If you've seen the news reports and are getting more and more nervous about what's really in the dog food you're giving your pet each and every day, you may have decided to make homemade dog treats yourself. Recently, commercial dog food products have been recalled or found to have harmful, even fatal, ingredients, much to the horror of pet owners everywhere.

Because of these tainted products and fears of future contaminations, healthier alternatives are in high demand. So high of a demand that if you happen to already make dog treats for your own pets or are about to start doing so, you can easily turn it into a profitable empire.

For the business minded who also want to ensure our furry friends are getting only the healthiest of foods, all you need to begin are the right ingredients, some patience and dedication, and a good variety of recipes for homemade dog food treats.

Before you start advertising your new doggy treat business, you'll want to make sure you have everything you need to "open for business."

First, think of name or catchy slogan for your business that you'll use on flyers, or other advertisements, and then start gathering your supplies.

Of course you'll need a reliable oven, an assortment of cookie cutters in fun shapes, as many recipes for homemade dog treats that you can possibly find, and whatever it is you'll be using to package your products. Also, be prepared to stick with deadlines and have orders filled on time, as keeping customers waiting certainly isn't the best way to grow a new business.

Here are just a few yummy recipes for homemade dog treats to get you started so you're sure to be a hit with all of your future four-legged friends:

If you want to quickly make dog treats that will have them howling for more, this easy but delicious treat that looks like breakfast waffles only takes an hour to bake. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and using a large mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients:

- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Mix until dough-like, then knead before rolling out to a thickness of a quarter inch. Cut into shapes or squares and place in a waffle maker to create that waffled look, then bake for one hour. Cool completely, and wrap in clear plastic wrap before packaging.

Be sure to find a variety of recipes for homemade dog treats to keep your customers coming back for new and tasty things to try. Here's one for delicious cakes that are just perfect for puppy parties and other fun events:

Combine two cups whole wheat flour with a half cup soy bean flour and one tablespoon of sea salt. Mix in one cup of water and one tablespoon of honey until a dough forms, and then let sit for 15 minutes.

Now add one tablespoon of canola oil and allow the dough to sit again for about a half hour. Using tablespoon-sized chunks of dough, flatten into small cakes baking on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for one half hour. Cool completely before wrapping or serving.

Baked goods aren't the only homemade dog treats you can make, as refrigerated items are great sellers during the warmer months. Use a jar of baby food applesauce, or some other type of fruit, and blend with 12 to 16 ounces of vanilla yogurt before pouring into ice cube trays. Freeze for a few hours and watch your dogs go wild over these cool cubes.

Once you've decided to make homemade dog treats for your own dogs, it's really very simple to turn this act of love and concern into your own profitable business.

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