I would never have considered making my own dog treats if I hadn’t been made aware of the many health concerns and food allergies dogs can have. So my attempt for DIY dog treats includes the following concerns: grain-free, yeast-free, peanut butter-free, low-protein, and very delicious.
This is Orlando, my 3 year-old Great Dane. He is on a grain-free diet and has been since 4 months of age. After reintroducing grains to his diet this past year, in the form of rice or oats, we determined that his sensitivity to grains was still there. So back to grain-free we went!
Avoiding grains is difficult for dogs, as it is humans; it is in the majority of dog foods and treats. These treats become very expensive when suiting the needs for special dogs!
So creating this treat recipe required the perfect balance of meats, starches and veggies. The preparation process is quite simple:
- Ingredients: 2 cups of cooked chicken (grilled or baked,) 2 cups of cooked potatoes, 1/2 cup of peas (steamed or boiled,) 1/4 cup of carrots (steamed or boiled)
- Chop these ingredients into approximately 1/2 inch pieces and blend with a hand mixer or blender until moderately blended (it doesn’t have to be perfect, just blended enough so that there aren’t whole veggies visible)
- Add 1 egg and 1 cup flaxseed meal, mix. You want your mix to have the consistency of dough.
- Roll into balls or flatten onto an oiled baking sheet; you can also place the mixture into baking molds.
- Bake at 375º Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to dehydrate.
- Let cool, then let your pup try them out!
These treats are great for high energy breeds who need carbohydrates and for large breed who require a low percentage of lean protein in their diet. I used flaxseed meal, which is essentially ground flaxseed, because it is the best alternative to flour for grain-free dogs (and I couldn’t find another non-grain, non-nut substitute.) Because flax is not a grain it has no yeast content. The health benefits of flax are also quite impressive: we humans eat flax because of its amazing omega-3 content, and you guessed it, this is also great for dogs! This will help your pup’s skin and coat, especially if he/she is susceptible to dandruff.
The finished product:
I hope your dog loves them as much as mine does!
This batch created about a pound of treats, which costed $8 in materials. Because of the ingredients in this recipe, I recommend refrigerating your treats. In the fridge they will last about 2-3 weeks, and in the freezer they will last up to 6 months (Orlando loves anything frozen, so this is a simple choice for me.)