How To Make Dog Treats

How To Make Dog Treats

Are you interested in learning how to make dog treats for your pup at home? Perhaps you are interested in starting a homemade dog treat business of your own… either way you have come to the right place! If you are just beginning making homemade dog treats for your pet then you will be happy to know that I actually created this blog with beginners in mind. I too was once a “beginner” and I know how helpful “How To” information can be:)

And for all of you seasoned bakers who know how to make healthy dog treats at home…there is plenty of useful material for you guys too. After all, I pride myself on being a life long learner and I find that I learn something new everyday!

Learning how to make dog treats from scratch is actually easier than you think. Let’s get started!

First, let’s go over the baking supplies that you will need to gather. I recommend that you take a look in your kitchen before you run out and buy anything. You probably already have more than half of the essential baking supplies that you’ll need for making homemade dog treats tucked away in your pantry…I did!!

Step 1: Gather Baking Supplies

1. Mixing bowls

2. Rolling pin

3. Measuring Cups and Spoons

4. Parchment Paper or Cooking Spray

5. Cookie Sheets

6. Electric Mixer

7. Wooden Spoons

Step 2: Choose a Recipe

The second thing that you have to do it choose a recipe. There are plenty of homemade dog treat recipes available on my website for your to choose from. I would just suggest that you start out with something simple.  One of my favorite as well as simple recipes for dog treats is Ella’s Peanut Butter Treats. Most dogs love peanut butter dog treats and I promise you these treats won’t disappoint! Sign up for my newsletter today and I’ll send you 4 more free and easy homemade dog treat recipes. And for those of you who are really ambitious, get a copy of my dog bakery business E-book and you’ll also get a FREE dog treat recipe cookbook that I personally published myself! Here are few recipes to get you started….

How To Make Sweet Potato Dog Treats

(an organic recipe)

Ingredients:

1 cup organic oat flour

1/2 cup organic rolled oats

1 organic sweet potato (cooked and mashed)

1/2 cup water

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, rolled oats, baking powder and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add water and sweet potato. Stir all ingredients until a dough forms. Use additional flour to roll dough into 1/4″ thickness. Cut into favorite shapes. Place dog treats on greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and serve. Store left over homemade dog treats in the refrigerator.

How To Make Gourmet Dog Treats

Cinnamon Dog Treats

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup unbleached  flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. honey

1 Egg

1 tbsp. canola oil

Yogurt Chips

Carob Chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, cornmeal and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the egg, canola oil, and honey. Beat well and then add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir all ingredients until a dough forms. Use additional flour to roll dough into 1/4″ thickness. Cut into favorite shapes. Place dog treats on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Step 3: Learn Some Easy Baking Techniques

One of the most important techniques that you will want to master is “dough rolling.” So many of the dog treat recipes that you will end up using require you to roll dough so it’s important to know what you are doing. Take a look at the video below for some helpful tips.

Step 4: Cookie Cutters

As I mentioned above, many of the dog treat recipes that you will end up using are going to form a dough that you can roll out and then cut into desired shapes. I’m especially fond of these types of recipes for dog treats because they are so versatile. For example, I use the same recipe for peanut dog treats all year round, I simply change the shapes that I cut the dog treats into based on what time of year it is. For example, I use this recipe to make Halloween dog treats, Christmas dog treats and one of my best sellers… birthday dog treats! You can find a bunch of dog themed cookie cutters on Amazon.com or you could visit Good Dog Express, which is where I have purchased many of my cookie cutters.

Step 5: Decorating Dog Treats

how to make dog treatsWhen it comes to making homemade dog treats, decorating them is so much fun! I have decorated dog treats that looked good enough for people to eat. So what do I use? Here are a few of the basic items that I use when decorating dog treats.

1- Yogurt Chips

2- Carob Chips

3- Peanut Butter Coating Drops

4- Sugar Free Glitter

5- Seasame Seeds (Can dye all different colors!)

6- All natural food coloring

7- Stainless Steel Spatula

8- Wilton Disposable 12 Inch Decorating Bags

9- Set of Standard Couplers

10- Stainless Steel Decorating Tips

How to Make Icing For Dog Treats

Use either yogurt chips or carob chips for your homemade dog treats icing. NEVER use chocolate!! Place a 1/2 cup of yogurt chips or carob chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Mix and put back into microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir so that ll bumps are gone. Use icing to decorate homemade dog treats. Let cool and harden before packaging.

Short Cut: Purchase pre-made icing for your dog treats too!

Perhaps you have already been making homemade dog treats for a while and you are  ready to a new endeavor? Did you know that you could start your own dog treat business? You can turn your passion for dogs into cash!!! Get more information here!

 

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