Pumpkin Dog Treats

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With Halloween approaching ever so quickly, I was thinking of some more fun things to make with pumpkin. Every few months, I try to make my dog a batch of special treats. We aren’t the kind of people that give our dog tons of treats- maybe once every other day as a reward for being good (which she usually is).

As with everything we eat, I try to make as much from scratch as possible. It’s not that I’m against buying pre-made products, it’s just that I prefer making things on my own. Same thing goes for dog treats. Some people may say it’s silly to worry about what’s in cheap dog food/treats, but we love our dog like a part of our family, and I like to make sure that she’s eating well and happy, especially now that she’s getting older. I’m sure many of you would agree with that! Now, it’s not that dog treats and dog food are bad persay, it’s just that they have lots of filler in them. That corn meal when listed as the first ingredient, means that most of the food is made up of that, which hardly has any nutritional value whatsoever. Plus, lots of dogs are allergic to it and get rashes, dry flaky skin, etc.

These pumpkin treats are incredible. They’re made with all ingredients that are good for your pup, and readily available. Now if your dog has a treat, it’s actually giving them a dose of nutrition instead of flavored cardboard! 😉

They’re really simple to make, and you can get a big batch done all at once. They last for about a month in an airtight container.

**Something I love to do is make a big batch and give a few out to the neighborhood dog owners around the different holidays. If you tend to have trick or treaters that bring their companion, you can have a bowl of doggie treats waiting at the door!

Pumpkin Dog Treats

What You’ll Need:

+ 2 cups whole wheat flour
+ 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
+ 1/2 teaspoon salt
+ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

+ 3 tablespoons peanut butter
+ 2 eggs
+ 1 cup canned pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add into the flour mixture, and thoroughly combine.

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Lay out the dough on a work surface and dust a rolling pin with a little extra flour. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick.

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Cut out your cookie shapes. I used a cute little pumpkin one I had, but anything will do, even circles!

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Place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack for at least an hour. They will get harder as they cool.

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Now, find your dog and test them out!

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There’s the scoundrel. We call her a little coyote. She’s a mix, we got her up on a farm, and “folklore” says that there is a good posibility that her Dad was a coyote. She’s hard to get a hold of once she’s roaming around in the great yonder of our yard. Until, of course, you yell “COOKIE”!

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“High Five”. Don’t mind the wood pile. We’re getting ready for winter. 🙂

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Success! She loves them. And why wouldn’t she? There’s nothing better than a fresh treat made out of scrumtious ingredients (rather than those fillers in the usual dog treats).

Here’s the low down on the benefit of each ingredient for your dog friend:

Pumpkin: great source of fiber and promotes healthy digestion. Full of beta carotene, potassium, and iron.

Cinnamon: Promotes good memory and brain function. Regulates blood sugar, and is antifungal

Peanut butter: It is full of protein and promotes a healthy coat.

*Please keep in mind, that although these ingredients are very uncommon for dogs to be allergic to, there are possibilities of an allergic reaction with anything. Some dogs to have peanut allergies. Just be aware and take caution when giving your dog new things. If you’re handing them out to strange dogs, be sure to tell their owner what is in them first!

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