Tuesday 9 September 2014

Dog biscuits-home made

Mr Pickings and I have always had pets- cats and dogs, then just a dog till she passed away last year.  Now we are pet-less but we do have a niece with a lovely dachsund who comes over for a visit now and again. Willow is a beautiful and very long girl; our niece works for the RSPCA and originally brought her home as a foster dog (she was rescued from a puppy farm) but couldn't bear to give her up, so she joined her cat and other foster animals that she takes in.  I used to make home-made treats for our dog as she had skin allergies, and I had to be sure that she wasn't getting the bad stuff that is in a lot of commercial biscuits.  Here is a recipe from Dr Harry's old TV show; they are cheap and easy and dogs love them.

Willow waiting for her treat to cool down


1 ¾ cups wholemeal flour
1/2 cup cornflour
1/2 cup grated carrot (you can use other vegies like zucchini or potato, or apple)
4 tbs vegetable oil
2 stock cubes or 2 tsp of stock powder dissolved in 1/2 cup of water


Place the flours in a large mixing bowl
Add the carrot, the oil and the half cup of stock into the bowl
Mix it into a dough- you may need to add a bit more water if it is very dry
Bang it out onto a floured board or bench
Grab your rolling pin and roll it out to a half cm thick rectangle (but don't fuss; just remember this is for dogs- they don't care what it looks like)
Then either cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or just divide it with a knife into squares
Put into a 170C oven for at least 30 mins, but I suggest closer to an hour to get it really hard
Let them cool down, then give one to your happy dog!

See that last photo?  It has peanut butter on top.   The niece said her dog loves PB, so if you buy a natural one, I think a little won't do any harm for an extra treat!  And see that lovely bracelet; that is on the niece's wrist as she was the one doing all the hard work :)
Please check out her blog: dachshundsfurrever.com if you have a dog especially a dachsund!

don't you love the swirliness of PB! (stock image)


  1. What a lovely idea Sherry! Willow is a beauty and deserves homemade treats. We have always adopted our cats from the RSPCA but I absolutely love dachsunds :)

    1. Hi Jem
      She is a cutie and extraordinarily long for a dachsund. And she loved the treats.

  2. OMG - Willow is so lovely! Great to see recipes of all sorts : )

    1. Thanks Fiona. She always gets super-excited at our place and goes home exhausted (the dog not the niece):))

  3. Really cute! I have to make some day cookies for my dogs! We have two dogs! And Imsure they would be happy with these!!

    1. hi gloria
      it is fun to make your own and dogs love them. nice not to feed them colourings and other gunk:)

  4. Replies
    1. hi rachel
      yes she is a cutie and very glossy. and she loved the PB on her treat.


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