How to bake your own treats / dog biscuits with tuna: BENZO explains the treat recipe step-by-step and how you can do it. No frills, I promise!  In this dog video you will learn: 
  • Recipe for dog biscuits
  • Treat ingredients
  • BENZO explains the DIY instructions step-by-step.
Almost every dog owner has treats / dog biscuits in his or her bag – be it to reward your four-legged friend, for dog training or to do something good for your pelt nose. Most of the time, these dog biscuits are not homemade and have very questionable ingredients. That’s why more and more dog fans are asking themselves: 
  • How can I make treats for dogs myself?
  • What ingredients do I need for dog biscuits?
  • How can I bake treats with tuna?
  • Is there a recipe for treats without flour?
  • Can I bake treats with potato flour?
  • How do I bake dog biscuits myself?
  • Are treats really easy to make yourself?
  • What ingredients do I need for DIY dog treats?
  • How do I store DIY dog biscuits?
Dog biscuits with tuna Bought treats are expensive in the long run and you usually don’t know what ingredients are in them. That’s why in this video you’ll get really simple instructions for your own DIY treats. In this recipe, the dog biscuits contain tuna.  If you want to bake these dog biscuits yourself, you’ll know exactly what they contain afterwards. And that they are much, much cheaper than ready-bought treats. And that your dog will love them and, above all, tolerate them very well. Would you like to make your own dog biscuits for your dog, but with different ingredients? Then just write a comment – so BENZO can explain to you how to do it in the next video. What ingredients do I need for this treat recipe? Firstly, you need fish, because these dog biscuits are something very special for the “Nordic by Nature” dogs who love fish. In the video, they are made with canned tuna in its own juice.  To be honest, I use this tuna every time with a guilty conscience. On the one hand, because I want to support sustainable, local fishing. This is not the case at all with canned tuna. According to the packaging, my tuna once swam in the Pacific. In case that doesn’t mean anything to you: that’s “the big pond” (even the biggest ocean on earth), which sloshes around between Europe and North/South America, for example. On the other hand, my guilty conscience, because tuna in its own juice also contains salt. If you want to know exactly: the video tuna contains 0.73g of salt per 100g of tuna. I don’t need to tell you that salt, like other spices, is not particularly healthy for your dog …  Why not “tuna in oil” for dog biscuits? A word about the other canned tuna – the one in oil. I advise you not to bake the dog biscuits with it because this tuna contains a lot of oil. To be precise, a can of tuna in oil is ¼ full of oil. It is very likely that your dog will not like it and will end up with diarrhoea. And neither man nor dog needs that.  Just like “tuna in its own juice”, “tuna in oil” is also seasoned with salt. In the tins I have at hand, oil tuna contains even more salt than the other. In concrete terms, that means 0.98 g of salt per 100g of tuna in oil. So all in all, there is 0.25g more salt in canned oil tuna. If you still want to try the treat recipe with “tuna in oil”, be sure to pour off the oil; do not use it for the treats. You should also leave out the olive oil from the recipe. Otherwise the oil would be double. And you know: too much oil causes too liquid dog poo. ? For the preparation you need:
  • 1 blender thingy, er, appliance! – Blender!
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 mixing spoon
  • 1 baking tray (either grease it, or line it with baking paper, or use a baking mat)
Ingredients for fish treats (no frills)
  • 400g tuna (in its own juice)
  • 250 g flour (e.g. potato flour)
  • 2 eggs (with the egg shells)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Of course, you can use fresh fish instead of the bad-conscience canned tuna. It doesn’t matter if there are still a few bones in it: In this DIY recipe, the fish is pureed so finely that all the bones are broken down into tiny little pieces. So tiny that they are guaranteed not to harm your pet on four paws. Eggshells as an ingredient for dog biscuits?!? Well, to tell the truth: yes. Really! Because eggshells contain a lot of calcium. – Every dog needs it for its bones, teeth, claws and shiny coat. The authors H. Meyer and J. Zentek even explain in the book “Ernährung des Hundes” (p. 78 in the 5th edition, Stuttgart 2005) that every dog needs about 100 mg calcium per kilogram weight. Every day!  An example for the daily calcium requirement: let’s say your dog weighs 25kg and is neither a puppy nor a senior dog. Then he needs 100mg x 25kg, i.e. 2,500mg calcium per day. But how on earth can you calculate how many grams of powder this contains? The formula is: 1 teaspoon of eggshell powder contains 1,600 – 1,800 mg of calcium. To make it easier for your dog, assume that 1 teaspoon of the powder contains about 1,700 mg of calcium. Why do I have to feed calcium to my dog? The important thing about calcium is that your dog does not get it from air or love. That means you have to give it to your four-legged friend. If your bitch is expecting or nursing puppies, or your dog is still a puppy, then the calcium requirement per day is even higher. Because during these phases the bones, teeth, claws and also the coat grow and for this an enormous amount of calcium is needed. The opposite is true if you have an (old) senior dog. Older or old dogs need a little less calcium per day.  The shell of an egg weighs about 10g and contains 37% pure calcium. If you “convert” it to powder, you will get about 2 teaspoons of powder. It would be a shame to throw away such a valuable food for your dog, wouldn’t it? By the way, you can also use the shells of boiled eggs to make powder: you simply grind them finely or pulverise them in a mortar, add this powder to the dog food and you’re done. Of course, you are free to skip all this and buy a so-called “food supplement” instead. If you prefer, you can get it here, for example. However, if you want to make your own calcium powder, go for it! Just put the eggshells into the blender. And don’t worry: eggshells behave just like fish bones in the blender. After pureeing, only tiny particles remain that can’t harm your dog. Really not, I promise!  My dog can’t eat cereals! No problem, … … just replace the 250g of cereal flour with 250g of potato flour. Potato flour consists of 100% potatoes. That means it is completely grain-free. You can just as easily bake the very well-tolerated dog biscuits with it, without your dog having an allergic reaction to your treats. Well, is that good news? I bake my dog biscuits for Nessie with spelt and put the grains through the grain mill myself. Of course, it’s quicker to just buy spelt flour. But do I only want it to be quicker? No. Whichever option you choose, it’s yours and it’s the right one. Why not use linseed oil for this DIY dog biscuit recipe? The simple answer is that linseed oil is a highly sensitive oil. Did you know that you need to store it in a dark place in the fridge so as not to destroy the valuable ingredients? Or that you should only ever buy freshly pressed linseed oil in very, very small quantities? The reason is as follows: the older linseed oil is, the fewer of its great ingredients it contains. They break down very quickly. And then they’re gone. And then there goes the terrific effect that linseed oil has. Yes, that’s exactly how I looked when I heard that … Therefore, you would be casting pearls before swine if you mixed such a temperature-sensitive, precious linseed oil into these treats. At 180° in the oven, the ingredients simply cannot survive. That’s why I recommend baking these dog treats with olive oil instead. Olive oil is not a diva when it comes to baking temperature, but the all-rounder among healthy oils.  Linseed oil is only precious for a few weeks before the ingredients start to wear off. Baking temperature and duration I use a fan oven for baking. At 180 degrees, the dough (“the egg and tuna batter”, as Benzo says) needs 30 – 45 minutes on a baking tray with baking paper. Before your work blackens your teeth, just check on the dough from time to time after the first 30 minutes. When they are done, they are done.  After your first dog biscuits have cooled, you can either break them into snout-sized pieces or cut them with scissors to the size that suits you and your dog best. I find that particularly practical. I always have different sizes.  Because on the one hand I want to reward different occasions in different sizes, e.g.: “Well, not bad for a start”, to “I won’t again, was suuuuper!”. On the other hand, in addition to my Fiffi, I am very often out and about with other dogs, all of whom are smaller. Even much smaller. If I give them treats the size of Nessie, they don’t need to eat for two days. How do I store my home-baked dog biscuits? After baking, place them on the baking paper on the radiator for 1 – 2 days. This dries the remaining moisture out of the treats. This makes them even crispier. The drier they are, the longer they will last. If they are not eaten first … That is, you can hear it clearly when they are chewed. (Unless they are just swallowed whole). When your homemade biscuits are nice and dry and crispy, store them in an air-permeable container. So not in one of those famous tins from the company with the T at the beginning, the one with the sighing cap that your mother keeps asking you to return. It’s best to put them in an old paper bread/roll bag. Or you can use a cloth bag. In both cases, enough air gets to the delicacies so that your work doesn’t go mouldy. Are store-bought treats harmful / unhealthy? The short answer is: yes. Don’t you think so? Then you will find a very, very good and well-researched article by Rebecca here. I urge you to read it as a dog owner. After reading it, you will certainly want to bake your own dog biscuits. Because what is sold to us dog owners in many shops as a tasty reward borders on bodily and financial harm. Conclusion: it’s better to bake your own dog biscuits instead of getting sick because of the ingredients of industrially produced “treats”. Now you know how easy it is to bake your own dog treats and what they should never contain. Happy baking and healthy eating – this time ‘without frills’. Thanks for 
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