Get the Recipe: Homemade Dog Treats
Prepared by Emily Fritz, one of WCC’s amazing service dog training instructors, this recipe for homemade dog treats is not only easy to make, but it’s also healthy and “Lab-approved!”
The benefit of making homemade treats is that you know every single ingredient you’re feeding your dog. To make them for your furry friend, simply follow the instructions below.
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling, just plain canned pumpkin)
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (Make sure it does not contain xylitol or other sugar substitutes, as they can be toxic to dogs!)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup shredded carrots
- cinnamon to sprinkle on each cookie
1. Preheat oven to 300F.
2. Combine all ingredients except the cinnamon in a bowl.
3. Dust a clean surface with flour and knead the dough into a ball for a minute or two until all ingredients are evenly combined. Place the dough ball back in the bowl and let it rest with a damp towel covering the top of the bowl for about 30 minutes.
4. Dust a rolling pin (or wine bottle) with flour and roll out the ball of dough to about1/4-inch thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out shapes, rerolling the dough until gone.
5. Sprinkle cinnamon on each cookie and place them on a cookie sheet, baking for about 20-30 minutes.
6. Allow treats to cool completely on a cooling rack and store in the fridge to keep fresh.
We do recommend that you give treats to your dog in moderation, so he maintains a healthy weight. And it’s always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian if you have concerns about introducing new food or treats to your dog, particular ingredients, or even allergic reactions.
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