Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dog Bone Treat Recipe - Perfect Christmas Dog Gift

The holidays are upon us and the shopping malls are a bit crazy these days. For those of you with dogs on you Christmas shopping list here’s a great idea that’s cost effective and the dogs will love.

Everyone knows chocolate is not good for the dog. A fact not well known though is carob is a substitute that dogs can eat and it makes us humans feel so sweet to give that special bonus dog treat.

Carob information: The carob tree is cultivated for its edible seed pods. Carob, dried or roasted has a slightly sweet taste. It's used in powder or chip form as a substitute for chocolate in cakes and cookies. Carob is used as a non-toxic alternative to chocolate in dog treats, as the theobromine in chocolate is toxic to most dogs.

Carob Dog Bone Treat Recipe

Dough Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter (non sweetened)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup rolled oats

Keep additional flour ready to roll dough without sticking to the rolling pin.

*Personally I flattened the dough using my hands and additional flour.

Mix water, oil, eggs, vanilla and peanut butter with a wire whisk. Add flour, cornmeal and oats using a mixer or by hand mixing.

Divide dough in thirds and place 1/3rd on floured surface. Flour top of dough and gently knead, adding more flour until dough is pliable enough to roll. (Or flatten evenly using your hand)

Roll to 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness and cut using a bone shaped cookie cutter. (Another shape of your choice will work too!)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes depending on thickness.

Carob Dip

1/2 lb carob chips
1/4 cup milk

Melt carob chips in microwave at half power for 1 minute. Stir in milk and microwave at half power for 1 more minute. Stir to smooth consistency.

After bones have cooled dip one end in warm carob mixture. Place on surface to cool.

Store these dog treats the same way you would homemade cookies. An airtight container is best. Since there are no preservatives in these treats refrigeration is best or if the treats are not used within a couple of weeks freeze them. Thaw completely before feeding.

Your dog will love the treats. It’s a great idea for all of your dog owning friends and family as a holiday gift.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to go outside and get some exercise with your dog. Its good for you. It’s good for your dog.

©Jt Clough and K9 Coach, Inc. 2009

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