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Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS
Did you know?
Sweet Potatoes
are one of nature’s nearly perfect foods. Sweet potatoes are so healthy they should be fed to your dog daily! Health benefits include; contain potent antioxidants to aid in healing, cancer prevention, and fighting the effects of aging. They are rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium and are a source of dietary fiber to help with those dreaded loose stools. They also contain valuable anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Mint is known to be a natural antidepressant for dogs and also contains antipruritic or anti-itch properties. Mint helps in oral care as it is germicidal and as well as a breath freshener.

Sweet Potato & Mint

SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS
1 medium to large cooked, mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
1/4 – 1/2 cup water (adjust liquid according to size of potato used)
1 tbsp. fresh mint or 1 heaped tsp. dried mint
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and spray mini cupcake tins with cooking spray.
Add all the ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix together thoroughly.
Scoop teaspoon size portions into each mini cupcake cavity, filling to about ¾ full.
Bake for 40 minutes or until any little peaks appear golden brown.
Remove the tins from the oven and place mini muffins on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 40 mini muffins.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

CHIA AND NUT BUTTER COOKIES
Did you know?
Chia
is incredibly nutritious and truly deserves the “superfood” label. Chia contain more calcium than whole milk, more iron than raw spinach and more magnesium than broccoli. Chia is non-allergenic too and an excellent source of phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron and zinc. Chia has 3 times the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids as salmon! Omega-3 is important to balance out Omega-6 fatty acids. Two tablespoons of Chia seeds provide a 3 to 1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids. Chia supports normal insulin function and sensitivity, blood sugar regulation and glucose tolerance. The added benefit of slowing down digestion enables full absorption of nutrients, dogs feel satiated longer.
Chia is also know to reduce inflammation too.

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CHIA AND NUT BUTTER COOKIES
2½ cups Rye flour
2 tbsp. Chia seeds
1/2 cup Nut Butter (Sunflower or Peanut)
1 cup Hot Water
2 tbsp. Coconut oil
Preheat your oven to 190° C (375° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour and seeds to combine.
In a small bowl, mix together the nut butter, hot water and coconut oil.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well to combine.
Turn out onto lightly rye floured work surface and knead to bring mixture together.
Roll out dough to 1/4 – 1/2 inch thickness and using a cookie cutter of your choice, sharp knife or pastry cutter, cut out shapes and place onto cookie tray.
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all dough is used.
Bake for 18 – 20 minutes (depends on your oven) or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 48 cookies (1 and 2 inch cookies)

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these CHIA AND NUT BUTTER COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 5 – 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
Did you know?
Pumpkin seeds are an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and… humans. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract.
Coconut improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut. Coconut oil can help kill worm eggs and rid your pet of ear mites.
Cinnamon is known to help invigorate and support your pets respiratory and digestive systems. Cinnamon has great anti-inflammatory properties, especially for senior dogs struggling with arthritis.
Ginger is an anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and a carminative (means less flatulence). It helps in the absorption of food stuff, helping with digestion. It’s also helps boost healthy blood circulation. Ginger also helps in treating nausea such as motion sickness.
Pumpkin Spice
PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
2 cups cooked Pumpkin – mashed
1/4 cup desiccated Coconut
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
1 tbsp. Pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, add the desiccated coconut, spices and seeds to the Oats and mix to combine.
Add in the mashed pumpkin and mix thoroughly.
Scoop out portions of cookie mixture with a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon and drop onto cookie tray.
Flatten cookies with the bottom of a small glass, your fingers or fork tines.
Bake for 15 minutes, remove tray from oven and flip cookies over.
Return tray to oven and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes (ovens vary).
Remove cookies from oven and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 30 cookies (soft texture)

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

BANANA OAT COOKIES
Bananas are high in potassium (great for muscle and blood vessel function), fiber (a handy home remedy for the occasional bout of doggy diarrhea or constipation) and magnesium (important for energy transport and protein building in the body). Bananas also have lots of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), which helps metabolize proteins and regulates blood cell function. They also contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and helps build cartilage. Bananas are interesting because they are said to add natural acidophilus bacteria to the bowels, although probably in only small amounts.
Bananas are one of the nutritious fruits that will make a good treat for the dog.
Oats are one of the least allergenic of grains. It is a warming grain that calms the nervous and reproductive systems, strengthens the pancreas, spleen and immune system, as well as the heart muscle. Oats are high in protein, and are equal to meat, milk and egg protein. Many Vets feel that the protein in oats is very hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction) and therefore an ideal nutrient to be included in a diet formulated for pets suspected of having a food sensitivities or allergies.

Oatban
BANANA OAT COOKIES
(ONLY 2 ingredients with options)
2 – 3 large ripened bananas – mashed
2 cups of quick cooking oats
1 tbsp. chia, flax or sesame seeds – optional
1 tsp. ginger – optional
1 tsp. cinnamon – optional
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl, mix the bananas and cooking oats together.
*Since the size of bananas varies, you may need to add a little extra oatmeal to get a consistency where your cookie dough will hold together.
If using optional seeds and spices, add to the mixture and mix through thoroughly.
Drop small teaspoon size portions onto the cookie tray.
You can either leave portions as they drop onto the cookie tray or flatten them slightly with your fingers, to make small round cookies (I made some of each).
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes (Ovens vary).
Remove tray from oven and allow cookies to rest on the tray for 5 – 10 minutes.
Place cookies to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 32 small cookies (soft texture).

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 3 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BANANA OAT COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

BANANA FLAX CRACKERS
Did you know?
Flax meal is actually ground flax seed. Flax seed must be ground for your pet to be able to process the seeds, (whole flax seeds will actually pass through your pet undigested).
Flax seed is an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for your pet’s skin and coat health. Flax seed can prevent dry, itchy skin, shedding, and hot spots.
Flax seed also have cholesterol-lowering properties and may help stop tumor growth in dogs with cancer. 
Flax seeds contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. The insoluble fiber in flax seed speeds the passage of food through the digestive system. It also builds stool volume, preventing constipation. Many vets recommend the addition of ground flax seed to a dog’s regular food for these benefits, and also because heavier stools will help evacuate the dog’s anal sacs, preventing impaction.
Flax seed contains high levels of lignans (phytonutrients – natural chemicals) that provide beneficial properties for your dog. While flax seed does appear to lose some of its actual nutritional benefit during baking, the lignans remain stable, providing potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Banana Flax
BANANA FLAX CRACKERS
1 – 2 medium size (or 2 small) mashed bananas
½ cup flax seed meal
1 tbsp. flax seeds
1 – 2 tsp. sesame seeds (decoration)
Preheat oven to 150° C (300° F) and lightly spray a whoopie pie (or cupcake) tin with cooking spray.
Mix mashed banana, flax seed meal and flax seeds together.
Drop teaspoonful portions into each whoopie pie (or cupcake) cavity.
Press down the mixture in each cavity using either the bottom of a glass/cup or your fingers to form a thin, flat round.
Take a pinch of sesame seeds and sprinkle over top of cracker mixture. Press seeds down gently.
Bake for 20 – 22 minutes.
Remove tin from the oven and turn out crackers onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 24 crackers
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store
in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BANANA FLAX CRACKERS only as a treat.

Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

HAM AND CHEESE ON RYE
Did you know?
Ham, a small amount, WITHOUT the FAT trimmings or seasoning, can be eaten by dogs, but only in extreme moderation. During the Holidays, Vets see many pets who have chewed/splintered/swallowed/eaten that left over COOKED HAM BONE, with all the FAT/gristle still attached. It’s not so much the small amount of ham, but the FAT and COOKED BONE, that does most of the damage.  A small amount of Low Sodium, Gourmet Lite Ham, if fed in moderation, does NOT appear to cause any of those FAT associated problems; indigestion, upset stomach/diarrhea, even pancreatitis (inflammation of the Pancreas). Again, it’s feed in moderation + see Note.
Cheese is a good source of protein for your dog. It also provides vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, Vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids. Low Fat Cheddar Cheese has less lactose (milk sugar) than milk and some other dairy products so it’s less likely to cause digestive problems plus, not all dogs are lactose intolerant. According to the ASPCA site, if you use only a small amount of low-fat cheese in homemade treats and your dog doesn’t have any digestive upset, you can use it.
Rye Flour is wheat free, but not gluten free. It is however, lower in gluten than whole-wheat flour and contains high levels of proteins and fiber. It contains good amounts of iron, calcium and zinc and a whole slew of B vitamins. There’s also vitamin E a plenty. It’s also effective in lowering cholesterol levels, optimizing health of the heart and controlling blood pressure (US studies have showed between 0.5 percent and 10 percent of dogs suffer from high blood pressure – ages ranged from 2 to 14 years old).

Pickle and crisps are decoration only :)

Dill Pickles and Potato Chips are decoration only 🙂

HAM AND CHEESE ON RYE
2 cups Rye Flour
1/4 cup Ham – chopped (Gourmet Lite – less sodium) – See Note
1/3 cup cheese, grated (lactose free – low fat)
2 eggs – lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, crushed – always optional
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Note: If you’re not comfortable with using ham in this treat recipe, then please, leave it out – your fur kids won’t mind.
Suggestions: Add cooked Chicken, Turkey or Beef as substitute.
Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie try with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk water and eggs together and set aside.
In a food processor, add to the bowl, the oil, cheese, ham, garlic and flour.
Pulse for a few seconds then scrape the side of the bowl, and pulse again.
With the machine running, add the egg mixture until the dough forms a ball.
Turn out on to a rye floured work-surface and knead for around a minute.
Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters, a sharp knife or a pastry cutter.
Place on a baking sheet and bake 20 – 25 minutes (depending on your oven, they vary).
Remove tray from the oven and flip each biscuit over.
Bake for an additional 20 – 25 minutes (again, depending on your oven).
Remove from oven and allow to rest on cookie tray for 5 – 10 minutes.
The cookies may still be slightly soft to touch, they will harden a little, as they cool.
Transfer cookies to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 42 cookies depending on the cutter size

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these HAM AND CHEESE ON RYE only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

BEEF SNAX – Wheat and Gluten Free
Did you know?
Beef is a unique, special food. It offers a vast array of vitamins, minerals and protein, all essential for your dog’s healthy diet. Some of the important vitamins found in beef include several B vitamins, B12, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin. B vitamins are known to help maintain your dog’s metabolism, immune system and blood glucose levels. In addition to these essential vitamins, beef also offers vitamins E, K, and D. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant, and Vitamin K is vital to blood clotting and bone health. The minerals found in beef include, iron, a key mineral that helps get oxygen to all body cells, potassium, calcium, zinc, and magnesium, important for many essential body functions, including muscle, bone, and cellular functions.
Beef is a great source of protein, providing your dog with long lasting energy.

Beef Snax

BEEF SNAX – Wheat and Gluten Free
500 grams (1 lb) minced beef (ground beef)
1/2 apple, grated
1/2 cup carrots, shredded and chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin, shredded and chopped
1 small to medium sweet potato, steamed, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup oats, gluten free
1 large egg
Preheat your oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a jelly roll tin with parchment paper.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Press and work mixture into the jelly roll tin, it should be approximately 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 110° C (230° F).
Using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter, score the treats into squares or shapes, 1 inch x 1 inch or 2 inches x 1 inch, depending on your dog.
Flip the treats once you’ve cut them and then return the tin to the oven.
Bake for another 40 minutes.
These Beef Snax brown quickly, so check them often, you don’t want them to burn (oven temperatures vary).
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Yield: lots!
Beef Snax -2

I doubled the ingredients listed above and made 2 trays of Beef Snax

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store
in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BEEF SNAX only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cake Recipe

3m BIRTHDAY CAKE
Did you know?
Today is Miss Matilda Belle’s  ♥ 2nd birthday ♥
Carrots
are an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients and are packed full of vitamin B, C, D, E and K along with folic acid and the anti-cancer protecting ingredient – beta carotene. Clinical trials have shown that dogs supplemented with beta carotene have a heightened immune response, which protects them from illness and infection. Carrots also contain potassium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and silica.
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. Honey also helps when your pup might be sick and have a cough. Honey contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K, plus calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, potassium, manganese, copper, and iodine.
Cinnamon, a great addition to dog treat cookies is also antibacterial, and slows down the spoilage of food. Initial studies have indicated that cinnamon may have anti-cancer and anti-bacterial benefits. Cinnamon is a known to aid indigestion, diarrhea and GAS in your dog and has great anti-inflammatory properties, especially for senior dogs struggling with arthritis. Studies have shown cinnamon improves brain function in dogs too.

Birthday Cake-1
3m BIRTHDAY CAKE

1 cup plain flour
1½ cups carrot, grated
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 small ripe banana – mashed
3 tbsp. honey
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda, gluten free
1 – 2 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt – optional
Frosting:
115 grams (4 ounces) low fat cream cheese
1 tbsp. lactose free milk or yogurt
2 tbsp. peanut butter – organic

Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and spray 20 cm (8 inch) cake pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine oil, water, banana, honey, vanilla, eggs and beat well.
Stir in the grated carrot.
Sift the dry ingredients and add to the wet mixture and mix thoroughly to combine.
Pour mixture into prepared cake pan.
Bake for 45 – 50 minutes depending on your oven.
Remove from oven and allow to rest in cake pan for 5 minutes.
Remove from cake pan and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Birthday Cake-2

Frosting:
In a small bowl, soften cream cheese in microwave or allow to come to room temperature.
Add milk or yogurt and peanut butter and beat to combine.
Spread over cake and (add candles – optional) serve!

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in air tight cake container in refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 3 months – Always allow 3m BIRTHDAY CAKE to thaw completely before feeding.

half eaten birthday cake

Feed this 3m BIRTHDAY CAKE as a BIRTHDAY TREAT only.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

CRANBERRY CHEESE COOKIES
Did you know?
Cranberries are rich in vitamins including A, B1, B2, C, and many nutrients. They are full of minerals and polyphenol antioxidants, which can benefit the cardiovascular system, immune system and even act as an anti-cancer agent in your dog or cat. Cranberries also contain nutrients that fight plaque from forming on your dog or cat’s teeth. Cranberry nutrients are best known for preventing recurring urinary tract infections (UTI). The nutrients combat the bacteria from your pet’s digestive tract that can invade their urinary tract and possibly cause infection.
Eggs add high quality protein – essential for body building and enhanced immune system health. Added benefits include essential fatty acids for hormonal, skin, kidney, heart, liver, reproductive, coat and brain health. Eggs also contain vital anti-oxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect the eye and reduce the effects of ageing, which is accelerated by poor modern diets. Eggs are a good source of Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Selenium and Fatty Acids.

Cranberry Cheese

CRANBERRY CHEESE COOKIES
2½ cups brown rice flour
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup grated lactose free cheese
2 large eggs
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. water
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line two cookie trays with parchment paper.
Place the brown rice flour, cranberries, cheese, eggs and olive oil in a food processor.
Pulse until cranberries are chopped and mixture appears crumbly.
With the processor running, pour 4 tbsp. water down the chute into mixture.
Alternative method: Chop the dried cranberries into small pieces, place brown rice flour, cranberries, cheese, eggs and olive into a large bowl. Using your hands or a heavy spoon, stir to combine the (dry and crumbly) mixture. Add 4 tbsp. water and work to combine.
Working with flours that lack gluten can be tricky; the dough crumbles and pulls apart easily, if you find you just can’t incorporate all of the crumbles in the bottom of your mixing bowl, don’t worry, in the next step, you will be able to bring it all together.
Turn onto floured work surface and using your hands work the crumbly mixture into a smooth dough ball. The dough appears oily but not sticky wet.
Place dough between two pieces of cling wrap or freezer paper and roll (or using your hands, pat out) to ½ inch thickness.
Using a cookie cutter of your choice or a sharp knife or pastry cutter, cut out shapes.
Place shapes on cookie tray. Gather dough scraps and repeat process of work, roll (pat), cut and place until all dough is used.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove cookie trays from oven and let cookies rest for 5 minutes on tray.
Place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield – approximately 100 small cookies (great for freezing or gift treat bags for your fur kids, fur friends special occassion).

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these CRANBERRY CHEESE COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.  If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

BEEFO’S
Did you know?
Parsley
acts like an antioxidant in that it eliminates toxins and maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels. It is very beneficial for the liver, digestive system, to re-boot the immune system, reduce stress levels in the endocrine system and will benefit every area of digestion. It has diuretic qualities and is an antispasmodic, aiding in protecting the bladder from the accumulation of bladder stones. Parsley is also a carminative, helping to reduce as well as release cramp-producing gasses.
It can aid in the expelling of tapeworms and other parasites.
Olive Oil is very effective at arming the body’s immune system so it can efficiently fight off disease. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is rich in polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids, contains high levels of antioxidants, oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.
Garlic – When it comes to garlic, most dog owners are divided on their opinion.
Even though Garlic is related to Onion and contains thiosulphate (which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage and even death) it is Onions which have MUCH higher concentration levels of thiosulphate. Garlic it should be noted, contains very small, barely traceable thiosulphate levels, which are not stored in the body and do not build up.  A dog would have to consume a HUGE quantity for any negative effects. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, boosts the immune system, makes dogs less desirable to fleas and is antiparasitic. Fresh, raw organic garlic is always best, but Kyolic Aged Liquid Garlic is also good. Powdered garlic lacks medicinal qualities, but does tempt taste buds.
See * Note

Beefo's
BEEFO’S
500 grams (1 pound) beef stew meat – chuck, round or blade steak.
1 tbsp. Parsley
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 small clove Garlic, crushed/pressed (optional)
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper.
Cut beef into 3/4 – 1 inch cubes (no smaller as the pieces shrink while cooking) and place in medium size bowl.
Add parsley and olive oil (and optional garlic) and using your hands or a heavy spoon, mix thoroughly until all the meat is well covered with the oil mixture.
Place meat cubes on to the lined baking tray.
Bake for 1 to 1½ hours (bigger pieces take longer time in the oven plus, ovens vary).
Remove from oven and stir in baking tray.
Reduce heat to 100° C (200° F) and return to oven for another hour to 1 to 1½ hours.
Remove the BEEFO’S from oven and place them on a kitchen paper lined wire cooling rack to cool.
When done, BEEFO’S should be small, dry, crunchy, drooling morsels, perfect for training treats and rewards.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store
in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 2 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BEEFO’S only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

*Note:  (I may post the occasional Treat/Cookie recipe listing garlic in the ingredients – it will always be an OPTIONAL INGREDIENT – and therefore your choice to include or not.
I have checked with the 3m’s Vet regarding the inclusion of Garlic in their diet).

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

CINNAMON and CARROT CRACKERS
Did you know?
Cinnamon,
a great addition to dog treat cookies is also antibacterial, and slows down the spoilage of food. Initial studies have indicated that cinnamon may have anti-cancer and anti-bacterial benefits. Cinnamon is a known to aid indigestion, diarrhea and GAS in your dog and has great anti-inflammatory properties, especially for senior dogs struggling with arthritis. Studies have shown cinnamon improves brain function in dogs too. If you’re working with your dog on learning new tricks, definitely offer him or her a sniff of cinnamon before you begin your training session!
Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients and are packed full of vitamin B, C, D, E and K along with folic acid and the anti-cancer protecting ingredient – beta carotene. Clinical trials have shown that dogs supplemented with beta carotene have a heightened immune response, which protects them from illness and infection. Carrots also contain potassium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and silica. Carrots can be fed raw, cooked or pureed and are always a great addition to healthy treat recipes.
Rye Flour is lower in gluten than whole-wheat flour and contains high levels of proteins and fiber. It contains good amounts of iron, calcium and zinc and a whole slew of B vitamins. There’s also vitamin E a plenty. It’s also effective in lowering cholesterol levels, optimizing health of the heart and controlling blood pressure (US studies have showed between 0.5 percent and 10 percent of dogs suffer from high blood pressure – ages ranged from 2 to 14 years old).

Cinnamon and Carrot

CINNAMON and CARROT CRACKERS
4 cups rye flour
½ cup oat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 – 2 tablespoons water (extra if needed)
In a large bowl, combine flours and cinnamon.
In a food processor or blender combine carrot, 1/2 cup water, oil, honey, egg, and vanilla and process until smooth.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix to combine. Knead and press the dough with your hands, if it’s still really dry and crumbly, add a little of the extra water.
Continue to work the dough (and add water) until you can bring it together.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and shape and form into a ball.
Cut into 4 portions, it makes it easier to work with.
Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let dough balls rest for about an hour (bench top is fine).
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line two cookie trays with parchment paper.
Roll out a dough portion to 1/8 inch thickness and using a pastry cutter, a sharp knife or a round cookie cutter, cut into bite size pieces (small, medium or large).
Transfer the crackers to cookie trays and poke holes with fork tines in each cracker.
Repeat the process of roll, cut, transfer and poke holes with the other dough balls.
Gather up the scraps and repeat until all the dough is used.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove trays from the oven; reduce the oven temperature to 150° C (300° F) and allow crackers to sit and rest for 5 – 10 minutes, on the trays.
Return the cooled trays to oven and bake for a further 20 minutes.
Remove trays from oven and transfer crackers to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield – approximately 84 x 1 inch square crackers and 36 round 1½ inch crackers.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store
in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these CINNAMON and CARROT CRACKERS only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

BUCKWHEAT BEET BITES
Did you know?
Buckwheat Flour
is gluten free and is a great alternative for pets that are allergic to wheat. Buckwheat is one of the best sources of high quality, easily absorbed, protein in the plant kingdom. It is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals and contains eight essential amino acids including arginine, lysine, glycine, methionine and tryptophan, as well as rutin, a citrus flavonoid. This flavonoid promotes cardiovascular health.
Red Beetroot (Beets) are among the best foods you can add to your dog’s diet to provide valuable nutrients, natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Beets contain high concentrations of natural source betaine (a strong antioxidant believed to be effective in the prevention of heart and liver disease), Vitamin B & C, folate, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Beets help support allergy control, healthy weight, energy levels, inflammation relief, antioxidant levels and immune system.

Buckwheat Beet Bites

BUCKWHEAT BEET BITES
3 cups buckwheat flour
1 cup applesauce – unsweetened
1/2 cup beet puree (roughly 1 medium size cooked beet)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tbsp. maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking powder – aluminum and gluten free
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line two cookie trays with parchment paper.
In a large bowl whisk together the applesauce, beet puree, oil and maple syrup.
In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
Slowly pour the flour into the wet ingredients and mix well to combine.
Once combined, wrap the mixture in plastic/cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Working with flours that lack gluten can be tricky; placing the dough in the refrigerator often helps.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead gently for a minute or two.
Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and using a cooking cutter or a sharp knife, cut out cookies.
Place on lined cookie trays and bake for 15 – 18 minutes (depending on your oven).
Remove cookies from the oven and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield 15 x 2 inch heart shaped cookies and 52 x 1 inch cookies.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BUCKWHEAT BEET BITES only as a treat.

Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

CHEEZIE MINT MILK BONES – GLUTEN FREE (with OPTION)
Did you know?
Mint
provides Vitamin B, C, B12, Folic Acid, Thiamin and Riboflavin as well as the minerals calcium and iron. Mint is also soothing to the stomach and nervous system and helps alleviate nausea and GAS! Mint is a germicidal and breathe freshener, it takes care of oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside your pet’s mouth and by cleaning their tongue and teeth. As well as being a natural diuretic it is also an excellent anti-depressant for dogs.

Cheezie Milk Bones

CHEEZIE MINT MILK BONES – GLUTEN FREE
3 cups All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour – see OPTION
1/2 cup Dry Milk Powder
3 tbsp. Fresh Mint – finely chopped
1/2 cup Cheese, Lactose Free – finely grated and/or finely chopped
1 cup warm Chicken Stock, no onion, no garlic – low sodium
1 Egg – lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl add flour, dry milk powder, mint, cheese and mix together.
Pour the warm chicken stock into flour mixture, then add beaten egg and mix together thoroughly.
Working with flours that lack gluten can be tricky; the dough crumbles and pulls apart easily, if you find you just can’t incorporate all of the crumbles in the bottom of your mixing bowl, don’t worry, in the next step, you will be able to bring it all together.
Turn the dough (and flour crumbles) out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead and fold, working in those flour crumbles, until the mixture fully comes together and you can form a dough ball.
Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick and using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife cut out shapes. Place cut outs on cookie tray, they don’t spread during cooking so you can place them close together.
Gather dough scraps and repeat the process of knead, form, roll and place until all dough is used.
Bake for 50 minutes.
OPTION: You can substitute All Purpose Gluten Free Flour for All Purpose Flour.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes if using All Purpose Flour.

Remove the tray from oven and allow cookies to rest for 5 – 10 minutes.
Remove cookies from tray and place them on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield is approximately 40 bone cookies using a 2 inch cutter.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these CHEEZIE MINT MILK BONES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.
If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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PEANUT BUTTER AND CRANBERRY TREATS
Did you know:
Peanuts
are a type of legume or bean, which is why they are so rich in protein.
In addition to protein, peanuts contain vitamin H or biotin, and vitamin E. Vitamin H improves the sheen in a dog’s coat, strengthens the nails and is good for the skin. Vitamin E is an immune system enhancer. Peanuts also provide your K9 companion with many other vitamins and minerals needed to stay healthy, including fiber, niacin, folate and magnesium. Choosing organic, salt and sugar free peanut butter will give your pet the maximum taste and nutritional benefit possible.
You can make your own peanut butter fresh with organic and unsalted raw or roasted peanuts. Simply put the shelled peanuts in your food processor with a small drizzle of peanut oil and process until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy — the more oil, the creamier the consistency.
Cranberries are rich in vitamins including A, B1, B2, C, and many nutrients. They are full of minerals and polyphenol antioxidants, which can benefit the cardiovascular system, immune system and even act as an anti-cancer agent in your dog or cat.

PB & Cranberry
PEANUT BUTTER AND CRANBERRY TREATS
2 cups all-purpose flour – gluten free
1/2 cup oats – gluten free
1/2 cup cornmeal – gluten free
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs – lightly beaten
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 200° C (400º F) and line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl combine the water, oil, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla and set aside.
In another bowl mix together the flour, oats, cornmeal and cranberries.
Make a well in the center of the flour/cranberries and add the peanut butter mixture.
Mix thoroughly, you will probably need to use your hands. Form into a dough ball.
Place the dough ball on a floured surface and pinch off small pieces of dough and form into small to walnut size balls (depends on your pet’s size and their treat size preference – you can make them as small or as large as you like). Place the balls onto cookie trays and press down lightly and flatten with your fingers or fork tines. (The treats don’t spread, so you can place them close).
Bake for 20 minutes.
If you are making smaller sized treats, you need to reduce the baking time, they will cook quicker given the smaller size. Bake smaller sized treats for 15 – 17 minutes depending on your oven.
Remove cookies from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes on the cookie tray.
Remove cookies and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield is about 36 one inch round cookies.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these PEANUT BUTTER AND CRANBERRY TREATS only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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WHEAT FREE CARROT AND APPLE CLUSTERS
Did you know?
Carrots
are definitely the most nutrition rich veggie available to dogs right now.
Packed with Vitamins A, K and C, carrots pack a powerful antioxidant punch. Additionally, carrots help a dog’s vision, heart, and blood sugar levels as well as providing distilled natural oils to naturally guard your dog from worms.
Apples contain calcium and phosphorus, and they also add to a dog’s skin and coat health by adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your dog’s diet. Dogs with sensitive digestion are said to tolerate apples well. NOTE: NEVER feed your dog apple seeds. They contain AMYGDLIN a form of CYANIDE, which is very poisonous to every living thing. Cyanide prevents the blood from carrying oxygen throughout the body.
Oats are high in Protein, soluble fiber (the fiber that helps keep cholesterol levels low), iron, manganese, zinc, and B vitamins (pantothenic acid, B5, and folate, B9). Oats benefit several body organs and systems, including: skin, nervous system, stomach, spleen, lungs, and the urinary and reproductive systems.
Cinnamon is antifungal; it works to combat candida albicans, the fungus that often causes yeast infections (skin and ears) in your dog. These infections are often resistant to medication, but not to Cinnamon. Dogs who suffer from allergies are often prone to yeast infections.
Wheat Free Carrot and Apple Clusters
WHEAT FREE CARROT AND APPLE CLUSTERS
2 cups Brown Rice Flour
2 cups Rolled Oats – gluten free
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup finely grated Carrot
3/4 cup Apple sauce, unsweetened
2 Eggs – lightly beaten
1/4 cup Water
3 tbsp. Molasses
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line two cookie trays with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon.
In a small bowl, combine the grated carrot, apple sauce, eggs, water and molasses.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the carrot/apple mixture.
Mix thoroughly together until it is well combined and is a semi-moist consistency.
Using 2 teaspoons, drop teaspoon sized clusters onto the cookie tray.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove trays from the oven and leave the clusters to rest on the cookie trays for 5 – 10 minutes.
Remove clusters from the cookie trays and place on wire cooling racks to cool completely.
Yield is approximately 6 dozen teaspoon size treats.
You can make them as small or as big as you like. Just remember, the smaller the treat, reduce the baking time by 5-10 minutes; the larger the treat, increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes. If you do change the size, it might be an idea to check the treats as they are cooking.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these WHEAT FREE CARROT AND APPLE CLUSTERS only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.
If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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VERY BERRY DOGGY GRANOLA BARS
Did you know?
Coconut
contains No Trans-Fats, is Gluten-Free, Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic, and also contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-parasitic healing properties.
Cranberries contain a unique array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients and research is continuing into what appears to be excellent anti-cancer properties. They are well known in protecting against Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) in your pet.
Cherries provide beneficial properties for a range of inflammatory-related conditions in your pet. A recent study by University of Michigan researchers revealed a cherry-enriched diet reduced inflammation markers in animals by up to 50 per cent.
Pumpkin seeds are known to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis without the side effects of using anti-inflammatory drugs. They are also a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
Sunflower seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
Sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
Maple syrup is an antioxidant powerhouse. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island found that maple syrup is filled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that may help prevent several chronic and inflammatory diseases like diabetes and cancer. It settles digestion issues and helps with muscle recovery as it is an excellent source of manganese, which helps repair muscle and cell damage; it also keeps bones strong and blood sugar levels normal.

Doggy Granola

VERY BERRY DOGGY GRANOLA BARS – Wheat and gluten-free
2½ cups old-fashioned rolled Oats – gluten free
1 cup unsweetened flaked Coconut
½ cup unsweetened dried Cranberries, chopped
½ cup unsweetened dried Cherries, chopped (you can use blueberries)
½ cup Pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp. Sunflower seeds
2 tbsp. Sesame seeds
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ cup unsweetened Applesauce
1 – 2 ripe Bananas, mashed (depending on size)
½ cup unsalted natural crunchy Peanut Butter – organic
2 tbsp. Maple Syrup – organic
Preheat the oven to 180° C (350º F.) and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Place the oats, coconut, cranberries, cherries (or blueberries), seeds and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
Combine the peanut butter, banana, applesauce and maple syrup in a bowl and stir with a fork until the mixture is creamy.
Add the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture and either mix together, you may need to use your hands, until the mixture appears to be thoroughly combined, OR mix with your stand mixer, on a medium speed using a paddle attachment until everything is combined. The mixture is sticky and doesn’t look as if it has come together, that’s OK, in the next step it happens.
Press the sticky mixture into the parchment-lined jelly-roll pan.
Bake 15 minutes, depending on your oven, or until it is golden and crispy.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the jelly roll pan.
When cooled, use a knife to cut it into small bars or break into bits.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these VERY BERRY DOGGY GRANOLA BARS only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.
If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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WHEAT FREE TUNA TREATS
Did you know?
Tuna is beneficial for the skin and coat of your dog due to the high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids also aid joint health and mobility, plus are responsible for a long list of cardiovascular benefits Tuna is low in saturated fats and high in protein, making it a suitable treat for dogs. It is an excellent source of Vitamin B6 and 12, folic acid and selenium, which plays a major role in preventing the occurrence of cancer and heart disease.
Polenta itself stands for grounded corn flour. Polenta can be either yellow or white. Polenta contains a good range of vitamins and minerals, Vitamin A, Vitamins B6, B12, D, E and K, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. It’s also a great source of fiber. Polenta adds a different texture with a hint of crunchiness to dog treats.

Wheat Free Tuna

WHEAT FREE TUNA TREATS
1½ cups Oat flour
1 cup yellow Polenta (If you prefer corn-free, increase Oat flour by 1 extra cup)
1 small can tuna in oil, undrained
¼ tsp. baking powder – gluten free, aluminum free
1 small garlic clove – pressed (optional)
1 egg
1 tbsp. oil
⅓ cup water
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk tuna in oil with the water, egg, pressed garlic and oil.
Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until well combined and form into a ball.
Turn out dough on to a floured surface and knead lightly.
Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thickness.
Using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut into shapes and place on cookie tray OR .
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all the dough is used.
Bake for 25 minutes, depending on your oven.
Remove from oven, flip the cookies over and allow them to rest on the cookie tray for about 5 – 10 minutes.
Remove cookies from tray and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 24 medium sized crumbly textured cookies.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Wheat Free Tuna Treats only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.
If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

TURKEY AND CRANBERRY BITES – Wheat Free
Did you know?

Buckwheat flour is NOT WHEAT. It’s not even a grain. Buckwheat is one of the best sources of high quality, easily absorbed, protein in the plant kingdom. It is naturally gluten free and can be used to cook or bake for those that are sensitive or intolerant to wheat gluten.
Turkey is actually an excellent low fat source of quality protein for dogs. Turkey is also notably high in tryptophan (which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system), selenium, B vitamins, phosphorus, choline and zinc.
Cranberries are rich in vitamins including A, B1, B2, C, and many nutrients. They are full of minerals and polyphenol antioxidants, which can benefit the cardiovascular system, immune system and even act as an anti-cancer agent in your dog or cat. Cranberries also contain nutrients that fight plaque from forming on your dog or cat’s teeth. Cranberry nutrients are best known for preventing recurring urinary tract infections (UTI). The nutrients combat the bacteria from your pet’s digestive tract that can invade their urinary tract and possibly cause infection.
Turkey Cranberry
TURKEY AND CRANBERRY BITES
1½ cups Buckwheat flour
3/4 cup cooked Turkey mince (ground) – Organic Turkey Mince – no skin/bones
1/2 cup chopped dried Cranberries
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 cup Lactose Free Milk – or water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. Honey
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl add Buckwheat flour, Cranberries and Cinnamon and combine.
Add the remaining ingredients to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly to combine (you will need to use your hands for this step, until it comes together).
Turn dough on to a heavily Buckwheat floured surface and pat down dough to roughly flatten.
Flip dough over and pat out again, flattening to about 3/4 inch and forming a dough circle.
Pat down or roll (gently) the dough to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thickness and using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out shapes. Place shapes on cookie tray.
Repeat process of pat/roll, cut and place until all dough is used.
Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes, depending on your oven.
Remove tray from oven, flip the cookies over and leave on cookie tray on stove top for
5 – 10 minutes.
Remove cookies from cookie tray and place on wire cooking rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 44 small to medium (depending on cookie cutter/shape) sized cookies.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Turkey and Cranberry Bites only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, always check with your Vet.

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SARDINE OATCAKES
Did you know?
Sardines are full of omega-3 fatty acids and Coenzyme Q10 plus they are an excellent source of vitamin B12 and D. Vitamin D plays an essential role in bone health since it helps to increase the absorption of calcium. Sardines are also a very good source of phosphorus, a mineral that is important to strengthening the bone matrix. The fatty acids in Sardines have many health benefits, like cancer prevention, reducing inflammation, and keeping the immune system strong, while CoQ10 supports a healthy heart and circulation.
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SIMPLE SARDINE OATCAKES
2 tins of sardines in oil (2 x 125 grams or 2 x 4.375 ounces) – see Dietary Note
1 small clove of garlic – pressed (you can use 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
3 cups oats
1 tbsp. fresh parsley – chopped (you can use 1 tsp. dried parsley)
1/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 190° C (375° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, add the two tins of sardines and mash thoroughly.
Add pressed/crushed garlic.
Add the oats and wholemeal flour.
The mixture is stubborn at coming together, you will probably need to use your hands to make it happen (I’m sure you could use your stand mixer with dough hook attachment for this process).
Form into a dough ball and turn out on to flour dusted work surface.
Roll out to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thickness and using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out shapes and place cut outs on cookie tray.
It will be easier if you wet your hands to repeat the process of form, roll, cut and place until all dough is used (wet hands help as the dough dries out quickly).
Bake for approximately 25 minutes depending on your oven.
Remove cookie tray from oven, flip Sardine Oatcakes over and leave tray to sit for 5-10 minutes on your stove top.
Remove Sardine Oatcakes from cookie tray and place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield is about 56 small to medium size, crumbly texture Sardine Oatcakes.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Simple Sardine Oatcakes only as a ‘special’ treat – see Dietary Note
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Dietary Note: Sardines contain naturally occurring substances called purines. Purines break down into uric acid. If your pet’s body isn’t properly clearing uric acid levels, urinary-tract stones can form. It can also cause crystals to form in the joints and synovial fluid of the dogs, which can cause inflammation and pain.
If you have a pet who is on a low purine diet or is susceptible to purine-related (kidney, bladder, crystals) problems, you should be limit or avoid feeding purine-containing foods such as sardines.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, always check with your Vet.

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HEALTHY APPLE CARROT AND BROWN RICE COOKIES
Did you know?
Apples in addition to being tasty treats, provide nutritional benefits to your dog. They offer vitamin C and dietary fiber, and they are low in sodium and saturated fat. They contain calcium and phosphorus, and they also add to a dog’s skin and coat health by adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your dog’s diet. Dogs with sensitive digestion are said to tolerate apples well. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer.
Carrots especially when processed (baked or dehydrated) to boost the ability to ingest, are definitely the most nutrition rich veggie available to dogs right now. The natural benefits to carrots are the vitamins that it contains (Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6). Not only do carrots bring in nutritious anti-oxidants to your canines eating habits, they also are rich in insoluble fibers which commonly boost digestive tract wellness in your animal. Carrots also provide distilled natural oils to naturally guard your dog from worms.
Brown Rice is less likely to cause allergy symptoms in your dog. It is a good source of the mineral selenium which has been found to reduce the incidence of cancer and cataracts. Brown Rice contains magnesium which plays a major role in maintaining bodily nerves, bones and muscles and is necessary for sustaining a normal heart beat. Brown Rice is also rich in vitamin E which promotes immunity and is necessary for a healthy skin in dog.
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HEALTHY APPLE CARROT AND BROWN RICE COOKIES
3 cups Oat flour – see handy tip
1 apple – grated, skin on
1 cup shredded raw carrot
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley – OR 1 tspn. dried
¼ cup pumpkin – mashed (no spice) – optional
1 cup chicken broth – low sodium Organic, no onion
Handy Tip: Oat Flour can be made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor, blender or vita mixer until it is the consistency of flour.
Preheat oven to 170° C (340° F) and line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to form rounded dough ball.
(If dough appears a little sticky, work in a little extra Oat flour).
Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead gently for about one minute.
Roll dough to about ¼ to ½ inch thickness and using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out shapes and place on to cookie trays.
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all dough is used.
Place cookie trays in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Remove from oven, turn cookies over and allow to sit on cookie tray for 5 minutes.
Place cookies on a wire cooling rack to completely cool.
Yield: about 60 small to medium size cut out cookies.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Apple Carrot and Brown Rice Cookies only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

CARROT CHEESE ‘n PARSLEY COOKIES
Did you know?
Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which are thought to help protect the heart and reduce the risk of cancer. Carrots are naturally high in beta carotene, an antioxidant, which protects against cell damage by soaking up free radicals. Clinical trials have shown that dogs supplemented with beta carotene have a heightened immune response, which protects them from illness and infection.
Cheese is a good source of protein for your dog. It also provides vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, Vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids. Low Fat Cheddar Cheese has less lactose (milk sugar) than milk and some other dairy products so it’s less likely to cause digestive problems plus, not all dogs are lactose intolerant. According to the ASPCA site, if you use only a small amount of low-fat cheese in homemade treats and your dogs don’t have any digestive upset, you can use it.
Parsley is a great addition to your dog’s food bowl. It inhibits cancer, is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes. It acts as a tonic, meaning it helps to boost the body’s overall functioning, clearing the bloodstream and liver of toxins. It also acts as a diuretic so it’s great for dogs who are prone to kidney and bladder infections, incontinence, and arthritis. It can help improve bad breath in dogs!
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CARROT CHEESE ‘n PARSLEY COOKIES
1 cup plain flour (All Purpose) – see Note*
1/2 cup oats
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated lactose free low fat cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. parsley
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 cup lactose free milk (or pet milk) – see Note**

Note* – You can use use whole meal (whole wheat) flour.
Note** – You can substitute milk with water or low sodium onion free chicken stock

Pre-heat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
Mix together the flour, grated cheese, carrot & parsley and oil in a bowl.
Add the milk in small amounts until the mixture comes together to form a dough.
Turn dough out on to a lightly flour worktop and knead lightly.
Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and using a cookie cutter of your choice or a sharp knife, cut into shapes and place on to cookie tray.
Repeat process of knead, roll and cut until all dough is used.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
If you like to peek while your cookies are baking, don’t worry too much if they appear spotted with brown ‘bits’, it just the cheese melting on the top of the cookies, as long as the cheese doesn’t burn, it’s good.
Remove the cookies from oven and place them on wire cooling rack to cool.
Yield about 24 – 30 soft treats depending on size.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator – allow treats to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Carrot Cheese ‘n Parsley Cookies only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.
If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH TREATS
Did you know?
Pumpkin cooked fresh, Pumpkin Seeds (see additional recipe below) and canned pumpkin (unsweetened, not pie filling) have many benefits for dogs. There is good reason pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble.
It can help with the following pet ailments:
Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our fur kids, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. It can also help dogs with indigestion or upset stomachs.
Urinary Health: The oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.
Weight Loss: If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your dog, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of fresh cooked, mashed or canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.
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ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH TREATS
1 large Butternut Squash – no need to peel.
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line 2 large cookie trays with parchment paper.
Cut Butternut Squash (neck) into slices (see photo) about 1/2 inch thickness.
When you get to the seeds, cut through the middle, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and set aside, (see included recipe) continue cutting slices until all the Butternut Squash is sliced.
Place the slices on cookie trays and roast for 60 – 90 minutes (cooking time really depends on the size of the slices and your oven). The slices will shrink considerably, don’t worry, it’s all part of the process.
Remove the cookie trays from the oven (the slices may appear moist) and turn the slices over.
Return the cookie trays to the oven and cook for another 60 – 90 minutes, checking around 60 minutes.
It’s essential to keep watching the slices, they can brown very quickly once they are nearly done.
Remove and let cool completely on wire cooling rack.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS TREATS
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line cookie tray with parchment paper, lightly misted with non-stick cooking spray.
Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings.
Place the seeds in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until they are lightly toasted. Check and stir the seeds every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool – see storage details below.
As with any seeds, feed these Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Treats with moderation.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.
Feed these Roasted Butternut Squash Treats – or – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Treats only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.
If in doubt, check with your Vet.
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Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

A 3m FAVORITE – FRUIT ‘n’ VEGGIE TREATS
Did you know?
Brown Rice Flour is high in protein and contains high levels of B vitamins.
If your dog suffers from wheat allergies, it’s a great choice.  Wheat and gluten free, Brown Rice Flour is packed with fiber, vitamins and nutrients such as calcium and zinc. Using Brown Rice Flour when baking pet treats, does result in a crunchier treat.
Sweet Potatoes are loaded with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients. They are rich in Vitamin A, C and E, Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. They also contain valuable anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Bananas are creamy, rich, and sweet to a dog’s palate and provide superior nutrition with several essential amino acids, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins B6 and C, potassium, fiber, and manganese. Dogs recuperating from illness or injury benefit as bananas assist in maintaining normal blood pressure, heart function, fluid balance, and digestive tract function.
Parsley is high in Vitamin A and C and provides a number of important health benefits for your dog. It can act to purify blood by accelerating the excretion of toxins from the body, reduce allergy symptoms and blood pressure. Parsley is also a perfect natural breath freshener for dogs.

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A 3m FAVORITE – FRUIT ‘n’ VEGGIE TREATS
3 cups brown rice flour
2 tbsp. dry milk
½ tsp. baking powder (gluten, aluminum free)
½ cup sweet potato  – cooked and mashed
1 medium ripe banana – mashed
½ cup Organic Chicken Stock – low sodium
1 tbsp. fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 165° C. (325° F) and line a large cookie tray with parchment paper.
In large bowl, add sweet potato, banana and chicken stock and whisk together.
Stir in dry milk, baking powder and parsley.
Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with heavy spoon or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Working with flours that lack gluten can be tricky; the dough crumbles and pulls apart easily, if you find you just can’t incorporate all of the crumbles in  the bottom of your mixing bowl, don’t worry, in the next step, you will be able to bring it all together).
Turn dough out onto lightly floured (brown rice) surface – make a little indentation in the middle of the dough and spoon those hard to incorporate flour crumbles into the dough. Fold in the sides of the dough, over the indentation and briefly knead and press the dough until it all comes together smoothly.
Roll dough between ¼ – ½ inch thickness, and using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out shapes and place shapes on cookie tray.
Repeat the process of knead, roll, cut and place until all the dough is used.
If you like, gently press the tines of a fork into each treat.
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes (depends on your oven).
Remove from oven and place treats on wire cooling rack to cool.
Yield about 25 large treats or 50 medium size treats.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Fruit ‘n’ Veggie Treats only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

ACE’S PUMPKIN, BACON n PARSLEY BITES
Did you know?
BROWN RICE FLOUR is Gluten Free, great to bake treats, if your pet has a wheat allergy. Brown Rice is rich in B3, B6 and magnesium and low in fat.
PUMPKIN is an excellent source of Vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. The nutrients found in pumpkin help to keep a dog’s immune system strong, thereby strengthening resistance to cancer and other diseases.
PARSLEY is a good source of Vitamins A, B, C and K, as well as numerous minerals such as; copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, and iodine. Parsley aids bladder and kidney infections, cleanses the blood, builds the immune system, helps prevents cancer and improves your pet’s stomach and liver functions.

Pumpkin Bacon Parsley

ACE’S PUMPKIN, BACON n PARSLEY BITES
2 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled (Organic – free of artificial nitrates if possible)
2¼ cups brown rice flour
½ cup cooked pumpkin, mashed
½ cup chicken stock – Organic – low sodium
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F.) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl add mashed pumpkin, chicken stock, egg and parsley. Mix together.
Add flour and bacon and mix well using first a fork to combine and then your hands to bring dough together.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface and again, using your hands, gently work the dough to form a ball.
Working with flours that lack gluten can be tricky; the dough crumbles and pulls apart easily – wrap the dough in cling/plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes – it makes a little easier to work with and roll.
Roll dough to about ½ inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter of your choice or a sharp knife. Place cut outs onto cookie tray and repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place, until all dough is used.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes (depends on your oven).
Remove from oven and place Ace’s Pumpkin, Bacon n Parsley Bites on wire cooling rack to cool.
Yields about 4 dozen treats
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed Ace’s Pumpkin, Bacon n Parsley Bites as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

CRUNCHY CHICKEN AND BROWN RICE TREATS
Did you know:
Chicken is a very good source of lean, high quality protein.
Brown rice is an excellent source of fiber, manganese, selenium and magnesium.
Brown rice is also less likely to cause dog allergy symptoms.
Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our fur kids.
Pureed pumpkin can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea.
Parsley is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes. It acts as a tonic, meaning it helps to boost the body’s overall functioning, clearing the bloodstream and liver of toxins. It also acts as a diuretic, great for dogs who are prone to kidney and bladder infections, incontinence, and arthritis. It can help improve bad breath in dogs!

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Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice Treats
500 grams Chicken Mince (approx. 1 pound of ground Chicken)
1½ cups Oat Flour – see Handy Tip
2 cups brown rice – cooked
1 cup pumpkin – cooked and mashed
½ cup chopped parsley (fresh – if possible)
1 small garlic clove – pressed
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg – lightly beaten
Handy Tip: Oat Flour can be made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor, blender or vita mixer until it is the consistency of flour.
Preheat oven to 165° C (330° F.) and lightly grease 2 medium size jelly roll pans.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly to combine.
Spread mixture into the greased pans, using a spatula or the back of a desert spoon. Smooth out to about ¼ to ½ inch in thickness. If you don’t mind the mess, use wet hands to spread the mixture, it’s easier.
Bake for 60 minutes (50 minutes if your oven runs hot, ovens vary).
Remove pans from oven and lower oven temperature to 120° C (250° F).
Gently score the Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice mixture into 1 inch squares, this will make it easier to break the treats apart when cooled.
Return the pans to oven and cook for another 50 minutes.
Remove pans from the oven and turn the squares over using a food slice or turner. If the underneath still appears a little moist, (it depends on the thickness of mixture when you first spread it into the jelly roll pans) return the pans to the oven for another 10 minutes to thoroughly dry them out. The treats should be a golden in color and crisp/dried when done.
Place the Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice Treats squares on wire cooling rack to cool.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers for 5 days.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice Treats as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

The Benefits of Fruits, Vegetables And Vitamins

Did you know?
Dogs like fruit and vegetables and get the same benefits from them as we do.

Organically grown fruit and vegetables have a higher nutritional value for your dog.
Wherever possible, buy organic foods. Be sure to wash non-organic produce thoroughly as many of these vegetables and fruits may have been sprayed with insecticides.
Many vegetables can be served raw or lightly steamed. Because dogs have a smaller digestive track, vegetables such as broccoli and carrots, are far better steamed. Canned vegetables are fine; just make sure they have no salt. Aim for variety as this helps to ensure the best balance of nutrients.

I’ve listed SOME of the good Fruits, Vegetables and Vitamins (even a few dairy products), you may like to include in your dog’s diet.

Apples contain potassium, which stimulates the immune system, and pepsin, which helps the stomach. Apples also have vitamins A, B, C, iron and magnesium. They can help bring down bad cholesterol. (NEVER feed apple seeds to your dog – they are poisonous and can lead to cyanide poisoning).

Bananas are good source of potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and B6. They are easily digested and high in fiber. They are a good energy boosting snack to take along if you are going on a long walk with your dog and they are good for you too. They also provide moisture in healthy treat recipes instead of adding oil.

Beets surpass many vegetables because of the comprehensive nutrition they provide. They are an excellent natural detoxifier. Beware: what goes in red on one end will come out the other end, a similar color. RECIPE: Quick Beet Chips Remove greens, wash, dry and slice beets with carrot peeler, place slices on cookie tray, spray with a little olive oil, (sprinkle with some rosemary if you like) and bake at 190° C (375° F) for 30 – 45 minutes (depends on your oven). They’re crispy, healthy and yummy.

Broccoli – There has been a bit of confusion where broccoli is concerned.  Broccoli is very good for dogs, however, if the daily intake exceeds more than 10% of the animals diet – problems can occur.  The toxic substance is isothiocyanate and can cause gastrointestinal irritation.

Carrots are full of nutrients and vitamins B, C, D, E, & K along with folic acid and the anti-cancer protecting ingredient – beta carotene. They also contain potassium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and silica. They can be fed raw, cooked or pureed and a great addition to healthy treat recipes.

Cabbage is rich in vitamins plus it assists in keeping both your dog’s skin and gastrointestinal system in good working order. Although cabbage is canine-friendly, be aware it may induce excess gas in some dogs! Start with a bite size piece first and WAIT!

Cauliflower is low in sugar and high in phytonutrients carotenoids and flavonoids. May produce gas.

Cucumbers are good for teeth and bones due to potassium content. They are relatively low in sugars and easy for your dog to digest. Peel cucumbers unless they are organically grown. Combine with carrots to promote a healthy liver and kidneys.

Celery is low in sugar. Chopped celery can help your dog if he/she suffers from arthritis.

Cheese in moderation can offer some benefits to dogs. First, cheese has a lot of protein that can be good for your dog. Cheese also offers vitamin A and essential fatty acids and using a small piece of cheese is a great way to mask a pill that you may need to give to your dog. Cheese is not harmful to your dog unless you give it to them in excess. As with most dairy products, cheese can cause digestive upsets and even gas. For dogs that are lactose intolerant, there are cheeses that are lactose-free that you can use as a treat, but do so in limited amounts, or use to disguise a pill that you have been instructed to give your dog.

Cottage cheese offers protein and can help with diarrhea, but make sure it is low in sodium as well as fat.

Ricotta Cheese is low fat, low sodium and rich in vitamins and minerals, with substantial amounts of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin B12. Surprisingly, Ricotta cheese is even lower in fat than cottage cheese too.

Garlic – Some say yes, some say no. Garlic in small quantities can help remove waste from blood and can help repel fleas. Holistic veterinarians recommend feeding small amounts of garlic each day, a minute amount for flavoring is not likely to cause any problems. Garlic is less toxic than onions.

Green Beans a good source of plant fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of his/her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill them up and help maintain a healthy weight. Many dogs enjoy green beans frozen.

Kale is rich in antioxidants and can help reduce allergy symptoms. It’s low in sugars, high in fiber and an excellent source of carotenoids.

Mint not only helps with bad breath, but it is an excellent anti-depressant for dogs. Mint may help with separation anxiety.

Organic Oats, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Millet and Barley are healthy gluten free alternatives, ideal options for allergy suffering, sensitive, and older pets’ daily diet.
Oat Flour, Oats, Brown Rice, and Barley can be substituted in any pet treat recipe. For each cup of wheat based flour, you can substitute either 1¼ cups of oat flour, ¾ cup Oats or Brown Rice Flour, 1⅜ cups of Barley flour (Barley settles quickly once milled, so one cup of barley flour can become ⅔ cup after it settles, be sure to “fluff” the flour before you measure it). Please note: These flours provide a different texture to baked treats, not that your pet will notice. They are a healthier alternative for our Allergy suffering, wheat sensitive pets. If cooking with any of these flours, be sure to increase the baking time by 10-20 minutes on the normal baking time mentioned in a recipe. (The recipes I post using these flours, include this adjustment).

Olive oil rich in monounsaturated fats, olive oil prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.

Parsley can reduce allergy symptoms and aid in your dog’s kidney function.

Pineapples are packed full of vitamin C and fiber so they help the immune and digestive system. They also have anti-inflammatory effects. If you have a dog that likes to snack on his or her poop, try giving them a little bit of pineapple in their food.

Pumpkin is high in carotenoids and sterols. It is also a good source of fiber and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A).

Spinach and other dark leafy greens are low in sugars, high in fiber and an excellent source of carotenoids. Greens can be fed to dogs in small amounts. Steam greens to cook them to retain most of their nutrients.

Squashes, butternut and yellow squash are relatively low in sugars and easy for your dog to digest.

Sweet potatoes are a source of dietary fiber and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. (Check my Sweet Potato Treats recipe, posted January 18, 2013).

Strawberries contain cancer fighting beta – carotene, bone building calcium, potassium and iron and of course vitamin C.

Yogurt that is in the plain form (fat free, unflavored, unsweetened) is something else that your dog will enjoy. It’s the acidophilus in it that provides the same good bacteria to the dog’s gut as it does to humans.

Brewer’s yeast is the yeast that’s left over from making alcohol. Dogs seem to really enjoy the tangy taste of brewer’s yeast. It’s full of B vitamins which are good for skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Make sure you’re using brewer’s yeast (available at health food stores), not baking yeast which will make your dog sick. Brewer’s yeast can spice up your dog’s appetite. Just sprinkle a little on the food of a picky eater and watch him/her dive into their food.

Flaxseed meal/oil, fish oil, omega 3 and 6 supplements provide essential fatty acids and are definitely beneficial.

Vitamins for dogs are as essential as they are for people.
As you can see, Vitamins are present in trace amounts in most of the foods I’ve listed above and they are essential for numerous functions performed in the body of your dog.
For example:
Some vitamins act as antioxidants which protect the body from harmful toxins.
They help digestion and nutrient absorption by breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
They aid growth of muscles and bones.
They keep the skin and hair healthy.
They also help ensure normal reproduction.

Vitamin A is abundant in the yellow pigment (carotene) in plants. Dogs can easily convert carotene into Vitamin A in their bodies, and the vitamin is stored in fat cells, mainly in the liver. Vitamin A is very important to ensure the proper growth and development of puppies and it is essential for healthy hair and skin, strong muscles, as well as good night vision. Deficiency in vitamin A can cause female dogs to have irregular ovulation and male dogs to become sterile. Vitamin A is also an important antioxidant which may protect against certain forms of cancer in dogs.

Vitamin B Complex – B group vitamins can be found in meat, milk, vegetables and fruit. B vitamins are important in maintaining a positive environment for neural regeneration. B vitamins are also essential for growth. B complex can bolster health, calm a stressed nervous system and help repel fleas. Deficiency of B vitamins will result in a loss of reflexes and nerve control; poor growth; appetite loss; diarrhea; hair loss; eye abnormalities; and heart failure. B-complex (in particular B2 and B6) is also essential for the prevention of bladder stone formation in dogs.

Vitamin C – Dogs can produce Vitamin C in their bodies under normal situations; however, when a dog is under stress (either physically due to, say, an illness, or mentally due to for example boarding at a kennel), he may need vitamin C in excess of his manufacturing capacity.

Vitamin D – Dogs can get Vitamin D from sunshine, as well as from meat such as liver or fish oils. It helps the body to retain calcium and is therefore important in bone and skeletal formation, as well as nerve and muscle control. To ensure proper growth and development, puppies should be given Vitamin D supplements as a precaution.

Vitamin E is an important nutrient and plays an important role in cell respiration and the formation of cell membranes. It is also a powerful antioxidant which facilitates fat oxidation and increases the production of HDL (good) cholesterol. It is useful in preventing and slowing the development of cataracts, heart conditions and other muscle disorders. At higher doses, it has anti-inflammatory properties as well, and can prevent and improve chronic skin problems and immune mediated disorders. For dogs with skin and coat problems, adding Vitamin E to their diets will also help greatly. Deficiencies of Vitamin E will cause cell damage, reproductive failure, and a host of other problems, such as skin problems, inflammatory problems, etc.

Vitamin K found mainly in some green and leafy vegetables, and egg yolk is important for normal blood functions.

For aging dogs who tend to eat less and as a result absorb fewer nutrients including vitamins and minerals, and at the same time, lose more of them through the kidneys and urinary tract, vitamin supplementation becomes essential. Antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E can also help eliminate free radicals and toxicities from the body. This may help slow the aging process and may prevent diseases such as cancer.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

CHICKEN TATER TREATS
Did you know:
Flaxseeds contain high levels of lignans (natural chemicals). While flaxseeds do appear to lose some of their actual nutritional benefits during baking, the lignans remain stable. These lignans provide many important benefits to your pet including: antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
Chicken Tater Treats
CHICKEN TATER TREATS
500 grams Chicken mince (1 lb. ground Chicken)
1 large Sweet Potato (cooked and mashed)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 medium garlic clove, (pressed)
4 tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
(you can use 5 tbsp. rolled oats or oat flour if you like)
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and very lightly grease a jelly roll tray with oil.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing up very well.
Spoon mixture on to tray and spread evenly and as flatly as possible over the tray.
The mixture should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on tray when spread.
Bake for about 50 – 60 minutes (depends on your oven).
Reduce the oven temp. to 110° C (230° F) and remove the tray from oven.
Score through the mixture with a knife or pizza cutter, horizontally and then vertically, you are aiming for about 1 inch squares.
Place the tray back into the oven.
Bake for another 50 – 60 minutes, keep checking the treats, they can brown quickly.
When done, the treats should be fairly dry and a little crispy. They smell delicious!
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in the refrigerator.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Chicken Tater Treats as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Flaxseed Meal

Flaxseed Meal

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

TUFF ‘N’ CRUNCHY VITA BONES
Did you know?
Bulgur is a good source of the B vitamins and folate as well as the minerals iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. It’s very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol and a very good source of dietary fiber.
Rye contains high levels of proteins and fiber. It contains good amounts of iron, calcium and zinc and a whole slew of B vitamins. There’s also vitamin E a plenty. It’s also effective in lowering cholesterol levels, optimizing health of the heart and controlling blood pressure (US studies have showed between 0.5 percent and 10 percent of dogs suffer from high blood pressure – ages ranged from 2 to 14 years old).
Cornmeal is a good source of niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate and vitamins B-6, E and K. It contains 18 amino acids and valuable minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
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TUFF ‘N’ CRUNCHY VITA BONES
1¾ cups plain flour (all purpose)
1 cup wholemeal flour (whole wheat)
1 cup bulgur
½ cup rye flour
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup non-fat dry milk powder
1½ cups organic chicken stock – low sodium
2 tbsp. honey or molasses
1½ tbsp. carob powder – optional
½ tbsp. active dry yeast – dissolved in ¼ cup warm water
Pinch of sugar
GLAZE: 1 egg + 1 tbsp. milk (optional)
Preheat oven to 150° C (300° F) and line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
Mix thoroughly in a big bowl, the flours, cornmeal, bulgur, milk powder and carob powder.
In a separate bowl, dissolve yeast and pinch of sugar in ¼ cup lukewarm water and let it sit for a few minutes, until it bubbles.
Add the chicken stock to the yeast mixture and mix together.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and combine, the dough will be stiff; you will need to use your hands to work it and bring it all together.
Turn dough on to (lightly) cornmeal coated surface and knead for about 1 minute.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of ½ inch and using cookie cutter of your choice or a sharp knife, cut out shapes and place on cookie trays.
Repeat the process of knead, roll, cut and place, until all dough is used.
If using GLAZE – Mix the egg and milk and use to brush tops of biscuits (for shine).
Bake the biscuits for around 65 – 70 minutes (depends on your oven).
Turn off the heat and leave biscuits in the oven for a minimum of 3 hours, or better still, overnight (this dries the cookies out and makes them tuff ‘n’ crunchy).
Yield: 4 – 5 dozen (3 inch) bone shaped cookies.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers for up to 5 – 7 days.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Tuff ‘n’ Crunchy Vita Bones as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

SPINACH AND RICOTTA CHEESE COOKIES
Did you know?
Spinach adds roughage as well as needed antioxidants, amino acids, and iron. Spinach contains high levels of the vitamin K which helps maintain good bone health and growth as well as A, B2, C, manganese, magnesium, folic acid, and calcium.
Ricotta Cheese is low fat, low sodium and rich in vitamins and minerals, with substantial amounts of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin B12. Surprisingly, ricotta cheese is even lower in fat than cottage cheese too.
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SPINACH AND RICOTTA CHEESE COOKIES
3½ cups oat flour – see handy tip
1 cup ricotta cheese
½ cup frozen spinach – thawed
1 egg
½ cup lactose free milk (or water)
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line large cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, spinach and milk together.
(Or use a blender/vita mixer for this process, then pour green liquid into bowl).
Add flour and ricotta cheese to bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
Turn out on to lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, (around a minute).
Roll dough out to about ½ inch thickness, and using a cookie cutter of your choice, or a sharp knife, cut out shapes and place on cookie tray about ⅛ inch apart.
Repeat the process of knead, roll, cut out and place, until all dough is used.
You can use fork tines to press lightly into each cookie, if you like.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until firm and the edges are golden brown.
Remove from oven and place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool.
Yield about 48 small – medium cookies (depending on size of cutter and dough thickness).
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing Instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Home baked treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home baked people cookies. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Allow to thaw completely before feeding.

Handy tip: Oat flour can be made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor, blender or vita mixer until it is the consistency of flour.

Feed these SPINACH AND RICOTTA CHEESE COOKIES as a treat only.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pets diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.
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Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

PEANUT BUTTER ‘N’ PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
Did you know:
A Peanut Butter dog treat can help a dog’s health and their breath as well. Peanut butter contains vitamins E, K and B3, also known as niacin and beneficial minerals iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and calcium as well as modest amounts of dietary fiber.
Pumpkin is an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer. If your dog has an upset stomach or indigestion, (yes they suffer from indigestion) try adding a little mashed pumpkin to their meal.
Cinnamon has beneficial anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

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PEANUT BUTTER ‘N’ PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
2½ cups White Rice Flour
½ cup Organic Peanut Butter
¾ cup cooked Pumpkin, mashed
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix until well combined.
Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead dough into a ball.
Roll out to about ½ inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter of your choice or a sharp knife.
Place cut-outs onto cookie tray and repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place, until all dough is used.
Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes (depends on your oven) and the edges appear golden.
Remove from the oven and place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool.
Yield about 48 cookies small cookies.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing Instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers for 5-7 days. Home baked treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as people cookies. Other variables, ingredients, moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Allow to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Peanut Butter ‘N’ Pumpkin Spice Cookies as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

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The Benefits of Home-Made Dog Food and Treats

I often get asked WHY DO YOU BAKE FOR YOUR DOGS AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS”….

Control and Nutrition
One of the benefits of making your own dog food and treats is the control over what goes into your dog’s food. You get to create food that is more aligned with their nutritional needs.

Cost and Availability
Another benefit is that it’s cheaper to prepare home-made dog food and treats, rather than purchasing in a can or package from the grocery, pet store or on-line. It’s likely, you will find you already have all or most of the ingredients you need to make healthy home-made dog food and treats in your pantry or refrigerator.

No Artificial flavorings and By-Products
Most of the commercial dog foods and treats contain added grain fillers, artificial flavorings specifically designed to tempt their taste buds, and/or animal by-products. Do you know what chicken or beef (most used) BY-PRODUCTS are? Hooves, feet, feathers, fur and fecal matter, (shock, horror) TO NAME ONLY A FEW.

Illness prevention and Cancer
With all the recalls on commercial dog food and treats, and reports of artificial ingredients being attributed to kidney and/or organ failure in pets, creating and making home-made dog food and treats is a much smarter choice. There are so many reports now that Cancer in dogs, is linked to chemicals and harmful additives in commercial dog food. Did you know 1 in 3 dogs will get Cancer in their life time?

Allergies
There are also cases where dogs have mild to severe allergic reactions to the ingredients in commercial dog food and treats too. Vets see and treat symptoms of allergic reactions from commercial food and treats, in our pets on a daily basis.

Healthy Choices
Their life is in your hands, you get to make the healthiest choices.
You get to choose the best nutritional needs for them and you get to choose the best ingredients.

It’s because of my love for them, I do my best for them.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

YOBERRY DELIGHT TREATS
Did you know:
Strawberries are one of the fruits safe for dogs. This fruit contains antioxidants that slow down the aging process by reducing degenerative disease. These antioxidants have reduced the risk of canine chronic diseases as well. The natural anti-inflammatory agents of this fruit have helped canines suffering from arthritis and from other musculoskeletal diseases. The soluble content of the fruit promotes the dog’s intestinal health. This fruit contains an enzyme that breaks down the tartar and keeps the dog’s teeth white. Vitamin C is on the top of the list of vitamin content of strawberries. Vitamin C strengthens a dog’s immune system.
Mint is known to be a natural antidepressant for dogs and also contains antipruritic or anti-itch properties. It helps in oral care as it is germicidal and as well as a breath freshener.

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YOBERRY DELIGHT TREATS
1 cup pureed strawberries (you can use any berries, SAFE for your dog)
½ cup organic bio dynamic plain yogurt
2 cups wholemeal flour (whole wheat)
⅔ cup rolled oats
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. chopped mint (optional)
Preheat oven to 180° C, (350° F) and line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix all ingredients in bowl until well combined. The mixture may appear moist, sticky.
Turn out onto a heavily floured surface and bring together with floured hands.
Roll OR pat out the dough to about ¼ – ½ inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter of your choice or a sharp knife. Place cut-outs on a lined cookie sheet.
Repeat the process with remaining dough, until all dough is used.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire cooling rack.
These Yoberry Delight Treats are not a crunchy treat, they are a softer texture, perfect for both young and old dogs.
Store in your refrigerator, in a zip lock bag or an air-tight container.
The treats can be frozen for up to 4 months.
Yield: About 42 small bite size cookies.

Feed these YOBERRY DELIGHT TREATS as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pets diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

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Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

HAPPY HIP BONES TREAT
Did you know:
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an extremely effective anti-inflammatory herb, and thus an effective pain reliever. It contains at least two natural chemicals (curcumin and curcuminoids) which are known to decrease inflammation.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-coagulant plus a carminative (means less flatulence – it’s got to be good). It helps in the absorption of food stuff, helping digestion. It’s also helps boost healthy blood circulation.
Apple Cider Vinegar is loaded with potassium, essential in replacing worn-out tissues within the body, making it beneficial in the treatment of arthritis. It also has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties that give your dog’s immune system a healthy boost.

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HAPPY HIP BONES TREAT
3¾ cups of Oat Flour (see handy tip)
⅓ cup of Organic Peanut Butter
1½ cups of Hot Water
2 tsp. Turmeric
2 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Preheat oven to 180° C or 350° F and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
Into a bowl place the peanut butter and hot water. Whisk together until combined.
Add flour, turmeric, ginger and apple cider vinegar. Mix until combined.
Turn onto an oat floured surface and with your hands, work the dough, bringing it together and kneading gently until you can form a dough ball.
At this stage you can cut the dough in half and freeze one half for later use if you like.
Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. The edges may break apart, so missing these edges, cut out shapes with a cookie cutter of your choice.
Place cut outs on cookie tray.
Gather remaining edges and dough scraps; repeat the process from Roll out the dough, until all the dough has been used.
Bake for 30 minutes (depending on your oven).
Turn oven off and leave cookies in oven to dry out completely.
Store in a zip lock bag or air-tight container for around 2 weeks.
Cookies can be frozen for up to 4 months.
One half of the dough yields about 28-30 bones/shapes using small cookie cutters.

Handy tip: Oat Flour can be made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor, blender or vita mixer until it is the consistency of flour.

Feed these HAPPY HIP BONES TREATS as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Ginger

Ginger

Turmeric

Turmeric

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

CINNAMON AND HONEY TREATS
By themselves or in combination, honey and cinnamon are excellent for dogs.
Still, when in combination, they are more potent and can help to alleviate pain and inflammation to a certain degree. They aid in the digestion of your dog’s food and can help settle stomach upsets also.

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CINNAMON AND HONEY TREATS especially for your sweet
1½ cups wholemeal flour (whole wheat flour)
½ cup lactose free milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until well combined.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, and knead gently.
Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thickness and using a cookie cutter of your choice, or a sharp knife, cut out shapes.
Place cut-outs onto cookie tray and bake for 15-20 minutes (depends on your oven).
When done they should appear lightly browned around the edges.
Remove from oven, place cookies on to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool.
When cooled, store in a zip lock bag or an air-tight container.
These Cinnamon and Honey treats should keep for about 7 days, anything that’s not going to be eaten in 5 – 7 days, it’s a good idea to refrigerate or freeze them for longer shelf life.
They can be frozen for up to 4 months.

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Feed these Cinnamon and Honey Treats as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

DOGGI BISCOTTI – with SUNFLOWER AND CHIA SEEDS

Did you know:
Sunflower seeds contain Selenium?
Studies have proved Selenium to be a powerful anti-cancer and anti-aging agent.
Research has demonstrated that Sunflower seeds also help improve a dog’s skin and coat.
Chia seeds have some incredible effects on animal health. The seeds contain large quantities of protein, Omega oils, 3 and 6 plus they have five times the calcium of milk. There are no known allergies in dogs to Chia seeds.

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DOGGI BISCOTTI – with SUNFLOWER AND CHIA SEEDS
2 cups rye flour
2 cups wholemeal flour (whole wheat)
1 cup polenta (fine ground)
Note: Replace with 5 cups plain (all purpose) flour if you prefer.
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. baking powder
1 medium egg
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup mashed ripe banana (1 small banana)
½ cup mashed pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
½ cup water
Extra water as needed
Preheat oven to 165°C (325°F) and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper
Mix dry, then wet ingredients until lumpy.
Add extra water, one teaspoon at a time as needed.
In the bowl and using hands, knead until dough holds together and a ball forms.
Transfer to lightly floured surface. Divide dough into two equal pieces and shape each piece into a log. Flatten the logs to about 2 inches wide and around 1½ – 2 inches high.
Place about 4 inches apart on baking tray.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until firm (depends on your oven).
Remove from oven and let sit for 15 – 20 minutes.
Slice into ½ – ¾ inch slices.
Return to baking trays and bake for 15 minutes – remove trays from oven, turn slices over and return to the oven for 15 minutes, until golden.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack.
When cool, store in an air-tight container.
Homemade dog treats do not contain preservatives like the store bought ones, anything not eaten within 5 – 7 days is best refrigerated or frozen.
These Doggi Biscotti can be frozen for up to 4 months – if they last that long!
Yield was about 46 slices.

Feed these Doggi Biscotti as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pets diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

BLUEBERRY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES – GRAIN FREE – GLUTEN FREE

Blueberry PB
BLUEBERRY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES – GRAIN FREE – GLUTEN FREE
1¾ cups organic chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour – see notes
¼ cup organic pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
¼ cup organic raw honey
3 tbsp. organic, all-natural peanut butter
1 tbsp. finely ground flaxseed meal – see notes
½ cup dried blueberries (soaked in ¼ cup water for 10 minutes and drained) – see notes
Preheat the oven to 165° C (325 F°) and line baking tray with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the pumpkin, peanut butter and honey.
Add the flaxseed meal and mix thoroughly.
Add in the chickpea flour ¼ cup at a time and continue mixing until dough forms.
Add in the hydrated blueberries and gently fold in to combine.
Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin with some chickpea flour.
Turn mixture on floured surface and gently bring together with hands.
The mixture can sometimes be sticky; you can add a little more chickpea flour to achieve a workable consistency. (It’s a forgiving recipe; don’t worry too much about gently working and adding flour to achieve a workable result.)
Continue to work the dough until you can roll it out to about ¼ inch thickness.
Using a small sized cookie cutter, dip cutter into chickpea flour and cut out shapes.
If you don’t have a small cookie cutter, just cut the dough into little squares with a pizza cutter or a sharp knife.
Continue working, rolling and cutting until all dough is used.
Place cookies on the cookie sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven. Cool completely and then store in an airtight container for up to a month.
I like to store these in the refrigerator so they stay fresh.
Makes about 36 doggie cookies using a 1 inch diameter cutter, perfect treat size!

Feed these Blueberry Peanut Butter Cookies as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pets diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

NOTES:
Chickpea flour – high in easily digestible protein and grain free and gluten-free. A significant source of calcium and foliate, and a good source of dietary fiber. Does not cause any known allergies in dogs.
Blueberries – antioxidant powerhouses (blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that act as antioxidants). Antioxidants in blueberries have been shown to slow the aging process and reduce the risk of cancer. Researchers at Tufts University have given blueberries the highest rating of all foods tested for their capacity to destroy free radicals. Blueberries also contain beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Flaxseed Meal – full of Omega 3 fatty acids, excellent for your dog’s heart, skin and fur.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

PERFECT PUMPKIN COOKIES

It turns out PUMPKIN, a faithful addition to pies, soups, and cakes, works a certain enzyme magic on stomach irritation in dogs.

Another interesting fact, PARSLEY is great for your dog’s breath.

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PERFECT PUMPKIN COOKIES
2½ – 3 cups white rice flour (you can use plain (all-purpose) or rye flour if you like)
2 eggs
½ cup mashed pumpkin
2 tbsp. dry milk powder or milk powder of your choice (soy, coconut, dari-free)
1 tbsp. dried parsley or dried mint – optional
1 tbsp. honey – optional
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth consistency.
Stir in dry milk, and any or all of optional ingredients.
Add flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands, to form a stiff, dry dough.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead lightly until mixture comes together smoothly.
Roll dough to ½ inch thickness (it will probably split around the edges of the dough – don’t worry too much, all the dough gets used).
Cut using the cookie cutter of your choice.
Gather left over dough (edges and scraps) and knead together lightly. Roll dough again and continue to cut out shapes, repeat this process until all the dough is used.
Place shapes on the paper lined cookie sheet.
If desired, use tines of fork to decorate, lightly pressing down to only halfway through dough.
Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.
Allow to cool completely on wire rack.
When cool, store in zip lock bag or air-tight container.
Keep in refrigerator for longer shelf life, or store in your freezer for up to 4 months.

Feed these Pumpkin Cookies as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pets diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

DOGGY HEALTH STICKS – GLUTEN FREE

Doggy Health Treats
DOGGY HEALTH STICKS (GLUTEN FREE)
2 cups brown rice flour
¼ cup apple sauce
1 carrot, shredded and chopped
½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 banana, mashed
¾ cup fresh mint, chopped
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 180° C. (350° F.) and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
3. Spread by hand onto the prepared baking tray tray to about ¼ inch thickness.
4. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into sticks.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
6. Cool and break apart pre-cut sticks, then refrigerate.

I baked these cookies using this pan I purchased from Amazon.It's a Wilton Non-Stick Bone Cookie Pan

I baked these cookies using this pan I purchased from Amazon.
It’s a Wilton Non-Stick Bone Cookie Pan

Note: Instructions if using Wilton non-stick bone cookie pan
3. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop portion of mixture out and press into bone cookie pan.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
5. Cool and remove cookies from non-stick bone pan, then refrigerate.

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