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Weekly Drool Recipe: Wheat-Free Tuna Treats via 3m Bakery

Today we are featuring a dog treat recipe courtesy of Jude and the 3m's (Mac, Maesie and Matilda)! These Wheat-free Tuna Treats are one of their favorite treats. The ingredients are simple, and we love that Jude includes the nutritional benefits of the ingredients. Let's get baking!

Wheat Free Tuna Dog Treats

WHEAT FREE TUNA TREATS

  • 1½ cups Oat flour
  • 1 cup yellow Polenta (If you prefer corn-free, increase Oat flour by 1 extra cup)
  • 1 small can tuna in oil, undrained
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder – gluten free, aluminum free
  • 1 small garlic clove – pressed (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • ⅓ cup water

Instructions

Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk tuna in oil with the water, egg, pressed garlic and oil.
Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until well combined and form into a ball.
Turn out dough on to a floured surface and knead lightly.
Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thickness.
Using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut into shapes and place on cookie tray OR .
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all the dough is used.
Bake for 25 minutes, depending on your oven.
Remove from oven, flip the cookies over and allow them to rest on the cookie tray for about 5 – 10 minutes.
Remove cookies from tray and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 24 medium sized crumbly textured cookies.

For storage instructions and more, see the full recipe at 3mbakery.com!

Many thanks to Jude, Mac, Maesie and Matilda for sharing this delicious dog treat recipe.

For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Healthy Springtime Doggy Snack

Happy Spring to you and your dog(s)! We are sharing some dog recipe goodness from Kirby the Dorkie in this week’s Spring-themed Drool Recipe: Roasted Baby Carrots. After all, what symbolizes spring and promotes good eyesight better than carrots?!

These orange veggies are chock-full of beta-carotene and Vitamin A. While raw carrots are a healthy, crunchy treat excellent for dental cleaning, they can't be broken down fully in your dogs' digestive tracts. In other words, your dog won't absorb all of the carrots' nutrients. That's why cooked carrots are vitamin-rich snack for Fido!

This recipe is super-easy: both on your time and wallet. Even better, even the most novice in the kitchen can master it!

 Ingredients

- 1 bag baby carrots

- 1/4 cup light olive oil

- Pinch sea salt

- Pinch cayenne pepper  

 Preparation Instructions

1. Cut any large carrots in half lengthwise and place all the carrots in bowl.

2. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper.

3. Using your hand, toss until the carrots are completely coated.

4. Spread out on a foil lined jelly roll pan or shallow baking dish.

Thanks to Kirby the Dorkie and Mom, Debby, for sharing this fun and easy recipe! Carrots have wonderful health benefits for both you and your dog!

Bone appetit!

 For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Puppermints for St Patty's via My Dog's Breakfast

 

St Patty's is coming soon, and we thought what better way to celebrate than with a holiday-themed recipe for pups? The green color from this recipe is not from artificial dyes but rather from good-for-you kale, mint and parsley. Do we smell fresher breath already? 

We love that this recipe from My Dog's Breakfast has both a wheat and gluten-free recipe for dogs who have sensitive stomachs or dietary restrictions. Check out the full recipe below.

 Ingredients: Gluten free Puppermints

2 1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 cup parsley
1 cup kale
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 TBS honey
1TSP salt

 

Ingredients: Wheat Puppermints
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 TBS honey
1 tsp salt

Directions

Whiz your parsley, mint, kale and water in your blender or whatever you have that will do the trick. Add to large mixing bowl. Add the canola oil, honey, salt and stir. Then slowly add the dry ingredients and mix together, then knead a little bit until dough ball forms. Some flour mixtures make this a bit more crumbly, just add small amounts of water until you’re happy with the texture. This should be a moist dough so you will need to sprinkle a good amount of gf flour to roll out. Roll out dough to about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thickness. I used a (proper measuring) teaspoon to make them round. After you make the cut out, you can just smoosh them into the teaspoon if you want make them rounder on the top (like you see in the picture).

Bake at 250 degrees for 30-40 minutes. I like to cook them at a low temp because I find that natural colours stay stronger this way.

Let us know if you make these lucky-green dog treats!

Thanks to Jen at My Dog's Breakfast for sharing this recipe. Be sure to check out her other great recipes!

For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Potato Bacon Peanut Butter via Doggy Dessert Chef

This week we are featuring a scrumdiddlyumptious drool-worthy recipe from Doggy Dessert Chef. Fido will surely be willing to do a trick or two when he smells these protein-packed savory goodies. If your dog has a sensitive tummy, you'll be happy to know that these treats are wheat, gluten, and grain free.

Happy baking!

Ingredients
2 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1 cup Potato Flour
1 cup Milk

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.
3. Once dough is well mixed roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the tops to flatten.
4. Place on your prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen rounds.

Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing this great recipe!  We hope your dog enjoys these easy-to-make homemade treats.

For more drool-worthy homemade dog treat recipes, see our Drool Dog Recipes Best Bully Sticks Pinterest board!

 

The 4 W’s When Planning your Dog’s Bath

 SPRING is around the corner, and for many dog owners, that means rain, mud and extra time spent wiping Fido’s paws at the front or back doors! If your dog really enjoys getting dirty (an annoying and lovable quality at the same time), bath time can be a hassle.

Even if rain is not in the forecast anytime soon in your area, dogs do sweat (and smell), something we dog owners become more aware of as summer draws closer.

 We at BestBullySticks have compiled 4 things to consider planning to clean Fido-- before the next Puddle fest or heatwave!

Why

If it’s not sweaty season, and he’s not smellier than his usual, a bath once a month should be plenty. If bathing this regularly, use a mild shampoo, perhaps one with oatmeal. Medicated shampoos should only be used every other time. If a bath is called for due to rolling in feces or an encounter with a skunk, a specially formulated shampoo and/or several baths will be necessary to eliminate the smell.

Who

Will you be the one to tackle Fido in the bathtub for this necessary task? If so, be sure to have a helper on hand-- it will be faster and less stressful for your dog (and you!).

 Where

This time of year, it is probably still too cold to submit Fido to a bath outside. If possible, give him an inside bath until temperatures warm up.

When

Before breakfast or dinner is a great time to bathe your dog because mealtime will serve as a reward and calm him down if baths are unpleasant and distressing for him.

If you are a new dog owner or new to giving your dog a bath, we hope these tips prove helpful when planning your dog's bath!

For more tips on canine health, see Healthy Dog Blog posts on Dog Health!

 

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