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RECIPES FOR DOG TREATS
By Ann Shaw

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These recipes below were developed by Ann Shaw, shaw7429@bellsouth.net. She has two Border Collies--Tess (bitch) and Ty (dog). The other recipes were developed and named after some of their playmates. I'd like to thank Ann for sharing these with us!! Ann also has a nice obedience site she has done for ADOG - Atlanta's Dogwood Obedience Group.

I was lucky enough to get to visit Ann in July of 1998 and got to meet her Tess and Ty. They are absolutely beautiful Border Collies!! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet Ann and her babies for the first time!! Ann very graciously opened up her house to me as well as Ebony and Sasha while I was doing the English Springer Spaniel Nationals in Atlanta. She and Tess and Ty somehow managed to put up with me and my Ebony and Sasha for a few days.

Please take the size of your dog into consideration when you make any of these treats, especially the Baker's Bagels, so that there is no danger of a dog choking. Don't make anything so big that your dog could get it stuck in his/her throat. Only give treats *with* your supervision.

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By Ann Shaw

Unlike the human variety, these little canine bagels are crunchy. To soften them, for the occasional treat of bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter, microwave for about 30 seconds.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 package yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 cup chicken or beef broth, warmed*
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup unbleached white flour

1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In large bowl combine the whole wheat flour with the yeast. Add 2/3 cup chicken broth and honey and beat for about 3 minutes. Gradually add the remaining flour. Knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth and moist, but not wet (use reserve broth as necessary).
3. Cover the dough and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough into about 15-20 pieces (smaller or larger, depending on the size of your dog, or break off bits to give to your dog when they're finished), rolling each piece into a smooth ball. Punch a hole into each ball with your finger or end of spoon and gently pull the dough so the hole is about an 1/2" wide. Don't be too fussy here, the little bagels rise into shape when they bake.
4. Place all the bagels on a greased cookie sheet and allow to rise 5 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the bagels to cool in the oven.

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By Ann Shaw

Feed these green, specked treats to your dog and notice the difference! Mint and parsley are natural breath fresheners. The crunchy biscuits help prevent tarter from building up on your dog's teeth.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried mint
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3/4 cup water
6 tablespoons safflower oil

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Combine flour, cornmeal, mint and parsley in a large bowl. Add oil and water and mix thoroughly. Roll out to 1/4" on floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.
3. Bake for 40 minutes, or until lightly browned. Turn heat off and let biscuits dry out in oven for several hours. Store in refrigerator in airtight container.

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By Ann Shaw

This snack might seem a bit extravagant, but any hard working obedience dog is worth it. Rich and chewy, this jerky is guaranteed to bring out the best in any dog. The easiest way to cut your steak is with an electric knife. If you don't have one, borrow it. This will really cut your prep time.

1 flank steak (about 1 1/2 - 2 pounds)
1/4 cup soy sauce*
2 teaspoons honey

1. Preheat oven to 150 or lowest setting.
2. Slice the steak, along the grain, into thin strips about the width of thick sliced bacon. Then cut in half, along the grain (they should be about the width of chopsticks). Then cut in half again, across the grain.
3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Add the meat and toss until well coated. Marinate the meat about an hour.
4. Cover two cookie sheets with aluminum foil and place the meat strips in a single layer without touching.
5. Bake for about 7 hours until the meat is dry like jerky and dark in color. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage.

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By Ann Shaw

Any dog fond of liver (and what dog isn't) will devour these iron-rich, crunchy biscuits.

1/2 pound cooked chicken livers
1 cup chicken stock*
1/2 cup corn oil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brewer's yeast
1 cup soy flour
1 cup cornmeal
3 cups whole wheat flour

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In food processor or blender, process chicken livers, chicken stock, corn oil and parsley until smooth. Transfer to large bowl. Add powdered milk, rolled oats, brewer's yeast, soy flour and cornmeal. Mix well. Gradually add whole wheat flour. You'll have to use your hands here, kneading in as much of the flour as it takes to create a very stiff dough.
3. Roll dough out to 1/4" thick and cut into stick shapes, about 1/2" by 4" (depending on the size of your dog). A pizza cutter works great!
4. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned and crisp. Turn off heat and let biscuits dry out in oven for several hours. Store in the refrigerator.

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By Ann Shaw

These little "pupcicles" are easy to make and are sure to be a hit with your pup.

1 ripe banana
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup chopped unsalted peanuts

In a small bowl, mash banana and peanut butter together using a fork. Mix in wheat germ. Place in refrigerator for about an hour until, firm. With your hands, roll rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls. Roll balls in peanuts, coating them evenly. Place on cookie sheet in freezer. When completely frozen, pack into airtight containers and store in freezer.

You may want to double this recipe so your pet can share!

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By Ann Shaw

Ty certainly is 'one tough cookie'. These biscuits are not only spicy, but the equivalent of doggie 'jaw breakers'. All dogs will enjoy the challenge and the crunching is good for their teeth and gums.

3 1/2 cups rye flour
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 tablespoon beef/chicken/liver powder (choose one)*
1 teaspoon bone meal (health food store)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
1 egg beaten

1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the oil, water and egg. Mix well. This dough is tough, so use your hands! On a floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4' thickness and cut into large bone shapes.
3. Bake 25 minutes. Check the biscuits frequently to make sure they're not burning. Turn off the heat and leave the biscuits in the oven overnight to dry out. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze to keep longer.

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By Ann Shaw

Haven't found a dog yet that doesn't absolutely devour these treats.

1 cup uncooked (quick) oatmeal
1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups hot water
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (any hard cheese-jack, Swiss, colby)**
1 egg beaten
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup wheatgerm
3 cups whole wheat flour1 tablespoon chicken or beef bouillon

1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. In large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal and margarine (cut-up melts faster); let stand 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk, grated cheese, garlic powder, bouillon and egg. Add cornmeal and wheat germ. Mix well. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
3. Cut into bone shaped biscuits and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off heat and leave in oven an additional 1 1/2 hours or longer (I usually go to bed).

Makes approximately 2 1/4 pounds.

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By Ann Shaw

Make this special cake each year to celebrate your dog's birthday. Believe it or not, dog birthday parties are fun! Don't forget the "Frosty Paws" from the grocery store to top off the cake.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup chopped/unsalted peanuts
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon soy flour
1 egg
5 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup ground or grated carrots

1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Combine flours, baking soda and peanuts. Mix in egg, oil, vanilla, honey and carrots until well combined. Pour mixture into a prepared cake pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

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By Ann Shaw

Make Topper's cookies for special training treats.

3 1/2 oz. jar baby food (any meat flavor, but make sure there are no onions in it)***
2/3 cup powdered skim milk
1/2 cup wheat germ

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix and drop your selected size on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes. Adjust baking time based on cookie size. Don't forget to let them cool before giving your dog a sample.

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By Ann Shaw

Another quickie for great treats.

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup non-fat powdered milk
6 tablespoons margarine
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix ingredients with about 1/2 cup of cold water. Knead for 3 minutes. Dough should form a ball. Roll to 1/2" thick and cut into dog bones (or cut with pizza cutter if you're in a hurry). Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes.

You can make these even more special by adding 3 tablespoons of powdered chicken, beef bouilon, or dried soup.*

*All of these ingredients have a high salt content (see below). A good substitution is fresh meat stock with no salt added by you when it is cooked or baby food (any meat flavor) if it is unsalted.

**Most cheese has a high salt content. Read your labels before you buy/use this ingredient!

***I don't think they're adding any salt to baby food these days, but be sure and check the label to make sure.

SALT - This is not good for your dog, because a dog's body cannot process salt. Salt can accumulate and cause kidney disease in old age. At any time in a dog's life, if salt is given in excess, it could cause your dog's kidneys to react and swell. Your dog would have to be totally without water for a period of days if this happens before the kidneys could function normally again (just think about how serious that is) if the dog survived.

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