DIY Cheese and Garlic Dog Treat Recipe – Canine Cookery

Find out how to bake healthy cookies for your dog with this very simple no-fuss recipe. I experimented with a new design web-site to create this visual step-by-step guide!

This post serves two purposes. The first rather obvious one is that I want to share this easy dog treat recipe with you. My dogs love these and I feel happy knowing exactly what has gone in to their treats! My long-time followers may recognise this recipe from a previous post, Canine Cookery – Healthy Cheese and Garlic Dog Cookies. The reason that I am rehashing this content is part of the reason behind the second purpose of this post!

So recently, I have been thinking that Fluffy Tufts could do with a bit of a makeover. I don’t know about you, but I was getting a bit tired of seeing the old site banner (the one with the doggy mugs!). You may (or may not) have noticed the new banner featuring all the gang. Let me know what you think of it in the comments!

Then, the other day, I came across a great post from the blog ‘We Live in a Flat‘ about adding text to photos. I would suggest you check it out as there are some great ideas there. She kindly advised me to try out a design website called Canva, and below you can see one of my first designs!

I would really love to hear your thoughts on the info-graphic. What do you like/dislike about it? Would you like to see more visual posts in future or do you prefer to read text?

Homemade  DIY Cheese and Garlic Dog Treat Recipe - Fluffy Tufts

Canine Cookery – Peanut Butter Balls

Casper waiting
Casper wishing
Casper hoping
Casper watching
Casper taking

Peanut Butter Balls

  • Melt some peanut butter over a very low heat
  • Gradually add low-fat milk until the mixture is the consistency of yoghurt
  • Stir in a small amount oats or oat bran and mix until they are coated with the peanut butter mixture
  • Keep mixing in small amounts of oats until the mixture is very thick like dough
  • Roll this into marble-sized balls and place in the fridge to harden

These will keep for a week or more if stored in the fridge.  If you have a dog that is lactose-intolerant, please use water instead of milk. Use oat bran for dogs who have problems with their anal glands.

Casper begging
Casper being patient

Canine Cookery – Healthy Cheese and Garlic Dog Cookies

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

Ingredients - cheese, oat bran and 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.

Cut the fat 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.

Stir in the cheese

3. Knead the dough and roll into a ball.

Knead 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.

Cut out cookies and place on baking tray!

5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for about 15 mins (or until the cookies are firm and slightly brown).

Bake until firm and slightly brown