Homemade dog biscuit recipe
People who share their life with a dog understand the unique bond between animal and owner. Like all relationships, the one between a dog and its owner becomes a balance of love and needs. It’s very easy to understand why loving our dogs is so important, but we must also understand the needs of our dog beyond the affection we have for them. Just as people have nutritional needs, so do our dogs. Meeting those needs is part of responsible pet ownership. We would not neglect the nutritional needs of our family and we should include our dog in that effort.
While there are some good natural dog treats on the market, many are sold strictly by name recognition and not according to their contents. Many “fillers,” preservatives and additives are used in commercial pet foods and treats that do not have any nutritional value and may even prove very difficult for your dog to digest. Fillers, which have little or no nutritional value, can include high levels of corn, wheat, and millet. Studies have shown some preservatives and additives to be linked to cancer in pets. As with our own diet, your dog’s food and treats should be moderated for nutritional value that provides life-long health benefits.
Here are two dog biscuit recipes made from wholesome ingredients you can find right in your own pantry. You can add flax seed oil or a crushed multi-vitamin to either of these recipes for additional nutritional value. Make sure to research the vitamin and mineral needs of your specific breed, by weight.
Basic Flea-B-Gone Biscuits (Brewer’s Yeast is a natural flea remedy) – Combine the following: ½ cup whole wheat flour, 4 Tsp. wheat germ, ½ cup brewer’s yeast, ½ tsp. low-sodium salt; in a separate bowl, combine 1 Tsp. canola or olive oil, ½ tsp. minced garlic (or chopped fresh garlic), have ready ¼ cup chicken broth or stock (reserve 2 tablespoons.)
Alternate flour mixture with chicken broth until a stiff dough forms. Add oil/garlic mixture. Roll out onto lightly floured parchment paper. Knead for approximately 3-5 minutes. Dough will be sticky, lightly sprinkle with flour if needed. With a rolling pin, roll out dough and use cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out shapes. Bake 10 minutes in preheated 400 degree oven. Take out and baste with reserved chicken broth; return to oven for 3 minutes. Turn off oven and allow biscuits to stay in for 1 hour. Makes approximately 3 dozen biscuits.
Peanut Butter Biscuits – A favorite around our house! Combine the following ingredients: ½ cup whole wheat flour, ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup sugar-free (all natural) peanut butter, ½ cup canola or peanut oil, 2 tsp. bacon bits. Form a stiff dough and roll out onto floured parchment paper. Knead for approximately 3-5 minutes. Use cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out shapes. Back 10 minutes at 400 degrees. You can brush with peanut oil, chicken broth or bouillon and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes for extra flavor. Turn off oven and allow biscuits to stay in for 1 hour. Makes approximately 2 ½ – 3 dozen.
Always avoid onions and chocolate when preparing food or snacks for your dog. Both are connected to toxicity in dogs and should never be seen as worth the risk! Consult your veterinarian if your pet has special dietary needs.