I have a little birthday boy this week and his name is Toaster. My long hair, red color, always sporting a huge attitude, little dachshund. He turned nine. I just can’t believe he’s nine already. It seems like we just got him a few years ago, but I just can’t love him any more than I do right now. He’s my little side kick in the kitchen, my taste tester, my little shadow. Get to know him more by clicking here. He’s a naughty little guy!
Toaster does love to eat, but he’s picky, picky about his food. Super picky about his dog food, even though it’s dry dog food, he likes it fresh out of the bag. Go figure! He keeps an eye on things like that. He’s super picky about his treats too. I gave up trying to please him with new, fun treats…he usually just turns his nose. There are only two specific ones I buy he will actually eat, so I decided to go out on a limb and make him some homemade doggie treats. Simple, three ingredient chicken treats. They were a total hit to my surprise! The recipe is at the bottom of the page! And people food! Super, super picky about people food of all things.
I do believe his diet mostly consists of people food. His doctor said it was ok as long as the majority is lean meats, which is the case, but sometimes it’s nice to splurge! He loves a good hot dog, but if it’s not all beef, forget it. He’d rather not eat. I’m just baffled at how he can even tell. The other two dogs will certainly scarf theirs down no problem, no hesitation.
Same with cheese. He’s a little cheese connoisseur! Loves it, loves all dairy. Any time cheese is out, the nonstop begging barking begins. But do not give him low fat cheese. It disgusts him greatly.
He’s not a huge deli meat fan either. He’d rather not. Just turn your nose, walk away.
Peanut butter. Most, if not all, other dogs love peanut butter. He polices the other dogs in the house, too, about eating this particular food. If he doesn’t like it, no one else will either. I’m convinced the other doggies like it, but are too scared to touch it. He runs the house…his rules I guess, or they’ll be in the dog house! So that leaves treats, or making treats with peanut butter off the table. He has quite weird eating habits. I guess you could say he’s a bit spoiled. I just say he knows what he likes!
When I’m baking though, he can’t contain himself. When the mixer comes out, the dachshund suddenly appears. Every single time. I go about my business and the barking begins ever so often. I promise I’m listening! Then each bark starts getting closer together, and louder and louder. Then jumping and scratching on the cabinets begin. Begging is serious business when butter is involved, which is probably in 99% of my baked goods! Buttercream, though, always gets the loudest, most obnoxious barking and begging. It must, has to be, a favorite!
So this year for this little guy’s birthday, I made him super simple chicken doggie treats, which actually didn’t disgust him, a few buttercream rosettes, because butter! Lastly, we got him his favorite moist brisket from Rudy’s BBQ Restaurant. It’s worth fighting the other dogs over it. It’s apparently that good! After nine years, I know his indicators that point to his favorite foods! This birthday, he got them all!
I wanted to share with you my homemade doggie treat recipe that was such a hit for such a picky guy. They are only three ingredients and so easy to make for your furry friends. Dog or cat. No fillers, weird, or subpar ingredients. It’s pretty quick and easy as well. You’ll need chicken, light or dark meat, and flour, any type. I used whole wheat flour. It makes my dachshund healthier and me feel good about serving these to him. To make, first cube your chicken. Get out your food processor and place your cubed chicken into the bowl. Purée the chicken and add about two tablespoons of water. Add flour until it comes together, kind of the consistency of pie dough.
Flour your surface and roll dough out until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. I topped mine with a few sprinkles. I put an egg wash on top. Not necessary, but I wanted the sprinkles to stick. The baker in me made me do it!
Place into oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown. Cool and place into an airtight container in the fridge. Your doggies are going to love these treats. You can customize them any way you’d like. Beef works well if you have beef lovers, or add cheese for a different flavor.
I just know your furry friends will loves these treats. Try them out! They’re simple, fast to make, healthy and obviously delicious!
I’m also curious, are your doggies this picky?
Furry Friend Treats
Simple Ingredient homemade dog or cat treats.
- 1/2 Pound Chicken or beef
- 2-3 Tbsp Water
- 1/2-1 Cup Flour Any variety
1. In a food processor, add meat, chicken or beef. Purée until smooth texture.
2. Add water to loosen up if too gummy.
3. Add flour little by little until mixture resembles pie dough consistency. It’ll form a ball and come away from the bowl.
4. Turn out onto a floured surface. Roll out to a 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place onto parchment lined sheet pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown for about 20-25 minutes.
6. Cool and place into airtight container. Store in refrigerator.
Always kiss your dog goodnight!
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