A fun way to show your pooch you care is to make homemade snacks! A dog treat should be a special time for you and your dog. First, don’t make treats a substitute for physical activity.
Tony Buffington, DVM, professor of veterinary clinical sciences at Ohio State Universty recommends that treats make up no more than five percent of your pet’s total daily caloric intake. Humans, if you stop for ice cream after your workout, which is my favorite thing to do, you will probably want to eat a little less lunch. The same holds true for your pet. If you give your pets treats, then it should replace some of his regular food. Although, treats are not a substitute for food. Homemade treats are a great healthy option. There are other options too, but we will talk about that on another day.
As Tony Buffington mentions, your primary concern should be portion control, as well as staying mindful of ingredient safety. Here is a list of problematic foods that you may want to avoid using in your recipes, especially if your pet has food sensitivities. Also, ask your veterinarian, they are your best source.
Now what you have been waiting for, the paw role, please…
Peanut Butter and Bacon Biscuits by Michelle Johnson at DogTreatKitchen.com. The DogTreatKitchen.com is a great resource for making different types of dog treats, recipes, and tips.
Since bacon is high in fat and sodium, this may not be an everyday biscuit. But we’ve tried to offset the indulgent ingredients with healthy and nutritional ones, like ground flax and wheat bran. With two of dogs favorite flavors, all in one dog treat, get ready to wipe the drool off the floor, and make extra batches!
• 2 pieces bacon, thick cut, cooked
• 1/8 cup bacon grease
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1/4 cup ground flax
• 1/4 cup wheat bran
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 3/4 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 325° F
2. Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on a paper towel.
3. Pour the bacon grease into a glass measuring cup.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ground flax, wheat bran, and baking powder.
5. Crumble the bacon, once cooled, and stir into the flour mixture.
6. In a microwave safe bowl, warm the peanut butter. Approximately 30 seconds.
7. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg. Then pour in the peanut butter, water, and bacon grease. Use a fork to whisk together the wet ingredients until completely combined.
8. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in the peanut butter mixture.
9. Stir until combined.
10. Knead lightly in the bowl with your hands.
11. Lay down one large sheet of parchment paper, roll your dough onto it, then lay another piece of parchment on top. You’ll essentially have a dog treat dough sandwich. See the video for tips.
12. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness.
13. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
14. Cut shapes out of the dough and place on your prepared baking sheet. Gather the extra dough, knead into a ball, and repeat the process of rolling and cutting until there is no more dough.
15. Bake for 15 minutes.
16. Turn off the oven and leave them there to cool for 2 hours or overnight.
Storing – These homemade dog biscuits will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. They will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Yield – Using a 3-inch bone shaped cookie cutter, you will get 18 homemade dog biscuits.
We hope your pooch has enjoyed the treat and you had fun making it for your pooch. We are here to help you with questions, concerns or pet care. Think of us when you think of pet care. We have great blog articles, so be sure to check us out https://www.2pawsupinc.com/recent-blog/
We offer pet sitting, cat sitting, dog sitting, caring for birds, and small exotics, dog walking, and dog training in the Snellville, Lilburn, Grayson, Loganville, and parts of Stone Mountain and Lawrenceville.