Making your own dog treats is the best way to avoid harmful chemicals, fillers and artificial ingredients found in many commercial pet treat products. Whether your dog has skin issues, problems with hip and joint health, struggles with obesity or any healthy issue, you can make homemade treats that will meet his needs.
It's true that it takes time to prep and cook homemade dog treats, but the benefits far outweigh this drawback. Not only can you cater the treats to your pet's needs, you also have full control over the ingredients used to make them. Do your best to purchase the healthiest ingredients – look for all-natural, organic products to include your recipes.
These beefy dog treats are made with bouillon, so you could make them chicken flavored as well. You could also change the flavor of the baby food that you use. One of the best benefits of making homemade dog treats is that you can cater them to your pets flavor preferences.
Beefy Dog Treat Biscuits Recipe
- 1 – 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 tsp. beef bouillon
- 2 tbsp. boiling water
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dry milk powder
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup cooked long-grain rice
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 jar vegetable/beef baby food
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
First, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Cook about 1/2 cup of dry long-grain rice according to the instructions on the package. This should yield about 1 cup of cooked rice.
Preheat your oven to 300˚ F.
Next, combine the flour, dry milk, rice and gelatin in a large mixing bowl. Once combined, add the baby food, egg, oil and yeast mixture. Stir until the dough begins to form. Knead the mixture until a dough ball forms.
Roll the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1/4″ thick. Cut out the biscuits in any shape you choose. If you don't have cookie cutters, just cut the dough into squares with a pizza cutter or butter knife.
Place the biscuits on a well greased cookie sheet and bake in the 300˚ oven for 25-30 minutes. They will be a bit soft, but if you let them stand for 24 hours, they will harden up nicely. I leave them on the soft side, because our dogs like them that way.
Remember that homemade dog treats are not made with preservatives, so they will not keep as long as commercial dog treats. Whether you keep them soft or let them sit to harden, you need to store these treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last about 10-14 days.