I know these look delicious but they’re actually homemade dog treats! Because Szuka is such a large pup (weighing in at 95 pounds these days), people always ask us about our food bills. Everyone assumes we’re going broke buying dog food and treats for such a sizable pup. The thing is, she’s pretty low energy so she doesn’t eat as much as we expected. Her cute, mod bowl always has kibble in it and she’ll graze throughout the day, but she never eats more than four or five cups a day – often only three. She’s a really picky eater too and isn’t very food motivated. Even when I finally find a snack or treat she favors, she will still turn it down if she’s not in the mood/distracted/angry with me/guarding the house/too tired/lazy.
Cheese is her only weakness. She also really likes freeze dried liver (we buy Pure Bites), but only if we dole it out sparingly. Too much, too often, and it looses its appeal.
That girl has willpower to spare! I, on the other hand, recently swerved the truck and hit a gravel shoulder so hard I created a dust cloud that engulfed us, and five cars behind us, in pursuit of roadside pie.
Because she is so picky, I often bake Szuka dog treats and these homemade dog treats get ranked pretty high up there – just below cheese. I call them “kitchen sink cookies” because I don’t use a recipe. They end up being somewhat budget-friendly too, because I usually use leftovers from our own cooking/baking.
Excellent DIY Dog Biscuit Ingredients:
- Shredded carrots
- Unsweetened pumpkin puree
- Bits of bacon
- Bacon grease (secret ingredient she salivates for)
- Chicken broth
- Bouillon cubes
- Unsweetened peanut butter (she finds peanut butter very agreeable)
- Shredded cheese (her weakness!)
- Dried Blueberries
- Mushed banana
- Apple pieces
For ideas, I look at the ingredients on the wholesome doggy biscuits I’ve bought her (ones she didn’t turn her nose up at). Of course, I don’t add any ingredients that are harmful or poisonous. I’ll pick a few ingredients from the list above, then add an egg or two, some flour (whole wheat, preferably), a little chicken broth or bacon grease, and mix until the dough is firm enough to roll out onto a floured cutting board. I use a cute, dog-approved set of cookie cutters and bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned (usually about 10-15 minutes). Easy!
I like experimenting with different ingredients. The batch pictured has pumpkin puree, oats, peanut butter, flour, eggs, and a bit of water.
She must recognize her cookie cutters because when I’m baking for her she seems to know it, and she’ll watch the oven the whole time. Because she’s so blasé about her food, it makes me happy to bake her something she actually likes! We don’t feed her table scraps, so maybe it’s the thrill of getting to eat something made in the human’s kitchen that makes these homemade dog treats such a win for her.
If you’ve got a recipe of your own (or a secret ingredient), I’d love to hear it!