Learn how to make homemade dog treats, and you will know exactly what your furry friend is eating! They are easy to make and your dogs will love you! Kids enjoy making them with you and cutting them into fun and interesting shapes. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to customize your treats to your dog’s preference and health issues. Make the homemade dog treats in sizes your dog prefers. Just play around with the amount of time to bake it to make them softer or crunchier.
- 1/3 cup margarine or butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup boiling water
- ¾ cup cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons of bouillon granules (beef, chicken or low sodium)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 cups whole wheat flour (may sub with all purpose flour)
- Small cookie cutters (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine rolled oats, boiling water and margarine in a large bowl. Let these ingredients stand for ten minutes while you grease a cookie sheet.
- Stir in cornmeal, milk, bouillon, cheese and egg. Mix thoroughly and then add one cup of flour at a time until a stiff dough has formed. If your dog has tummy problems, omit the cornmeal and replace with additional oats and flour.
- Knead the homemade dog treat dough on a lightly floured flat surface. Mix in additional flour, if necessary, until the dough feels smooth and is no longer sticky.
- Roll dough to a ½ inch thickness. Cut in strips for the appropriate size of your dog or have fun with small cookie cutters. You can purchase cookie cutters in the shape of bones which turns the homemade dog treats into a great gift.
- Bake 35 to 45 minutes in a preheated oven until golden brown. Cool the treats before serving to your pet.
- Store extras in a covered container. This treat has no preservatives so it can get moldy if not stored properly. Allow them to air dry for several hours before putting them into storage. It is best to keep them in the fridge, and they will save for even longer in the freezer. If your pet prefers a softer treat, they will not last as long. The crunchier treats tend to last longer outside of the refrigerator.
Add some variety to the treats by substituting peanut butter for the cheese and beef bullion.
A healthier option is to substitute shredded carrots for the cheese.
Animals such as cats and horses also enjoy these treats.