Dog treats can be used for many things other than just spoiling your dog. It can help with his training, reward for good behavior or a way to keep him calm in times of anxiety or fear.
There are many recipes available and even more commercial brands selling them.
But we found it very rewarding to make our own, making sure we know what they’re eating and that these treats are the healthy and fresh.
2 3/4 cups (372 grams) whole wheat flour
1 cup (75 grams) wheat germ
1/2 cup (43 grams) ground flax seed
3 large eggs (153 grams, weighed out of shell)
1/2 cup (106 grams) olive oil
1/2 cup (122 grams) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (122 grams) pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon (20 grams) honey
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two large baking sheets with parchment (or grease with cooking spray).
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and flax seed. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, olive oil, applesauce, pumpkin, and honey until smooth.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Form the dough into a disc.
4. On floured parchment paper, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thick. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter and place them an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the treats are deep golden brown and very hard. Cool completely on a rack before letting your pup.