DIY Dog Treats

by Taylor Solomon

 Photo: Morgan Solomon

Photo: Morgan Solomon

When you become a pet owner, you want to give your new companion the best.  Going to the store to buy food or treats for your furry friend can be an overwhelming experience. There are so many options, different price points and ingredients—how do you know you’re making the right choice? One easy and cost effective way to ensure the treat you’re getting is beneficial to your pet’s health is by making your own dog treats.

I know what you’re thinking: this woman has too much time on her hands. At first I didn’t think I had it in me. I am by no means a picture-perfect Pinterest pet mom. I have wanted to make my own dog treats for a long time, but life gets in the way, and at the end of the day, it seems easier to grab a bag of treats off the shelf in Target than to go through the process of making them. But for the same price as (or less than!) some of the most popular all-natural treat varieties and 10 spare minutes, it’s worth knowing exactly what you’re feeding your pet.

 

FOR THIS RECIPE, YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1 c hot (not boiling) water

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and baking soda.
  3. After you have mixed the dry ingredients, add the water and peanut butter.  
  4. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together. If the dough is too dry, you may add a little more water; if it is too wet, add an additional tablespoon of flour.
  5. Place the dough on the counter, and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough or flatten it with your hands.
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough into individual treats. Place cut-out treats on the cookie sheet. Leave space between the treats on the cookie sheet so they may spread while baking.