Now 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).