One Quick Tip To Make Your Dog Happy And Healthy
They can’t speak, but they know how to show love: a tail wag or a nose nuzzle. They wait for you at the front door and sit by you when you’re sick. And they always look at you the same, whether you’re dressed for a date night or relaxing in your flannel pajamas.
If you’re gone for five minutes or five months, they will greet you with enthusiasm. When you’re craving comfort, they nudge you on the knee. They’re dogs: man’s best friend and constant companion.
It’s easy to forget that dogs need love in return. There are errands to run, chores to do, and dinners to cook. Most days, we’re lucky to take our four-legged friends on a nightly walk. However, it’s proven that, similar to humans, dogs feed off our emotions and energy. When you give them a treat, they feel loved and accepted. You could buy them a few rawhide bones, but every friend (even four-legged ones) prefer homemade. Plus, this recipe from Martha Stewart calls for healthy ingredients you may have stored in the pantry.
While the biscuits take only a few minutes to make, they will leave your pup feeling loved for days. Try using cookie cutters, such as bone-shaped ones, so your pet knows the treats are for him.
Recipe yields 5 dozen biscuits.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside
- Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone- shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)
- If desired, you can spell out your dog’s name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won’t stick).
- Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake biscuits for 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.