A guide to homemade dog treats: for snacks, bad breath, and fleas

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Do it yourself instructions for making dog treats, including treats for simple snacks, a flea remedy and to help with bad breath problems.

Dogs have been known as man’s best friend for centuries and one of the nicest gifts you can give your best friend is homemade treats.  The following are some simple dog treat recipes that will please your doggie friend as well as help his breath smell fresher and also naturally treat any flea problems.

Here’s a simple cookie that most dogs will love.  You can make them into any shape or form just like a regular cookie.

Dog Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain white or yellow cornmeal
6 tablespoons canola oil or vegetable oil
2/3 cup water or meat broth
2 cups wholewheat flour
Rolling pin or drinking glass with straight sides
Assorted cookie cutters
Flat cookie sheet

Steps:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Begin by mixing the cornmeal and flour together in a medium-size bowl.  Add the vegetable oil and the water to the dry mixture.  Mix well.  If the dough feels too dry, you may need to add a few drops of water to loosen it.  If it’s too wet, add more flour, one teaspoon at a time, until the dough is soft but not sticky.  Be careful to not over-mix the dough or it will be tough.

With a rolling pin or drinking glass, roll the dough out to about 1/4” thickness on a flour-dusted surface.  Cut out different shapes using your cookie cutters.  Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cookies are light, golden brown.  Cool completely and store in an airtight canister.

Here’s another great treat that will help rid your friend of fleas naturally thanks to the addition of garlic.  

    No-Flea Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brewers yeast
2 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons canola oil or vegetable oil
1 cup chicken stock

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ, and yeast.  In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic and vegetable oil. Slowly stir the flour mixture and the chicken stock alternately into the oil and garlic, beating well after each addition, until the dough is thoroughly mixed. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 12" square. Cut the dough into rounds using either a 2" biscuit cutter or a sharp knife. Transfer the dog biscuits to a well-greased baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the biscuits are golden in color. Turn off the heat to the oven and allow the biscuits to dry in the oven for several hours or overnight. Store the biscuits in the refrigerator or wrap tightly and freeze. This recipe will yield approximately 26 dog biscuits.

No one likes to be around a dog with really bad breath.  Here’s an easy recipe to help neutralize the bad breath problem with the aid of activated charcoal, which is readily available at your local pharmacy or market.

    Bad Breath Biscuits
Ingredients:

2 cups brown rice flour
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal
3 Tablespoons canola oil or vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2/3 cup low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 400F.  Combine the flour and activated charcoal in a small bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well after each addition.  Using a teaspoon, drop the biscuits about 1 inch apart onto a well-greased cookie sheet.  Bake the biscuits for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool thoroughly. Store the biscuits in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  

Note:  Dog biscuit dough, as a general rule, should have the consistency of regular biscuit dough. The more you work it, the tougher the baked product will become. You may find it easier to mix the above recipes with your hands than with a spoon.