My nine-year-old daughter loves to cook, so one of the things we started making was homemade dog treats for Shadow and Sophie. And, although we enjoy cooking (for ourselves and our Bostons), we want things that have just a few ingredients and that can be put together quickly.
Let's face it, we're all busy! I barely get dinner on the table for the humans at the house. So, you'll find that our homemade dog treat and dog food recipes have just a few basic ingredients, and are quick and easy to put together.
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
Heat to a boil one cup (8 oz.) of the chicken broth in a saucepan. Put remaining broth into a small mixing bowl and add the gelatin, but do not mix. Add heated broth to gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Pour mixuture into an 8" X 8" pan. Chill in refrigerator until firm. Cut the gelatin into squares or use cookie cutters to cut into fun dog shapes. Note: you may need to dip the pan into warm water to loosen the squares. Leftovers (if there are any!) can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
1/4 cup Wheat germ or cream of wheat
1/4 cup Dry milk powder
3 (2.5 oz. each) jars of baby food (beef or chicken)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Roll into small balls, place on greased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack before serving. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
1 pound chicken livers
1 cup corn meal
1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Liquify chicken livers in a blender. Add egg and mix one more minue. Pour into a mixing bowl; add remaining ingredients and mix together. Spread onto jelly roll pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake 15 minutes. Cut into small squares while warm. Store leftovers in the freezer.
1 (6 oz.) can tuna in water
2 cartons (32 oz. each) plain yogurt
2 tsp. garlic powder
24 (3 oz. each) plastic (not paper) bathroom cups
Mix all ingredients together; divide evenly into cups. Place cups on a tray; freeze overnight. Possible substitutes for tuna include: chicken, mixed vegetables, or mashed bananas.
2 cups rolled oats (regular, not the quick-cooking)
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup meat drippings
1/2 cup hot water
2 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water. Beat in drippings and milk. In a separate bowl, mix oats and flour. Slowly add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients; mix well. Press mixture onto an ungreased cookie sheet and cut into squares. Bake for 1 hour; turn off heat and leave in the oven to harden. Refrigerate after they have cooled.
Give these homemade dog treats a try. We hope your Bostons enjoy them as much as Shadow and Sophie do!