I love my dog Daisy. She is a member of our family. Heck, I even named my blog after her! I like to spoil her rotten but I don’t give her table scraps or any human food. That means I need to have plenty of dog appropriate treats on hand for when I want to reward or treat her. I had a bunch of canned food on hand we bought when we brought her home from the shelter. Our previous dog Claudia had eaten wet food for years and never had any problem with it. Daisy on the other hand loves it, but it does not agree with her so I can no longer feed it to her. So I have a bunch of extra cans of food on hand and really didn’t know what I was going to do with them. Then I did some research and discovered you can make dog treats out of canned dog food. This was the perfect solution. I always make her homemade dog treats with peanut butter in them so I thought these would be a nice change for her. This is also a great recipe if you are allergic to peanut butter and need an alternative for your dog.
- 24 oz canned dog food (I used 4 6 oz cans)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350℉. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone.
- In a large mixing bowl (I used my stand mixer) combine the dog food and egg. Slowly add oats until mixed well. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until a nice dough forms.
- Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and form into a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut cookies and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately one hour or until the cookies are slightly crunchy.
- Allow to cool completely prior to feeding to your dog. Cookies should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Use the best quality dog food you can find. I used Wellness Core, Turkey, Chicken Liver & Turkey Liver Formula.
- I used three different sized cookie cutters for this recipe. It allows me to control the portion size of the treats easily.
I wasn’t sure how Daisy would react to these treats. She has only had the peanut butter treats that I have made her in the past. My fears were quickly put to rest though. Daisy absolutely loves these treats. She goes bananas for them. This photo shoot was very closely supervised by my number one customer!
Portion control and knowing what is in my dog’s food is important to me. I find it difficult and confusing to find treats that I am comfortable giving her. These treats were a perfect solution to a surplus of canned dog food that I can feel good about.
Hopefully you will try this recipe. Your four legged family members will thank you for it over and over again!