Homemade dog biscuits

December 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

We have three dogs, and they each get around three treats a day.  That adds up to a LOT of dog biscuits.  Factor in a dog with a sensitive digestive system (Otis), and you get me…making homemade dog biscuits.  It’s actually very easy, and it allows us to control what our dogs eat.  Do you know that dogs can’t handle salt?  I wonder why then, does almost every dog biscuit commercially available contain salt?  I suspect that the reason has something to do with the fact that salt helps to preserve food.  We don’t use salt, and that doesn’t matter to us, because our biscuits are so delicious that our dogs eat them up before they have a chance to spoil.  Here’s a new recipe (with my modifications, of course) that I made this evening.  I think the pumpkin makes it festive.  Our dogs couldn’t care less…they just like getting a treat for sitting and staying.

Pumpkin dog biscuits

2 cups pumpkin puree (use canned, if you aren’t making your own)

1 cup honey

3/4 cup oil

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup wheat germ

2 1/4 cups unbleached white flour

5 cups rye flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

Extra unbleached white flour for kneading

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.  Mix together all ingredients except extra white flour for kneading (dough will be very stiff).  Turn out dough onto a floured surface.  Knead lightly, until dough comes together nicely.  Use a rolling pin to roll dough to about 1/4″ thick.  Use a plastic knife to cut dough into shapes.  Place pieces onto two greased cookie sheets, very close together.  Place into the preheated oven, and bake for 30 minutes.  Turn off oven, and leave overnight.  In the morning, remove biscuits from the oven.  Store in plastic bags, and dole out over several weeks.  These are very dry, so they will last a long time in the dog biscuit cannister.

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