Gingerbread Bones &
Candy Canes for Dogs
Plus, New Traditions
Seasonal Dog Treats, Make Enough to Share
The end of the year is a time to reflect on our loved ones. And who could be more loved than our four legged, furry, family members.
Show them how much you care by baking up several batches of our traditional cookies made especially for our dogs.
First up is the seasonal favorite, Gingerbread Dog Bones. Make this dog treat recipe Wheat and Gluten Free by using a premade gluten free flour mix. Most major grocery stores now have a selection of gluten free ingredients, including flour mixes.
If you need to omit one of the spices in this gingerbread dog bone, that's ok, but don't use nutmeg. Although a human favorite seasonal spice, it does not agree with our dogs stomachs. Keep this spice to human only treats.
Our second seasonal treat is the fancy, but easy to make, Candy Canes. These sugar free dog treats make a gourmet looking cookie, but they're easy to make.
If you don't have peppermint flavoring, that's ok. The chicken bouillon flavor is what our dogs are really looking for. Although, if you have the flavoring you can expect a little bit fresher breath when you get your morning kisses.
Make this recipe wheat and gluten free the same way as the Gingerbread bones. Simply replace the whole wheat flour with a premade gluten free mix. No more excuses, every dog deserves a healthy and homemade dog treat.
Dog Treat Baking Tip
The winter season can be known for over indulgence, even for our dogs. If you see a need to cut back for the health and weight of your dog, don't cut out the treats, make substitutions! :)
For example, if a favorite dog treat recipe calls for canola oil or extra virgin olive oil, replace it on a one to one ratio with unsweetened, natural applesauce.
Another way to cut back without sacrificing the delicious homemade dog treats is to simply make the treats smaller. Whether you are rolling and cutting the treats or using a cookie scooper, make each serving to your dog half as big. The act of giving (and getting) a treat is much more important than the actual size of the treat.
Calories and fat can hide in some unsuspecting places. For example, did you know that 1 cup of whole milk has over 100 calories. In some dog treat recipes you may be able to cut the milk in half with water. For example, if the recipe called for 1 cup of milk, you could use 1/2
cup of fat free milk and 1/2 cup of water.
Do you have a baking tip? How about a general tip you have found helpful in caring your dog? Any DIY, holistic or healthy tips will be featured here. Or, do you have a question? Hit reply to this newsletter or use our Contact Us Form and I'll be happy to help you. :)
Annual Tradition with Your Dog
Do you have an annual tradition with your dog? I'd love to hear about it, and share it with our community.
Annual Tradition Ideas
- Donate - Why not donate to the shelter or organization that you may have rescued your dog from. You can give time, supplies (like homemade dog treats) or cash. All of which are appreciated.
- New & Improved Supplies - Take a close look at your dogs leash, bed, food bowls, etc. Would any of them benefit from an upgrade? Companies are always coming up with new and innovative ways to share our lives with our dogs. Maybe a Treat Launcher or
treat Puzzle Toy is just what your dog needs.
- Professional Photo - It may not seem like our dogs change from year to year, but they do! How about a professional photo to capture your dog's personality. It will be something you can cherish forever.
What are your traditions or ideas? Reply to this email or use our Contact Us Form to fill us in on what you do or what you plan to start doing this year.
Are you and your dog hungry for more? Let me know what you would like to see on the Dog Treat Kitchen.com.
Want more of a certain type of recipe? Need treat ideas for your next dog party? Let me know what's missing from the dog treat pantry and I'll get to it right away.
Thanks for reading. Until next time,
Happy Dog Treat Baking!