An increasing number of pet owners are deciding to cook for their dogs and cats. Baking some homemade dog treats can make for a healthy, all-natural snack that's preservative-free and additive-free. Recipes can also be altered and ingredients substituted to accommodate pets with allergies or food sensitivities. As a bonus, making treats instead of buying them already made will most likely save you money.
Things You'll Need
- 2 cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 2 cubes salt-free bouillon
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cups soy milk
- 3/4 pound ground or shredded chicken
- Large mixing bowl
- Small mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Fork or whisk
- 2 large cookie sheets
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Gather your ingredients and tools.
Measure the dry ingredients -- the whole wheat flour and cornmeal -- as well as the shredded or ground chicken. Combine these ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
Combine the wet ingredients -- the milk, vegetable oil and eggs -- in a small mixing bowl. Crumble two cubes of chicken or beef bouillon into the bowl with the wet ingredients. If you want to limit your pet's salt intake, use a low-salt or salt-free bouillon. Mix all of the wet ingredients and bouillon using a whisk or fork. Mix until the bouillon has dissolved completely.
Add the wet ingredients to the large mixing bowl with all of the dry ingredients. Use a mixer to combine the wet and dry ingredients into a dough.
Take about one-third of the dough at a time and place it on a floured surface. Adding flour as necessary, knead until the dough is of a medium consistency.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to 3/4- or 1/8-inch thickness, depending on your preference. Keep in mind that thinner dog treats will bake faster.
Use your favorite cookie cutter or a rolling pizza cutter to divide the dough into individual dog treats. This recipe will make about 10 dozen medium pet treats, but the size can be altered to accommodate giant breed dogs or small breed dogs. Small treats are also great for training purposes.
Place the homemade pet treats on a cookie sheet, spaced 1/2 inch apart. Place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until the treats are golden brown. Allow the homemade chicken dog treats to cool and serve!
Tips & Warnings
- These treats are preservative-free, so they won't last forever. To extend the life of your treats, place a couple days' worth in a plastic container and keep it in the refrigerator. Store extra treats in the freezer.
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