By Marissa Kasarov
Do you ever wonder what is in your dog’s favorite snacks that makes him want to sit, stay, roll over, and beg? Read the label! If you’re able to decipher those 8-syllable words, you’re a step ahead of most of us.
Baking yummy treats at home is a great way to be sure of exactly what ingredients are found in your pooch’s snack time delicacies. It’s also very inexpensive and can be made into a fun family activity for everyone to enjoy. Most of the recipes that we’ve found for homemade dog cookies can be prepared using common household ingredients, and you won’t need any fancy bakeware. It may take some trial and error to figure out your pup’s favorite flavors and textures, but the end result is well worth the effort!
We found a great recipe for some delicious Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats (pictured above) that can be found here: Whole Foods Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats.
This recipe hits all the major points: it is dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, low sodium, vegetarian, and sugar conscious! At approximately 45 calories per cookie, you won’t have to worry about being named a diet-wrecking dog mom.
Finally, our favorite feature of this particular recipe: the built-in breath freshener. The recipe calls for parsley, but also offers the option of a partial substitution of dried mint for an even stronger effect.
If this isn’t the right recipe for your dog, definitely don’t give up! There are plenty of options out there, and your furry friend is bound to like one of them. Try different textures, too. Some dogs prefer crunchy, while others favor a chewier variety. Baking the treats for more or less time can really mean the difference for your dog’s discerning palate. If you find that you have extras leftover, you can wrap them up in treat bags for his dog park pals or donate them to your favorite shelter.
(If your pets has any special dietary considerations, please speak with your veterinarian before feeding him this or any other homemade dog treat.)