Dog Appreciation Day: Pampering your pup

Every year on August 26, people all over the world choose to celebrate man’s best friend by recognizing Dog Appreciation Day.

Some people choose to celebrate by adopting a dog of their own, donating to a shelter, buying their dogs a new toy, or maybe just giving them a little more attention than usual.

We encourage you to join in and do something a little special for your dog(s).

Last night, I decided to make homemade dog biscuits in honor of the upcoming holiday. My dog, Ollie, is 8-months old and is extremely food driven.

After doing some research, I came across a recipe that had only a few ingredients and was safe for all kinds of dogs.

The recipe only called for five simple ingredients and took me a little less than an hour to complete.

The ingredients are as followed:

  • 1/3 cups of natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour (all purpose flour can be used as a substitute)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
The ingredients I used. [Photo Source: Ava Lees]

The first step was to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then, mix the peanut butter, pumpkin, and eggs into a small bowl. Combine these until they are combined well and add in the dry ingredients. Mix again until it creates a thick dough.

This is what the dough looked like once it was all mixed together. [Photo Source: Ava Lees]

Once the dough is complete, you’ll need to cover a surface in flour and roll the dough out using a rolling pin. The thickness is up to you but I made the dough about a quarter of an inch thick.

The dough once it was completely rolled out. [Photo Source: Ava Lees]

Once you have the dough rolled out to the desired thickness, use any type of cookie cutter to create the shape of the biscuit. The dough should yield about 40 biscuits depending on the size you make them.

I used 2 types of cookie cutters and ended up with two of these pans full of dog biscuits. [Photo Source: Ava Lees]

Once you have all of the biscuits made, place them on the pan. Spacing should not matter because they won’t spread while cooking, but I’d make sure not to let any of them touch.

Put the biscuits in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. If you’d like the biscuits to be more crunchy, they may need more time.

Put the biscuits in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. [Photo Source: Ava Lees]

Once they are done, let them cool for about 15 minutes in the fridge before giving them to your dog.

I gave them to my dog, Ollie, who is a King Charles Cavalier. He loved them and now everytime we open the fridge, he runs to it, expecting another one.

The pumpkin is said to help settle a dogs stomach and everyone knows that most every dog loves peanut butter.

I spent about an hour making the treats and they will last for up to six months if you freeze them and three if you refrigerate them. These are definitely a great way to give your dog a little something special on Dog Appreciation Day.

That being said, make sure to cater to whatever health issues your dog may have when making these biscuits. Do some research and be careful not to substitute any ingredients that may be harmful to your pet.

And just in case you were wondering, they are edible for people as well. However, having been curious enough to try them, I wouldn’t recommend them for anyone but a dog.

If you’re looking for a way to show your appreciation for your furry friend, this recipe is a great way to do so.

Ollie enjoying the dog biscuits. [Photo Source: Ava Lees]

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