Not only are we paying closer attention to our own health and the foods we eat, but as a society, we're also now finally taking a better look at the nutritional needs of our beloved dogs. More and more pet owners are choosing to make their own dog food instead of risking tainted or toxic ingredients finding their way into the dog's food bowl.

Of course this involves more work than simply pouring some dry kibble into the bowl, but think of the great reward of keeping your dog healthy and safe.

Most dogs will do just about anything to get their paws on a tasty treat or two. Many recipes for homemade dog treats are quick, easy, have few ingredients, and some don't even require any baking. The peace of mind you'll have when you make dog treats for your own beloved pet with the safest of ingredients is well worth any extra effort.

Try this easy but tasty pizza made especially for dogs that's sure to be an instant hit with your pooch.

For the dough/crust you will need:

- 3 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup warm water

For the toppings you will need:

- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- A handful of chopped mushrooms

First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, then combine the crust ingredients in a mixing bowl, kneading together until a dough has formed. Form the dough into the shape of a bone if you'd like to be a little extra creative.

Combine the ingredients for the topping in another bowl, mixing well before spreading onto the dough. Using a pizza pan, bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Then, cool the oven off a bit to 200 degrees, and bake again for another 10 minutes.

Cool before serving or before cutting into pieces. This doggy pizza should last for a few days, giving you plenty of time to make another!

If your best friend has a sweet tooth or two, you can make dog treats for him or her using just a few ingredients that you may already have in the kitchen.

For this treat you will need:

- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup powdered milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup margarine or oleo
- 3/4 cup meat broth or hot water
- 1/2 tbsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a baking pan. Combine in a large bowl, first the margarine, then the hot broth or water, and then the powdered milk, salt, and egg.

Gradually add 1/2 cup of the flour while stirring, continuously kneading until a stiff dough forms. Roll the dough until it's about a half inch thick, and then cut into bones or other shapes. Bake for about 45 to 55 minutes and completely cool before rewarding your dog with these delicious homemade dog treats.

Another of the quickest and easiest recipes for homemade dog treats uses some tuna, eggs, and flour. Combine two cans of tuna with two eggs and three cups of flour in a mixing bowl.

Form into patties baking at a low temperature for an hour or so. This treat takes less than ten minutes to make, and it's especially healthy for dogs suffering from kidney disease, but any dog should sit up and beg for these tasty little cakes.

Remember that some methods of cooking or heating actually deplete some of the food's most important nutrients. However, if you make dog treats instead of buying those that are commercially made, you'll know exactly what your pet is eating, and can rest assured there are no harmful preservatives or chemicals being added.

One of the many recipes for homemade dog treats that use all-natural ingredients is a great way to be really sure your dog will thrive with healthy, safe food.

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