This is my first attempt at making dog treats for The Lads. I am no good at baking or cooking, but I thought I would give it a try! The recipe is my own and is extremely basic so anyone could try it.
I read somewhere that bran was good at preventing any issues with the anal glands. When I went to purchase it, there was a choice between oat and wheat bran. I went for the oat bran as I know many dogs suffer from wheat allergies and intolerances. Maltese Terriers are reknowned for suffering from intolerances and allergies and with Jimmy being half Maltese, I didn’t want to take any chances.
They don’t take long to make, maybe about 10 mins prep time and then 15 mins in the oven. They will last a few days if stored in an airtight container. The recipe makes around 12 cookies, but that would depend on the cookie cutter you use.
Verdict: I shared one cookie between the three Lads. Jimmy gobbled his up and was dying for more. Casper was a little suspicious but soon realised it was tasty and was wagging happily. Pogo turned up his nose at first and then tentatively nibbled at it! I think he only ate it to stop the others getting extra. Still two out of three isn’t bad!
Healthy Cheese and Garlic Dog Treats
150 grams of oat bran
125 grams grated cheese
1 clove garlic (crushed) OR 1/4 tsp garlic powder
100 grams margarine
1. Leave the cheese to stand until it reaches room temperature. Put the oat bran in a mixing bowl. Cut the margarine into the oat bran.
2. Stir in the cheese and mix to form a doughy consistency. You may need to add a splash of milk to make the mixture sticky.
3. Knead the dough and roll into a ball.
4. Roll out dough on a floured surface till it is about 1cm thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutter until all the dough is used.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for about 15 mins (or until the cookies are firm and slightly brown).