Countdown to Earth Day: Homemade Dog Treats
During the middle of a pandemic, you may find that you have a lot of time on your hands. If you want to do something special for your dog and give them something that is more healthy at the same time? Maybe it’s time to check out some homemade treats.
How do homemade dog treats help the environment? Let’s think this through. You probably get dog treats at the store. Most people do. But where did they come from before that? They were most likely produced in a factory and made with ingredients that weren’t verified as sustainable. Then, they had to package all of the dog treats, stick them on trucks, and ship them to the store. All of that takes gas and resources, all of which could be saved by making the treats at home.
I’m by no means saying that you must completely switch over to homemade treats, but if you have some extra time, it’s one little step that can help the environment. As everyone takes little steps where they are able, we as a whole are able to make a difference.
Here is one of Micah’s favorite dog treats: Peanut Butter. If you decide to make this easy recipe, take a picture and post it to the WoofPack Trail’s Facebook page. I’d love to see!
- 2 cups flour (gluten-free, rice or oat flour works well)
- 1 cup rolled oats (not the quick cook oats)
- 1/3 cup ground flax seed
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cups of hot water
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Mix flour and oats in a large bowl.
- Add ground flaxseed and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Add peanut butter and hot water. Blend well to a workable dough.
- Transfer dough to a floured surface. Roll out dough to 1/4" thick.
- Put the dough in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes to chill. Cover dough to prevent drying out.
- Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut dough with a cookie cutter. Place biscuits on a cookie sheet (lightly greased or covered with parchment paper).
- Bake for 30 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
- Remove and cool on wax paper overnight. Transfer to an airtight container and store on your kitchen counter for up to three weeks.
- Pack in your WoofPack for treats when you go for walks with your fluffy friend!
There are so many other great dog treat recipes as well! If you want even more recipes, you can search “dog treat recipes” on Google.
You may find that your dog likes one recipe but not the other. Each pet has their own taste buds and likes. It might just take some trial and error to find out which one your pup likes. Don’t worry about the process. It will be good memories for you and your pup and hone your skills even further. You can be assured that your dog is getting the absolute best this way. Even better, you’ll be able to make them the perfect size to fit in your WoofPack!
Daleen Cowgar is a junior at Malone University where she is studying English with minors in Public Relations and Creative Writing. She loves playing with words and looks forward to spending her career continuing to do just that. She also enjoys interacting with the variety of animals that she pet sits.
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