Yummy Pumpkin Paws

by Kim Parga
(Wilmington, NC, USA)

Several different size bone shaped treats

Several different size bone shaped treats

Several different size bone shaped treats

I use a paw print cookie cutter for these treats, but any cookie cutter will do. You can even use a glass and make circular dog treats that you can then decorate for the holidays!

2 /12 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup canned pumpkin ( you can also substitute sugar-free applesauce, any jar of baby food, meat or vegetable)
carob chips for decorating

Mix dry ingredients together and then add egg and pumpkin. Mix well until a dry dough forms. You may need to add a little more pumpkin or a few drops of water, to get a dough that you can shape and mold.

Split dough in half (it just makes it easier to roll out this way) and roll out each half of the dough on a floured surface to approx 1/4" thick.

Then, use any shape cookie cutters that you'd like and bake in a 350 degree oven on a lightly greased (I like the spray type best for this) cookie sheet and bake the biscuits in the center of your oven for about 40 minutes. Just check to make sure that they aren't burning.

Cool them on wire racks, then decorate with carob, melted in a double boiler. You can dip the cookies in or spread some carob on each treat. I also use a pastry bag or a baggie with a small hole cut into the bottom, to make decorating my treats easier.

Once the treats are completely cooled, store them in an airtight container or freeze and take out as needed. These treats tend to last for several months stored in airtight containers.

My dogs know when I take out the cookie sheets, that they are in for a surprise treat! I use these treats to sell, in order to raise money for our group, Kids for K9's, a free spay/neuter program. For more info, please visit our website: www.K4K9.com

Kim, thank you so much for providing us with this recipe and the wonderful photos - the dogs will be shown on our home page for July. (My apologies for taking so long to publish this.)

Judging by the ingredients, these Yummy Pumpkin Paws are healthy homemade dog treats, which is something we advise our visitors to make.

We like it that you are selling them for such a great cause - prevention through spaying and neutering is definitely better than the cure of putting unwanted animals in shelters or euthanizing them.

Best of luck to you and I'll make sure to get the word out as to what you are doing.


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Apple Carrot Dumplings

by Cheryl



1 apple
1 carrot
5 oz spelt flour
5 oz course rolled oats
2 eggs
3 Tbsp molasses
water and flour as required

Finely grate the apple and carrot, then mix with the other ingredients to make easily shaped dough. If necessary, add a little extra water or flour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Use 2 teaspoons to shape the mixture into little dumplings and place the dumplings on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn off the oven and let the dumplings dry in the oven. Store in a paper bag...

They should last about 3 weeks...unless your pooches eat them all...

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Leftover treats that remove tartar

by Jean
(Belize, Central America)

my buddy

my buddy

I start with chicken fat, skins and scraps (I have started using neck bones too as I understand they are not harmful). Then I add leftovers like rice, carrots and other veggies and maybe leftover bread, etc. Add an egg and extra flour to desired consistency. Flavor with salt, sugar. Roll into balls and bake at 350 degrees. If I am too busy I just put in a casserole dish and slice later. When cool I put them in the freezer for anytime treats.

After giving him treats regularly, I have noticed that my dog's teeth are super clean - no tartar at all and he is 4 years old. What a great side effect. And he loves the frozen consistency!

Editor's note: How wonderful to get a homemade dog treat recipe that helps with a dog's teeth! Thank you, Jean - it's also exciting to receive a dog photo from beautiful Belize!

I had not heard that chicken neck bones were harmless for dogs when cooked - will have to look into that - I thought it was just when they are raw...

Also, I was thinking for those who do not want to use sugar or salt as flavoring, fresh or dried parsley and oregano could be good substitutes, as well as some grated cheese.

Anyway, many thanks for the recipe! I will try this with Pebble when we run out of bones...


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Doggie Cookies

by Kristen

Hello and thank you for reading my recipe.

1. Make dough and put little pieces of chicken on them

2. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut them into a shape then place the treats in the oven for 350 degrees.

3. After 15 minutes take them out and let them cool.

4. Then once they have cooled let your dog enjoy their new treats.(Any leftover pieces can be put in a Zip-lock bag or in a plastic container.)

Thank you so much and please be careful when removing cookies from oven :)

Editor's note: Thank you for this Doggie Cookies recipe, Kristen! These sound like both dogs and humans could enjoy them!

Visitors - for the dough, you can use a cup of wheat germ or whole wheat flour, one cup of dry milk, and enough low sodium chicken bouillon or water to get the ingredients to stick together to make a firm dough. We do not recommend adding salt but herbs such as sage, basil, rosemary, thyme or oregano could be good additions and perhaps a little garlic.

You can make your own plastic cookie cutter to create shapes you want.

Make sure to grease your cookie sheet with oil, butter or nonstick spray before putting the dough shapes on there.

Kirsten, you did not say whether the chicken should be cooked first or not. We think if the pieces are slivers, that they could be lightly cooked and the baking will finish them. Otherwise, the chicken might get too tough and dry.

This has made me hungry - I'm off to give these a try and maybe there'll be some left for Pebble!

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Home made traditional milk bones

by Jordan Pruitt

These are cheap, simple treats that are safe. I have made many for local animal shelters and my dog and they love them.

You will need the following:
3/4 cup of hot water
1/2 cup of powdered milk
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg beaten
3 cups of whole wheat flour.

Here is what you do:
In a large bowl, pour the hot water over the powdered milk and stir until mixed. In 1/2 cup intervals, add the flour until a stiff dough forms. (You may need more than listed.)
Put flour on the surface of the table and dust the top of the dough with the flour.
Roll the dough with a rolling pin into a layer 1/2 inch thick. (If you don't have a rolling pin, use a plastic cup.)*
Cut into bone shapes or use a cookie cutter.
Bake at 325 degrees. (Electric ovens should be at 320 degrees.)
Do this for 50 minutes (or 45 minutes for electric stoves).
The bones will harden as they cool.

Editor's note: Thank you for this bone-a-fied recipe, Jordan!! These sound like they will be delightful treats and, as you said, inexpensive and easy to make. We would recommend, however, that you cut the amount of salt by half and use different spices such as oregano, basil, thyme, dill and even a little garlic instead. Just do NOT use onion powder.

*Note: We have successfully used an empty wine bottle as a rolling pin too.

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The easiest dog biscuits ever

by Linda
(Oss, Holland)

I am from Holland so there are probably some typing mistakes.

How to make easy dog biscuits.
Take a cup of flour and mix as much water as you need to get a good consistency cookie dough.
Roll out the dough to about half a centimeter. Cut in squares or other forms. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius.
Let cool down and they ready to serve.
This natural dog biscuit can be kept a very long time.

You can of course mix a lot of different things with this dough, how long you can keep them depends on what you mix the dough with.
Good luck!

If you have a question send me an email at info*@freestylester*.*com (please remove asterisks before emailing).


Editor's note: Dag, Linda, en dankuwel for het easiest dog biscuits ever "recipe". (Ik ben in Nederland geboren maar heb er allang niet meer gewoond.) Jouw Engels is niet te slecht, hoor! Jo

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Vegetarian Dog Treats Plus

by Vaness

My dog just loved these vegetarian dog treats! Try them for yourself!

1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of pureed vegetables (like tomatoes, carrots, spinach or peas)
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of Brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon of bran
1 tsp of baking powder
2 teaspoons of olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Mix all the wet ingredients together(including vegetables).
Now mix the wet and dry ingredients.

Plop onto a baking sheet and form whatever shape you would like.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown
Cool dog treats and serve!

PS. You can also use this as a dog FOOD recipe but by adding braised chicken, pureed. But don't put the yeast, flour, bran or baking powder. Ok so here's the recipe for the food:

1 cup of vegetables, your choice, but pureed
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of cooked chicken, pureed
1 cup of cooked beef, pureed
1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
some parsley for the doggy breath

When its feeding time put the wet food and mix it with the dry food.

Hope your dog likes it!

Editor's note: Vaness, you did not specify whether the vegetables should be cooked or raw. It looks like you could use either. Also, since you are using baking powder to get the treats to puff up, I figured you meant nutritional yeast rather than the kind that is used for rising flour mixtures. Also note that if you use salt in the dog food, Morton's light salt mixture is recommended rather than pure salt.

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Boo Boos Yummy Baked Dog Treat

by Adriana
(Ovett, MS, U.S.)

What you need:
3 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 to 3 cup quaker oats
1/2 to 1 cup hot water
2 to 3 beef bouillon cubes
1 can evaporated milk

What to do:
Dissolve the bouillon cubes in the hot water.
Add the milk and beat well.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour and oatmeal.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Press the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake it at 300 degrees for 1 hour.
Turn off the heat and leave the treat in the oven to cool for 20 to 30 minutes.
Once it is cool, cut it into bite size pieces for your dog.
Refrigerate any leftover pieces.

Hello Adriana,

Thank you for taking the time to write out this simple but delicious looking baked dog treat recipe. I'd recommend the low sodium bouillon cubes, since most dogs already get more than enough salt in their diet.


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Make Your Own:
Easy Tuna Dog Treats

by Cindy C
(Sooke, British Columbia , Canada)

this sort of picture of my Bostons was made possible with these treats

this sort of picture of my Bostons was made possible with these treats

This recipe is a snap to make and my 4 Boston Terriers absolutely go nuts for it. And its good for them too.

I like to try to leave some out to get hard but the bulk of the recipe needs refrigeration to keep it edible as they will grow green fur if you're not careful. And thats such a waste!

This recipe came to me from my friend Laurie in Sooke, British Columbia. (It can easily be doubled or tripled as required)

-1 can tuna with water
-1 egg
-1 cup flour
-parsley to taste approx 2-3tsp (for breath)
-garlic one clove (for fleas)

Simply beat all ingredients together until totally mushy including the water in the can of tuna.

Press into an 8 x 8 pan (not greased)

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees
when baked pop upside down onto a cutting board while still warm and cut into desired sizes.

I then return the cut bits to the pan loosely and return it all to the oven at 275 for another 40-60 minutes.

(This final step was my addition to the cooking directions as i found they needed more time in a low oven to crisp up a bit.)

Then when completely cooled put into zip lock bag or container to refrigerate or they could even be frozen.

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Doggy Donuts

by Tara S.
(San Jose, CA)

This recipe was adapted from the book, Hey, Day! by Clea Hantman and Keva Marie.

You need:
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup meat drippings (from lean meat)
1 cup shredded cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease some cookie sheets. Mix together flour, garlic, drippings, cheese, and egg. Slowly add enough milk to form a dough. Put some flour on the counter or your cutting board. Dump the dough on the flour and knead.

Then roll out the dough till it's one inch thick. Take the rim of a glass or a round cookie cutter(or any cookie cutter) and cut out circles. If you want donuts, take a bottle cap and cut circles out of the middle. Place on cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Editor's note: We reduced the amount of garlic salt to minimize toxicity/ill effects. We also removed the suggestion to use bacon fat or lard as a substitute for the meat drippings. These fats can cause acute pancreatitis in dogs.

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Chicken Bikies

by Kate
(Sydney, N.S.W Australia)

My dog's favourite thing are chicken flavoured biscuits anyone can make at home. All you need is:

1 egg
3 cups of flour
1 chicken stock cube
1/2 cup coffee whitener
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup margarine

Boil the water and dissolve the stock cube. Pour it into a bowl and add the egg. Mix together. Add the coffee whitener and 1 cup of flour and mix again. Add the margarine and another cup of flour. Add the rest of the flour and continue to mix until it forms a uniform dough. Press the dough down flat on a hard surface and make shapes.

Cook the Bikies at 200 degrees for half an hour.

I hope your dog loves these treats just like mine does!

P.S. You can add smakoos or some other treat as well



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