Simple Dog Treat Recipe
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I have had animals in my life in one form or another for as long as i can remember. I grew up on a farm that we rented. The actual farm was were my dad worked. My brothers and sisters and I would go and watch him work or play with the animals when we were out of school. It was fun to watch the animal interact with each other. The horses always looked intently at the chickens that would wander around the yard. I think they worried about stomping on one. Maybe they wanted to stomp on one and laugh with their horsey friends. Who knows what horses are thinking half the time.
I recall having a small dog named Lady that belonged to us. She was part lab and boy did she like to lick. I think that is a trait of labs. If you got a cut she would lick it until you pushed her away. She was a momma trying to fix up her babies boo boos. We were always told the dogs tongue could heal up cuts. Supposedly they had some kind of antibiotic in their saliva but that not actually true. Human and dogs mouth's are full of germs. They help heal because the persistent licking cleans out the cut and stimulates the skins cells to grow and heal faster. Who would have thought my dog was a little doctor. You just never know.
I remember my mom making cookies for the dogs that they just loved. I tried one once and was horrible. Both my parents are gone and the recipe for that cookie is gone too. Treats you buy in the store are filled with chemicals and just nasty ingredients. I had experimented over the years to make something that was healthy for our pets. After trial and error, I finally got it. This recipes follows.
If you still don't feel up to it try these great treats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 eggs, (farm fresh is best)
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup beef broth, (made strong)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Simply mix all the ingredients except flour in a large bowl. Then add the flour a little at time and keep kneading it until you get all the flour incorporated. The dough should be very stiff. If its not stiff add more flour.
- Turn out the dough on to a flat surface and roll to 1/2 inch thick. I have a dog bone cookie cutter that I use for the treats. Bake them at 325 for 35 minutes. You want them to cook and get completely dry and hard. They should be hard like a pretzel. Let them cool on racks and watch your dogs love you for them. You can eat them since its normal ingredients but they don't really appeal the human taste bud.
- I like to keep them in a bag in the cupboard for only up to 2 weeks. The frig or freezer would be better if you plan on keeping them longer. Since they are so moisture free the dogs will eat them right out of the freezer on a hot day.
- If you'd like to make this cookie help your doggy breath. Oops I mean your doggy's breath then add 1/4 cup each of fresh parsley and fresh mint leaves to the first set of ingredients. The herbs will be masked by the cookie and the resulting breath change will be worth it.
|Serving size: 2 cookies|
|Calories from Fat||90|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 10 g||15%|
|Carbohydrates 30 g||10%|
|Sugar 6 g|
|Protein 10 g||20%|
|Sodium 148 mg||6%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Don't pay attention to the percentages on the nutrional scale above since it was developed for humans. There is a substantial amount of fiber in the cookies but I couldn't figure that value out.
Also if you are turned off by the amount of sodium I would suggest trying a low sodium peanut butter. The peanut butter actually has more salt than the broth. If you can't find low sodium peanut butter you can get boiled or raw peanuts and grind them in a food processor.