Step 1: What you will need
Flour (white or whole wheat)- 2 cups (unsifted)
Peanut Butter, smooth - 1 1/4 cups
Garlic - 2 cloves
Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup
Water - 5 tbsp.
THAT'S IT!. I'm using whole wheat flour because that's what I have on hand. The type of vegetable oil that you use isn't a huge concern either. Just use what you have (I used canola.) I prefer to use smooth peanut butter as dogs bodies don't break down nuts very well. So unless your dog is a good chewer (doubt there is a good chewing dog out there) , stick to smooth.
Some kitchen tools that you will need are:
Some of the optional tools are:
Step 2: Getting started on the goodies
Now add all your ingredients into your mixing bowl. You will have to mince the garlic or put it through a garlic press. Simple as that, throw it all in and get to mixing. I always find that using a spoon or knife to help load up the measuring cup with peanut butter makes it easier. Make sure you get all the ingredients thoroughly mixed in (about 10 minutes if mixing by hand). You will find that the mixture ends up being quite dry (pictured below), but you should still be able to form it into a mass that sticks together (if not, add another tbsp. of water)
Step 3: Getting ready for baking
Step 4: Ready for the oven
Make sure your oven is upto temperature (400 F) and slide the sheet into the oven. Set your timer for about 10 minutes. While these cookies are baking you can form your other half of the mixture into square logs and get them ready to be cut for the next batch.
Step 5: Done cooking
Step 6: Human tasting and testing
Step 7: Dog tasting and testing
Name - Leo
Breed - Bullmastiff
Age - 2 years
He was sniffing at my hand and was interested in what I had. After doing a few commands and him listening, I gave up the goods. He proceeded to remove all the treats from my hand and left behind a nice coating of druel. He proceeded to lick my hand even though nothing was there and followed me back to the door. I had to give him a couple more (how could yo not with a face like that) and sent him on his way.
Test subject #2
Name - Parker
Breed - Bichon Frise
Age - 8 years
I let him smell my hand and he went straight to his standard begging mode when he gets really excited and wants something. So I let him have the treat. He quickly munched it up and came back for more. He only gets one treat though because he's 18lbs and not 180lbs like Leo
Now with the left over treats, besure to bag them up and store them in the fridge or freezer. They are not filled up with preservatives, so we have to make it our job.
So there you have it. Simple dog treats that they will love and are safe for human consumption. You can alter this recipe by substituting grated cheese for the peanut butter. There are hundreds of dog treat recipes out there that I'm sure dogs would love, but I like to keep it simple and with the least # of steps that I can. If you feel like experimenting and making your own special recipe be sure to investigate what you are putting into the biscuits are good for the dogs. There are quite a few common and not so common ingredients that do not fare so well for the health of your dog. Feel free to comment on the treats and/or my construction of this instructable. Thanks