energy treatNow that our dogs can pack away the essentials in dog packs made just for them, why not fill them up with the same things we would pack  in our packs—water, gear, and protein bars! Here’s a great recipe for homemade energy treats for your dog to enjoy.  They are highly nutritious and delicious, as long as you don’t mind the fishy dog breath afterwards.


8 oz (226g) cooked fish or canned wild salmon with no juice or salt

½ c (30g) finely chopped fresh parsley

3 whole eggs, beaten well

½ c (72g) finally ground sesame seeds

2 ½ c (395g) brown or regular rice flour

1 finely ground dried eggshell (to dry the eggshell, save the empty shell of one of the eggs, rinse thoroughly and air dry.  Place on a baking sheet at bake for 10 minutes at 300°F (150°C).  Grind dry shell into a fine powder).

Preheat oven to 375° (190°C).  Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly.  When the dough is a good consistency for rolling (you can add water or flour as necessary), roll out the dough ¼” (0.6 cm) thick.  Use cookie cutters to make various shapes, or you can opt to make patties by hand or cut into square bars.

Lay cookies on a parchment-lined baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.  Cool before serving.

Refrigerate up to a week or freeze for later use.

This information courtesy of:

Monteiro, Melanie.  The Safe Dog Handbook.  Beverly: Quayside Publishing Group, 2009 (specific recipe courtesy of Catherine Lane of The Possible Canine in Rupert, Quebec).

8 thoughts

  1. Some baking substitutes for eggs are flax meal (mixed with water), unsweetened applesauce (easy — and best, to make your own with no additives) or banana. I like the applesauce option most. You would have to experiment using it in this recipe and check with your vet first regarding your dog’s unique food allergies and requirements.

  2. A little off topic, but what is the harness the dog is wearing? It doesn’t look like the ones on the site. Different year or different altogether? We are looking for one for our Lab, and like the light color.

    1. This is our DoubleBack™ Harness which will be available Oct. 1. It features a belly panel and strength-rated buckles and webbing, ideal for belay or “hang” situations.

  3. Looks a great recipe but my dog is allergic to eggs (even the shells)
    Any substitutes for the eggs and how much calcium should I add in place of the shells? Thanks

    1. We would recommend consulting your vet on egg substitutes if your dog is prone to allergies. We haven’t tried making them without the eggs, but that may work, too.

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