If you know Sean and I at all, you know that we love our two dogs.
Our first dog, Jezebel, is a Queensland Heeler rescue. She’s serious, smart, loyal, and has serious separation anxiety due to being abandoned (twice!) in the past. We have had her for a little over 5 years, and despite her tendency to try to deafen you with her bark and lick your flesh off with her incessant licking, we love her.
Luxe came to us from my best friend’s parents. We picked her up when she was 6 weeks old, a little over 3 years ago. She’s a chihuahua/poodle/jack russel mix. She is goofy, a stealth cuddler, has the ability to turn Sean into a serious mushball, and is totally oblivious. Her goal in life is to torment Jezebel.
It kind of goes without saying that they are sort of spoiled. We allow them on the furniture (though this requires that I vacuum everything at least once a week) and they often end up in our bed most mornings. We take them on lots of walks, to the dog park, and always consider them when planning trips. We buy them fancy dog food (we’re not big on table scraps), and sometimes I make them treats.
I’m a nice dog mom.
We usually make them do a trick before getting a treat. We are easily entertained. Luxe is pretty good at “dancing”, she’ll stand on her hind legs and do a little spin, she also plays dead and shakes. Jezebel knows a number of tricks and will run through them all without being commanded if she knows it’s treat time. Laying in the sun is not one of their tricks…it’s just their default mode.
Peanut Butter and Flax Dog Treats
This recipe is adapted from White on Rice Couple and from the treats I made at the bakery I used to work for.
The best thing about these treats are the fact that they are made out of real ingredients…ones that you might even eat. The second best thing, they don’t smell crazy-gross like a lot of treats out there (like those meaty ones…sick), which means I don’t feel the need to scrub the stench off my hands immediately. These ones smell like peanut butter and whole wheat….cause that’s what they are made of. Duh. I cut out two sizes because we have two different sizes of dog. Get crazy, cut them out however you like.
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons flax seeds
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl whisk together oats, flours, salt, sugar, and flax seeds. Set aside while you gather the wet ingredients.
In a large measuring cup whisk together eggs, peanut butter, oil, and water. Combine wet ingredients into dry and mix until combined well. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times. The dough should be stiff, but workable, if it is still sticky add a little more whole wheat flour and knead into the dough. Do not fear over mixing, it’s okay if the treats are tough. Your dogs won’t mind.
Split the dough into 2 or 3 pieces and roll out. I like to roll it to 1/4-1/8 of an inch. Cut out with desired cutters and repeat with remaining dough. Place cut treats onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake until dry and crunchy–25 to 35 minutes. Cool completely before giving to your pups. Store in an airtight container. These will last quite a while (a few weeks) and also make great gifts for dog friends.