National Dog Biscuit Day is February 23 — a good time for pet owners to show their furry friends how much they appreciate their love and loyalty with a dog biscuit in their favorite flavor.
Origins of the dog biscuit date back to the 1800s when dog owners gave their pets grain biscuits, which often were stale or moldy. In the latter part of the century American James Spratt witnessed stray dogs eating hardtack in London, which was a cracker eaten by sailors because it withstood long voyages. Spratt perfected his biscuit, and the rest is history.
What better way to celebrate Dog Biscuit Day than to bake a batch of homemade dog biscuits. Flavors that dogs love include peanut butter, carrot and pumpkin. Dress them up with trail mix or peanut butter yogurt bites.
When you make your own dog biscuits you don’t have to worry about ingredients that may not be healthful for your dog, like preservatives, fillers and byproducts because you control what goes into them, notes Animal rescue transport coordinators Doobert. AND, homemade biscuits are less expensive.
Below is a basic homemade dog biscuit recipe that you can add your own special ingredients to to suit your dog’s individual likes.
Basic dog biscuits
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute regular flour or oats)
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules
- ½ cup hot water
- Can add: Bacon, chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, or shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Dissolve bouillon in hot water
- Add remaining ingredients
- Knead dough until it forms a ball (3 minutes)
- Roll dough until ½ inch thick
- Cut into slices or use cookie cutters.
- Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
- Bake 30 minutes
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