How to Make Organic Dog Treats

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Homemade organic dog treats are lip-smacking good and healthy.
Homemade organic dog treats are lip-smacking good and healthy. (Image: lantapix/iStock/Getty Images)

Get rave reviews from your pooch and experience peace of mind when you serve her yummy, homemade organic treats. Home-baked organic goodies are not only more scrumptious than store-bought, they ensure your dog is not consuming petroleum-based chemical preservatives and the residue of pesticides that lurk in many commercial dog treats. Whipping up fresh batches of wholesome, mouth-watering treats for your best friend is satisfying and accessible since organically grown ingredients are readily available in most supermarkets. Armed with one basic organic treat recipe, you can create a number of savory or sweet delights that keep her tail wagging for more.

Things You'll Need

  • Savory Beef & Sweet Potato Tailwaggers
  • 1 1/2 cups organic oat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups organic brown rice flour
  • 1 cup organic old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup ground, organically raised beef
  • 1 cup mashed, organic sweet potato
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1/2 cup distilled water or low-sodium beef broth
  • Peanut Butter Tailwaggers
  • 1 1/2 cups organic oat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups organic brown rice flour
  • 2 cups organic old-fashioned, rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup organic, all-natural, unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon organic, extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw, organic liquid honey or organic, unsulphered blackstrap molasses
  • 2 organic eggs
  • Carob chips (optional)
  • Equipment
  • Mixing bowl or food processor
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cookie sheet
  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper
  • Cutting mat
  • Latex gloves

Savory Beef and Sweet Potato Tailwaggers

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Peel and slice the sweet potato, then cook it in boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Let it cool, then mash. Alternatively, pierce the sweet potato with a fork and microwave for about 6 minutes, turning once, or until tender. Cool, peel and mash.

Combine all the ingredients and using a bowl or food processor, blend thoroughly until a dough forms. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls -- wear the latex gloves to make cleanup easier.

Place the balls about ½-inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the treats from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

Store the number of treats you expect to use in five days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the rest of the treats in the freezer and thaw as required.

Peanut Butter Tailwaggers

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or food processor and blend thoroughly until a dough forms. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls -- wear the latex gloves to make cleanup easier.

Place the dough about ½-inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle carob chips over the dough, if desired.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the treats from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

Store the number of treats you expect to use in five days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the rest of the treats in the freezer and thaw as required.

Tips & Warnings

  • Serve treats in proportion to the size of your dog. Overfeeding treats can lead to unhealthy weight gain.
  • You can make your own oat flour and peanut butter by grinding each to a smooth consistency in a food processor or blender.
  • Create a variety of treat shapes -- instead of balls, you can roll the dough out with a rolling pin and cut shapes with cookie cutters or form the dough into a long cylinder and cut into 1-inch thick slices.
  • If you dog likes a good jaw workout, leave the baked cookies in the oven after turning off the heat to make them crunchier.
  • Avoid these common ingredients and check with your veterinarian for other foods that may cause potential problems for your dog:
  • * chocolate
  • * macadamia nuts
  • * mushrooms
  • * onions
  • * grapes
  • * raisins
  • Always feed just a little piece of any new treat to ensure no allergic reactions or digestive problems occur.

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References

  • Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook; Jessica Disbrow Talley and Eric Talley
  • Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats; Richard H.Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
  • Pupcakes; Stephanie Mehanna
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