treats for Harry
Harry, our Golden Retriever, received some homemade puppy treats as a gift from our friends Christine and Ginger (Ginger is the sweet poodle below) a few weeks ago.
He loved them so much I decided he needed a batch of his own!
So this past weekend I gathered up all the ingredients and got busy in the kitchen to make my very first batch of homemade dog treats. Harry was close by watching every move I made (he’s like that). I think he feels like it is his job to make sure our floor stays clean, he’s good that way.
I love being able to bake up some healthy and homemade puppy treats for my boy.
These treats are great to pop in your pocket on a walk or to use around the house as rewards.
These past six months of owning a dog have been filled with joyful, loving, challenging and sometimes frustrating moments. Harry is an amazing dog. We simply adore him. Seriously just look at that face.
I love being a dog owner more than I could have ever dreamed. I even love all the training. The training has paid off as he is a very well behaved puppy inside the house. However, his outside manners need a little work. With spring right around the corner, I’ll be focusing on his behaviours outside on our walks, in particular, his manners when meeting people and other dogs.
I use treats to get him to sit and stay while joggers or walkers are passing by, but I’ll need something extra special to get him to stay calm when he sees other dogs. He’s a work in progress!
Harry is a very easy going dog, but he has a stubborn streak. When we are walking, and he decides he doesn’t want to go somewhere or do something he will sit and look at me as if to say, “Now what are you going to do?”
So, I pull out the treats and counteract, “Now what are you going to do?” He always caves and starts walking again!!
Puppy treats are necessary when training a dog. So we are very grateful to Christine and Ginger for this Harry (and Ginger) approved great recipe.
So, if you would like to make some homemade puppy treats for a special puppy in your life, here’s the recipe!
Homemade Puppy Treats
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat or oat flour (I used oat flour)
1 cup of pumpkin
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (I used All Natural)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable (I didn’t need to add water), but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2 thick roll.
- Use cookie cutters to create the shape and size you desire.
- Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.
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