If you have access to some spent grains from a local brewery, you can make your pet the best dog-gone dog treats in the world. These homemade dog treats can be adjusted to suit your dogs taste buds. It has several different variations of ingredients that can be switched around to make different flavors so your dog has a nice variety. I’m sure he will love all of the flavors as they are Wild Heaven Farms tested to be top-notch with our competition dogs.
Make sure it is grain from making beer!
One important thing to check with the brewery on is… that there are no hops in the brewer’s grain. Hops can be deadly to the canine in your life and you don’t want that. Most brewers will not have them combined but it doesn’t hurt to make sure before making these homemade dog treats for your four legged friend.
Be sure their are no hops in the grain!
Sometimes in the fall you will get lucky and they will be making pumpkin flavored beer. Our dogs love the flavor of the pumpkin blended into the brewer’s grain.
Remember, this recipe for dog treats uses fresh brewers grain. It will be wet when you measure it out.
Now onto the homemade dog treats recipe:
- 4 Cups of grain
- 2 eggs
- 2 Cups flour
- 1 Cup peanut butter***
***This is the ingredient that can be swapped out to suit your needs. Here are some variations that can be used instead of peanut butter:
- 1/2 Cup of oil (this can even be old oil from a fish fry)
- 1 whole can of salmon – undrained
- 1 Cup of cooked sweet potatoes or 1 can drained
- 1/2 Cup of coconut oil
- 3/4 Cup of beef, chicken or pork fat
When we first started making these homemade dog treats, I wanted to do it because I had the grain available to me but the cost of using peanut butter made it expensive to make. I soon found these other options also worked great and our dogs love them either way.
Now that you have picked your ingredients:
Mix your eggs and whatever ingredient you chose to use together. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Now mix all the grain into this mixture until it is all mixed together.
Get two good sized pieces of parchment paper and put your doggie treat dough between them. Press down to flatten it out a bit and then roll to 1/2 inch thickness. The parchment paper will keep it from sticking to your rolling pin and making a big mess.
The last step before baking is to cut out your shapes for the dog treats.
This 2 inch cookie cutter in the shape of a dog bone is a favorite of ours. We also really like the dog paw shaped one. These are both good sizes for dogs who normally eat a medium dog biscuit.
All cut out and time to bake!
Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and leave them for 30 minutes. Then turn the temperature down to 225 degrees and bake for another 2 hours checking to make sure they are totally baked and dry throughout. Some of the ingredients you choose might take a few more or a few less minutes of baking time.
Let us know how your dog reacts to these homemade dog treats in the comments below. You can also share this page on Facebook so that all your friends can give it a try too!
Here are some more neat cookie cutters to use with these treats:
This set of cookie cutters offers a few different canine inspired designs:
This set is nice for those of you who want to make all different sizes of homemade dog treats:
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