The old saying about necessity being the mother of invention is absolutely true. In so many instances I have cobbled together something or other specifically to meet a need in the life of my family or friends. Even my life as a furniture maker was made successful because I could design pieces to meet the specific needs or desires of my clients. I find that even in making dog treats, I’m looking for ways to innovate.
Dogs love cheese, so even the most discriminating dog ought to love these cheesy dog treats. Because they’re homemade and you will choose the ingredients, you know they contain nothing insidious — something you can’t be sure of with commercial treats. They’re easy to make, too! Because they’re made with real cheese they add protein to your dogs diet, but they ARE treats: so dispense responsibly.
It’s (almost) summer time again and the heat of summer will be upon us once again. Your fur-friends don’t like the heat any more than you do, so as a special treat on those hot days, try making up a batch of these.
Makes 30-40 Cubes or around 12 Dixie cups
4 cups yogurt, plain
½ cup creamy peanut butter (Xylitol free of course!)
2 tablespoons honey
1 ripe banana, mashed
Melt the peanut butter in a microwave for about 30 seconds.
Place all of the ingredients into a blender, mixer or food processor and mix until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays or Dixie cups – depending on size of dog(s).
Freeze until firm.
Pop out of the tray (you may need a table knife if using an ice cube tray) or peal the paper cup away and let your dog enjoy this frozen treat!
A large part of my rural life involves dogs. Not so much as working breeds – although mine do serve as mentors and tattletales – but more because my wife and I serve as a foster home for sick or wayward dogs. We work with the local animal shelter to help save some of their dogs from an untimely death.
Our own dogs, Blondie and Cochise, were rescue dogs that we adopted. They are both excellent companions. While they may never herd sheep or guard chickens (mostly because we have neither), they do help us in mentoring the hooligan dogs that come into our program needing ‘behavioral modification.’
Because they are such good members of our family, and helpful in our volunteer work, we spoil them just a bit. Part of that spoiling involves daily treats. Some are earned; some are just because we love them.
Recently there has been a flap about commercially made dog treats being tainted with all manner of unsavory things. Many dogs have been made very sick or died as a result. So I decided to strap on my apron and take a stab at making my own doggie treats.
Credit Where Credit is Due
I found this recipe for peanut butter dog cookies floating around on the Internet. The poster said it originally came from Paula Dean’s website. I’ve modified that to comply with what I have on hand to work with. Below is my version. NOTE: be sure you use Xylitol free peanut butter. This common sweetener is poisonous to dogs. And whole wheat flour makes for a crunchier cookie.