Dog biscuits are good for dogs because they help get rid of tartar on teeth, and they also help fulfil a dog's need to chew. But dog biscuits can be expensive. Making them at home has several benefits. With fewer food additives, the biscuits are healthier, the recipe is easy enough that batches can be quickly made any time, and homemade biscuits will save you money.
Simple dog biscuits can be made with a few basic ingredients -- cornmeal and flours of various types. A meat component is generally added for flavour -- beef or chicken broth, soup or gravy can be used. Milk and egg are often added to increase the nutritional value. Dog biscuit recipes occasionally include additional ingredients for particular purposes. Brewer's yeast is sometimes added to recipes because it is considered a natural flea repellent. Wheat germ can also be added to increase the fibre and nutritional value of the treats. Whole wheat or white flour can be used to vary the fibre content of the biscuits.
Beef-flavored dog biscuits
Mix 300 g (2 cups) whole wheat flour, 150 g (1 cup) ground yellow cornmeal, 50 g (1/4 cup) wheat germ, 2 tsp beef bouillon powder and 1/2 tsp yeast in a large bowl until well blended. Add 1 egg, 1 tbsp vegetable oil and 237 ml (1 cup) hot water. Stir well and roll out on a floured surface. Cut into squares or use a cookie cutter; place on an ungreased baking tray and cook for 2 hours on 135 degrees C (275 degrees F) until very hard and dry. Baste with beef broth every half hour while cooking. Remove from oven and rest uncovered overnight before serving.