Homemade Dog Treats - Make That "Homecrafted"


For Jedi's birthday party favors, Lil O and I baked up some gluten-free pumpkin, parsley and brown rice dog treats.  It was fairly easy following this recipe here.  We made a few modifications including:

  • We bought all organic products.  Yep, only the healthiest for Jedi and his friends :)  We found the ingredients at our local organic market.
  • We baked two batches.  The first batch without parsley, the second batch with parsley.  I think the look/texture of the dried parsley and the nutrition it adds makes the parsley a must!
  • Our neighbor and faithful blog reader suggested we roll out the treats between wax paper lightly dusted in flour as the first batch kept sticking to the rolling pin.  The wax paper (we used freezer paper) was a nice rolling trick.  Thanks, S!
  • We took the leftover canned pumpkin and stuffed a Kong for Jedi and then froze it.  He will love that delicious snack.  He always loves a frozen Kong.


When it was time to bag them up for the party favors, I jumped on Photoshop Elements 10 and made a label for the treats.  You can see Lil O's faux business name.  "Olive loves Jedi.  Homecrafted Organic Dog Treats for a BFF - A Best Furry Friend"


And by the way, I designed the logo.  Lil O said she envisioned something else.

Crazy kid.

Jedi totally approves of these dog treats.  He is like me and will eat just about anything with the word pumpkin in it. Remember this post here and my pumpkin fascination?

While we are on the subject of dog treats, do you have a favorite dog treat recipe?  I am looking for more recipes that aren't wheat-based.  I think Jedi does better gluten-free like most dogs and humans.

All the best,

Jen



11 comments:

  1. thanks for the recipe! i will try it...we are making dog biscuits for all of our furry friends for christmas. where did you get the bone-shaped cookie cutter?

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    1. Kim - I found three different sizes of bone shaped cookies cutters at Hobby Lobby. They were inexpensive. I think the most costly was 75 cents :)

      I did see a pack of dog-ish cookies cutters at Michaels in the baking aisle. It was a set - a bone, house, fire hydrant (I think), etc. It was more expensive - around $6.

      You could try other craft/baking stores, too - like Joanns and AC Moore.

      If you need our small set (small and medium), let me know and you can borrow. I don't see us making more treats until 2013.

      Jen

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    2. good stuff! thanks! i will check out michael's and joanne's tomorrow morning!

      k

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  2. My dogs are fed with the whole prey raw method, but they love little treats like this to mix things up. Thanks so much for sharing. Have you ever made doggie "ice cream"?
    large nonfat vanilla yogurt 32oz
    cup of nonfat peanut butter (I never measure just a big scoop or two)
    big squirt or two of honey
    mix and put in little containers
    freeze overnight
    They love it ESP in the summer!
    Jenn

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    1. Jenn - I love this idea! Jedi doesn't do well with peanut butter, but the yogurt in the kong idea sounds great. Plus, I will try a splash of honey.

      Jen

      PS - I like the raw diet for dogs. I think it meets their nutritional and primal needs. Mr. UpCyclist isn't onboard for raw for Jedi. We do take a lot of roadtrips and keeping something refrigerated is a problem. I did notice some freeze dried raw food, though.....

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    2. Raw feeding is a big step and takes time. If you want to "go raw" without owning 3 freezers look into Honest Kitchen (HK). HK is dehydrated raw. It is a great product and the only FDA approved human grade dog food on the market. Yes, I have tasted every flavor. I keep a box on-hand for trips, the pet sitter, and when my raw stock is low. They will send you free samples. I had every person I know sign-up and got a weeks worth of samples. You just add water. When I use it I make up 3-4 days at a time and stick in fridge, or you can mix up and wait 10 minutes to feed each time. I stick to Keen and Verve as they are the cheapest complete food options. When I just feed HK a 10lb box will last me a month. I have a 40lb and 15lb furbaby being feed 2x a day. I can talk dog food all day if you have any questions let me know (:

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    3. Jenn - Great minds think alike! Jedi eats Honest Kitchen food 3x a day! We started him off on Thrive b/c of his sensitive belly. He is now eating Embark b/c it is formulated for puppies/active dogs. I will compare Embark to Keen and Verve. The Embark is soooo expensive. However, it agrees with his belly and is such a lovely food for him.

      I am laughing that you tried all THK products! You should work for them.

      Jenn, do you keep a blog? I would love to see photos of your fur babies.

      All the best,
      Jen

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  3. Glad I could help :) Anything for a good puppy cause!
    Steph

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    1. Big, phat thanks, Stephanie, again.....

      Jen

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  4. The dog treats that is gluten free is healthy as it will not cause any kind of wheat based allergies. I think this pumpkin dog treats would be loved by the pet dogs and they are organic so good for health. Nice recipe.

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