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Bachelor Dog Treats

From: Sherry Yard.

Note: Yard suggests small cookie cutters such as this 3-inch dog bone, but you can use larger cutters and bake the cookies a few minutes longer. She also notes that her dog has a highly trained palette and prefers Wildflower honey (She's joking, of course; there is all of 1 tablespoon of honey in these cookies.).

Yield: About 3 dozen small cookies

4 eggs, divided (2 for the dough, 2 for the wash)
1 ounce vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
8 ounces chicken stock
10 ounces whole wheat flour
5 ounces all purpose flour
3 ounces cornmeal
1 cup peanut butter

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together two of the eggs, the oil and honey. Whisk in the chicken stock.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the whole wheat flour, AP flour and cornmeal. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly pour in the chicken stock mixture, then add the peanut butter. Mix until the dough comes together, about 1 minute.
3. Divide the dough in half. Roll out each ball of dough approximately inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using small (3 to 4-inch) cookie cutters. Place on baking sheets sprayed with cooking oil.
4. Whisk the remaining two eggs and brush the egg wash lightly over the cookies. Allow to dry for 10 minutes and brush with the egg wash a second time (the second wash is optional, but gives the cookies a darker brown color). Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies.

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Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats
Makes about 3 dozen treats

1 (5 ounce) can tuna, no salt added and packed in water, drained
1 cup oat flour*
1 large egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon dried catnip


*Its easy to make your own oat flour. Simply grind old-fashioned oats in a spice grinder (or a super clean coffee grinder) until it is transformed into a light powder. There you have it oat flour!

1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine drained tuna, oat flour, egg, olive oil and catnip. Blend until mixture is smooth. It will be thick but pliable and not terribly sticky.

3. Roll dough into 1/2 teaspoon balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Use a skewer to press an X-shape into each cookie ball.

4. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until they are dried on top and slightly browned. Allow to cool completely before offering to your kitty.

5. Place treats in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

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Carrot Chia Pet Treats

Chia seeds aren't just for humans. Add them to this slightly sweet dog treat recipe for a bone that tells your pup, "You've been really good today!".

Yield: Makes about 24-27 (3-inch) biscuits

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup almond butter
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 carrots, grated
Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large shallow baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine the flours, wheat germ and chia seeds in a medium bowl. Whisk together the almond butter, water, oil and syrup in a separate bowl then stir in the carrots. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until a very rough dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl 6-7 times until the dough is fairly stiff.

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a 1/4-inch thickness. With a 3-inch dog bone shaped cookie cutter, cut out biscuits and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Press all the scraps together, kneading once or twice, then roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out more biscuits; repeat if necessary.

4. Bake biscuits until lightly browned and fairly hard, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely; biscuits will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container.



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Izzy's Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits


INGREDIENTS

2 cups barley flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and about 3 tablespoons water to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with a 3 1/2-inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off oven and place biscuits on wire rack in oven overnight. Remove from oven and store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.


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Tuna Cookies for Your Cat


Ingredients

1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 6-ounce can tuna in oil (do not drain)
1 tablespoon oil
1 egg



Preparation

1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding a little water if dough is too stiff.

2. On a lightly-floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.

3. Cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutter, or use a pizza cutter to cross-cut into small diamond shapes.

4. Place on ungreased baking sheet.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until firm.

6. Store in an airtight container.



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Paw-Print Dog Treats

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brewer's yeast
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Combine flour, wheat germ, brewer's yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Place canola oil in a large bowl. Add flour mixture to oil in 3 additions, alternating with 1 cup stock; mix until combined.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes (dough will be sticky). Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out rounds using a 2-inch fluted cutter (bakedeco.com). Transfer to baking sheets. Make an indentation toward the bottom of 1 circle using your thumb, then press dough to make an arch of 4 small circles on top of the thumbprint using the tip of your pinky. Repeat with remaining rounds. Freeze for 15 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating sheets and lightly brushing with remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock halfway through. Turn oven off, and let stand in oven for 40 minutes.

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Homemade Dogie Treats

Makes 2 dozen treats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup melted bacon fat
1 large egg
1/2 cup cold water

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix by hand until dough forms. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Add more bacon fat or water if the dough is too stiff.

Roll out onto a floured surface, to a thickness of just under 1/2-inch. Cut into 1x4-inch bars and transfer to a cookie sheet. Poke divots into the bars (I use the end of a chopstick) and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn the oven off, flip the bars, and place back in the oven until cool (this will further crisp them).

Treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Cheesy Homemade Cat Treat Ingredients
Makes approximately 50 - 55 treats (depending on how big you cut the pieces).

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt, or sour cream Note: We used vanilla yogurt.
3/4 cup flour Note: We used white whole wheat
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup water, more or less
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the cheeses and the yogurt (or sour cream), then add the flour and cornmeal.
Add enough water to create a workable dough.
Form the dough into a ball, then roll out to a square or rectangle 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake approximately 25 minutes.

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Cat Attack Cookies
A nutritious treat for those special occasions.

Ingredients
1 C Whole wheat flour
1/4 C Soy flour
1 t Catnip
1 Egg
1/3 C Milk or cat's milk
2 T Wheat germ
1/3 C Powdered milk
1 T Unsulfurated molasses
2 T Butter, vegetable oil, or canola oil
Directions
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix dry ingredients together. Add molasses, egg, oil and milk. Roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small, cat bite-sized pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and store in tightly sealed container.

They will keep for about a week or week and a half.. If it is too much they freeze well also..

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tuna cruncher

Ingredients
10 ounces Tuna in water (1 cup)*
2 tablespoons Catnip
1 Egg, slightly beaten
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. In a bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Take a straight edge and score the dough horizontally and then vertically to make a grid (I used a pizza cutter). Be careful not to completely cut through.
4. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 13 minutes. Cool and break into pieces, then refrigerate.

* I made this recipe with canned chicken and a friend tested it with canned tuna, it worked perfectly both ways.

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Catnip Crumbles
This cat treat recipe was part of my April Fools joke but it has been kitty tested and approved!

Ingredients
1 pound Ground Beef
2 Eggs
2 tablespoons Catnip

Directions
1. Preheat over to 375 degrees farenhight and line baking sheet with foil.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients by hand.
3. Spread mixture on foil line baking sheet and bake for 7 to 10 minutes.
4. Drain any excess fat and crumble.

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Neither Jack or Pooh will eat bananas! emoticon

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Homemade Dog Treats with Peanut Butter, Banana + Parsley


Ingredients
1 medium banana, peeled
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried parsley
3 T creamy peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
Instructions
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mash banana in large bowl. Add all additional ingredients and mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Roll out mixture to desired thickness and cut with cookie cutters (Sur La Table has some really great options!). Bake on parchment lined-baking sheets for 40-45 minutes.
Let cool completely, and then enjoy making your dogs day!

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Healthy pumpkin balls

Ingredients

1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 tbsp molasses
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
tsp baking soda
tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl
Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens
Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (wet hands work best)
Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork
Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened

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Pooh and Jack....give it 8 paws up! In case you're wondering, they rolled over for belly rubs.

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Peanut Butter and Bacon Biscuits


2 pieces bacon, thick cut, cooked and crumbled
1/8 cup bacon grease
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup wheat bran
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup water
Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on a paper towel.
3. Pour the bacon grease into a glass measuring cup.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ground flax, wheat bran and baking powder.
5. Crumble the bacon, once cooled, and stir into the flour mixture.
6. In a microwave-safe bowl, warm the peanut butter approximately 30 seconds.
7. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg. Then pour in the peanut butter, water and bacon grease. Use a fork to whisk together the wet ingredients until completely combined.
8. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in the peanut butter mixture.
9. Stir until combined.
10. Knead lightly in the bowl with your hands.
11. Lay down one large sheet of parchment paper, roll your dough onto it, then lay another piece of parchment on top. You'll essentially have a dog treat dough sandwich.
12. Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness.
13. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
14. Cut shapes out of the dough and place on your prepared baking sheet. Gather the extra dough, knead into a ball and repeat the process of rolling and cutting until there is no more dough.
15. Bake for 15 minutes.
16. Turn off the oven and leave the treats there to cool for two hours or overnight. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to six months.

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Apple crunch pupcakes

32 ounces vanilla yogurt
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
1 tsp. salt (or less)
1 egg
1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
cup hot water
Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Dissolve bouillon in hot water
Add remaining ingredients
Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
Roll dough until inch thick
Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
Cook for 30 minutes

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Jack and Pooh don't like bananas, but I think I'll try it with simmered apples.

Thanks for the recipes!

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Peanut butter and Banana Treats

Ingredients
55 m 10 servings
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1 egg
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1/3 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup mashed banana 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup wheat germ 1 egg white, lightly beaten, for brushing ..

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Cook
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Ready In
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Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Stir together the egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Stir in the flour and wheat germ; mix well. Turn dough out onto a floured board and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter, place on prepared baking sheet, and brush tops with egg white.
Bake biscuits in preheated oven until dried and golden brown, about 30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

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Pooh and Jack are in my home office with me. I asked if anybody liked treats? Silly question, so you know what I'll be doing tonight!

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Homemade Dog Biscuits

Show your four-legged friend some love with these tasty homemade dog treats.
Ingredients

Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside
2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.)
4. If desired, you can spell out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won't stick).
5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.
My Pups love these

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Thanks for sharing, Jane. I think the pups will like these.

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HEALTHY HOMEMADE DOG TREATS

by Cassie Johnston
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes: About 3 dozen treats
Will freeze well...



INGREDIENTS

Cooking spray
2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 tablespoon honey
3 eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, and flax seed. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, combing honey, eggs, oil, water, applesauce and pumpkin puree until well combined. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until well-mixed.
Form into a disc and roll out on a well-floured surface until about 1/4″ thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place on prepared baking sheet about 1″ apart.
Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until treats are very brown and very hard.
Let cool completely before giving them to your pooch to try out. Store in an airtight container out-of-reach of your puppy.

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Ingredients
1 h 40 m 25 servings
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons peanut butter


Prep
15 m
Cook
40 m
Ready In
1 h 40 m

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

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Chicken Jerky is in the oven!

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Jack, Pooh and Horatio emoticon He wants you to know that he can't chew jerky, so his came out as soon as the chicken was baked!

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Chicken Jerky

I give my pup these chicken jerky treats as an alternative to the store-bought raw hides. The jerky is tough and chewy, so it keeps my dog occupied for a while, and the chicken has a good amount of protein, which is good for a dogs muscle structure.

Ingredients

2 to 4 chicken breasts
Directions

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the chicken breast on its side and use a paring knife to slice the chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.
Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours.
Check the chicken before removing from the oven. It should be dry and hard, not soft or chewy. Allow the chicken to cool completely before serving.
Store the jerky in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Pro Tip: You can substitute sweet potatoes for the chicken in this recipe. Sweet potatoes make a healthy, vegetarian alternative.

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Christmas is on its way.. make a batch and you can even freeze them... Enjoy.. My pups do

Total Time: 55 minutes
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Yield: 18 small treats

Level: Easy
Ingredients
1 cup rye flour (or substitute rice flour or all-purpose flour)
teaspoon baking powder
cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons organic honey
3 tablespoons olive oil (or substitute organic canola oil)
2 tablespoons organic dried cranberries, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
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Add the flour, baking powder, applesauce, honey, and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Firmly press a few pieces of chopped cranberries and pumpkin seeds into the top of each cookie.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until treats are firm to the touch.
Turn off oven and open oven door. Allow cookies to cool in oven, about 20-30 minutes.
Storage: cookies will keep for several days when stored in a covered airtight container in a cool, dry, shaded location. Cookies may also be frozen: separate treats with parchment paper and store in an airtight covered container.

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My Pups love these...

YIELD: Makes about 5 dozen biscuits
ACTIVE TIME: 40 min
TOTAL TIME: 9 1/4 hr
INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 large egg
Special equipment: a pastry or bench scraper; a dog-biscuit cookie cutter*
PREPARATION

Pulse flours, cornmeal, oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with pea-size butter lumps. Add 1 cup water and pulse until a coarse, dense dough forms.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in parsley and mint until well distributed. Gather, then halve dough with scraper. Form into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk.

Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2 large baking sheets.

Roll out 1 disk of dough into a round (1/3 inch thick) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, wrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many biscuits as possible and arrange about 1/4 inch apart on 1 baking sheet.

Gather scraps and reroll, then cut out more biscuits. Repeat with remaining dough, using other baking sheet.

Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush biscuits with egg wash and bake, switching position of sheets halfway through, until tops are golden brown, about 35 minutes total. Turn off oven and dry biscuits in oven overnight.

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A friend of mine makes a cookie for his dogs using almond butter and a couple other things that he keeps stored in the freezer and thaws a few at a time. They are human edible and taste sort of like a salt-free cracker. After Peanut's allergies and skin troubles this year, I am about scared to change anything she eats so I have not tried them. I went back to feeding the girls dry Canidae, available at Petco in gluten free, etc. about a month ago and they are doing well. They still have Science Diet Light for wet food, and a couple of treats that are allergen-free. I'm thankful I got P or she would have had a not so good outcome.

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Pup Cookies
Original recipe makes 1 dozenChange Servings
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cubes beef bouillon cube
3/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Directions
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease one cookie sheet.
Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and allow to cool.
Combine the flour, dry milk, egg, oil, beef broth and brown sugar. Mix well and knead dough for 1 minute.
On a floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out bones and place on cookie sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool.
They love them..

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I will have to try the frozen yogurt/peanut butter treats I think my Sophie will like them !! emoticon

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Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats

Ingredients
32 ounces vanilla yogurt
1 cup peanut butter

I do not like yogurt but the pups do...

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I have a dog treat cookbook ... I've used a couple of the receipes from it plus it has a doggy bone shaped cutter.

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A very simple summer treat. Mix cooked rice or pasta with chicken broth until a thick soup-like mixture. Put in muffin tins and freeze. My sled dogs love these in the hot weather as it helps cool them from the inside. As long as your dog doesn't have grain allergies, these are great. Another option I've done is canned potatoes diced up with chicken broth.

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I do a lot of juicing and take the pulp and make that into dog cookies for my friends who have dogs. I've been told the dogs love them.
3-4 cups juice pulp (mine normally is kale, cucumber, celery, apples)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup of oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed

Mix together in bowl, squish with hands so it gets mixed properly
Roll into small balls and place on cookie sheet
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Bake 300 degrees for an hour - turning once 1/2 way through.

I leave them sitting out so they get "hard", when that happens then I put them into jars or zip lok bags, but they must be dried and hard or they can get mouldy.


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Here's a treat I've been making for my two dogs. They love them. I like it because I usually have the ingredients on hand.

Petco's Peanut Butter Cups

2 large eggs
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup hot water

Preheat the over to 325F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the oats, cheese, peanut butter and water and mix well.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart from each other. Bake them for 15-18 minutes, until slightly hardened. Allow the treats to cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes before serving. Refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 3 days for freeze for up to 3 months. Makes about 3 dozen.

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Hi Suzie, welcome to the team. I'm sorry I'm just now seeing this post from you. I don't make my dog's food but others on both this team and the Dog Lovers team have mentioned that they have experimented with doing just that. Check out some of the older threads on the team page and see if you can find any help there.

Good luck with getting the weight off your pups. My Zoey's thyroid was out of kilter and that caused her to gain. Even after it was regulated it was hard getting it off.

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Hi I am new to this board. Suzie, Corgi Mix, rescued me about 10 years ago. She is pretty active even though she was diagnosed with Arthritics. She is now about 12 years old. I rescued Peanut from a puppy mill and she is 3 1/2 years old. Due to Joint problems both dogs are overweight and I am trying to make their food. Does anyone have any suggestions. I know if I can get some weight off of them they will have an easier time walking with me.

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Both of my dogs can't have grain so they eat an all natural, high protein, dog food. Treat wise I give them peanut butter, banana, pumpkin (canned), real meat treats.

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I'm also glad that Bella is with you now CLIPSTERDAD. That "stew" sounds extremely nourishing and it's no wonder they are doing better on it.

Now Maggs is gone I don't have the worry of a fussy dog, Bruno and Ladybird will eat just about anything. Although I'd have all the food snubbing for more time with Maggs emoticon

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That is so sad that someone would starve any animal, that makes me so mad! Glad you have Bella now and that she is doing well.

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My baby Bella (14 month old St. Bernard 130lbs) was starved and suffers terribly from "hot spot" her fur just falls out to the point that when we got her she had a bald face and legs.

We found that making a stew by boiling a whole roasting chicken and basmait rice removing the bones and adding some apple, carrot and oregeno seems to help keep her skin healthy. We scoop about 1/2 cup on top of her kibble at dinner every night and her skin has healed very well. If we miss a couple of nights it starts to go back again.

It also seems to improve my Newdles coat although he doesn't really need the help.

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Most of the time Zoey is a good eater and just gobbles it down then other days she leaves half of it but will usually finish it up later in the day. I use to make treats for my Lab but Zoey needs the ones that helps with her teeth and breath!

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Somtimes your dog won't eat what you lovingly bake for them. Two of mine are pigs and will eat just about anything, Maggs on the other hand can snub food she doesn't like. She just turns her little face to the side as if to say "I'm not eating that crap"!!

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For my last dog Katie I bought a doggy treat cookbook have made some, but I only bake on occasion since some of the store bought treats have tartar control and teeth cleaning ... Katie's teeth were reall good until she died at 14 yrs old.

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Zoey would love to try some but we will be leaving to go back to the cabin next week so you would need to send them there. I'll Spark mail you the address when we get back up there. You and Jasper are so sweet to share!!!!!

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I can mail you some if you'd like to have her try them before you bake them. I'm sure Jasper doesn't mind sharing.

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Knowing Zoey she will be demanding those too once she tastes them. She will have to wait until I have time to bake!!!LOL!!

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You're welcome! If she's a peanut butter fiend, like Jasper, she will love them. Jasper won't eat other treats anymore--only the ones I make. Ha ha!

Enjoy!

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Pattie, thank you so much for the recipe. I can't wait to make them for Zoey, I know she will love them!!!!! emoticon

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Here is the recipe. Jasper loves these, and I no longer buy treats:

Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oatmeal

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease baking sheet or pizza pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and oatmeal. Once that's mixed, add peanut butter and milk. Stir together until dough forms. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook to mix--I think it mixes up better)

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead and roll it out until it's 1/4 inch thick. Using bone-shaped cookie cutters (I have an assortment of doggie cookie cutters), cut the dough into desired shape and size.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and cook for 20 minutes or until they're golden brown. Once cool, store in an airtight jar or resealable freezer bag). Depending on the size cookie cutter, they make a good amount of biscuits, and I find they freeze nicely.

If your pups like peanut butter, they will be begging you to make more. Have fun!

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That's okay, Pattie, you are a busy gal. I will also look forward to seeing your recipe. Zoey says she knows she will enjoy them if Jasper does!!!!!

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OMG--I completely forgot about this! I made Jasper's treats yesterday, and it reminded me. I will post the recipe tonight when I get home. I'm so sorry!

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Great Pattie, Zoey will look forward to me making her some of Jasper's treats!!!!

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Oh, I have a really good recipe with only 5 ingredients. Jasper loves them. I'll post it when I get home tonight.

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I want to try those for Zoey, I'm sure she would LOVE them!!!! Thanks!

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These sound wonderful, I'd have to be careful that my eldest brother didn't eat them, he's a vacuum when it comes to biscuits

The addition of cinnamon makes it great for upset tummies, indigestion and diarrhea, as well as being mildly anti inflammatory as well

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My dogs love these. I've never gone through all the trouble of using cookie cutters as the recipe suggests, I just spoon them into little mounds on the cookie sheet. My dogs don't seem to mind as they wolf them down!!

Crunchy Honey Cinnamon Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 375 and lightly grease a couple of baking sheets.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, milk and egg. Once youve got that mixed, stir in the flour and baking powder. Mix until a dough forms.
3. On a lightly floured surface, dump out the contents of the bowl and then knead it until all of the ingredients are incorporated and it can be spread using a rolling pin. Roll the dough out to about a 1/4″ thickness and then either cut using cookie cutters or a pizza cutter.
4. Place the uncooked biscuits on your baking sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes.

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I'm browsing through this thread and I love it! It's great to see so many ideas for DIY pet spoiling- my husband is constantly complaining that I make too many trips to Petco!! emoticon

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I will be anxious to hear how the pumpkin treats turn out too. I'm sure my Zoey would love them.

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Looking forward on the result of your baking.

My furries are all inside, two sleep on the recliners and Maggs the little one is never happy unless she's sleeping on my bed


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I just found a recipe that I have to try for pumpkin biscuits. My redbone coonhound suffers from anal glands that don't express fully and these are supposed to be great for that. Our vet said that a couple tablespoons of pumpkin twice a day is great for dogs-apparently helps with both diarrhea and constipation. Any way the biscuits look great and when I make them I'll post how well they went over.

On the subject of how we spoil them-ours sleeps in a crate in our room but won't go to bed at night until he is "tucked in" with his blanky!

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Geez I wouldn't mind suffering from the "old skinnies"!!!

I like to get tins of dogs food (the loaf variety and a good brand) slice them and dry the slices in the oven. The dogs love these treats.

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Most greyhounds enjoy wearing a cuddly warm jacket in cold weather. Not my Rio, though! When I make her wear a jacket and we head out for a walk, she spends half the walk trying to rub it off on my leg and the other half crouching down then trying leap out of her jacket. Makes the walk a bit difficult, to say the least.

Now, since this is the treats thread....

Here's a treat mine love:

1 pound ground beef
1 large-size container creme cheese
1 large (24 oz) jar peanut butter
4-6 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Combine all ingredients in a huge bowl, kneading like bread. Roll into balls about 1 1/2" diameter. Place on a cookie tray lined with wax paper, freeze. After they are frozen, you can bag them into freezer ziplock bags or into a plastic container. Remove 4-6 at a time (per dog) to thaw in the refrigerator.

We call them fat balls, as they are very high in fat. These treats are excellent for a dog who is either underweight, or has a poor appetite. Not so great for the tubby pups.

Since greyhounds tend to suffer from "old-dog skinnies," I usually end up feeding these treats when my dogs hit their senior years.

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I know what you mean Jules. We have carpet here in Tallahassee house but at the cabin all downstairs is either wood floors or tile and she doesn't care for that much! Poor little Maggs she and Zoey should be able to cuddle together!!!!

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Sandi, Maggs is a shaker!!! When you talk to her one on one sometimes she'll sake for no reason. She also likes a jacket

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My Zoey is very spoiled, the only clothes she wears are her sweaters/jacket when it's cold. She is very cold natured and just shakes. I think she feel "secure" with them on!

Julia, that is a very funny story about the liver cake! Oh my, I can't imagine eating that!!!

When I had my yellow lab, Honeybear, I use to make her treats. She was on a vet food, duck and potato for her allergies and I use to the the canned food and mix a little instant potatoes with it and roll it into little balls and bake them. She thought they were awesome! I haven't made Zoey any food or treats yet.

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There's spoilt and there's spoilt. Dressing up dogs and parading them around as little humans is way too much, never mind giving them their own TV's etc.

Mine are spoilt but no TV's emoticon emoticon

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Good Morning Jules,

Yes mine are more than spoiled!! My husband told me yesterday I am treating my newest "Little Lady" that she is human not a dog; just like I have my oldest.

He doesn't agree with this but o-well. I also mentioned to him that "how does he know what goes on in their minds, I believe they know exactly what I am saying and expressing.

I consider them two "Very Large" Blessings from God emoticon

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Hi Susie!!

It's great to do little things for our beloved pets, I know mine are spoilt rotten.

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Thanks for the tips, I'm gonna try the garlic. I have two rescues now. The first one rescued me almost six yrs ago. The young un, I just got her a little over a week ago. She is only 5 1/2 months but my "two girls" are already best buds.

I call them the daughters I never had as all my human children are boys.

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Yeah I could imagine it'd be a little on the nose!!! emoticon

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Glad you got some laughs from my liver-cake recipe & story, FLOWERDALEJEWEL. I always get a kick out of that one when I re-tell it and remember the look on Sherry & Rick's faces.

Will have to get the ingredients and make it again soon. It's a big hit for the hounds. I prefer to make it in the cool season because I have to ventilate the kitchen. The liver smell is a little overwhelming for me, the vegetarian. :D

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emoticon Julia, my brother and I just cracked up reading that.

That's what you get for being a pig and eating something when you have been told it's yours.

Bet it tasted just great emoticon

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My two greys love their duck jerky. No, I don't make it!

I do make their birthday cakes, though. Here's the recipe:

1 box cornbread mix
1 pound chicken livers
1 egg

Puree the chicken livers and egg in your blender. Place cornbread mix in a large bowl. Stir in the liver-egg puree until just mixed. Bake according to cornbread instructions on the box.

The funniest story ever: I was visiting a friend when it was my heart-hound Baran's birthday. I was an early riser and up at the crack of dawn. Made his liver birthday cake. As soon as it was out of the oven, the dogs and I left on our walk.

When I came back, my friends were up. Sherry said, "Julia, I think you forgot an ingredient in your coffee cake. It tastes kind of funny."

I told her what it was and Rick's face turned red and he ran into the bathroom. I found out he'd already spit out the piece he'd tried to eat and had hidden it down in the bottom of the garbage can so he wouldn't hurt my feelings.

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I tried my hand at making the dog treats, but I just don't seem to have the time lately.

We are really lucky here in Australia as we have excellent quality dog treats along with a couple that come in from New Zealand there's no end to what I can get from them.

They love Liver chips, roasted rib bones (the soft ones) Roo sticks and chicken tenders. They are so spoilt as if you couldn't tell emoticon

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i really have to take pride with all my pugs - they are trim and active which is the exact opposite of what most people think about pugs.
they are industrious little mounds of love, licks and fun. they make me laugh every day.
so i would say that 80% of the time they are fed high quality organic dog food which i buy at the pet store. it is delivered very fresh and none of the stock sits very long on the shelves.
the other 20% i make them their treats and additions to their diets. fresh fruits - mostly apples, but they like pears and others in season. veggies also - fresh mostly - carrots - but they like raw string beans, and every so often they get a dollop of 2% cottage cheese which is what mommy is eating.
both of them remain constant in their weight. if it goes up at all i know there is something wrong with their tummy.
having said all that- i have to mention that there is the HEREDITY factor same as for people. my first little pug 'COOKIE' was a little round furry mound of 'cellulite' (for lack of a better word). she was a sweetheart - but always had a little flabby mid section.
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ha, mine are too fat to get treats--the most treat-like thing they get is 'nip' and pill pockets

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Hi! I have 3 dogs...I make their treats with water, whole wheat flour, and peanut butter. They are baked and delicious! I feel it's better to make your own food and treats as much as possible.

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I'm pawsitively giddy! I make home made dog food and treats for my 2 dogs as well as my friend's dog. Its nice to know i'm not nuts!

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Here is a link to a site that has dog and cat treat recipes. Hope it helps someone.


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Clover Gal you are really industrious!!!

This is all telling me that our little hairies are spoilt rotten by all of us ...... as it should be.

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Right now i'm making boiled chicken and rice for Lucy Bella. Saving the rice water as well. She seems to really like the chicken or else it's because she didn't eat for 36 hours after being sick.She is to eat small meals several times a day so she's happy to see me cutting up some chicken for her.

She also loves apples, cheese, carrots, cucumber and would like to eat steak - so far starting hasn't worked on us.

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I cook beef hearts in the slow cooker with garlic for my brutes, we also dehydrate liver. I have also sliced hot dogs boiled them twice, sprinkled with garlic and then slow cooked in oven. Our newest rescue loves bananas and apples and I usually sneak cheese into the treat menu too...soup bones are also a must in my house.

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I will have to try making chicken tenders. Sara loves the store bought ones. Treats are expensive.

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We have a brand of liver chips over here that the dogs love, it's the best way to get the little buggers insided when they don't want to come.

You can also make your own Chicken Tenders by slicing a chicken breast finely and drying slowly in an oven until the moisture is gone.

I have a bottle of silica gel that I can put into a bag to keep the moisture out, but the ones you get with other things will do the same job, just keep them when you have finished with whatever they came with.

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I was just saying on the Dog Lovers team that I hardly buy dog treats anymore, so many of them have been recalled or found to have E-coli or toxic bacteria. ! I'm afraid to give them any. I've been giving mine carrots, apples, rice cakes pieces, animal crackers, & other things trying to make up for the loss.

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emoticon for the tip on home made treats. My dogs are all rescue and have survived starvation, abuse and lack of food plus abuse. I cook for them twice a week. I make brown rice with chopped turkey with vegetables and garlic and onion which I mix with there regular dry and wet food mix. I use the garlic because most of my pack are getting to be seniors and get upset stomach's easily. The quality of there food is often better then mine, but don't we all give to our kids first! They often get some treat from my dinner.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I don't really do anything very unusual or creative for my animals - I cook brown rice [or sometimes quinoa] and lean turkey for my dogs, mixing it with some high-quality kibble I get at the vet's - they love treats but consider almost anything a treat so sometimes I just slip them a piece of ordinary dog food, tell them it's a treat and they don't know the diff, haha! Other healthy treats I give them are carrot pieces, apple pieces and sometimes other hard veggies or fruits - but I only give them a super-tiny piece. For some reason, they don't seem to be able to tell the difference between a huge piece and a tiny piece, they just 'count' the number they get.

As for beds, there seems to be nothing better than an ordinary box - especially for my cats! They love any box, esp when they first come home from the store and have 'good smells' in them. Sometimes I put a pillow in them but they don't really seem to care - other than that, all my animals like 'people furniture' so we don't have a lot of use for actual beds. The cats seem to prefer a jacket or other clothing item dropped on a chair or couch, haha! Oh, they also love to sit inside suitcases and sometimes paper bags.

One of the best cat toys around here is just a shiny bow or this decorative wire-like stuff we use to decorate gifts. I don't know what it's called but it can be bent into different shapes so we make a wad, similar to a ball, and they absolutely love playing with them.

I'm sure others will have much more creative things to say so I'm very interested in hearing about them.


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This should be a great thread, (I think!!) if you have any tips, recipes, patterns etc for food, treats, clothing, beds etc for your pet post them here. I'm sure all of us are on the look out for easy things to make for our little hairies.

My tip is for treats. My Maggs has kidney problems and shouldn't eat high protein, highly coloured food and treats. You can slice prescription dog food like Hills (or other food) into thin slices and dry it in the oven at around 90-100C (195-210F) until it is crisp and break it up for nibblies. You can also cut it into dice and do the same.

Looking forward to seeing everybody elses tips.

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