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With over 50 million dog owners in the USA, there has got to be something about these animals that make them "man's best friend." What makes them this? Well there are a few simple things such as loyalty, unconditional love and companionship. Now what simple things makes us "dog's best friend"? affection and reward we could guess. So lets keep this simple idea going and make some simple and healthier dog treats for our buddies.
 
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Step 1: What you will need

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You are only going to need a total of 5 ingredients which are easy to get (most of you will already have them) and are dog safe. (told you it would be simple)

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:

Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Knife
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Cookie sheet
Oven

Some of the optional tools are:

Electric mixer
Garlic press
Rolling pin

Step 2: Getting started on the goodies

Set your oven to 400 F and start it warming up.

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

In this step you can either roll out the mixture to about 1/4" thick and cut out shapes, or if your roommate stole your rolling pin to use as a fish bonker last time he went fishing, then you can do what I did. I split the mixture in half and then half again by forming it into two 1"x1" square logs. It's quite easy to do just by pinching the sides and pushing down on the top. If your mixture is to dry here, you will really notice as your log will not want to be formed into the shape and rather just break apart.

Step 4: Ready for the oven

Cut your logs into approximate 1/4" slices. The mixture doesn't really stick to the knife so it is quite easy going. You should be able to get 1/2 of the mixture onto one cookie sheet. I didn't add any parchment paper or any non stick spray to the pan because these treats don't stick. Feel free though if you like.

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

After your 10 minutes is up. Check under the biscuts and make sure they are browned (see picture below). Cooking times may vary depending on your oven. I will let them sit for a further 10 minutes to cool off and then just pour them off the pan onto a plate so they cool all the way. I then load up the second batch and get them cooking too.

Step 6: Human tasting and testing

So why let the dogs have all the fun.... I mean they can't taste that bad. They ended up tasting like a weak peanut butter cookie with a hint of garlic in the after taste. Not to shabby for a dog treat, and it's not all salty like those store bought ones (don't ask me why I know) . So of course I had to offer them to everybody in the house. No one seemed to get mad at me for telling them it was a dog biscuit after they were done and the one girl even had one after she found out they were dog biscuits. I took some to my parents house and even got Mom and Dad to try one out. Mom even finished it after I told her it was a dog biscuit that I made. So, it passed the human testing on 6 test subjects, now lets try the intended test subjects.

Step 7: Dog tasting and testing

Test subject #1
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
d_e_a_d_1 year ago
I didnt have all the oil needed for it, so I did like 1/4 oil, 1/4 bacon grease- hoping it turns out well ! (: It all mixed together well- so I think it should be good (:
cerberustugowar (author)  d_e_a_d_1 year ago
I'm sure your dog will love the bacon grease. Great thing to use that would otherwise go to waste!. Everyone seems to have an opinion on garlic as you can see :). How did they turn out???!?
beme20131 year ago
BY THE WAY GARLIC IS POISON TO DOGS!!!!!!!
d_e_a_d_1 year ago
Also- garlic is only toxic for some dogs- not all, as some people may believe
Would these be safe for a Pomeranian to eat?
for sure they would, maybe cut them a bit smaller so it's not a meal for them. You could also omit the garlic as some people say it's poisonous... so why risk it right.
Thanks for the advice!
If u r smart, u would NOT I repeat NOT make this recipe!!! Much less feed it to your dog! Garlic is highly poisonous to dogs, and oil is not good 4 them at all! If u want to make dog treats, I recommend going to dog treat kitchen.com. The website has a complete list of what never to feed to your dog, as well as dozens of recipes. I know, believe me! I own a dog treat business! I may be only 12 yrs old, but as of currently I know more than most of u.
Maybe you can make an instructable and show us how to make non poisonous treats. You could also incorporate some of your current knowledge on the subject so we can all become a bit smarter.
rbolio4 years ago
Hi!

So I tried your recepie today, and I must say....im a klutz in the kitchen and this recepie was REALLY easy.... However i'd change a couple of things:

1) I'd add an egg or two for the recipe to help the cookies stick together when they are made (mine kept crumbling even after made :( )
2) I'd add a little more water to make the mix easier to handle

3 ) finally i recomend leaving it for 12-14 minutes in the oven , because 10 minutes isn't enough and 15 min burns them :$

Soooo that's my recomendation! :D
-rbolio
WhyHello rbolio2 years ago
but i'm out of eggs! D:
cerberustugowar (author)  rbolio4 years ago
Yes I remember when I made them they were a little crumbely. But mine did stay together. But yes, those eggs would help forsure.

Even if you cooked them for 10 mins and just shut off the oven, they could help them firm up aswell. Thanks for the additions. just about everything in the world can always be made a little bit better
WhyHello2 years ago
Hey! I'm finally maing these, but i dont wanna use up my sisters peanut butter! (unless i just said they were peanut butter cookies....ah ha) What are some good substitutes?
WhyHello3 years ago
(my sister tried a milk bone, lolo and she doesnt even own a dog, youre not alone! lol!)

I'm getting ready to print tall this stuff out (including the suggestions from commenters c: ) I cant wait to try it, i've been baking loads of cookies and i wanna give my dog something!

Big Dogs FTW

(for the win if theres anyone who doesn't know)
cerberustugowar (author)  WhyHello3 years ago
my "big dog" test subject is now eatting 6 cups of food a day. Parker the other test subject was recently put down :(

I'm sure your test subject will really enjoy these doggy biscuts though.

cheers
fragmaster45 years ago
good thing these have a flavor don't buy the dog biscuits from the store! They don't taste anything like what they are supposed to. (Don't ask how I know) >=/
chemoon55 years ago
leo is gorjuss - thanks for the recipe - as a fellow bullmastiff lover I can relate to the drool bit. They are great food a holics!
sflinn5 years ago
I would suggest you omit the garlic. Garlic, like onions, are toxic to dogs. It causes a stomach irritation that can affect red blood cells. Its called Allium poisoning
There is no proof that garlic is any worse for dogs than it is for us. This Garlic-phobia hasn't been around that long. Personal preference that is all.
cerberustugowar (author)  sflinn5 years ago
I think it depends on the persons opinion. I mean there are numerous people that say they have used it with their dogs to help with fleas and worms for 16 years or the dogs life, or that it healed the dog who was close to death. Then again there is also numerous people who say it almost killed their dog. So I guess it's upto the cook and the opinion and beliefs. But if your dog has no fleas or worms or no problems you want to try and cure then I suppose leaving it out wouldn't hurt anyone.
I think it depends on the dog as well. My American bulldog could eat a tin can and be fine, but a smaller dog could succumb to the garlic. So I would recommend to avoid it on smaller dogs. Also take caution on how much. P.S. Huckleberry loves your instructable!
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cerberustugowar (author)  sflinn5 years ago
Yes it all depends on on many things forsure. The actual amount of garlic in each of on these cookies is very minimal. I would say the size of a pinhead or smaller. I like your dogs name.
JakeTobak5 years ago
Leo is extremely cute, Parker looks like a furry pirate. I might try this and use one of those sushi mats to roll it. I don't do a lot of cooking, but sometimes it's fun to make stuff from scratch, even if it doesn't taste as good as processed food :P
cerberustugowar (author)  JakeTobak5 years ago
Yes store bought peanut butter cookies taste a lot better than these :P One Idea that i saw was to roll the mixture in saran wrap and pinch the ends and make it all nice and tight, then let it chill in the fridge. Possibly a couple eggs or a tad more water would help you out in the mixture. There is probably 20 ingredients that may help it out, but I like it simple for all us people who don't have tons of ingredients and crazy cooking know how. Let me know how it works!