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Homemade Dog Treats

September 29th, 2011 Pets

Treats are a good way to reward your dog for good behavior and motivate him to learn new tricks. If you're someone who likes to work in the kitchen, you may find that making your own healthy treats is more satisfying than buying products from the store. Here are a few recipes to try next time you want to whip something up for your dog, according to MarthaStewart.com and GourmetSleuth.com.

Chicken biscuits
Makes about five dozen.
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of wheat germ
1/4 cup of brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of canola oil
1/2 cup of low-sodium chicken stock, plus a bit more for brushing on after baking.

Directions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the flour, wheat germ, yeast and salt. Put the oil into a bowl, then add in the chicken stock and flour mix and stir well. Roll the dough out on a flat surface, then use a bone-shaped cookie cutter or another dog treat to trace shapes into it. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 10 minutes. Brush chicken stock on, then bake for 10 more minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the biscuits inside to dry for about 90 minutes. Store them in an air-tight container.

Beefy biscuits
Makes 10 big bones and 14 small bones.
2 cups of flour
1 cup of cornmeal
1/4 cup of wheat germ
2 teaspoons of beef bouillon powder
1/2 teaspoon of yeast extract
1 egg
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 cup of hot water.

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together, then add in the egg, oil and water. Mix well, then roll out flat so the dough is about 1/2 inch thick. Cut them with a cookie cutter or trace your own shapes, then place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake on the center rack for about 2 hours, until they're hard and dry. Let them stand overnight before serving them to your furry friend!