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An Easy Home Made Dog Treat Recipe That Will Give Your Dog Fresh Breath

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Dog treats that reward your dog as well as keep his breath smelling fresh are treats that the whole family benefits from! There is nothing worse than the smell of bad doggie breath. The parsley and fresh mint used as ingredients in this easy dog treat recipe help to keep odor at bay. The ingredients are better for your dog than store bought treats. Your dog will love these fresh and home made treats. The crunchy treat also helps prevent tooth decay in your dog's mouth.

By chewing on hard treats and bones, tartar is reduced from a dog's teeth helping to keep breath fresh and keeping your dog healthy. Gum disease contributes to disease, like heart disease, in dogs at an earlier age so by keeping your dogs teeth clean, you can add to his longevity. Dog bones and treats scrape tartar from teeth, so, rewarding your dog with treats like rawhide chews, bones and these fresh breath cookie treats, will help him to stay healthy. Try alternating treats to keep your dog healthy. Raw vegetables like carrots are a good treat for your dog, too! The crunchy vegetables added to your dog's diet will put added nutritional and antioxident properties into the dog's diet as well as helping to control bad breath.

If controling your dog's diet and crunchy treats do not help reduce bad breath, you can use other safe and effective treatments. Dog breath sprays made with natural grape seed extract help reduce bad doggie breath. These breath sprays are safe and natural. Supplements can be added to a dog's diet, too, to help prevent gum disease and bad pet breath. Try echinacea or calendula in a tincture. Apply these tinctures to dog's gums with a cotton swab to help with your dog's oral health.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: 12 dog treats


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening or lard
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/4 cup parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint, fresh, chopped


  1. In bowl, stir together whole wheat and all- purpose flours, rolled oats, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, beat lard or shortening eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in flour mixture, mint and parsley to make soft dough. Divide in half; wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Can store dough in freezer up to 6 months to have for future treats.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/2-inch think. Use 4" bone-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes.
  3. Arrange on prepared pan. Bake in oven set at 325°F oven until golden brown. This takes approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool.
  4. Store these treats in an air tight container.


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    • cabmgmnt profile image

      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thanks again jellygator,

      please share this, it is an easy treat for your dogs and you will feel good about giving them something home made.

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      One of my daughters love to cook as much as she loves her dogs. I'll share this for her.

    • cabmgmnt profile image

      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA


      I am glad you like this recipe, it is easy and will help with doggie breath!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I know my dog would love these and they wouldn't do any harm to his breath, either! Thanks for sharing.

    • cabmgmnt profile image

      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thanks again Lyn for the vote of confidence!

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      Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      voted up and clicked buttons. hoping lots of people try this. it sounds like a tasty way to keep your dog healthy and smelling great breathwise at least