Every good dog owner loves to reward their pet when they do a trick, go potty in the right place, or just because it’s being cute. But when was the last time you checked the ingredients on your dog’s treat bags?
You may be surprised to learn that many of the ingredients used by well-trusted dog food brands shouldn’t be consumed by dogs at all. Easily avoid harmful dyes, animal byproducts, chemical flavorings, sugar, and salt often found in store-bought treats by making your own treats.
For this recipe, I used whole wheat flour and crunchy, unsalted, sugar-free peanut butter. I also added flax seed meal for its skin and coat benefits. They are so tasty, my dog, Roux, dances for them!
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (sugar and salt free)
1 cup very warm water
Begin by stirring together the flour and flax seed meal in a medium-sized bowl until well combined. Add the peanut butter and a little of the warm water, and knead with your hands. Continue adding the water a little at a time and kneadng with your hands until a smooth dough has formed. If your dough is too sticky (it sticks to your hands) , you may add a small dusting of flour until this is remedied.
Divide the dough into 3 equally-sized balls. On a well-floured surface, roll the balls into logs, a little over a foot in length for each. Using a knife or pastry cutter, slice the logs into 1 inch pieces, cutting diagonally to create a nice shape.
Place the treats on an ungreased pan and bake at 375 degrees between 30-40 minutes, checking on them often the last ten minutes. The treats should be crispy, but not burnt.
You can start rewarding your dog once the treats have completely cooled. They should last a few weeks in an airtight container, if you don’t run out of them before then!