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Tuesday 13 October 2015

Simple DIY Dog Treats

I'm back today with what I want to class as a crafty post? Kind of anyway but nevertheless it’s fun, simple and easy on the purse too!

Being a dog owner, I like to do what’s best for Harry and know that he’s eating good quality food. I’m also a crafter and thriftier at heart so with that in mind I thought it’d be fun to make some dog biscuits, knowing exactly what goes into them and knowing there’s no preservatives or rubbish in them either! I can’t take credit for the recipe as it is in fact taken from Caesar Milan’s website (see here) but I’m going to show you a step by step tutorial with pictures so you’ll know what the biscuits are meant to look like at each stage.

To begin with, you will need:

o    2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
o    1 tsp. salt (or less)
o    1 egg
o    1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (1 beef oxo cube)
o    ½ cup hot water
o    Added extras such as bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits. (I went for cheese)

Start by pre-heating your oven to 180 (°C)/ 350 (°F) / gas mark 4

Dissolve your oxo cube or bouillion into hot water and stir

Add the stock and remaining ingredients into a bowl

Mix the ingredients before kneading into a dough until it forms a ball. This takes approximately 3 minutes.
NOTE: The mixture will start off very sticky then quickly becomes very dry. You may be tempted to add more water but stick with it and it’ll soon become a ball. You need the mix to be dry in order to make crunchy biscuits.

Next roll the dough out until it’s ½ inch thick.

Cut your dough into slices or use a cookie cutter/ bone shaped cutter. (I picked mine up on eBay)

To get the most out of your dough, re-roll the excess to make more biscuits.

how to make home made dog biscuits

Place your dough pieces on a tray.

home made dog biscuits recipe

Cook for 30 minutes.

Simple DIY Dog Biscuits

Once cool, serve up to your doggy! (I’m sure they will thank you for it.)
As you can see they really are simple to make and the great thing is Harry LOVES them! Jack (my mum’s puppy) was over when I made these and was my doggy model in the video below:

As you can see the recipe makes a lot of biscuits, which keep fresh for up to a week or alternatively they can be frozen, with them lasting up to 6 months in the freezer.

Simple DIY Dog Biscuits

I hope you liked this doggy inspired DIY. Don’t forget to check out my previous doggy DIY which was this super simple dog bed!

Have you ever made dog biscuits?

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