Agatha can be quite the diva when it comes to her food habits. She'll sit in front of her food bowl for what probably seems like hours in her mind, looking up at Tomas and I with those cute eyes that seem to be saying, "Do I really have to eat that?". When it comes to store-bought treats, she'll initially accept them, only to spit them out on the floor moments later. So, since I want my little princess to have it all, I've taken to making homemade dog treats. I've tried several different recipes, ranging from biscuits to biscotti and "pupcakes", but my go-to recipe is this one I found on Cesar's Way. Speaking of Cesar, he was in Buenos Aires this week for his Lider de la Manada (Leader of the Pack) Tour. Unfortunately, I never did get to run into him and show off my perfectly behaved dogs.
Cesar Millan's recipe for Basic Dog Biscuits is simple, fast, and can easily be adapted to the likes of your dog---I like to mix some oatmeal and parmesan cheese into mine. I also find that feeding 1-2 of these treats a day help with my dogs' digestive tracts. It's a treat that they both love eating (especially Agatha. Willy eats everything) and it's healthy for them too! Who doesn't love a win-win situation?
Basic Dog Biscuits
recipe adapted from Cesar's Way
makes 20, 4-inch long stick treats
-2 cups whole wheat flour
-1/2 cup dry oatmeal
-1 cube chicken or beef stock mixed with 1/2 cup of hot water
OR 1/2 cup of pre-made chicken or beef stock.
-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (You may have to increase the heat depending on your oven. I had to cook at a higher temperature to finish cooking in a timely manner.)
-Dissolve your chicken or beef stock cube in 1/2 cup of water over the stove on high heat. If you are using pre-made stock, you can skip this step.
-Mix flour and oatmeal together in a large bowl.
-Add the stock and the egg to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together. You can start mixing with a spoon, but you will have to finish kneading all the dough together with your hands to form a ball.
-Once you have your ball of dough, pour the 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese on top, and begin kneading the cheese into the dough.
-Break off small pieces of dough and start rolling into thick sticks, about 4 inches long. You should be able to make 20 at this size.
-Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, and place sticks on the sheet.
-Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then rotate sticks, and bake for another 25 minutes. (These times depend on your oven. You will know when the sticks are finished when they are slightly browned and hard on the outside).
|Dissolve stock cube in water over stove.|
It will only take a few minutes or less to completely dissolve stock cube.
When dissolved, turn off stove.
|Add wheat flour to large bowl.|
|Next, add dry oatmeal to bowl.|
|Mix together dry ingredients.|
|Add stock and egg to dry mixture.|
|First, mix with a spoon. |
Then finish by kneading dough together to form a ball.
|Once you have kneaded dough into a ball, add your grated parmesan cheese.|
|Knead dough once again to evenly distribute cheese.|
|Spray baking sheet. |
Form sticks by rolling pieces of dough in between your hands.
|Ready for the oven!|
|When they are slightly browned, and hard on the outside that means they are...|
VERY IMPORTANT:Your dogs will most likely be sitting at your heels, waiting for you to give up the goods, but make sure you let the treats cool before serving! Then, let your doggies enjoy! And believe me they will. Agatha and Willy finished off a tin in less than a week!