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Happy Dog Treats for Oz


Doggie Treats

The other night I was making gingerbread cookies, and Oz kept looking at me longingly thinking they were dog treats.  I realized I didn’t have any more left for him so I decided I could also make him some cookies so we could enjoy the cookie goodness after dinner.  It was my first time making doggie treats, so I went to several websites and checked the recipes but didn’t like any of them specifically, so I came up with my own based on some of the stuff I read.  All the ingredients are dog safe, unless your dog is allergic to some foods.  They are super easy to make and Oz loves them, so I think I will definitely try to keep them stocked.  Oh, and don’t forget to make small ones and bigger ones so you have a variety.  My next project will be cat treats 🙂


2-2 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup brewers’ yeast
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup powdered corn meal
1 tbsp chunky peanut butter (unsweetened)
3 tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock or as needed
1 egg


Preheat Oven at 400 F

  1. Mix dry ingredients well in a bowl.
  2. Whisk oil, egg, peanut butter, and egg until smooth.
  3. Start adding the flour mixture a fourth at a time alternating with the chicken broth.
  4. When the dough is not a sticky turn onto a table with a little flour sprinkled and knead a few times.
  5. Form a disk and spread it to about 1/4″ thick and cut into shapes.  Make bigger ones and smaller ones so you can have different size treats.  Put on lightly oiled cookie sheets (or with parchment paper or silpats)
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, brush with more chicken stock, bake for another 10 minutes.  Turn off the oven and leave the treats in there for about 30-40 minutes until they harden and dehydrate more.
  7. Make sure you don’t brown them too much because they’ll get a little bitter, so if your oven is hotter in the back, flip them around and/or lower the temperature.
  8. Let them cool.
  9. Make your dog super happy!

Benefits from feeding your dog Brewer’s Yeast:

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Dog owners give their pets brewer’s yeast for a variety of different reasons.
First, brewer’s yeast is a great source of B vitamins such as biotin, trace minerals such as zinc, proteins, and amino acids. The amino acids and vitamins can help make your dog’s skin healthier and its coat shinier.
Second, brewer’s yeast is often recommended by holistic vets to help strengthen dogs’ immune systems. According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, in one study, brewer’s yeast was shown to protect chickens from salmonella-tainted feed.
Brewer’s yeast is also a common natural remedy for dogs with fleas. Holistic veterinarian Richard Pitcairn recommends it for that purpose. It is thought to work against fleas because it contains sulfur compounds that make your dog less palatable to fleas. However, at least one study showed that brewer’s yeast provided dogs no protection whatsoever against fleas compared to a control group.

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Here are the recipes finally. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time and never got around to it. Some of you know that I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. There is a certain alchemy that has to happen in order to have the ingredients turn into delicious creations. There is no real secret behind it, just lots of fresh ingredients, time and patience to try things out and some creativity.

Not everything I make turns out perfect on the first try. Most of the time, even when I follow recipes carefully, there are some adjustments that have to be made in order to make it exactly the way I like it. In some cases recipes have failed miserably and a last-minute plan B has been tackled, and in other cases I had to toss the first batch of something and repeat the steps until it works out.

I hope these recipes bring a lot of magic to your meals, just as they have brought magic to mine. They have all been thoroughly tested and I will never post something I have not made myself. Some adjustments may have to be made for dietary preferences or limitations. Feel free to email me or drop me a note if you have any questions.