Treat Recipes

Uhm, did you know you have a treat pouch?
If you have a treat recipe you wish to share, please do!  We love sharing our recipes.  In the recipe section I will gladly share the original recipe and any modifications.

Note:  We have some dogs with serious allergies, so modifications have been needed.  So, here are some definitions for you:

Binder of Choice:  That is anything that makes the recipe possible.  Most dogs can tolerate normal flour, but some of our dogs can't.  We may need to use lentil, chickpea or other flours to substitute for the flour in the recipe.  Instead of listing all of the possible flour substitutes possible for all of the dog allergies out there, we will use the term Binder of Choice for ease.

Egg Substitute:   Some of our dogs are allergic to eggs.  As a substitute we use Flaxmeal and water to make an egg like product for our dogs.  This can be done by using

  • A small bowl
  • 1 Tablespoon of Flaxmeal
  • 6 Tablespoons or enough water to float the Flaxmeal
Let it sit while making up the rest of the treat ingredients and then adding it.  It's a good source of omegas for our dogs and they love it.

Meat of Choice: Many of our dogs have various allergies to different proteins.  As a result, we will now use "Meat of Choice" in some of our recipes when speaking of making a "allergy" free recipe.

The idea is to make a recipe that is safe for your dog and you know what is best for your dog.  So, if your dog can't use an ingredient in a recipe, look for a substitute he/she can use.  If flour/oats/flax or something else is off your dog's food list, then substitute it in the recipe for what your dog can have.

My dog can't have the following things:
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Goat
  • Rice
  • Brewers Yeast
  • Honey
  • Eggs
Which makes some recipes very interesting.  There is a great recipe I just added for peanut butter cookies and guess what, someone is going to tell me their dog can't have peanuts.  I am sorry, but I can't account for every allergy and thus, if your dog can't have one of the ingredients, then substitute it.  Let us know how it turned out or if you solved the equation to make it work out and I'll post the new recipe here.

Others have asked for a list of treats we can use for our pouches this is our page for treat ideas:
  • Hot dogs
  • string cheese
  • cheese
  • roasted chicken
  • left overs (steak, prime rib)
  • carrots
  • green beans
  • garbanzo beans
  • game meat
  • duck
  • goat
  • lamb
  • Howies Meat Rolls
  • Meat Rolls
For a Medium to Large dog cut pieces into pea sized bits

For a small dog cut pieces into lentil sized bits

Liver Brownie Treats

4 slices Raw Liver
2 cups Binder of Choice
Large Cookie Sheet
Wax/parchment Paper
Latex/Vinyl gloves

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 to 40 minutes

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees

I used 4 slices of liver completely thawed and about 2 cups of oatmeal like you'd use to cook for the kids in the morning.  I used a food processor but you can also use a Kitchen Aid mixer to make this.

Take the oats and place it in the food processor and mix them until they turn into a flour.  This shouldn't take long.  Place them into a bowl for adding back into the liver later.  If you wish, you can make more oat flour than you may need and add until you get the consistency of liver paste you'll need for spreading out on a cookie sheet for cooking the treats.

Now place the raw liver into the food processor and turn it into liver soup.  Yep, that is what it'll become.  It happens fast when you have completely thawed liver.  Through the top of the food processor start adding the oat flour and let it blend it as the food processor is working until the liver turns into a kind of glossy paste, but not too thick it i making the food processor overwork.  It should, when you turn the bowl of the food processor over, hold in place and need to be scraped out with a spatula.

Place the wax paper on the cook sheet and using either your gloved hands or a spatula get the liver paste out of the bowl of the food processor onto the center of the cookie sheet.  Spread the mixture evenly so it's thick, but not too thick on the cookie sheet.  It won't cover the entire sheet.  I think I made mine about 1/8 inch thick maybe a little thicker.  I was basically making very thin liver brownies for the dogs.

Place in the center of the oven and cook for 30 minutes and test with a gentle press of your fingers.  If it feels a bit soft, cook for another ten minutes, if not, take out of oven and let cool.  We want it soft enough to cut without crumbling, but firm enough to cut.

You can refrigerate or freeze.

Adjust amounts for larger batches.  Enjoy!

Drop Cookie

16 ozs Meat of Choice
1 cup Binder of Choice
2 Egg Substitute or 2 Eggs
1/2 cup water
Sunbeam piping bag with large hole nozzle
A bowl and large spoon for filling the piping bag
Large Cookie Sheet
Wax/parchment Paper

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes per batch

Cook Temperature: 350 degrees

You can use any type of meat such as canned salmon, chicken, tuna, mackerel or whatever is easy to grind up and make into mush in the mix.  What you want is something that will be approximately 16 oz of strong smelling meat that will mix well enough that the mix will look like cup cake batter consistency.

Like above grind oatmeal into flour or if using flour add to food processor or Kitchen Aid or mixer.

Add wet ingredients and mix until batter looks like cup cake batter consistency.  Make certain all dry ingredients are mixed well into wet ingredients.  We went this to pipe easily out of the piping bag, but not gush out of it.

Fill the piping bag half full and twist it shut.  Pipe small cookies in rows on your parchment paper (takes about 1 minute to fill a cookie sheet when you get the rhythm) and then set the bag aside and put your sheet in the oven and bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.  I have a Tupperware container waiting and easily lift my slightly cooled cookies off of the sheet after they come out of the oven and plop them in the container.  Once my cookie sheet is empty I pipe my next batch and cook it and vala, I have a batch of the best treats my dogs ever had.  It doesn't take long to make and they love them.

My Mom does big cookies using a spoon and just drops big cookies and no piping bag.  You can do that too.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bones

2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup nonfat milk powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 Cup honey
2 large eggs

In a large bowl combine the first four ingredients and stir to combine.  In a second bowl combine the remaining ingredients and beat at low speed until combined.  Gradually add 1/2 cup water, beating until dough comes together.

Turn dough out onto a large sheet of parchment paper.  Cover  with a second piece of parchment paper.  Roll to a 10 x 13 (1/2 inch thick) rectangle.  Chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Cut dough into 3 x 1 1/2 inch rectangles (or use dog bone shaped cookie cutter).  Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 1 hour or until firm and golden brown.

Yields 20 (3 inch) treats.

Do you have a treat recipe to share?  Please send it to me and let me know.  If there are substitutes for allergies we'll try them.  Above I have thrown in allergy substitutes for eggs and meats that some dogs cannot eat.