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Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Treats for Your Dog

        
          

There are two things which are concerning about dog treats. One is the list of ingredients. Of the entire list, about 3 to 4 are “real”; the rest are additives. Blick. The second is the fact that so many pet treats seem to be recalled for serious and fatal reasons. The last thing any of us need is to worry whether or not the treats we give our dogs will turn out to be a treatment!

So, the solution is to make treats at home. Not only are they super easy, but they are healthy and inexpensive. Plus, your dog is likely the easiest person to cook for! Peanut butter is a favorite flavor and it is good for dogs. Peanut butter is filled with good fats, vitamin E and the B vitamins. Each of these lead to a healthy shiny coat, healthy joints and the list goes on and on. Also, dogs LOVE peanut butter and if you place some in a Kong or similar toy, you can have peace and quiet for hours as they mine away for it!

Facts about peanut butter and dogs:
•    Use raw unsalted peanut butter with no sugar added. Do not use chunky peanut butter as it can be a choking hazard.
•    Some dogs are allergic to peanut butter so be sure your dog is not.
•    Peanut butter can cause obesity, so give it sparingly. You can use the rule “1 tablespoon a week”. There is far less peanut butter in each treat, so you can give one treat a day.

Here are three different recipes for dog treats. Each is a bit different so you can select the one you think your dog will like the best.

Easy PB Dog Treat Recipe #1

Ingredients:
1    ½ cup of oatmeal
2    1/ tablespoon of peanut butter
3    ½ tablespoon of water
4    1 large egg
5    ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon
6    ½ teaspoon of honey

Directions:
1    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2    Mix ingredients. To avoid batter being too runny, add water last. Not all water may be needed.
3    Coat baking sheet with a healthy oil, like olive oil.
4    Drop spoonfuls of batter onto baking sheet.
5    Bake for 5-6 minutes or until done.
6    Freeze extra treats for later use. Store the others in Tupperware.

Easy PB Dog Treat Recipe #2

Ingredients:
1.    2 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
2.    ½ cup of PB
3.    1 cup water
4.    3 cups of flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix ingredients well until the consistency is stable and smooth.
Grease baking sheet with olive oil and roll the dough onto the sheet with a rolling pin until it is like pizza dough.
Cut the dough into bone shapes or fire hydrants, or rectangles. Whatever. Your dog is not picky!
Bake for about 15-20 minutes

Easy PB Dog Treat Recipe #3 (Frozen Popsicle-like treats)

Ingredients:
1.    1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
2.    1/3 cup peanut butter
3.    1/2 large banana, mashed
4.    10 small bone-shaped dog treats

Directions:
1.    Combine all ingredients.
2.    Spoon into ice cube tray.
3.    Smooth tops.
4.    Push dog treats into yogurt like Popsicle sticks.
5.    Freeze for at least two hours.
6.    Remove from tray .

As you can see, these recipes are very basic. You can make up your own using similar healthy ingredients you happen to have around the house. The key word here is EASY.  You could mash up carrots, vegetables, use unsalted broth instead of water, and any healthy non-sweetened, non-salted ingredient you have in the kitchen.  The great news is, no matter what PB creation you make, your dog will love it!

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Living in Indiana, I love many of things. God, my family and almost anything outdoors.

I started newdogowners.com for one simple reason, to help prepare new dog owners for owning a new puppy. My goal is to help stop the passing around of dogs. The forever home, should be a dog's first home.
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