Baking has long been a way to show love. Pets are loved family members so baking your own treats for your dog is a natural idea. Better to bake for your dog than the pounds you might gain by baking for yourself! Look at Jade enjoying the treat.
It’s easy to have the ingredients on hand to make these treats whenever you want. All you need is jars of baby food and whole wheat flour. Since organic is very big in baby food now purchasing a healthy flavor for your dog is easy. Look for pumpkin, sweet potato and Jade’s favorite flavor, green bean!
Experiment a bit with flavors and of course always abide by which foods are not healthy for a dog. To up the engagement of this activity consider opening two jars of baby food and letting your dog pick the flavor they like most. By carefully observing you’ll be able to detect your pet’s favorite flavor.
Directions: (Preheat oven to 350)
Add 1 jar of baby food and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Stir to mix. The consistence is a bit odd but not to worry. If the mixture seems dry put a few Tablespoons of water into the jar of baby food, put the lid on and shake to get the flavor. Then add slowly to the mixture.
Turn the mixture onto a slightly floured surface. Knead as necessary to make the dough more pliable. Roll out, about 1/4 in thick and use dog themed cookie cutters to cut the treats.
Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly brown. Larger treats will take longer.
We have a child’s rolling pen and a regular sized rolling pen. A child’s rolling pen seems to work better for Lizzie. You can see which works best for you. You can also try a pizza dough rollers.
Consider giving the dog treats as gifts for any holiday or to friend’s dogs as a special treat. Putting the treats in a cute bag, making a gift tag and doing ribbon all up the therapy value of this activity.
The link to purchase dog themed cookie cutters on Amazon is here
If your dog doesn’t consume the treats in a day put in refrigerator and bring to room temperature when you give them to your dog.
I bet Lizzie’s cute dog loves to be on the receiving end of these treats.