Dog treat recipes are useful ways of making healthy and fun snacks for your pet. They allow you to better control the foods that your dog eats, as some types of dog treats contain a variety of ingredients that are difficult to monitor completely. If your pet is allergic to wheat or has some other type of sensitivity, it's a good idea to avoid store bought dog treats. Instead, try one of these wheat free dog treat recipes for a good alternative for your pet.
1. Salmon Dog Treats
Salmon is a great source of many different vitamins and minerals. The salmon is a fatty fish that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. These help to benefit your dog's body in a number of different ways. Salmon is a good alternate protein source from the standard beef, chicken and lamb that most dogs eat in regular food. To make delicious salmon dog treats for your pet, combine the following ingredients:
- 8 ounces of salmon juice
- 1 tsp dill weed
- 3 eggs, including shells
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds and 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground finely
- 1-1/4 cup oat flour
Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor and then spread them out as a dough. Roll out the dough and cut the treats into small squares. Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until they are firm enough to retain their shape.
2. Pumpkin Carob Treats
Pumpkin is another food item that is rich in nutrients for your pet. Many dogs love the taste of pumpkin, because it provides them with a very different flavor and texture from standard dog food. For this recipe, be sure to only use carob chips, because chocolate is highly poisonous to dogs and should be avoided at all costs. To make pumpkin carob treats, combine the following ingredients:
- 1 can of mashed pure pumpkin (not spiced pumpkin pie mix), 15 ounces
- 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
- 3/4 cup rice cereal
Mix the ingredients in a food processor until they are thoroughly blended. Drop the mixture out onto a baking sheet in small, bite size bits. Top each one with a single unsweetened carob chip, if desired. Bake the entire baking sheet at about 300 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the drops have partially solidified.
Before giving your dog any of these treats, be sure that they are completely cool. It's important to check in with the vet before giving your pet any type of treat, because some treats contain items that your pet may be sensitive or allergic to. Don't overfeed your pet when it comes to treats, because this is one of the primary ways that many dogs develop problems with being overweight or obese. Exercise moderation when using treats to help train your pet.