I mentioned previously that pumpkin is really good for dogs. Pumpkins are very rich in fiber and adding a few teaspoons of canned pumpkin to your dog’s food helps the digestion process. I won't go into all those details here, but feel free to read more about how pumpkin can be beneficial to you dog. I'm also a firm believer in all-natural food (see my other site TreeHuggingPets) so clearly a logical step here would be to make homemade dog cookies and treats.
These use human grade ingredients, are easy and quick to make, plus you can enjoy them with your pup.
I just happened to have a dog bone cookie cutter, but any cookie cutter will do. You could even just shape them freeform and bake them. Your dogs won't care one bit.
The thing I love about this recipe is that you can use other fruits (except for grapes/raisins which can be deadly to dogs) and veggies. However if you do replace the pumpkin, you'll want to add about a 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. I prefer to keep the pumpkin and swap out the apple for things like carrots, zucchini, pears, or bananas.
I make mine on a thin side, because I have tow dogs that don't really chew. They are more whole-treat swallowers, so I find the thinner the better. You could easily roll these out to be 1" or thicker if you prefer.
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2 small finely chopped or grated apples (could probably do 1 large/medium)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Mix together flour and cornmeal.
- Add apples, egg, pumpkin, brown sugar and water..
- Flour your work surface and roll out dough.
- Cut your cookies and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Turn off oven and leave cookies in the oven for another 35-45 minutes to let them crisp.
- Store in airtight container.