Homemade Treats for our Furry Therapists!


©2020 Kari Carlisle

I don’t know about your dogs, but mine are absolutely loving the fact that we’re all home ALL THE TIME! We have a nice routine, and they know the routine. Get off the routine, and they remind us. It’s time for a walk, it’s time for breakfast, it’s time for dinner, and time to go potty, it’s time to rub my belly, it’s time to snuggle.

This is Blueberry. Blueberry wants something…

Right now, we are all under a lot of stress between the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, personal uncertainties, and the fact that life with all its ups and downs continues on, so there’s no break. It’s no wonder that dog fostering and adoption are way up right now. Dogs are our therapy when we can’t hang out with friends, can’t go to special events or grab a drink at a bar, can’t really go anywhere. I mean, dang, I got excited about having to go to the post office the other day!

Okay, so here we all are, stuck at home with our furry friends. I’m still working, so I keep busy, but I still have extra time. I’m not commuting, I’m consolidating errands, and frankly, I try not to work long hours because I need to keep my immune systems working strong. Exercise and rest are important right now.

So with this extra time, we’ve been watching a little more TV than usual (and drinking a little more wine than usual), reading, and playing around with some recipes. Comfort food is the best! And spending more time with our dogs. Their love and affection is helping us get through this very difficult time.

So to reward our furry therapists and have a little kitchen fun, we have started making dog biscuits. This is a much healthier pastime than when we made homemade Reese’s peanut butter eggs for Easter. The recipe we followed made so many! Still eating them. Hang on… gotta go get one now that I’ve thought about it…

Demonstration of pouring bacon drippings into the mixture
Adding bacon drippings into the mix

Okay, back to dog biscuits. I received a recipe book for my birthday last year and had already tried one of the recipes pre-pandemic. Now we’re trying more recipes (#QuarantineLife). The results have ranged from beautiful, dog bakery-quality biscuits to globs of WTF is that, but once they are barely cool enough to gobble down without burning their tongues, the dogs don’t care what they look like.

Dog biscuits ready to bake
Ready to bake!

I encourage you to give dog biscuit baking a try. You don’t need a fancy cookbook. There are plenty of recipes online. If the recipe requires you to roll the dough and use a cookie cutter, don’t feel obligated. Your dog doesn’t care if he gets a perfectly formed bone shape, heart, or blob. And you don’t even necessarily need to follow any recipe precisely as long as you put some yummy stuff in your dough. If your dough consistency resembles cookie dough, you should be successful in spoiling your pooch.

Blueberry likes it!

One caution I have is to be sure not to use any ingredients that are potentially toxic to dogs. Anything sweetened with xylitol (some peanut butters have xylitol), avocado, onion, and walnuts are on the no-no list. If you’re not sure, check out the great infographic below.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Treats for our Furry Therapists!

  1. Why not liver? Canides eat organ meats before they eat muscle tissues or chew bones. I’m gonna have to find out now. Doesn’t sound right, but there must be a reason.

    1. Liver makes great treats for dogs! Prey offal (organ meat) is highly prized because it is extremely nutrient-dense compared to muscle meat. A well-balanced diet for a carnivore includes all three: muscle, offal, and bone. High-carb treats like biscuits should remain just that – treats!

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