My Favorite Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
Many of you know, I adopted my dog Marzie from the Cape May County Animal Shelter in February of 2020. The poor little girl had spent 3.5 years of her young 3 year life at the shelter. It was the only home she had ever known. As a Pitbull with anxiety, hyper-activity, barrier reactivity, dog reactivity and a slight apprehension toward strangers to name a few concerns, her options for adoption were bleak so of course I had to take her home!
What you may not know, is that my background is in animal behavior. I actually have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in it. I've been a zoo keeper and also owned a large pet sitting business for 15 years before retiring and Vintage Alchemy became my passion.
Bringing Marzie home and watching her explore, thrive, and experience a different life has been so incredibly rewarding. Sure, we've had some bumps along the way but the bottom line for me will always be Adopt, Don't Shop. Open your heart and make the commitment.
Give Your Pup Some of Your Energy
It's like the saying, "nothing beats a home cooked meal." I believe that energy gets absorbed into every task we do mindfully. It's one reason why I prefer that Vintage Alchemy stays small. Every package I put together takes time, mindful engagement, and energy. I never rush them but instead I focus on the vibe I'm instilling into everything I make. I love when customers reach back out and tell me how magickal their order felt for them. It's what I strive for!
Making biscuits for Marzie has become another way for me to share with her. She likes to sit in the kitchen with me as I make the dough and enjoys watching the process. In truth, she's most likely just waiting for a piece of peanut butter or pumpkin to fall but I'd like to think that it's her time to bond with me.
Once her biscuits go in the oven, she likes to check on them, peeking through the oven window to watch them crisp to perfection, while her little nose goes 100mph. For me, it's one little thing I can do for her to make her feel special.
This Seems Hard
I thought so too the first time I read about making these but I was quickly surprised that it only took about 20 minutes and was actually quite fun! I did have some help with a few key items that I think made the job a lot easier.
Short Shelf Life | No Preservatives
Only make what your dog can consume in a week (or a few days if you live in a humid area). Since these biscuits contain no preservatives, they will go bad and mold, just like homemade bread. Please keep an eye on them, especially if you aren't keeping them in the refrigerator. Marzie gets several treats a day so the amount I make will take her almost a week to get through. I also don't live in a humid area or have humidity issues in my home which helps with their shelf life. Pay attention to your biscuits and store them in the fridge in an air tight container, if necessary. It's always better to create in small batches more often when working with natural products.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
- 2.5 cups of whole wheat flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of water, only as needed to make the dough workable
I use all organic ingredients but of course, you don't have to.
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Combine everything in a bowl and mix. I start with a spatula but once all the liquids are combined, I use my hands to make a workable dough.
- Add flour to your rolling mat and rolling pin and begin to roll out your dough to a thickness of 1/2"
- Use your cookie cutter to cut the bone shapes then roll the left over dough back into a ball and roll it out flat again to cut more bones until all the dough is used.
- Bake approximately 40 minutes to ensure the bones are golden and crunchy. You want all the moisture out of them to avoid mold so do not undercook.
- Make sure they are nice and cool before serving them.
If your dog is currently on a grain based diet, giving them a grain based treat made with whole wheat shouldn't be a problem. Of course, if you see any signs of discomfort, stop using them immediately and contact your Vet.
Keep an eye on your biscuits to ensure they don't get moldy. These contain no preservatives and they will go bad, just like bread.
Have a dehydrator? You can put cooked biscuits in a dehydrator to get them even more dry and extend their shelf life a bit.
Always make the appropriate sized biscuit for your pet to ensure they don't choke on them.