If you are wondering if making homemade dog treats is hard to do, then you'll be happy to learn that nothing could be easier!
The best news is, your dogs will love your efforts and happily gobble up, whatever homemade goodie you try making for them!
You know your own dog better than anyone else, and you already know what her taste preferences are.
Does your dog love carrots? Then incorporate plenty of those into your homemade recipes.
Many ingredients can easily be substituted, if your dog is allergic to something.
Flours can be mixed and matched, according to your Golden Retriever's preference or tolerance.
Almost any recipe can be frozen, so you can spend a few hours making lots of treats, then have plenty on hand for future use.
There are a few basic things to keep in mind when making homemade treats.
Make sure that the ingredients you choose are safe for dogs to eat. There are several toxic foods for dogs that you may not think about, including raisins, grapes, and of course, chocolate.
It seems that there are split opinions over the use of garlic, so personally, I just do not use it.
I feel it is better to be safe than sorry, when it comes to my dogs.
If you do want to use garlic, I would use it very sparingly.
What might taste bland or horrible to us, doesn't mean the dog won't like it, as they have very different taste buds!
So, feel free to add a meat broth in place of water for a recipe, even if you think the flavors won't blend well!
When making rolled out cookie dough, it can be cut into cute doggy shapes with cookie cutters, or simply pressed with the top of a cup.
Homemade recipes can be made to look like regular people cookies or muffins. The possibilities are endless, and you are the one that cares about the looks of them, not your dog!
Store meat based recipes in the refrigerator.
Hard biscuit recipes need to be thoroughly dried, so they do not mold.
This is easily accomplished by simply taking the treats out of the oven when they are done and allowing them to cool off to room temperature.
Turn the oven off when you take the treats out, and after the cookies have cooled, put them on a tray and set them back into the oven.
Keep the door closed for at least 8 hours, or overnight when possible.
This causes them to thoroughly dry out, and harden.
Go ahead and have some fun seeing what all you can create when making homemade dog treats, but remember, though dogs love homemade snacks, do not forget that is exactly what they are suppose to be, a snack!
Take care when making these treats, that your Golden Retriever does not use this as an opportunity to become overweight!