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 is from Ashland, Wisconsin but lives in Missoula Montana. She holds a degree in biology from Colorado College and has spent years working in zoos, animal shelters, as a private dog trainer, and with working detection K9s. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. She shares her life with her border collie Barley.