Why I Love Baking Dog Treats
It’s no secret that I love to bake dog treats! I started baking because my mom loved making cookies and cakes. She had a shelf full of cookbooks, a binder full of her own recipes, and magazines full of decorating ideas. When we were younger, we would spend snow days and other weekends trying new recipes and making treats for our neighbors.
As my mother started aging, she began noticing some signs of diabetes. The doctor put her on a new diet plan that could prevent symptoms from worsening without taking medication. This may seem like a simple fix to the average person- but for someone who has baking as their primary hobby, it can be devastating. Fortunately, my husband came up with the great idea of buying her a yellow lab puppy. This kept her focused on something other than making her sweet treats and kept her smiling.
Spoiling your pets is a great part of being a senior because there are so many great activities that go along with it. Knit your dog sweaters, teach them new tricks, or simply cuddle with them when you want some love. Or, you can take a page out of my book and bake them dog treats!
If you’re becoming less active over your pet’s lifetime, consider hiring a service like Seniors Helping Seniors. These senior care providers come to your home on as needed basis to make sure that you or your family member get the attention you need. They can help you take your dog for a walk each day, keep track of medications, cook meals, or simply come by for some companionship.
The best way to spoil your growing puppy is to whip them up some treats. My mother and I found baking dog treats to be just as satisfying as baking cookies! Better yet, this opened a whole new world of flavors and recipes that we could try out. Even before this became my business, I spent a lot of time on my own coming up with ideas just for the fun of it. And we no longer had to worry about calories because our dogs were the primary taste testers. Aside from trying a small bite here or there, I never consumed an entire treat. Just make sure your puppy tries his treats in moderation and have him exercise regularly! They have to stay healthy too.
One of my most popular recipes is Chomps Ahoy. Dogs can’t eat chocolate, but our carob substitute still tastes great. The ingredients are:
- Whole wheat flour
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Carob Chips
- Powdered Skim Milk
- Baking Powder
I love being in the dog treat business. It lets me be creative every day and gives me an excuse to spend time with my dogs. Just like you would make your kids a cake once and a while, my mother and I encourage everyone to spoil their pets from time to time.