Has anyone made Homemade Dog Treats?

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    Kayla
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    I am thinking about making Homemade Dog Treats but I don’t know how or what recipes will be safe for my pup? Any one make them? Any tips and advice?

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    C L
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    Hi Kayla, There’s no need to buy treats when you can make much better ones at home. If you did try and buy better ones, they are extremely expensive. My recipe comes to about $2 a pound to make. I can’t find the exact recipe right now, but this is close. I made it up myself and all the ingredients are safe AND healthy!

    Costco organic peanut butter (has salt, has no sugar) 1/3 container = 9.3 oz.
    chick pea flour
    4 large eggs
    iodized salt (1 tsp)`

    Beat the eggs, beat in salt, then incorporate the peanut butter into it until it’s mixed pretty good. Add chick pea flour & mix in thoroughly. I can’t recall how much I use, approx 1 cup. The consistency should be extremely thick, if not, add more chick pea flour (possibly another 1/2 cup).

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Oil a baking sheet or pan. Oil your hands to keep the mixture from sticking. Grab about a lemon-sized amount in your hand and press between your hands to form a thick patty, about 3″ wide & 3/4 in thick. Place on greased surface, bake on 2nd shelf for 8-10 minutes. You can place the cookies close together, because they will not spread while cooking.

    I like them to come out firm, but soft. My dog likes them that way. I have a Chihuahua, so I keep one cookie in the refrigerator that will be good to feed her (pieces of it) for 4 days. I freeze the rest, since there are no preservatives. They are her most favorite cookie ever! My dog is 3-1/2 pounds so I don’t want to make the treats super small, but you may want to make it to a smaller serving size if you’re feeding an entire cooking at a time. Be aware, too many of these treats will make your dog fat. I give my dog a tiny piece when I go out (she can’t choke on it), and a tiny piece in the afternoon and a tiny piece in the evening. Good luck! Whoever makes this, your dog will love you even more!

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    theBCnut
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    I have a dehydrator and I just have the butcher slice meat for jerky then put it in the dehydrator. Since I don’t use all the salt and sugar that are in commercial jerky, I store it in the freezer.

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    Dog_Obsessed
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    I once made pumpkin peanut butter dog treats that were a huge hit, but I can’t do it that often because of the time it takes. I’m thinking of making a big batch and freezing part of it.

    Why was this topic reported? 🙁

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    theBCnut
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    There is more than one person who accidently reports because they are trying to click on a nonexistant “LIKE” button.

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    Naturella
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    Kayla, here is a link with some of my recipes. You can modify as you see fit, just make sure you use dog-friendly ingredients.

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    Kayla
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    I was wondering the same thing why it was reported…. I said nothing wrong! And thank you for all the ideas and recipes. I will be sure to look at them and give one or some a try very soon and update when I do 🙂 And, BC your comment about the nonexistant like made me laugh lol! ha

    What link Naturella, I don’t see a link.. :/

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    theBCnut
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    We had a “LIKE” button for a couple weeks, but some software update got rid of it and we never got it back, but some are still looking for it, and it really was where the report button is now.

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    Cyndi
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    I FINALLY dehydrated (in my oven) a little bit of the deer liver I had gotten from a friend of mine. My Bailey is funny, she will eat chicken livers raw, no problem, but any other kind of liver she will not eat. So, before I dehydrated some of the deer liver, I gave her a little slice and she wouldn’t eat it. Damn mutt! So, I sliced off about 20 little slices and cooked them in the oven on low for a few hours and she LOVES it. It didn’t even smell all that bad while cooking, but it sure was gross slicing it up, lol! Next weekend I’ll do the rest and I’ll probably have enough treats to last a month. Yay for free liver treats! 🙂

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    theBCnut
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    I hate cutting up raw liver, so I throw it in a pot of water and boil it until it starts to turn grayish, then I cut it up and dehydrate it. That improves the texture or the finished product, too.

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    Cyndi
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    Very good to know. I’ll have to try that with the rest of it. Thanks! 🙂

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    pugmomsandy
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    I’ve made the pumpkin dog treats from this site. It’s very easy and quick and I actually added just a pinch of cinnamon. I used brown rice cereal instead of cream of wheat.

    http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes.html

    #54794 Report Abuse

    Dori
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    BC. How thin do you ask the butcher to slice the meat to put in the dehydrater? I recently got a dehydrater and so, of course, I’m running around dehydrating everything. The slicing of the meat is now losing its appeal not to mention time consuming and the occasional slicing of my finger tips. lol

    Slicing liver is so gross. Thx for the tip about boiling first.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  Dori.
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    theBCnut
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    I tell the butcher that I want it “beef jerky sliced” and most of it comes about 1/4 inch thick.

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    Naturella
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    Dori
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    Thx BC. I’ll have the butcher do likewise. It was kinda fun at first like getting a new toy. Now I want the butcher to cut the meat.

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    USA
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    Hi Dori and BC and Cyndi,

    A few tips on slicing meats for jerky that make it easier and cut down on smell! Take the meat you are going to slice out of the refrigerator and put it into the freezer for an hour or two. The goal is to get it to firm up without being frozen. So by trial and error you can find out how long to place the liver or chicken breast or ? in the freezer for it to be firm and ALMOST frozen.

    I have a freezer with a special thermostat that I set at 24 degrees F and it gives me meats that are perfect for slicing.

    Congrats on your new dehydrator Dori!!!

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    theBCnut
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    I’ve used the almost frozen trick many times and it does work wonderfully!! Alas, I have arthritis in my hands and doing that much cutting HURTS. I should invest in a meat slicer, but I’d need a new kitchen then, just not enough space.

    #59865 Report Abuse

    Dog_Obsessed
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    I just made dog treats with a recipe composed of various recipes I had seen online, here it is:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

    2. Combine the following ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir:

    3/4 of a cup Garbanzo Bean flour
    1/2 a can wet dog food (I used Nulo Turkey and Sweet Potato)
    1/4 of a cup plain canned pumpkin
    2 teaspoons plain peanut butter
    A bit of water if needed

    3. Slightly grease the baking sheet(I used Safflower oil, might not be necessary.)

    4. Scoop out little balls of dough onto a baking sheet.

    5. Bake for ~25 minutes, until slightly brown and a fork comes out clean when stuck in.

    6. Let the treats cool for a few minutes.

    7. Feed to your dog!

    Makes about 20 treats.

    I will store these in the fridge for a few days and the freezer for longer. Lily seems to love them!

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  Dog_Obsessed.
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    Dori
    Member

    I see you’re keeping busy during the crazy storm out West. Hope you and your crew are well. Praying for no mud slides for all of you.

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    Dog_Obsessed
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    Thanks Dori! It is getting pretty crazy out here. That raincoat I got Lily a few weeks ago is a lifesaver! No 40mph winds though, or not yet anyway. Knock on wood!

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  Dog_Obsessed.
    #59940 Report Abuse

    Dori
    Member

    Keep us posted so we know you and your family are alright. I was just watching the news and weather and it sounds like you guys are going through some hairy/scary times. When I lived in Cali. all we had to worry about were earthquakes. It never rained. No mudslides. Keep safe and be well.

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    Dog_Obsessed
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    I think some parts of the state are worse than others. As annoying/scary as it is, we all know we need rain badly, and so there is a good side too. I’m just glad I’m not camping now, while my trip in October was awesome, but I wound NOT want to be there now. I will keep you updated.

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    Gloria K
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    Dori what kind of dehydrator did you get? Do you like it? I’m wondering if I make dog biscuits and cookies in the dehydrator inside of the oven will they be, crisp and crunchy rather than chewy? Anybody know the answer to this?

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    Dori
    Member

    Hi Gloria K. I have the TSM Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 5 stainless Steel Shelves. It was recommended to me by USATreats (one of the posters on DFA). It’s available at Amazon.

    As to making biscuits and cookies, I’m sorry I can’t answer that question. I only use it as a dehydrator for making jerky and dehydrating fruits and veggies. Hopefully someone else will come on and answer that part of your question.

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    USA
    Member

    Hi Gloria,

    A dehydrator would be best for fruits and whole meats sliced thinly. For biscuits and cookies an oven would be the better choice.

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    Danita G
    Member

    Pinterest has some good doggie recipes. Give it a try!

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    Gloria K
    Member

    Danita, I have a terrific board on Pinterest titled DOG FOOD AND TREATS. Look me up on Pinterest and take a look. Great recipes for treats and biscuits

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