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Northtowns Pet Blog: Make Your Own Dog Treats!

If you would like to do something special for your dog, consider making your own treats. Homemade treats are easy to make. Making dog treats at home also allows you to adjust the ingredients to accommodate your dog's special dietary needs. You can also add a something special like peanut butteror liver. Many of the national dog treat companies started in home kitchens so your special treat could end up being a pet shop favorite.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Cinnamon Pumpkin Dog Cookies

Ingredients:  2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour 1 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree 1/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 cup of water (amount varies depending on the consistency of your dough. Add a Tablespoon of water at a time until the correct consistency is achieved. Instructions:  Place all the ingredients in your breadmaker in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Use the Dough cycle. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is ¼ inch thick. Using the size cookie cutter of your choice, cut out the cookies. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake them in a pre-heated oven for one hour at 275 degrees F. The dog treats should be lightly browned Let the cookies cool overnight before serving them to your favorite canine! Oat Bran Dog Cookies Ingredients:  1/3 cup honey 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup water 1 cup oatmeal (not instant) 1 cup oat bran 3 cups gluten free flour Instructions:  Mix all ingredients in a bowl until ingredients are well blended. Add more flour than directed if the dough is to wet. Divide mixture into dough balls of appropriate size for your particular pooch. Pat the dough balls until smooth and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Place on a cookie sheet and cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Remove from oven when treats start to brown. Southern Bacon Treats Ingredients:  6 Slices of bacon 4 Eggs 1 T. Bacon Oil 2 T. Crunchy peanut butter 1 Cup Water 1/2 Cup dry milk powder 2 Cups of Oat Flour 2 Cups Ground oatmeal or Wheat Germ 1/2 Cup Cornmeal Instructions:  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Crumble Bacon, and beat eggs. Mix all ingredients together well. Drop heaping tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the cookies in the oven to dry out. (12 hours) This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies. Sunny Veggie Crisps Ingredients:  1 Zucchini 1 Carrot 2 eggs 1 T. Sunflower Oil 1 1/4 Cup Wheat Flour 1 T. Milk 3 T. Sunflower Seeds(unsalted and hulled) Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350. Finely grate the carrot and zucchini. To the vegetables, add the sunflower seeds, eggs and oil. Next, add the flour and milk and knead the dough for several minutes. Drop balls using a teaspoon onto the cookie sheet and flatten. Bake for 20-25 minutes. After the baking time, turn off the heat and let the crackers dry in the oven over night.

Laura Stauffiger is the proprietor of Laura’s Critter Care, an in your home pet sitting and dog walking service in Amherst, and a member of Pet Sitters International and PetsitUSA. For more information, visit her website or send an email

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