New year, New Delicious Treats

New year, New Delicious Treats

Many brands of commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives, which help to extend their shelf life. Many store-bought treats are often made from fillers and byproducts as opposed to natural and high quality ingredients. So why not make your own homemade dog treats for your dog? It can be fun yet rewarding for your dog! Also, there are very easy to make. By doing so; you can control what goes into the recipe, you can also custom the treat to fit your dog’s taste preferences as well as cater to any dietary restrictions.

HEART HEALTHY TURKEY BOWL

Turkey Bowl healthy dog treat

HEART HEALTHY TURKEY BOWL

INGREDIENTS:

  •          1 1/2 cups brown rice
  •          1 tablespoon olive oil
  •          3 pounds ground turkey
  •          3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  •          2 carrots, shredded
  •          1 zucchini, shredded
  •          1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

DIRECTIONS:

  1.       In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2.       Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3.       Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4.       Let cool completely.

 

PUMPKIN BONE LICKING TREATS

PUMPKIN BONE LICKING healthy treats

PUMPKIN BONE LICKING TREATS

INGREDIENTS:
• 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 2 large eggs
• 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed


DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
3. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
5. Let cool completely.

When preparing homemade dog treat, make sure you consider any allergies that your pet has to specific ingredients. You will want to avoid adding any ingredient that you know that your pet has reacted poorly to in the past. If you are experimenting with new flavors, fee the treat to your dog in a small amount to see how he/she reacts to it before giving them the entire treat.

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