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Okay, this is really weird, but I was wondering if anyone had any nutritious recipes for dog treats. Lately I feel like I just want to cook for my dog  :D (And my cat, too, actually.) I think sometimes they must get sick of the same treats I buy from the store. I was thinking along the lines of some kind of cookie or bisquit. My dog doesn't like plain fruits or veggies (I try giving her bits of carrot, banana, etc.--she's not having it). 

Try these 2  sites:
I have not personally made any, but they do look good (well they would look good if I was a dog). The way my dogs eat treats, the amount I would bake in two whole days of cooking  would be "munched" and swallowed in minutes!

I'd stay away from any recipes with corn (they don't digest it well) and sugar (they don't need it).

http://gourmetsleuth.com/moredogtreatrecipes.htm

http://home.gwi.net/~seadog/treats.html

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http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=13926.0

I also have a bunch more that aren't "veggie" that my dogs have gone nuts over...if you want them let me know..Ill post them after i get back from feeding my crew.

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Thanks so much! This is great! I was beginning to think maybe I was a little wacko for wanting to cook treats for my dog.  I'm relieved to know that there are other people out there also interested in spoiling their doggies with homemade goodies! I'll check out the web sites, and I'll let you know how it goes after I make some of the treats. Thanks for the tip on corn, too--I didn't know that it is hard for them to digest.

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my one dog has so many allergies that I actually feel better cookign for them because I know what's in it..if her ears flare up then I know that it MUST be something that I used in cooking and I can again start the elimination process.

This week I made my crew a (STINKY) vat of dog stew...boy am I the "hero" around here these past few weeks!

This recipe is my crew's absolute FAVORITE and it makes ALOT!
Carrot and Cheese Dog Treats (contains eggs, cheese and beef FYI)

1 1/2 c of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c of unbleached all purpose flour
2 tablespoons grated dried cheese (I used shredded parm, was the driest cheese I could find..and what the heck is dried cheese anyway?!?!)
1/2 lb of lean ground beef cooked and finely minced
1 large carrot trimmed, pared and finely grated
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
2 large eggs
1/2 c of beef or chicken broth

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. LIghtly grease or use parchment paper to line 2 cookie sheets or baking trays.

2. In large bowl combine the whole wheat flour, all purp flour, cheese, cooked beef, carrots and garlic powder

3. In small bowl using a wire whisk or elec mixer on med speed, beat eggs until foamy. Add broth

4. using a large spoon, spatula or your hands combine the two mixes, blending until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a soft dough. If the mixture seems dry add more broth 1 tablespoonful at a time.

5. Turn dough onto lightly floured flat surface and using a rolling pin roll out to 1/4 in thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out as many cookies as you can reworking scraps as you go.

6. Place cookes side by side on cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 mins or until the cookies appear very dry and th edges are a light golden brown. remove trays from oven and cool to room temp. Turn off oven.

7. when cookies have cooled completely, pile them on a single cookie sheet and return to the cooling oven. leave them undisturbed without opening oven for 8 to 16 hours.

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Here's another favorite (contains eggs and honey FYI, not sure what you can substitute)

Merry Mutt Mini Loafs.
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of ginger
½ cup canola oil
¼ cup honey
1 18-ounce can pumpkin
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and flour six aluminum mini bread pans.

Stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and ginger in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl stir together the canola oil and honey. Add the pumpkin and eggs, one at a time, and stir to combine. Stir in ¼ cup of water. Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.

Fill the bread pans 2/3 full. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.

Cool to room temperature before slicing and serving.

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MAJICKA: I think by "dried cheese" they mean old, hard cheese that has sat around so long it has lost its charm for human consumption. Having said that, you can run such cheeses thru a hand-grinder with half an onion and blend with vegan mayo for sandwich spread, if you don't want to feed it to the bow-wows.

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lol..eww..if i won't eat it I certainly won't feed it to my dogs..ill give it to the chickens (they seem to like stuff more when it's a bit gross..I won't feed them rotted or fuzzy stuff tho).

Well the shredded parm seemed to work find in that recipe..the dogs didn't complain. I brought a batch w/ me to my obedience class and I was VERY VERY popular  ;D

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