Soft dog treats are ideal for training, since they can be eaten quickly. They are also great for older dogs and dogs with dental issues who may have difficulty with crunchy treats. It is important to limit the number of treats given each day as they can be higher in fat and calories than kibble. While many commercial treats are available, it is much safer to make your own.
Baby Food Treats
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and get a small bowl ready to mix ingredients. Check the ingredients of the baby food you have chosen to ensure it does not contain anything that is dangerous to a dog.
Add a 2.5 ounce jar of baby food to the bowl if you are using a meat variety. If using a vegetable or fruit variety, use a 4 ounce jar.
Add in 4 teaspoons of both powdered milk and plain Cream of Wheat if using a meat baby food, use 6.5 teaspoons of both if using vegetable or fruit baby food. Mix until completely blended.
Form the dough into a ball. The dough may be sticky but needs to be thick enough to stay together. If it is too thin, add small but equal amounts of the milk and Cream of Wheat until it is thick enough to hold together when made into a ball. Allow the dough to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Wet your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to you and roll it into small balls that are roughly the diameter of a nickel. Lay them out on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Use a wet fork to press each ball flat until they are 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and allow to cool before giving them to your dog. The treats will last in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to three months.
Liver Carrot Treats
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop 1 pound of beef liver into small pieces and grate enough carrots to make 1/3 of a cup.
Toss one raw egg, the grated carrot and the liver in a food processor. Puree the mixture until it is liquified.
Whisk together 1 1/2 cups wheat flour, 1 cup cornmeal and 1 teaspoon oregano in a large bowl until they are completely blended. Add the liver mixture slowly, and mix until melded together. It will be very thick and will hold together.
Lightly grease an 8-by-8 baking pan and spoon the mixture in to the pan. Place the pan in a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven. Scrape a knife around all of the edges to loosen before flipping the pan over a wire rack. Allow it to cool completely, then cut in to 1-inch or half-inch squares, depending on the size of the dog.