The Wanna-be Dog Baker can Prevail

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] don’t know why we still try, but I guess its more to really impress our dogs like,”Hey I’m trying to be a good parent and feed you something healthy.” or “Is this good?” even better…”Please eat this…” We’ve baked a plethora of baked dogs treats in every way possible, and literally 99% of our older dogs looked at us in disgust.  Seriously their faces looked irritated with an eye stare that can stab your heart across the room plus a tad butt hurt because  it made those hours in the kitchen meaningless and you know your dogs knows what it wants and your bad treats is NOT what your dog wants. So what do you do about it? This is how we effectively got around baking smart and sparing ourselves from a few minutes of being validated we are wanna be Betty Crockers…

evil dog stare photo


1. Look at the ingredients. If it sounds unappealing don’t even bother. If you wouldn’t eat celery, carrots, and kale, baked in some flavorless base mix trust me your dogs probably wouldn’t either.  Just because your dog would probably eat the vegetables mixed in some Chinese food left over is something completely different. Fast food is splattered with unhealthy yummy seasonings which is the same exact reason why we ate that donut/chinese/mexican food joint the other night.  Anyhow, super healthy anything never fools the nose let alone a super strong nose 10x stronger than ours…

2. This one should have been a disclaimer actually. Please do research on ingredients before you hit the kitchen and bake some crazy concoction.  There’s a ton of foods that can be fatal so again please research the internet.  With a quick search on Google  you will find a ton of listed dos and donts ingredients. Easy peasy!

3. After you bake your delicious(says you) treats ALWAYS give the dog that eats anything and everything first one treat. If you feed the pickier dog first, all dogs will follow and agree your baked treats stink. We thank Ginger for being the trashcan she is and leading the rest of the dog crew to try our bad treats. We think in our own opinon through repetition of our god awful tasting treats our dog’s taste buds have lessened quite a bit…We know this only because our dogs are 30% more excited when we whip out a batch…

4. Never put yourself in the ground by buying a store bought treat with some kind of bacon, or “real” flavor…You just gave your dog the option between “Yummy” and “Crappy”.  Yours being crappy…You will save yourself some heart ache!

Heres one of our favorite recipes treats, again if your dog is allergic to anything below please substitute with anything healthier. Both recipes were shared via


1 large apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).

Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 ° F (180 °C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.

ICY Paws

2 cartons plain or vanilla yogurt (32 oz each)
1 small can tuna in water (8oz.)
2 tsp. garlic power
24 3 oz. plastic cups (not paper)

Open yogurt, if they are full to the top use a spoon & scoop out one cup (these will be frozen as plain yogurt). Put half of the can of tuna in each yogurt container add the garlic power (1 tsp. in each) & stir thoroughly.

Use a spoon & scoop the mixture into the cups. Place on a tray & freeze overnight.

Makes about 24 treats.

Photo by Aidras

Photo by Sam Cockman

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