If you’ve baked cookies before then you are well on your way to knowing how to make dog treats. And not to worry if you’ve never baked before. The great thing about baking for dogs is they rarely complain about the flops and are always happy when you try again. : ) Baking dog biscuits is as easy as following a basic recipe.
In the paragraphs below we’ll take a look at ingredients, the equipment and tools you’ll need, and of course – some recipes to get you started.
Dog Treat Ingredients
Any recipe is only as good as the ingredients used to make it. Before getting started it’s important to know a little bit about ingredients. Of course we want to use ingredients that make great tasting, treats but most important is knowing what ingredients NOT to use. We’ve all heard that chocolate is bad for dogs, but did you know that grapes and raisins can be toxic to dogs too? There are many “people” foods that can be harmful to pets. View our Foods to Avoid page to find out more.
Many dog treats can be made with common ingredients you already have at home or are easily found in your local grocery store. And, just like in people recipes, some ingredients are healthier than others. View our Dog Treat Ingredients page to read about some of our favorite ingredients.
You can easily get started making dog treats with the baking equipment and utensils you most likely already have. Here’s list of the basics you’ll need:
- Mixing bowl
- Large spoon for mixing. I like to use a wooden spoon.
- Liquid and dry measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Cookie sheets
- Cookie cutters
– or just knife or pizza cutter to cut treats in to shapes
- Rolling pin
- With the above tools/equipment and some old fashioned elbow grease you have all you need to start making treats.
Of course, there is other equipment that can make things a little easier or be helpful if you get to the point of making LOTS of treats such as:
- electric stand mixer
- food processor
- food dehydrator – I use this one from Nesco and someday plan to invest in one of the Excalibur models.
- convection oven that will bake multiple pans of treats at the same time – and cook them evenly..
Dog Treat Recipes to Get You Started
Ok, with your dog treat ingredients knowledge and baking tools at the ready it’s time to get started. As I said above, learning how to make dog treats is as easy as following a recipe. Here is an easy dog treat recipe to get you started.
If you want to have a go at making dog biscuits with a few more healthy ingredients try these Cheddar and Chicken Dog Treats.
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