If you love your dog, you want them to have delicious treats and “yum yums” now and then. Why go to the store and buy your dog basic treats when you can make them yourself? Here are a few different easy to make dog treats that are healthy, one of them improves dog breath (yay), and delicious for even a picky mutt. My dog loves them.
A healthy breath mint treat for your dog is a combination of oatmeal, parsley, mint extract, egg, olive oil, rice flour (wheat and regular flour isn’t that healthy for dogs), and milk.
Simply take a cup of oatmeal (instant is fine, but the old fashioned version is best), 1/2 cup of rice flour (or just add another 1/2 cup of oatmeal to the mix if you have no rice flour), 1/2 cup of freshly cut or minced parsley leaves, 1/2 cup of freshly cut or minced mint leaves (or if using extract use 1/4 of a teaspoon- DO NOT use too much), one egg, 1/4 to 1/3 cup milk, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil together in a bowl and mix until you have a thick batter.
On a cookie sheet lightly rubbed down with olive oil, take the batter, which should be sticky like an oatmeal cookie batter but still pliable, either ball the treats about the size of a ping pong ball and flatten slightly with your palm, or roll out bread sticks for a longer treat. You can use a biscuit cutter as well.
Cook at 350 for 20 minutes until slightly brown. Allow the treats to cool and store for up to 7 days in an airtight container.
I use the same recipe for other treats, taking out the mint and substituting 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, shredded carrots, thinly sliced apple, or peanut butter for tasty variations on a treat my dog just loves. Sometimes I make tiny kibble-sized treats for on-the-go traveling, walks, or gatherings to keep her entertained with a baggie of her homemade treats. If making tiny treats, watch the oven, because the smaller they are, the less cooking time they need. If they are brown but still somewhat soft, they’re still done so don’t overcook the treats. Even picky dogs will love them, and you can vary up the same basic recipe to make a treat your dog will be sure to love with fruits and veggies your dog enjoys.
Note: my dog likes peanut butter treats the very best- sometimes when giving her a mint treat I have to spread peanut butter on it first to get her to eat it and get rid of the doggy breath. Minimizing the amount of mint helps. Also, combining 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup shredded carrots is a favorite of hers as well. Trial and error on this easy basic recipe will teach you quickly what your dog will love.