Homemade Dog Treats for Ruby

Ruby eating a treat, originally uploaded by espeedy123.

Ruby sure does like treats, and she’s such a good girl I give her a bunch of them. Today I decided to make her some homemade ones. There are tons of recipes for these online, from the mundane wheat treat to the way-out beef liver brownies.

I decided to start with the “Everyday Biscuit” on BullWrinkle:

2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
1 egg
5-6 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
  3. Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits!
  4. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight. (After we finish baking all batches of biscuits, we turn off the oven, then spread all the biscuits out on one baking sheet and set them in the oven to cool overnight. The extra time in the oven as it cools off helps make the treats crispier and crunchier.)

These were easy to make using the mixer, and if you cook at all it’s likely you have all this stuff. Cutting out each biscuit gets tedious, and since Ruby doesn’t mind, I switched midway to diamond-shaped biscuits cut out using the pizza cutter.

I give them four out of five stars for human taste. Ruby gives them about three and says she’d like it if I tried out the liver chewies next time!

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4 responses to “Homemade Dog Treats for Ruby

  1. Hey, you got your pup!!! She is soooo cute! I made biscuts for the girls once… but it was a LONG time ago. Can’t wait for a doggie playdate.

  2. MichaelBennett

    Congrats on the new addition to the family! Growing up, our Labrador was a big fan of Frosty Paws (doggy ice cream). It was perfect for the rain forest-like summer humidity in the lower-Midwest.

  3. Reminds me of one of THE favorite dogs of my childhood: Bernie the Beagle.

    We used to say he was “The prince of pups, the duke of dogs, the king of canines… Bernie the Beagle.”

    Ruby looks like a sweet dog. As Laura would say “A true heart wagon.”

    Good luck. Dogs make your life better!

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