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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Cook For Your Dog Day!

Today is National Cook for Your Dog Day, so get in the kitchen and whip up Barkley a yummy
treat made with quality ingredients and love! Don’t be surprised if he begs for seconds!



If you dog is very young, has allergies, is pregnant or nursing or has a compromised immune system please check with his vet before making any changes in his diet.


Tuna Brownies, courtesy of Jan Casey
These yummy treats are a training staple in my house & I’ve never met a dog who turned his snout up at them!

2 cans tuna packed in water (canned chicken, turkey,
mackerel or salmon can be used)
2 eggs
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 ½ cups rye flour (use more as needed to increase dough
stiffness)

1 TBS molasses
Splash of water if necessary

Mix ingredients together and press flat into a cookie sheet lined with foil & sprayed with baking spray. The dough should be ¼ inch thick. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.
After cooling, use a pizza cutter to cut ¼ inch strips in the dough. Store in a Ziploc bag in the
freezer. As needed, take a few strips out and use scissors to cut into ¼ inch squares.
Use or refrigerate thawed pieces.



Peanut Butter Bonanza, courtesy of You Bake ‘Em Dog Biscuits by The National Dog Biscuit Baking Co
You will need small shaped cookie cutters for this recipe—great project for the kids to help with!

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup rice flour
½ cup Brewers yeast
¼ cup wheat germ
½ cup dry powdered milk
¾ smooth peanut butter
¼ cup canola oil
2 eggs beaten
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients. Cut in peanut butter. And the remaining
ingredients and combine mixture with your hands. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness on floured
surface and cut out treats with floured cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 14
minutes. 
Treats can be left in cooling oven overnight to harden. Store in air tight container.


Say Cheese Please, courtesy of Real Food for Real Dogs by Arden Moore
You will need small shaped cookie cutters for this recipe—great project for the kids to help with!

1 ½ cups water
1 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 egg whisked
½ cup powdered milk
Pinch of salt
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup wheat germ
3 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bring water to a boil and pour into a bowl with the oats and
margarine. Stir the mixture until blended and let sit for 5 minutes. Add
cheese, egg, milk and salt. Blend in the cornmeal & wheat germ. Slowly add
the flour, 1/3 cup at a time, until a stiff dough forms.
Roll out dough to ½ inch thickness on a floured
surface. Cut into fun shapes with small floured cookie cutters. Place the treats
on a cookie sheet sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off oven and let treats remain in oven for 1 hour to make them crunchy.

Mutt Meatballs, courtesy of Real Food for Real Dogs by Arden Moore
Fun as treats or in addition to your pup’s regular meals.

½ pound ground beef
1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 carrot, finely chopped
½ cup bread crumbs
1 egg, wished
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp tomato paste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Scoop out mixture by the spoonful and roll into mini-size meatballs. Place meatballs on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes. Cool & store in an air-tight container.


Sheila Rinks is the editor of Finding Fuzzybutt Four, producer of the Raising Indiana podcast and shares her home with her husband, 4 Great Pyrenees and 2 very well-fed kitties.

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