Homemade dog biscuits have become a very trendy thing to make. Some people have even started their own businesses selling homemade dog cookies. The base of many of these recipes is peanut butter. If you’re a responsible dog owner, your first question when you see this is, can a dog eat peanut butter?
The truth is that well made peanut butter dog biscuits are perfectly healthy for your dog because good peanut butter is healthy for your dog. So don’t worry about your dog eating peanut butter if you know how to be responsible with it.
What Kind of Peanut Butter Is Good For Dogs?
Not all peanut butter is created equal. Low sodium, low oil, sugar free, organic peanut butter is best. It provides the most flavor and keeps unhealthy things away from your pup.
Peanut butter is great for a shiny coat, good skin, and healthy nails. It’s full of Vitamins H and E. We all know why vitamin E is good. As humans, we take it for the same reasons that dogs need it, so that our hair shines and our nails grow quickly. Vitamin H helps with your dog’s immune system, keeping them from getting sick.
Dogs love peanut butter. Getting it into their diet is simple, and it all depends on what you want to get out of peanut butter.
If your dog has separation anxiety, you can fill a peanut butter Kong or other similar toy with peanut butter, keeping them busy while you are gone. This may reduce their anxiety, helping to acclimate them to your leaving and coming home. Adding it to your dogs food will keep them occupied even longer.
As a training treat, you can make dog biscuits in large and tiny sizes. Recipes are endless, but look for natural ingredients that are good for your dog. Dogs can be allergic to peanut butter just like people can, so monitor your dog the first few times you give it to them.
Things To Consider:
One thing you should consider is whether or not you wish to give your dog creamy or chunky peanut butter. If you are dealing with a smaller dog then you will want to stick with creamy as larger bits of peanut can get stuck in their throat and that can lead to some serious problems. With larger dogs it does not really matter which kind you choose.
Keep in mind that if you do not want to part ways with your personal jar of peanut butter there are actually peanut butters designed specifically for dogs. Best of all is the fact that those peanut butters include additional ingredients that are designed to give your dog’s health a boost. This means you get to hang on to your own jar and your dog gets delicious treats. This way everybody is happy!
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Try Adding Oatmeal
- 2C whole-wheat flour
- 1C crushed oat/bran cereal
- 1C Sugar free, low salt Peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1/4C applesauce
- ½ mashed banana
- 1/2C water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour and crushed cereal in large bowl then mix in your peanut butter, egg, applesauce, mashed banana, and water. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll untill about 1/2 inch thick. Then cut out the biscuits using a cookie cutter or pinch like gnocci for training treats. Put the biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 15 minutes for small or trainint treat sized cookies and up to 35 minutes for larger shaped ones.
Another common ingredient that people will put into their peanut butter dog treats is oatmeal. Peanut butter and oatmeal is always a winner with humans and the same rule applies with dogs. The oatmeal not only adds a more crumbly structure to the treats, it actually helps the food stick to your dog’s ribs a little bit better. And best of all, like with the other featured ingredients, it is healthy and cheap.