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The baking trend has now reached the world of our four-legged friends. If you want to spoil your dog with homemade treats, you’ve come to the right place. The benefits? You know exactly what’s inside, can cater to your dog’s individual needs and preferences, and it’s a lot of fun as well. Here are two simple, yet delicious dog treat recipes to try out. 

1. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 200g oatmeal 
  • 100g whole wheat flour 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter (without added salt and sugar) 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). 
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until a smooth dough forms. 
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. 
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Let them cool down and let Bello enjoy! 
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2. Tuna Hearts

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can of tuna in its own juice 
  • 1 egg 
  • 100g oatmeal 
  • 50g coconut flour 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). 
  • Mix the tuna with the egg in a bowl. 
  • Add the oatmeal and coconut flour and mix well. 
  • Shape the dough into small hearts or roll out and cut into shapes. 
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes. 
  • Let them cool completely and then serve to your furry friend. 

3. Sweet Potato Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large sweet potato (cooked and mashed) 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 250g whole wheat flour 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). 
  • In a large bowl, mix the cooked and mashed sweet potato with the eggs and coconut oil. 
  • Gradually add the whole wheat flour and knead well. 
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. 
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20-25 minutes. 
  • Let them cool down and serve to your dog
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4. Apple-Cinnamon Treats

Ingredients: 

  • 1 apple (peeled, cored, and finely grated) 
  • 250g whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 2 eggs 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). 
  • In a large bowl, combine the grated apple, cinnamon, and eggs. 
  • Gradually add the whole wheat flour and knead into a firm dough. 
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. 
  • Place the treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20 minutes. 
  • Let them cool completely before offering them to your dog. 

Tips and Notes for Baking Dog Treats:

Choose Dog-Friendly Ingredients

Before you start baking, it’s essential to ensure that all ingredients are safe for your dog. Some foods that are harmless to humans can be toxic to dogs. A classic example is chocolate, which contains theobromine and is harmful to dogs.

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Storing the Treats

Once the treats are baked and cooled, store them in an airtight container. This will keep them fresh and crispy. If stored correctly, the treats can last up to a week.

Be Aware of Allergic Reactions

Just like humans, dogs can have food allergies. When giving your dog a new treat, it’s advisable to watch him closely to ensure he doesn’t show any allergic reactions or intolerances. Signs might include itching, rash, or digestive problems. 

Fun and Love

Baking dog treats isn’t just a way to delight your furry friend; it’s also a wonderful opportunity to spend time together and strengthen the bond. Enjoy the process and the sparkle in your dog’s eyes when he tries the result!

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Conclusion

Homemade dog treats are more than just snacks – they’re an expression of our love and care for the well-being of our four-legged friends. By preparing snacks at home, we can not only ensure our dogs get the best and healthiest ingredients but also spend valuable time with them and reinforce our bond. With every bite, they know they are loved and cherished. Give it a try and witness the joy your dog displays as he savors your homemade creations. It’s an unforgettable experience invaluable to both the dog and the owner. 🐾❤️ 

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