Last weekend Matt and I had our world turned upside down.
The culprit behind this upheaval is the cutest little furry four pound bundle of joy you could ever imagine. Her name is Maya, she is eight weeks old, and she is a Boston Terrier and French Bulldog mix. But don’t let her cute puppy dog eyes deceive you. She’s as naughty as she is cute! For every cute yawn, snuggle, and tail wag—there is a chewed up dish towel or mysterious accident discovered hours later.
We’d been planning on getting a puppy for months, but neither of us had any idea just how much work would go into becoming new parents! The funny part is that despite all the hard work, I’ve found myself becoming a “dog person” almost overnight. I’m quick to whip out a picture of her on my iPhone to show a coworker. I send videos of her doing the most mundane things (like climbing the stairs) to my family. Matt and I even huddle together at night plotting which commands we want to begin teaching her.
It should come as no surprise that my baking project this week would be inspired by Maya. We’ve been trying to reward her with treats when she does something good. Going potty outside… treat. Coming to me when I call… treat. Dropping her toys when we ask…treat. Going into her crate willingly… lots of treats! Suffice it to say, we’ve gone through almost half a bag of treats in just one week. That is why I decided to bake some homemade doggie treats for Maya. The recipe is simple and contains only doggie-safe ingredients. Considering what you can pay for a bag of treats at the store, making your own treats is incredibly economical!
Homemade Doggie Treats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted natural peanut butter
1 cup skim milk
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease cookie sheets.
Stir together the flour and baking powder; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
Heather’s Helpful Hints
If you want to store these treats for longer than a week, make sure you package them with plastic wrap and store them in the freezer.