ingredients in your breadmaker.
    • Set the breadmaker for the Dough cycle.
    • When the dough is done, remove it and divide it into 3 pieces.
    • Roll the dough until it is 1/8” to ½” thick. This depends on the size bone cookie cutter that you are using. For the mini 1” bones, use 1/8” thick. For 3-5” bones, use ¼” thick. For 6-8” bones, use ½” thick.
    • Cut the bones into bone shapes and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
    • Cover the dog treats with a clean towel and let them rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes.
    • Bake the dog bones at 275 degrees F for 45-60 minutes. Check often to make sure that they don’t get too brown.
    • Turn off the oven and let the dog bone treats finish drying overnight in the oven.

     

    Those are just a few recipes from one of the better webpages that I found.  If you would like to search it’s archives further here is the link to the webpage: Best Dog Treat Recipes.  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    Jamie

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