There are so many recipes out on the web, in books, and everywhere... but I caution that homemade doesn't necessarily mean safe. There are a lot of people foods that are just not safe for dogs (either at all, or even in small amounts): onions, raisins, avocado, milk, chocolate... get more on this from the ASPCA .
I happen to have a dog who has lots of skin allergies, and although he doesn't have any food allergies that we know of I like to keep his diet as grain-free as possible... so as you prepare, just keep in mind any specific dietary restrictions of your dogs! The recipes I am presenting here are not necessarily veterinarian tested, but they don't include any generally harmful ingredients... and my dogs have really enjoyed them ;D
My go to recipe is more of a formula than a recipe, and goes like this...
For the base, use all of hte following:
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 cup oats (quick oats work fine)
- .25 cup veg. oil
- .25 cup water
- .5 cup peanut butter (natural, no salt or sugar)
- .5 cup plain applesauce, cinnamon sprinkle
- 1 banana mashed
- .5 cup grated carrot
Peanut butter is my dogs' favorite, which is great because I always seem to have it on hand! Mix all ingredients together (on low) until they come together into a ball of dough. Next decide how you want to present your cookies! I love to use cookie cutters when I have the time... so many cute shapes! I also got this adorable "home made" cookie stamp as a gift, which works great!
This recipe makes a good amount, using 2.5 inch cutters I always get at least 3 dozen cookies! Bake these on cookie sheets, at 350F for about 30 mins. They should have a nice toasty color around the edges when done... you should also find your pups circling the area!
These aren't the only treats I make! I happen to have a dehydrator, if you do too... try making dehydrated treats out of sweet potato or lean cuts of beef! Slice about .25 inches thick and dry on 165F for 6-8 hours. The treats should be totally dry when done. They're flexible while warm, but harden as they cool!
Whatever you make, try packing a few up and sharing them with your friends... This treat's not only for their dogs, but for them too! There are so many adorable and inexpensive options for packaging: craft shops are selling bakery style boxes, just tie a cute ribbon around it. Or do what I did, and find a simple little canning jar! Anyway you do it, it will definitely be appreciated ;D