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Thanksgiving goes to the dogs: Homemade treats for your pooch

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

holidays can be ruff -- show Fido some love!

Holiday baking is sure to have you in the kitchen in the near future. Think of all the goodies you'll have to serve! While you're at it, why not bake up a few treats for your favorite furry friend, too? These dog treat recipes are sure to make your dog flip!
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Thanksgiving is a special time for the family. Include your pooch in the festivities, too! Homemade dog treats are easy to put together and with these around, you won't have to worry about your dog begging for people food!

Attention

Don't feed your dog the following treats if he or she is allergic to any of the ingredients in the recipes here. If you're not sure if you can feed your dog certain foods, check with your vet first.

Breath busters

No amount of love for your dog can take away that stinky breath! Maybe these dog treats can help!

Makes approximately 24 treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dried mint
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  2. Roll into small balls (about 1 inch) and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cookies will not spread while cooking.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Hypoallergenic dog treats

Many dogs experience skin allergies (often caused by certain foods) and scratch, scratch, scratch. These dog treat recipes, courtesy of Dog Treat Recipes, will hopefully keep your pooch itch-free, but you can easily alter this recipe with ingredients you know your dog can tolerate.

Makes approximately 24 treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (makes the biscuits wheat-free)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until a dough forms. At this point, you can either roll out the dough and cut it into fun, bite-sized shapes or drop it by the teaspoonful onto the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes to get a nice, crisp dog biscuit. If your pup prefers a "chewier" treat, then bake the treats at 300 degrees F. for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow them to cool before serving.

Martha Stewart's homemade dog biscuits

Leave it to Martha to come up with something extra special for your pooch! Your canine companion will love these dog biscuits made with love!

Makes about 5 dozen treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup brewer's yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside.
  2. Place the oil in a large bowl. Add the stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape the biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife. (Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.)
  4. If you'd like, you can spell out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won't stick).
  5. Transfer the treats to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Bake the biscuits for about 10 minutes. Brush them with the stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake for 10 minutes more. Turn off the oven, leaving the door closed. Let the dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

People foods that dogs can eat

Most everyone has heard about some of the foods dogs should definitely not eat, but here are a few human foods they can consume. Just be sure the food is thoroughly cooked, limited in portions and doesn't have a lot of seasonings. These foods are safe:

  • Lean, thoroughly cooked meat (but remove the fat and skin)
  • Some fruit: slices of apples, oranges, bananas and watermelon (remove the seeds, stems and leaves)
  • Some veggies: carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices and zucchini slices. A plain baked potato is okay, too (but don't let your dog eat raw potatoes or potato plants).
  • Cooked white rice and pasta (sometimes white rice and boiled chicken help an upset doggie tummy)

This is the time of year when the family gathers for celebration. Don't forget to include an important family member in the fun… the family dog!

More food facts for your furry friend

What not to feed your pet
Pet-friendly family recipes
Why does your dog overeat?

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