Making your own dog food and treats is a great way to meet any unique nutritional needs that your pup may have. Homemade flaxseed dog biscuits are a great way to give your dog a boost of omega-3 fatty acid, which can aid in skin and coat health.
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 homemade flaxseed dog treats.
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Homemade Flaxseed Dog Biscuits Recipe
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1.5 cups bread flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 4 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup powdered dry milk
- 1 cup water
In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, bread flour, salt, brown sugar and flaxseed. Stir until these dry ingredients are evenly mixed. In a separate small bowl, dissolve the dry milk in the water.
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Add the dry milk mixture, eggs and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients. Stir until it forms a soft dough. If the dough is too sticky you can add a bit more flour (either type). If it's too dry, add a bit more water until the dough is smooth and workable.
I like to make my own dog biscuits because I can cut smaller treats for our little Beagle and larger treats for our Labrador and Boxer.
Cover the dough and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375°.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out until it's about a 1/2-inch thick. As I demonstrate in my video guide, you can use a butter knife to cut biscuit shapes out of the dough. You can also use a cookie cutter.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and place the flaxseed dog biscuits on the sheet. You don't need to worry about them rising and baking together, as there are no rising agents called for in this recipe.
Bake at 375° for about 30-40 minutes. The length of baking will depend on how thin you roll the dough. You'll know they are done when they turn a light golden brown color on top.
This recipe will yield 4-5 dozen treats with a 2-inch diameter. Depending on how thick or thin you roll the dough and the size of the flaxseed dog biscuits that you cut, you may get more or less treats.
You can serve the treats as soon as they are cooled. Store the leftovers in an airtight container, and these treats will last about 2 weeks. Remember, store bought dog treats have preservatives and these homemade flaxseed dog biscuits do not. They won't keep as long as store bought treats.