How to make dog treats tips and info on how to get started making homemade dog treats, even if you are just beginning to cook.
While making dog treats is not really hard, the best part about making homemade dog treats is that dogs are very patient with you…
Your dog will be right by your side during the learning process. And, trust me on this--all your “experiments” will be gratefully eaten!
Making homemade dog treats is not very different from baking desserts and breads for your family. The techniques are just like those for making cookies.
In fact, the main difference is that you have to be careful to use ONLY human grade ingredients that are good for dogs.
I receive a fair number of emails with questions on making dog treats. I’ll answer some of the most popular here:
If you substitute one flour for another, you may have to add or subtract some of the liquid. There is no general rule for this, as flours have different qualities. You’ll just have to experiment a little until you get the right combination. Keep a record each time you do it, so you don’t forget…
If you are uncomfortable using yeast, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of baking powder--or just leave the leavenings out. If you don't use a leavening, your dog treats will not rise and they will be heavier. You may have to bake them a little longer, but they will still be good dog treats.
I should also mention that brewers yeast which is NOT an active yeast (It is a nutritional yeast, different from active dry yeast) is very healthy for dogs. It is loaded with B vitamins, and has been recommended for years, as a dog food supplement to repel fleas.
If you don’t want to use honey because it is a sugar, you might consider rosemary extract. Bakeries use .01 % of the recipe. You’d have to calculate that, based on the amount of dough. However, a conservative ball park approach is to use 3-4 drops per batch of dog cookies having 3-4 cups of flour.
This should give you some ideas about how to make dog treats, and I’m hoping it will help you get started making your own homemade dog treats soon!