When I posted a request for dog treat recipes last week, I was pretty shocked at the number of emails and comments I got with cool ideas! I didn’t realize that people were so into making their own dog treats!
Of course, after a trip to Petco, I can see why. Most dog treats are really basic ingredients, cut into interesting shapes, and sold for a million times the cost it takes to make them.
Plus, guess what? Dogs aren’t picky. They will pretty much happily eat anything you put in front of them including shoes, cat litter, and their own vomit.
Surprisingly, this made me more nervous. Because if Porter didn’t like my treats, that means they were, in fact, worse than vomit.
1) Mix peanut butter, water, and oil together. Then add in eggs and dry ingredients.
2) Stir until it forms a sturdy dough.
3) Roll dough out until it’s 1/4 inch thick and cut it into various shapes. Feel free to re-roll it as many times as you want.
4) Bake biscuits at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
5) Turn off oven, but let biscuits cool in the oven as it cools which will make them very hard.
6) Give one to the pooch when he or she is a good boy or girl.
Making the Dough
This is basically the easiest cookie dough you’ll ever make. I like that it has cornmeal in it though instead of just all flour, because dogs aren’t really supposed to be eating a lot of grain.
Some people are very intense on this and won’t feed their dogs any grain at all. My take on it is that if the dog is just eating grain one once in a while, it’s not going to hurt him. I guarantee you that most dogs eat weirder things throughout the day, so I’m not going to stress it if he consumed a tablespoon of flour.
Start by mixing the peanut butter, oil, and water until it’s well combined. Stir it well to make sure the peanut butter is mixed in.
Then stir in the egg, oats, cornmeal, and flour. You should have what is basically a very firm cookie dough. Instead of sugar and butter though, there’s just water in this dough so it’ll become very hard.
Roll this out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and cut it out into whatever shapes you want. I tried to find a dog bone cookie cutter, but couldn’t find one anywhere!
So I kind of just free-formed a few. Again, I don’t think Porter cares.
You can re-roll this dough as many times as you want to get maximum usage.
The second time around I went with circles because it was easier.
Baking the Biscuits
Bake these guys at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Then turn off the oven, but leave them in the oven as they cool. This will make them really hard which dogs love.
When they are cool, feel free to try one!
I took a bite just to see what the big deal was.
They were a bit on the bland side, but they were rock-hard which I figured Porter would like. They had a faint peanut butter taste, but mostly they tasted like a brick.
The real test was if the dog would eat them.
No problem there!
He munched this thing into pieces in a few seconds and then spent the next few minutes licking up every possible crumb he could find.
Then he looked at me like, “Hey. You got any more of those buddy?”
This would be a totally fun project for kids to do. They could cut them out into various shapes and then feed them to the dogs!
The recipe is pretty foolproof.
Even if you do mess it up, your dog will probably eat it anyway and still love you unconditionally.
That’s what they do after all: Eat and love.