National Dog Biscuit Day Feb 23rd

Today is National Dog Biscuit Day.While the origins of this annual “howliday” are unknown,February 23 pays homage to man’s best friend.

 

The History of Doggy Treats

Canines have enjoyed treats for centuries, although earlier versions were quite a bit different than today’s variety. Dog treats used to include stale, moldy bread, rotting leftovers and rock-hard biscuits made out of grain. Pretty “ruff”, right? But American James Spratt changed all that on a trip to England in the mid-1800s when he saw hungry, stray dogs scavenging for leftover food. It wasn’t long before he developed a cake-like biscuit comprised of meat, grains and vegetables called “Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes” and the rest, as they say, is history. Then in 1908, the F. H. Bennett Biscuit Co. of New York developed hard-baked, bone-shaped biscuits comprised of various minerals, cow’s milk and meat products, the Milk-Bone.

Doggy treats have come a long way over the years. Today’s treats come in a slew of flavors, shapes and sizes. Whether you buy them in a box or at a gourmet pet food store, nothing gets more tails-a-waggin’ than a little treat to eat. Doggy treats not only taste good, they can help clean dogs’ teeth and be used as a reward for good behavior too.

Check out some homemade doggy treats listed below.

10 Homemade Doggy Treat Recipes

  • Easy Bake Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for whole wheat and white flour, peanut butter and vegetable oil.

  • Homemade Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for whole wheat flour, rolled oats, shredded cheese, unsweetened apple sauce and 3 eggs.

  • Peanut Butter Dog Treats – This recipe calls for flour, oatmeal, wheat germ, crunchy peanut butter, honey, baking powder and vegetable oil.

  • Cluck-a-Doodle-Doggie Treats – This recipe includes flour, cornmeal, an egg, chicken broth, vegetable oil, parsley and cooked chicken livers.

  • Dog Cookies with Salmon Oil – You’ll need whole wheat flour, cheddar and cottage cheese, green beans, an apple, chicken broth, salmon oil and salmon for these cookies.

  • Canine Chef’s Oven Baked Dog Kibble – If you are concerned about wheat, corn or soy, you’ll love this recipe. You’ll need oat flour, rolled oats, bone meal, brown rice, eggs and pearl barley, millet, quinoa or split peas.

  • Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits with Soy Milk – You’ll need whole wheat fl our, rolled oats, baking powder, soy milk, honey and peanut butter for this one.

  • Homemade Doggy Biscuits – This recipe calls for whole wheat and unbleached white flour, peanut butter and vegetable oil.

  • Veggie Thins Dog Biscuit Treats – You’ll need flour, dry milk powder, vegetable cube, brown sugar, carrots, safflower oil and an egg or egg substitute.

  • 3 Cheese Dog Biscuits – This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, one egg, evaporated milk, parmesan, romano and cheddar cheese.