We know there is no such thing as a dog that doesn’t love dog treats. With that in mind, it is generally a good idea to keep your pet pantry stocked with your pup’s favorite goodies. Dog treats can be great motivators during training and also as a regularly given gift to let your dog know you love her. Another great thing about dog treats is that with a little bit of preparation it is super easy to make healthy and nutritious treats without all the preservatives and additives that you may find in commercial brands found in the store. In this recipe we will be using only one ingredient, chicken. Read on to learn how you can make some of your own.
Dogs are carnivores and that simply means that dogs have evolved to thrive on a diet based mostly on meat. Cooked, deboned chicken is an excellent choice for dogs because it is lean and high in protein. Dogs need protein because it is a source of amino acids. Amino acids are important because they help with hair, nail, skin, muscle and cartilage growth and repair. Protein is also crucial to hormone production in your pooch. Hormones are needed in order for your pup to function and stay healthy. Aside from containing protein-rich chicken, here are some other reasons to make your own treats:
Reasons you should make your own doggie treats
- It is easy
- You don’t need a special trip to the grocery store or pet supply store
- It is inexpensive
- You know where the ingredients come from
- You can get creative with dog friendly ingredients in the recipe
- Make them as gifts for family and friends
- You can sell them to raise funds for your favorite pet charity
- They have a good shelf life.
What you will need
- Organic chicken breast – purchase as much as you feel like making.
- Organic olive oil
- Sharp knife for slicing
- Clean surface to prepare chicken
- Cookie Sheet
- Parchment paper (optional)
Step 1: Preheat oven to lowest setting. Ovens vary. Some can go as low as 170 degrees or less. If not, 200 is safe.
Step 2: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or you can choose to lightly spray it with cooking spray.
Step 3: Thoroughly rinse chicken with cool water, pat dry with a paper towel.
Step 4: On your sanitized prep surface, trim off any fat. Next, slice your chicken into strips cutting with the grain. This helps keep them nice and chewy. Slice your strips anywhere between 1/4-inch to an 1/8-inch thick. Keep them as close to the same size as possible. This will help keep the cooking time the same for each piece.
Step 5: Place chicken on cookie sheet, don’t let them touch. Lightly brush chicken with olive oil.
Step 6: Bake for 2 hours or until jerky is nice and dry. There should be no moisture. Breaking one apart will tell you.
Step 7: Let them cool thoroughly on a wire cooling rack.
Step 8: Let Fido do a taste-test
Step 9: Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Step 10: Make some more for your dog loving friends and family!