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Have you ever stood in the dog treat aisle and wondered how a treat full of
“real meat” could be shelf-stable? Isn’t real meat perishable?
While I do appreciate a good portable and pre-packaged treat now and again, making your own fresh treats is a great way to give your pup’s digestive system a break from things like preservatives, synthetic chemicals, and dyes.
These simple and quick treats are an easy and affordable way to add some extra protein to your dog’s diet; and it doesn’t hurt that they are absolutely irresistible, too!
- ½ C. Boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and diced
- ¼ C. Oats
- ½ C. Cooked brown rice
- 2 tsp. powdered milk
- 1 tsp molasses, I like this unsulphured molasses
- 1 tsp animal or veggie fat, i.e. bacon fat
- 1-3 tsp. chicken broth
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325 F and prepare a baking sheet. It does not have to be lined.
- Combine all the ingredients. Just begin with 1 tsp. of the chicken broth in a blender and pulse until a ball begins to form and all the ingredients are combined.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and knead by hand until it forms a ball. Add more chicken broth as needed. The dough should form a cohesive ball that sticks to itself, but not be overly wet or “shaggy.”
- Divide the dough into five even pieces and roll each into a log. If you find that the dough is crumbly when rolling, then squish it all back together and knead in more broth one tsp. at a time.
- Place logs on the baking sheet and
bakefor 15 minutes. The outside should feel firm and dry.
- Cool for five minutes and cut into your desired size treat. I like to cut at one cm intervals, but this just depends on how many treats you would like.
- Allow the treats to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- Enjoy how hard your pooch will work for one of these delicious treats!
Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.