Happy HOWLoween tricks and treats part 1:
In the next few days I’ll be blogging about a few topics, all centred around the theme of HOWLoween. I have some DIY dog treat recipes* for you and some tricks to teach your dog. Give your dog a homemade treat for every trick he or she performs. You can also use these dog treats for leash training and to reward any good behaviours you may be working on at home currently. I’ve also got some important dog and puppy safety tips for this sometimes spooky time of year. I’ll be breaking up this information into a 3 part blog, so stay tuned.
Let’s get started! First up for today, we need to find your inner baker and make the treats.
Pumpkin Dog Treats
Author: Jess Fellows, ehow
Cookie sheet, rolling pin, measuring cup, stand mixer or spoon and bowl, small cookie cutters, 2 and a half cups whole wheat or all purpose flour, 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin, canned, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 egg.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Combine pumpkin, cinnamon and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl if you are mixing by hand. Mix until blended.Step 3: Add flour 1/2 cup at a time into the bowl until stiff dough forms.Step 4: Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
Step 5: Use small cookie cutters to cut the dough into bite sized treats.
Step 7: Bake for 25-30 minutes or until treats are golden brown. Turn the oven off and leave the treats in the oven for 1-2 hours to allow them to become crunchy. Then remove from the oven and let cool.
Step 8: Store treats at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks, or store in the fridge for up to a month.
If your dog doesn’t seem into the pumpkin flavour try this recipe:
Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats
Author: Miss Molly
Cookie sheet, rolling pin, measuring cup, stand mixer or spoon and bowl, small cookie cutters,1 egg, 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup mashed banana.
Step 4: Flatten dough on counter or cutting board, either with hands or rolling pin. If dough is sticky add more flour.Step 5: Use some adorable doggie cookie cutters.
Step 6: Prepare cookie sheet by spritzing olive oil on it or use wax paper.
Step 7: Bake for 20 minutes.
And to REALLY spoil your dog in 45 minutes, follow this recipe:
Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon and Pumpkin Dog Treats
Author: Nerds and Nomsense
2 ½ Cups whole wheat flour, 3 tablespoons peanut butter (we used creamy), ⅓ Cup pumpkin puree, 6 strips of bacon, cooked and finely chopped and 2 large eggs.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together by hand until mixture is uniform. If it’s a little crumbly, add a little bit of water. If it’s sticky, it’s too wet, so add a little more flour.Step 3: Form the dough into a large ball, then roll out into eighth to quarter inch thickness.Step 4: Cut cookie shapes, or you can just cut it into strips.Step 5: Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Shorter for softer, longer for crunchier. It all depends on what your dog likes. Step 6: Allow them to cool completely before feeding them to the dogs.
Get busy baking and come visit my blog in the next few days to read up on some new tricks for your old (or young) dog to learn. Then you can use these homemade treats for rewards. Trust me, when it comes to food, dogs are extremely motivated to please!
*Disclaimer: I did not write these recipes myself, so each title is linked to where I found the recipe online to give credit where credit is due. The pictures are from the linked websites as well.