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Every pet owner loves to do something nice for their pet. We tend to spoil our dogs, at least on occasion. Many of us choose to give our dogs treats such as dog biscuits; however, as pet owners, we worry about the commercially produced dog foods and dog biscuits with their many fillers and additives, which may be unhealthy for our pets. For this reason, a growing number of dog owners are choosing to make their own homemade dog food and homemade dog biscuits. Homemade dog biscuits especially give us a chance to thank our pets for the companionship and love which they give us and add our own personal touch.
It’s easier than you may think to create your own homemade dog biscuits for your pet. There are of course ingredients which you should steer clear of which are unhealthy for dogs. These ingredients include grapes and raisins, chocolate in any form, garlic and onions and potato skins (dogs are very sensitive to the solanine which is found in potato skins).Â There are many homemade dog treat recipes available online and in cookbooks made specifically for dog owners.
So what ingredients are good to include in your homemade dog biscuits? One ingredient which is good is a favorite of nearly every dog peanut butter! This is something which dogs love and is healthy for them (note: if you dog is overweight, you should probably avoid making them homemade dog biscuits which contain high fat ingredients like peanut butter; if your dog is at a healthy weight, though, they’ll love you for these). Here’s one recipe for homemade dog biscuits:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup milk
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Mix the peanut butter and milk in a different bowl, then add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well to make your dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out to about ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to make the desired shapes and place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet. These will take about 20 minutes to bake, they should be just starting to brown when they are done. Cool and store in an airtight container. Go ahead, give one to your dog before storing them (but after letting them cool); they’re probably already begging for one after smelling the peanut butter.
It’s easy and fun to make homemade dog biscuits for your pet. This is just one recipe, there are many others which you can try and there are homemade dog treat recipes for dogs with special diets and dogs with finicky tastes. If you have children, they may enjoy helping you make these homemade dog biscuits and of course, they’ll love feeding them to the family dog. If you are a pet owner who is concerned about the impact which commercially produced dog biscuits may have on the health of your pet, then you should try making your own homemade dog biscuits.