Homemade dog treat recipes

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Dog owners love to give their dogs treats but don't always like the mystery ingredients found in commercial products. Make your own dog treats, and you will know exactly what your four-legged friend is eating, whether it's beef, peanut butter or a vegan offering. Your pet will love it whatever the flavour.

Basic dog treats

Dissolve one packet of yeast in 875 ml (3 1/2 cups) of beef or chicken stock, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Add 875 ml (3 1/2 cups) unbleached flour, 500 ml (2 cups) whole wheat flour, 250 ml (1 cup) of cornmeal and 125 ml (1/2 cup) skimmed milk powder. Mix thoroughly. Roll out to 6.5 mm (1/4 inch thick) and cut this with a biscuit cutter. Bake the dough in a 150 degrees C (300F) oven for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the pan inside overnight so that the biscuits go hard and crunchy.

Chunky peanut butter treats

Mix together 500 ml (2 cups) whole wheat flour and 15 ml (1 tbsp) of baking powder. Add 250 ml (1 cup) chunky peanut butter and 250 ml (1 cup) of skimmed milk. Blend the mix thoroughly. Place on a floured surface, and roll out to 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) thick. Cut out using a bone biscuit cutter or a knife. Bake on a greased baking trays at 190 degrees C (375F) for 20 minutes. Store in a biscuit or cake tin.

Vegan dog treats

Mix together 2.25 litres (9 cups) of flour, 250 ml (1 cup) of nutritional yeast, 15 ml (1 tbsp) yeast extract and 15 ml (1 tbsp) of salt. Add about 750 ml (3 cups) water until the dough is smooth and pliable. Roll out on a floured board, and cut into the desired shapes. Bake on greased baking trays at 175 degrees C (350F) for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the pans overnight so that the treats get crunchy.

Bacon-flavoured dog treats

Mix together 1.25 litres (5 cups) flour, two eggs, 250 ml (1 cup) milk, 5 ml (1 tsp) salt, 125 ml (1/2 cup) cold water and 150 ml (10 tbsp) bacon fat. Mix thoroughly until you have a smooth dough. Pinch off a small piece of dough, roll this into a ball and place on greased baking tray. Repeat for the remaining dough, and bake at 175 degrees C (350F) or about 35 minutes.