Sunday, December 30, 2012

Allergy Free Dog Treats

Allergy free dog treats are available for those dogs that have allergic reactions to common food ingredients such as wheat. These treats are also called "hypoallergenic dog treats." Food allergies are at the root of about 10% of allergic reactions in dogs, so they are not rampant. 

Typically the dog will have itchy skin and a dull coat. Wheat allergy is one type of food allergy in dogs. Many dog biscuits are made with wheat flour so it is an ubiquitous ingredient. Wheat flour is not only economical, but easy to work with. 

allergy free dog treats
Allergy free dog treats are available
for dogs with wheat allergies

There are other flours that are not implicated in causing allergies, but require some knowledge of how best to use them in baking.

Some dogs, just like people, develop a sensitivity to certain ingredients. Your veterinarian will be able to help determine if your dog truly has a wheat sensitivity or intolerance and will need wheat free dog treats.

If your dog has a specific allergy, and you would like fresh, handmade treats, where you know exactly what ingredients are being used, please visit the following webpage: Allergy Free Dog Treats and fill out the form. We will refer you to a knowledgeable dog bakery that can make your dog the special treats he needs.

Friday, December 28, 2012

DIY Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Dogs love chicken jerky dog treats because they satisfy the chewing urge.  A thick, crisp piece will keep a dog entertained. It is easy to digest. These jerky treats are healthy all natural dog treats - simply pieces of dried chicken with no added ingredients.

Make your own chicken jerky for dogs using your own oven if you do not have a dehydrator. Takes little preparation and even less effort!

chicken jerky dog treats
Chicken jerky dog treats

What you need:
  • Frozen baked chicken cut into 1/4 inch strips. Some bakers recommend baking it first to make sure that the meat is not raw prior to drying, which could be a source for bacterial contamination. Sometimes frozen meat is easier to cut. Make sure to remove all the fat (which will keep it moist and prevent drying.)
  • Place chicken strips on a baking sheet. 
  • Leave strips in the oven. (Some bakers recommend leaving the door slightly ajar for ventilation.) Set your timer for at least 4 hours. Depending how dry you want the jerky, you may need to leave it in longer. 
As you can see in the image of the dog jerky above, I did not dry the chicken out completely. (That was because I ran out of time and did not feel comfortable leaving the oven on.) Those strips were in for approximately 4 hours, but I did not remove all the fat which is glistening in the photo. The end result was a chewy treat, but would have been chewier had I dried it out a little bit more. Needless to say, my dogs did not care...

A dehydrator runs at a lower heat setting - 160 degrees F - using less energy. You can leave it without worry. The professionals use dehydrators and dry the chicken for a very long time to ensure there is no bacterial contamination, and to prolong shelf-life. 

However, if you are making this for your own pets, you are not going to be concerned about packaging and shelf-life. Just make sure that the chicken is cooked all the way through.

If you would rather let someone else do the work, please buy jerky treats made in the USA. We can recommend a dog bakery close to you or one that will ship so you can get freshly made all natural chicken jerky treats. Be wary of those that say "made in China" on the package. The manufacturing plants in that country are not regulated and there are too many reports of dogs becoming seriously ill from undisclosed additives.

See Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs with Struvites for a recipe modification for dogs with that particular health issue.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Easiest Dog Biscuit Recipe Ever

Here is a super simple easy dog biscuit recipe to get you started baking dog biscuits!

This recipe is as bare bones as it gets. More advanced bakers will have their own variations as to what they add to the dough. Those that sell their dog treats may even choose to add preservatives to the dough to thwart the growth of mold.

You will read or hear opinions about wheat based dog treats. The present treats du jour are "grain free." Making dog treats that are grain free requires knowledge of flours and other ingredients made from non-grains. You need to know how to work with these for the biscuits to turn out decently.

If you are just starting out, or you want to make a few dog treats to bring to a friend or to have your dog try, just to see if you even enjoy baking, this recipe will yield healthy dog treats.

Dog biscuit recipe
Dog biscuit recipe step by step

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What you need:
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or cannola)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 10 bone silicone baking pan (does not require pre-greasing)
  • Flat baking sheet for stability
  • Mix the ingredients together. 
  • Press the dough into a 10 bone silicone baking pan. 
  • Place the baking pan on a flat baking sheet for stability and place on the middle oven rack.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes.
  • Turn off oven and leave pan in for another 60 minutes.
  • Take pan out, turn over and biscuits will fall out.
If you do not have a silicone baking pan, it is definitely worth the small investment. Otherwise, roll out the dough and use cookie cutters. Or, press the dough into a greased cake pan and bake a giant biscuit!

The recipe above makes 12-15 thick bone shape biscuits using the 10 bone silicone baking pan, depending on how full you fill the wells. I filled them full in these photos.

The beauty of the silicone baking pans is that they do not require pre-greasing with this type of recipe. Oil is used in the recipe, which serves as its own greasing agent. You can use any vegetable oil. Again, there will be bakers who prefer one type over another. It does not matter for a beginner.

When all done, the silicone baking pans can be washed in the dishwasher to clean all the oil and dough residue. Pressing the dough into the wells saves time and effort because you do not have to roll the dough and cut it.

This 10 mold silicone bone shaped cake pan is now my favorite!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Puppy Cakes for Christmas

Make your own puppy cakes for Christmas! So easy, so simple, and you will have a nice treat to share with the furkids.

Follow this example from @CathyMags. She baked some Christmas dog treats for her Maggie and used K9Cakery's silicone paw shaped baking pan to make the little paws which are the perfect size for a puppy cake!

puppy cakes for Christmas
Puppy cakes for Christmas made by Cathy Mags

The dog treats in the middle of the photo are mini dog cupcakes. All are decorated with dog treat icing - Fido's Frosting Royal Icing for Dogs.

These dog cakes are so quick and easy. Use a dog cake mix from K9Cakery or your own dog cake recipe. The cupcakes for dogs will bake within 15-18 minutes. Let them cool and then drizzle some Fido's Frosting on top. You do not have to be a professional cake decorator! Cathy bakes because she loves to and because her pooch loves that she does!

Here are some more Christmas dog treats made by @CathyMags for Maggie:

Christmas dog treats
Christmas dog treats

Let your imagination run wild for decorating. You can find great ideas on Pinterest! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Make Small Dog Treats From Leftover Cake For Dogs

Make small dog treats from leftover cake for dogs! 

Have leftover dog cupcakes? Dog cake too big and afraid it will go bad before you have a chance to use it? Do you have to throw it out or give it to the birds? Not at all.

You only give your dog a little bit of "dessert". You have an all natural dog cake that is preservative free and you know it will probably mold before your dog can finish it. Try this handy idea mentioned by the Kol's Notes blog, found at - this blog is full of practical advice!

make dog training treats from leftover dog cake
Make dog training treats from
leftover dog cake

Kol's Notes suggest taking leftover cupcakes or cake and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. 
Bake at 200 degrees F for approximately 3 hours. Make sure they are dry all the way through.

Use these delicious bit-size crunchy morsels to teach a new trick! Your dog will work hard to learn the behavior to get one of these tasty pieces. 

The treats are coming from leftover cake, so they may not necessarily be the lowest in calories. But they will be yummy! So use them to reward extra special behaviors!

Click here to read more about the characteristics of good dog training treats for ongoing training.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fund Raising Ideas for Dog Rescue Groups

Are you looking for new fund raising ideas for dog rescue groups? Have you thought about making homemade dog treats and selling them for donations?

Not only are dog treats easy to make, but the entire process is fun. Kids especially love to be involved with dog crafts like this. They enjoy decorating the treats and they know they are helping out with a worthy cause.

fund raising ideas for dog rescue groups
Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue -
Fund Raising Ideas

These beautiful dog treats are made for the Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue. All you need is a good recipe for a dough that has dog-safe ingredients, and some dog-themed cookie cutters. Or, use one of the new silicone baking molds for less effort. Just press the biscuit dough into the wells and bake! No need to cut out shapes because the molds will turn out biscuits with fine detail.

All natural Fido's Frosting brand yogurt Royal Icing for Dogs was used to finish these. It takes color well as you can see. Edible glitter and dog bone sprinkles complemented these treats as well.

Sell an assorted plate of various shapes or pack up dog treat bags and tie them with a colorful dog themed ribbon for a beautiful display. You can make up labels with your dog rescue group's name and contact information and stick these onto the treat bags. 

Dog lovers will not hesitate to buy the treats to help with the rescue efforts, especially when they look as enticing as these. They know that they are contributing to an important undertaking. Advertise the treats as being "handmade with love". Use all natural ingredients and you can even correctly state that they are healthier than Girl Scout cookies! How could pet lovers refuse?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dog Christmas Cookies Decorated With Royal Icing

Don't forget the pooches at Christmas! 

Take a look at these beautiful dog Christmas cookies decorated with royal icing made by Lazy Bones Pet Treats, a dog bakery based in Kansas City, Missouri. Fido's Frosting Royal Icing for Dogs takes color well and creates vibrant Christmas dog treats! 

dog Christmas cookies
Christmas dog treats made by
Lazy Bones Pet Treats

Colored sesame seeds complete the all natural decoration. Buy the colored sesame seeds or with a little bit of effort, color them yourself. Use then just as you would sprinkles or jimmies on other treats for dogs to keep the sugar content at a minimum. 

Christmas dog treats
More Christmas treats for dogs from
Lazy Bone Pet Treats

Fido's Frosting royal icing is perfect for flooding an area with color as seen in the stars and the bell above. Or just drizzle green and red dog treat icing for an interesting "painted" effect, as seen in the image below.

Christmas treats for dogs
Dog Christmas cookies with drizzled dog treat
icing from Lazy Bones Pet Treats

Come join us in Homemade Dog Treats on Facebook and get more ideas for making and decorating your own dog treats.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dog Christmas Cookies

Make dog Christmas cookies decorated with bright, holiday colors so that everyone in the family gets to have tasty Christmas treats!

These fun, creative, colorful dog treats are made by Noah's Noms, a dog bakery located in Sanbornville, New Hampshire. 

dog Christmas cookies
Christmas dog cookies made by
Noahs' Noms dog bakery

Professional dog bakeries offer interesting combinations of ingredients in their dog biscuits. They know which ingredients go best together. If this is more information than you know, or have time to research, no need to worry. You can always order a batch of the more exotic treats.

Make your own homemade dog biscuits using a simple dog biscuit recipe. Roll out the dough and then use bone shaped cookie cutters or other Christmas themed cookie cutters. If you prefer a quicker and easier method, use the silicone molds from to make perfect bone or paw shaped biscuits without having to roll and cut. 

The Christmas dog treats in the photo above were decorated with yogurt dog treat icing: Fido's Frosting brand Royal Icing for Dogs. Look how cute the little bones with the scarves and faces came out. Of course the dog recipients will love them, but decorate your treats with personality and you'll have the humans also begging for more. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Unique Christmas Gifts For Dogs

Have you been looking for unique Christmas gifts for dogs? Perhaps something different than a leash, a collar, a dog bowl, or squeaky toy? 

One of the most original dog gifts we came across is a gorgeous handmade dog-safe edible Christmas tree made from stacked dog cookies, by the dog bakery, Treats By The Pawful, based in Minooka, Illinois.

Christmas gifts for dogs
Christmas Cookie Tree For Dogs
handmade by Treats By The Pawful

This dog cookie tree is truly a one-of-a-kind gift. Each star-shaped dog cookie is individually crafted to get just the right size to create the shape of a Christmas tree standing tall. Fido's Frosting brand Royal Icing for Dogs is used to cover the arms of the stars to create the effect of snow on the tree branches. Colored sesame seeds are sprinkled onto the icing to look like tree decorations. Each star is then stacked and "glued" with the icing. The final product is all natural and edible!

Dog lovers enjoy receiving gifts for their pets. Their pets are very special to them. A handmade gift like this to remember the dog at Christmas time is a very special and thoughtful one as well as being absolutely original.

Wouldn't this cookie tree make a beautiful table centerpiece? It would certainly be a topic of conversation because many people do not realize that there are actual bakeries that make cookies and cakes just for dogs using dog-safe ingredients. 

The yogurt dog treat icing is sugar free so even though it looks enticing, the human palate would not enjoy it. So, no need to worry that anyone would eat the dog's present.

Just be sure to video the dog enjoying his gift for a wonderful Christmas memory.  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gingerbread Dog Treats

Remember the dog with gingerbread dog treats! 

Gingerbread men are a Christmas holiday favorite. The spicy aroma suggests winter holiday time! So why not include the dog too? Their heightened sense of smell will not let you get away with baking gingerbread men and not giving them a taste. 

Tammie's Homemade Pet Treats makes these gingerbread Christmas dog treats and finishes them with Fido's Frosting brand Royal Icing for Dogs.  

gingerbread dog treats decorated with Fido's Royal Icing
Gingerbread dog treats decorated with Fido's Frosting  
Royal Icing for dogs by Tammie's Homemade Pet Treats

Gingerbread treats are typically made with ginger and molasses or honey instead of sugar. Make them as a biscuit or a loaf cake. Ginger is used to alleviate nausea associated with motion sickness in humans and reportedly has similar effects in dogs. Honey and molasses are used frequently in recipes for dog treats as well. If you have any concerns about feeding your dog these foods, please talk to your vet before doing so.

Ginger root, molasses, and honey are natural ingredients.

Gingerbread biscuit recipes for dogs can be found around the internet. Beware of recipes that list nutmeg and garlic as ingredients for dog biscuits. These are two ingredients that can be toxic to dogs in large amounts. 

Very simply, to make your own gingerbread homemade dog treats, add the following to your regular biscuit dough:
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger 
  • 1/2 cup molasses 
Remember, dog treats are not a substitute for a meal. Even though your dog will beg for more, do not give in!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Homemade Christmas Ornaments For Dogs

Make homemade Christmas ornaments for dogs and give them as dog gifts for Christmas to your dog owner friends. 

We have been having a lot of fun making these in the Facebook group
Homemade Dog Treats. Everyone has their own style and their own creative designs. If you love baking and painting, these dog crafts are for you because you do both for the same craft project!

Homemade Christmas Ornaments For Dogs
by Zelda's K-9 Treats & Things, LLC

The simple directions for these Christmas craft projects can be found in this post:
DIY Christmas Dog Gifts. You create a dough, roll it out, and using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out the shapes of the ornaments. Poke a hole in the top and bake. 

When the dough ornaments are finished baking, they are painted with acrylic paint and sealed. Thread ribbon or string through the hole to make it possible to hang on a Christmas tree or on the wall.

See DIY Christmas Ornaments for some examples of bone shaped ornaments for dogs. You can even personalize these with the dog's name. They are easy to make, do not take a lot of time, and the materials are relatively inexpensive.

These ornaments for dogs are bound to be a big hit with your friends. Everyone loves it when the dog gets a gift! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Organic Dog Treats

Organic dog treats are the specialty of the Green Lakes Barkery based in Green Lakes, New York. The owner, Nathan Lutz, even grows his own organic produce to use in his bakery dog treats. 

If you bake with organic dog treat recipes, then try this simple trick that Nathan offers to make banana dog treats sweeter and more flavorful. Who may end up eating your inventory.

organic dog treat recipes
Enhance organic dog treat recipes
with sweetened bananas!

What you need:
  • Organic yellow bananas
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place the unpeeled bananas in a row on a tray that has sides. Do not use a flat baking sheet because the cooking process will cause the bananas to "weep" a milky colored liquid that will congeal into a sweet syrup when it cools, and you want to be able to "catch" it
  • Roast the bananas in the oven for approximately 15 minutes
  • Turn the bananas over and roast another 15 minutes
  • Let the bananas cool down enough to touch.
  • Peel and use in your dog treat recipe. Add in the natural banana syrup for more flavor.

Bananas treated like this will taste sweeter. Another benefit is that you can use yellow bananas that are not largely ripened and save time on having to wait for this process to occur. You can freeze them...just peel first.

If you want a banana flavoring, collect the syrup and use for other dog treat recipes as well. If you decorate with dog treat icing, you can create your own organic banana flavoring.

Organic yogurt drops for dogs with fruit flavors are manufactured by and make great dog training treats due to their small size.