Freshen your dogs breath and make their tummy happy at the same time with homemade Fresh Breath Dog Biscuits!
Full disclosure, get ready for pug madness.
Adventures in dog ownership getting your dog groomed edition. (Fear not, this is not gross).
I’m very lucky, for the most part Sir Pugsley is a laid back, chill dude. All he cares about is making sure he is fed, finding a comfortable sleeping position (generally on me) and getting his twice daily walks. Even those, I’m pretty sure he’d do without, the guy is lazy with a capital L.
However that lazy guy will go from sound asleep from instant psycho depending on the situation.
Situation 1: You take out his favorite food. That can be anything from some carrots, to an apple and especially a banana. Yes our dog eats healthy foods. He also go nuts for bacon, it’s about a balanced diet but we don’t give in much to those bacon needs.
Situation 2: Cleaning his face. He’s got short hair, so we don’t have to take him to the groomer often but that cutie pie face over there needs to be cleaned. He hates it. A lot. There’s squirming, stress shedding and one of us holding him down while the other cleans. It’s manageable and if we work quickly it’s over soon enough. Then he gets his treats.
Situation 3: Taking him out of the house to be groomed. This dog has a sixth sense. He just knows he’s about to go out for a regular walk and when the outing is something “special”. So last week we ventured out for a nail clipping, he knew something was up. As soon as we turned left instead of right out of my building, the barks, yelps and twisty turns started. We walked into the vets office and low and behold sat another pug! This little guy was nice and calm and already making us look bad, Sir Pugsley was frantic (but in a good way, so far). He wanted to run, sniff and figure out why he was there. The vet technician swooped in quickly and brought my frantic pug in for his appointment and this is basically where all hell broke lose.
What’s going on? You want to trim my nails? Have you seen the exorcist? That’s my dog for a simple nail clipping. There were paws to my neck, dog hair all over me and eventually a second technician was brought in. Did I mention the whining, yelping and barking because he was trapped in the room?
99% of the time, sweetest dog in the world. 1% king of crazytown.
It’s a good thing he’s so darn cute! Plus he has a birthday this week, my little man is not so little anymore! So like every year, he gets a special new treat baked up just for him.
As I mentioned, we feed him mostly fruits and vegetables as his treats and I recently gave in to buying him a pack of Greenies. The only reason is because we had a pet store gift card to use up, plus his breath is horrible! The thing is, there are so many ingredients in those Greenies and they don’t actually smell all that great. I’m not entirely convinced they freshen his breath.
So while there are still some of the store bought treats lurking around, I figured I can do better. Especially when I can recognize all the ingredients going into these treats. I guarantee your pup will love it and you!
p.s. Wondering why there are no photos him actually eating these? It’s because he gobbles them so quickly. No patience from this dog!
- 1 cup oat flour (certified gluten free is best)
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup unsalted or low-sodium chicken stock
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl combine the oat flour, parsley, mint, egg and chicken stock. Stir well until the dough is combined and there are no dry spots.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out until it is 1/4 inch thick.
- Use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out appropriate sized dog treats. Re-roll the scraps and continue to cut out treats. Transfer the cut outs to the baking sheet.
- Bake for the treats for about 15 minutes, they won't brown much but you want them to be firm and a little crispy. If the center is a little soft, it'll firm up as it cools.
- I recommend storing in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life of the treats.
If you can't find gluten free oat flour, you can grind up your own in the food processor or blender with certified GF old fashioned oats.
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Happy birthday, Sir Pugsley! Thank you for testing these treats for my beagles (I think you would really like the beagles). I’ll need to make these for them and for my grand dog! I hope you had a great birthday! I’d say you deserve another treat and a nap!!
Love this recipe but does it have to be fresh mint and parsley? I’ve made it once and it was great but so expensive using fresh herbs. Could you use dried?
I haven’t tried it using dried herbs but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Generally you would use about half the amount of dried versus fresh so it might just take a little playing around to get the consistencies correct.