As a doggie bakery owner, you just pumped out all the red, pink and heart-shaped treats for Valentine’s Day, but now the real deal is here: National Dog Biscuit Day. This holiday falls on February 23rd of every year, and it’s the time to whip out the latest concoctions and creations you’ve been testing in the kitchen.
If you’re new to the dog treat business or even if you’re considering creating a pop-up store for this special occasion, check out our tips and recipes below so all the pups in the neighborhood will come wagging back for more.
Before you throw on your apron and get to baking, it’s important to first cover what shouldn’t go in doggie treats. Here’s a list of four ingredients you shouldn’t add to your shopping list:
Sugar: Corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, sucrose—any form of sugar. Too much added sugar can lead to diabetes, insulin resistance and unnecessary weight gain for pups.
Cereal Grains: These act as fillers and may make dogs feel full without any nutritional value. Try sticking to whole grains, such as barley, oats and brown rice.
Meat By-Products: These are essentially the leftovers from the slaughter house. It’s the low-quality meat that can’t be sold to humans and shouldn’t be included in pet food or treats. If you want to include meat in your treats, go for a higher-quality option.
Preservatives: For humans or pets, chemical preservatives are dangerous. If you’re looking for a way to keep your treats on the shelf longer, opt for a more natural preservative, such as vitamin E or vitamin C.
Keep in mind, if it’s an ingredient you prefer to keep out of your daily diet, avoid mixing it intoyourdoggie treats.
Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to the fun part: baking. If you’re planning on baking a few goodies for National Dog Biscuit Day, here some simple recipes, so you can create a wide variety for your customers to choose from:
From start to finish, this recipe takes about 30 minutes to complete, and it’s a doggie favorite. However, when you choose the peanut butter for this recipe, make sure it doesn’t contain the ingredient, xylitol. This artificial ingredient is poisonous to dogs.
Stir half a cup of water and peanut oil, one cup of oats, two cups of almond flour, two eggs, three tablespoons of peanut butter and two teaspoons of vanilla. After all your ingredients are mixed together, individually roll little balls of dough on a floured surface. Place them in the oven on 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Take the treats out and let them cool for about 10 minutes.
Dogs love any type of meat, and these treats will have them begging for a taste just at the smell.
For this recipe, mix together one cup of cooked and diced turkey, half a cup of cooked and mashed rice, three tablespoons of rice flour, one tablespoon of parsley and one egg. Spoon portions of the mix into a cupcake pan or a silicone mold. Pop into the oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the treats from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. Then, take them out the pan or mold, and they’re ready to serve!
Try out these recipes to get a crowd of excited pups at your bakery or use them as inspiration and try crafting up some new and unique treats and biscuits.
All of these yummy doggie treats are sure to get pups dragging their owners to your bakery. In this type of situation, it’s always best to prepare for the unexpected. Consider investing in a few boxes of doggie litter bags or even a pet waste station along with trash bag liners and a dog sign, so the smell of a number two doesn’t overpower the aroma of your freshly baked goods.
And what goes better with a few biscuits? No, not milk. But your furry customers will surely want to slurp up some water after inhaling a few treats. Place a few water bowls around your store so the pets can have that perfect treat and water combo.