Feel good about the treats you’re feeding your best friend with these natural dog biscuits! These treats are made from wholesome ingredients that are puppy safe and great for your pet’s health.
I want to do something fun today.
I want to tell you the story of how I became a dog mom.
Working from home can get lonely. I’m sure many of you that also work from home understand where I’m coming from. You’ve racked up a hefty bill from turning the television on low for background noise. You find yourself singing or talking to yourself
on occasion all the time. Or you drive yourself to the grocery store — you don’t really need anything at the store, you just want to immerse yourself among other human beings. <– Please tell me I’m not the only one who does these things?
Ever since we lost our family dog back in July, the house has been a little too quiet. I grew up with dogs. My parents had two large dogs before I was born, and when they passed we adopted Cosmo two months after. There’s barely been a time when I’ve known a pet-free house.
By November, my brother and I were really missing that canine presence. We started browsing adoption and rescue sites for dogs in need of homes. That’s when we came across a little four-month-old puppy that had been brought up from the USA. She and her siblings had been turned in to a rescue shelter in Alabama, but the shelter didn’t have enough room for all the strays. Unfortunately, protocol requires the shelters to euthanize the animals once they run out of room. Victoria Adoptables and other Canadian animal rescue agencies have been aiding the shelters in the States by moving the pets into Canadian foster homes. The pets remain with their foster owners until they can be adopted and avoid being put down.
We applied to adopt the puppy over dinner. Two days later, she was ours!
The vet tells us that she’s a terrier mix, and possibly part doberman as she will grow to be about forty pounds. She’s six months old, and a little ball of fire. When she’s not busy tearing after rabbits and birds on our walks, she’s either playing tug-of-war or snoozing next to your leg.
She’s the friendliest little pup, too. She loves playing with the other dogs around the neighbourhood, especially the French bulldog next door. And although she has the odd tantrum, she’s generally very sweet (and a little sassy.) She even smiles when she’s happy!
When we adopted her, my brother and I agreed that we wanted to keep her on a natural diet. We didn’t want to feed her food or treats with strange, unknown ingredients, but we also don’t have the money to be buying premium human food to feed her. Thankfully, we found a dog food that contains natural ingredients that are all pronounceable! But when we went to find her training treats, we noticed that the natural varieties were insanely expensive. Some were upwards of 25 dollars a bag! There was no way we could afford that while house training her.
That’s when I decided to try making my own dog biscuits. I mean, I make cookies for myself, why shouldn’t I make Dakota cookies as well?
I’m happy to say that these sweet potato dog biscuits are 100% puppy approved. Depending on your dog’s preferences, they can be cooked soft or hard, and they contain ingredients that are both safe and good for your dog.
There are only four ingredients:
Sweet potato — Sweet potato contains vitamin B6, beta carotene, and manganese. B6 will speed your dog’s metabolism, keeping them feeling fresh and active. Beta carotene improves eyesight which is especially important for older dogs, and manganese helps control blood sugar.
Yogurt — Yogurt introduces extra calcium and protein into your dog’s diet. Just make sure that you choose a yogurt without any added sugar, and a low-fat one if your pooch is on the pudgy side.
Oat flour — Rolled oats are a brilliant fibre for your dog to eat. They are easily digested and work together with the probiotics in the yogurt to enhance their digestive function. Oats will keep your dog’s bowels running smoothly. Oat flour can be made at home by grinding up rolled oats into a fine powder in your food processor.
Eggs — Like oats, eggs are easily digestible and a good source of protein. Be sure that you always make sure they’re cooked before giving them to your pup as raw whites can cause bone deficiency.
These homemade sweet potato dog biscuits are a great alternative to all the unnatural products pet stores pawn us. Show your dog a little extra love and make them some of these easy natural treats!
- 1 medium sweet potato
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 2¾ cup oat flour*
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) and poke the sweet potato all over with a fork. Place the potato on a non-stick baking tray and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. The potato will be done when a fork can be inserted easily. Remove the sweet potato from the oven and allow to cool.
- Once the sweet potato has cooled, remove the skin, mash the flesh with a fork, and measure out 1 cup of purée. Set aside.
- Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potato purée, yogurt, egg, and oat flour until it forms a ball of dough.
- Flour a work surface with whole wheat flour and roll out the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Cut out biscuit shapes using a cookie cutter of your choice. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking trays and bake for 15-22 minutes, depending on how crunchy your pup likes their treats.
- Allow the biscuits to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
+These treats will keep sealed in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. They will keep frozen for up to 4 months.
Please talk to your pet’s veterinarian about any allergies your dog may have before feeding them these treats.