How to make dog bones at home

I try to avoid eating store bought pre-made foods. I prefer to know exactly what I am putting into my body and in what quantity. Take a look at the ingredient list on most prepared foods and you will see high-fructose corn syrup and a number of un-pronounceable chemicals which I would rather not consume. Fortunately we live in a society which regulates what we can be sold as food, and none of these ingredients will kill us, however I firmly believe that any food product that has to be made in a lab probably is not a healthy for us to eat as the ingredients our ancestors have been eating for centuries. I think the same thing could be said for our pets.

My dog loves dog bones.

She looks at me with her big brown eyes, and then hops around in circles whenever she wants a bone. If that doesn’t work she starts to cry and usually I end up giving her a treat. I had been buying her milk bones or another brand for years, but she has slowly gotten to the point where she consumes six or seven dog treats a day. I decided that I wanted to come up with my own recipe for dog bones; one that would be a little healthier for her, and one that would cost me a little less money.

I am not a veterinarian and I can’t speak to my recipe for dog bones being the healthiest treats to make possible, but I don’t make them with “crude animal protein” and the likes.

For my dog treats preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then mix 1 cup of peanut butter, with three cups of whole wheat flour, a quarter teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of baking powder and one whole egg in the food processor until everything is well blended. Then add water until a dense dough is formed. It takes a little over one cup of water.

Roll your dough out on a greased cookie sheet until it is about half an inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into dog treat size pieces. (My dog is fairly small so I cut two inch by one half inch size treats) You could also use a cookie cutter to make bone shapes but I doubt your dog will care much. Bake your cut dog treats for about an hour, or until they feel like dense bread to the touch, then break them apart, stir them around on your cookie sheet and return them to the oven. Stir them a second time after about half an hour. You want to make sure all sides of your dog treats have a chance to dry out in the oven. After another half an hour the dog treats should be hard to the touch. Allow them to cool before feeding them you your dog.

This recipe for dog bones is fairly easy to make at home and contains nothing I wouldn’t eat myself. Though I can’t speak for all dogs, my dog seems to prefer them to the store bought bones that I had been buying her.

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