2 Cups flour
1¼ Cups Shredded Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese
½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Tablespoons Water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine flour, cheese, garlic and oil.
- Knead well, adding water as needed to form a stiff dough.
- Roll out on a floured surface to ½-inch thick. Cut into bone shapes, or any other shape and size appropriate for your dog.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes on a well-greased cookie sheet…we use one of those nifty Silpat sheets that keep cookies from burning and sticking! Bake until very, very lightly browned on the bottom.
- Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Store cookies in a plastic container in the refrigerator.
Oh my goodness, these were so yummy. I know that some of you don’t like the idea of giving your doggie garlic…you can leave it out if it concerns you; just know that garlic is added to tons and tons of doggie treats on the market. I will leave this up to you. This recipe comes from the Yorkie.org site, but we have dedicated it to our newest little member, DUNCAN! Hopefully, it will inspire his new Mommy to start cooking. It is so easy, even a caveman could make it!
Do you ever wonder about the nutritional value of your doggie snacks? Well…you SHOULD! Our pawrents seem to be very concerned with the dog FOOD that they feed us, and we read reports all the time about the bad things that get stuck in our food that SHOULDN’T be there…but not many people get too worked up about those SNACKS that they are feeding us; and I’m telling you – some of them are NOTHING BUT BAD! Let me put it this way…almost all snacks that you can buy at the grocery store are BAD!!!! Most GOOD snacks need to be purchased from pet boutiques or from on-line pet catalogues. The fewer number of ingredients in your snacks, the better. We have several snacks with only ONE ingredient, for example: dried sweet potato, dried beef, dried bison, dried duck…some of our snacks have TWO ingredients and we have some with as many as FOUR to FIVE, but that’s about it. And they are all whole foods with recognizable names. Of course, if you have the time you can always MAKE your own doggie snacks as well. I have published SEVERAL doggie snack recipes that we have pawsonally taste tested. This is the best way to insure that the ingredients are the freshest possible and only what your doggie can eat. With my LONG LIST of allergies, it is very hard to find kibble and treats that I can eat, so homemade food and snacks are necessary when we run out of the ones from the boutique.
Now I know that every pawrent wants to make sure that the snacks that are making us HAPPY, are also keeping us HEALTHY, so I’ve done a little research on some things to look for in a healthy snack. Would you like to go and get that bag of snacks and compare things while you read this article? I’ll wait for you to fetch it….First of all, ALWAYS look at the ingredients – VERY FIRST THING. They are listed in the order of weight – the 1st ingredient is the largest component of that snack, the 2nd ingredient is the 2nd largest, and so on. This means that the first few ingredients are really the most important ones to consider, and they should be very high in quality. “Top Quality” means you want these ingredients to be as fresh and pure and minimally processed as possible. Whole foods are better than by-products. Wheat flour is better than wheat bran and wheat germ. NO LOW QUALITY GRAIN PRODUCTS! The more processed a food is, the more chance there is for contamination, and nutrients are lost. You should also try and purchase products that use domestic ingredient sources…as in, from your own country. You should know what EVERY ingredient is – if you have to say, “What is THAT?” then you might want to skip that snack and choose another one! Let me give you an example: “meat meal” or “animal fat” could come from ANYTHING! NO UNNAMED ANIMAL SOURCES OR ANIMAL BY PRODUCTS! Yuk! The more organic the product, the better! Any sweeteners should be natural and food-based, like applesauce, molasses or honey – NOT artificial sweeteners. A snack with NO sweeteners AT ALL is even better. If a treat has to be preserved, natural preservatives like Vitamins C and E (Vitamin E is listed as mixed tocopherols) should be used. How are you doing so far on your bag of snacks? Have you thrown it in the garbage yet?
So now that you know a few things that SHOULD be in your snacks, here are a few things that should NOT be in there:
- Artificial preservatives (BHA, BHT, ethoxyguin, potassium sorbate, sodium nitrate and calcium propionate.
- Artificial colors
- Propyleneglycol (keeps treats soft and chewy)
- Do not buy a snack because it says “hypoallergenic”…ANY dog can be allergic to ANYTHING! There is no such thing as a snack that EVERY SINGLE DOG can eat! That is a misleading label. Read ALL of the ingredients!!!!!!!
And now…have you DEFINITELY thrown out your old snacks NOW? And your pawrents…are they on their way to the local pet boutique to buy you some HEALTHY SNACKS? You’ll still need to remember that snacks are NOT food, and too many of them will make us fat…so if they can be broken into smaller pieces, then DO IT! REALLY, we care more about the NUMBER of snacks that we get each day more than how BIG they are! I can tell you that we Yorkies gobble up a big snack in about the same time as it takes us to eat the little one. So in this instance, MORE is BEST! Just keep them SMALL!
All of this information can be applied when choosing a high quality kibble as well. Just keep in mind that QUALITY is NOT CHEAP! You WILL pay more for better food and better snacks…but we’re WORTH IT!
Reference: The Whole Dog Journal November 2009