How to make homemade dog treats
Some dog treats available in the stores tend to be full of ingredients that are almost empty of nutrition and at the very least, because of the fillers used by the big dog food companies, are adding to the digestion problems of your pet.
The loyalty and companionship offered by a dedicated family dog deserves much more than dry, packaged, and highly processed treats; some of these dog treats are not beneficial for your best friend and if weighed in the nutritional balances they could be found wanting.
What can you do? Make your own dog treats at home using organic whole wheat flours, fresh organic sweeteners, and lots of fresh savory herbs. And then you can use to these tasty homemade dog treats to supplement your dogs regular diet of veterinarian approved dog food.
Pulverise the eggs shells and combine the dry ingredients
Break the eggs into a small bowl set aside — and then put the egg shells into a mini-food processor and pulverise them as small as you can.
Add the shell bits to a mixing bowl then combine the rest of the dry ingredients into the bowl and stir.
Reserve these dry ingredients.
Combine wet ingredients
Pour water, eggs, molasses and oil into the large bowl of electric mixer and mix well on medium speed.
Using dough hook attachments, knead dough until it is smooth.
Roll out and shape
Remove dough to lightly floured counter top.
Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
Using a floured, bone shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into as many cookies as you can; rolling and cutting until all dough is used up.
Place on a dry (ungreased) sheet pan and allow to air dry for 10-15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 300oF.
Bake and bag
Place «bones» on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes turn oven off and leave dog bones in the oven until totally hard; around 2 hours — remove from oven.
Allow the treats to sit on a cooling rack (to harden) over night. These should be rock hard, just like «store-bought» dog treats.
Package in vacuum sealed bags which will last an indefinite period of time Or seal in zip-locked bags and stow in your freezer. Allow to thaw at room temperature before serving.
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