Having a circle of good friends is important for a dog. The dog fraternity depends on networking for help with dog sitting, sleepovers and walks. The more friends dogs have, of both the human and canine variety, the more fun life is. Luckily all you and your pooch need to be popular is a bag of homemade dog treats.
My mini Schnauzer, Ricci, is a bit stuck-up. She prefers humans. So I go the extra mile to keep her socialised within her canine family. The photo above was taken at her fourth birthday party last summer. Ricci (right) sits with four month old Billie (white German Shepherd), Casper (Bordoodle) and Pearl (her mum) eagerly waiting for a slice of chicken carrot cake. This celebratory dog treat contains no sugar, has a low fat cream cheese frosting and is made for sharing!
Dog friendly chicken carrot cake
- 200ml sunflower oil
- 4 medium free-range eggs
- approx 300g grated carrot
- 225g spelt or wholemeal flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 150g chopped cooked chicken (This can be leftovers from Sunday dinner or the shop bought pre-cooked variety. It will be cooked again so it needs to be as moist as possible.)
- 250g low fat cream cheese
Line a deep 20cm cake tin or a 2lb loaf tin (I use loaf tin liners from the pound shop)
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
1) Beat the eggs together with sunflower oil until frothy then stir in the grated carrot and the chicken.
2) Combine the baking powder with the flour before stirring it into the wet ingredients. Mix well.
3) Scrape the lot into the prepared tin and bake for approx 30 minutes until it feels firm to the touch and a cake tester comes out clean.
4) Allow to completely cool before spreading the top with cream cheese.
Approx 12 servings
It’s amazing how well behaved a pooch pack can be when dog treats are handed out. This photo shows Nina May of Wunderdog Magazine taking control by handing out nibbles on a New Year’s day walk. Canine chums are Hiro from sartorial dog specialist Hiro and Wolf, Pearl, Zawadi, Dagmar and Ricci.
Ricci was born in a pub, The Rosemary Branch which is currently home to Pearl, her real mum. It is very dog friendly and has a large jar of dog treats behind the bar. We were booked in for for Sunday lunch so I decided bake a bag of dog treats for the jar. Dogs are served their own little Sunday lunch alongside their owners and this would be my thank you. These little bone shaped biscuits are healthy and made in minutes.
Sunday morning bake: Cheesy Dog Bone Biscuits
- 300g rye, wholemeal, spelt or oat flour
- 100g porridge oats
- 150g mature Cheddar, grated
- One eating apple
- 2tbsp vegetable oil
Line three baking trays with baking parchment.
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
1) Peel and slice the apple. Place in a pan along with 150ml of water and cook until it becomes a soft apple sauce. If it stays in lumps blitz it in a blender with the cooking water to make a pulp.
2) Combine the all the ingredients in a bowl with the apple sauce and mix well. Work it into a dough adding a little more water if necessary.
3) Roll out onto a well floured surface to about 7mm thick. Using bone shaped cutters (I have a set of three sizes) cut out biscuits and place onto the baking trays. The biscuits don’t expand much in cooking so you can fill the trays up.
4) Bake for around 15 minutes until golden – turn off the oven and leave them another five minutes to dry out even more.
5) Allow to fully cool before bagging some up for friends. Store the remaining dog treats in an airtight container.
Makes: a lot
You can add bacon bits to this recipe or sprinkle with parmesan for extra cheesiness. If you want to see more dog treat bakes or just more cute photos you can check out my @growngals instagram account.