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05/16/2012 22:38:51 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  3360  views, category: Pet holistic handbook, Pet green living, Pet toys and treats  view all blogs


So you have a dog and you want to treat her to some of her favorite treats. But the pet store is far away and those treats are so expensive. How about trying some homemade treats?

Here are three easy recipes even a novice cook can make.

Carrot Cheese Puffs
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese - shredded
-1 jar baby food - carrots (tip: avoid salt or sugar added)
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional - some dogs are sensitive to garlic)

How to make Carrot Cheese Puffs:
1. In a medium bowl, mix baby food, flour, and garlic. Stir until blended well. Note: It will be moist.
2. Chill for 1 hour
3. Remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350.
4. Roll dough on a floured, flat surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
5. Use your choice of cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes. Or, use a knife to cut into squares.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Cool completely before giving to your dog.

Makes about 2 dozen. Will last at room temperature for up to a week. May be refrigerated.

Homemade Frosty Paw Recipes
Make these frosty treats at home instead of buying them from the store. Save money, get more, and make less waste. Your dog won’t know the difference.

-32oz. plain yogurt
-1 ripe banana, mashed
-2 tablespoons honey
-2 tablespoons peanut butter

How to make your own homemade frosty dog treats:
1. Combine and mix all the ingredients in a mixer or blender
2. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays. You may also use small cups or even egg cartons
3. Put your containers in the freezer until frozen.

Other options:
This recipe is a great base. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Dogs love yogurt and it is good for them, so try their favorite flavors, including blueberry, strawberry, or vanilla. Also, try adding in a jar of baby food instead of, or in addition to the banana. Also, you might want to try a puree of yogurt with raw chicken or other meat.

Bacon Flavored Biscuits
-2 eggs
-1 cup milk
-1/2 cup water
-1 teaspoon salt
-10 tablespoons bacon fat, melted
-5 cups whole wheat flour

How to make bacon flavored biscuits:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet
2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, water, and salt. Stir in the bacon fat until well blended.
3. Gradually stir in the flour to make a stiff dough.
4. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll into roughly 2 inch balls.
5. Place the dough balls onto the greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Cool completely before giving these to your dog.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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