Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on July 19, 2010

I was teaching a gluten-free cooking class at Rollin Oats Market a while back and mentioned to the audience that mine is a totally gluten-free household.  A woman asked me if I had a dog and if so, do I feed the dog a gluten-free diet.

The answers are yes and yes.

We are owned by an adorable shih tzu named Jake.  Jake is a character; he jumps and carries on every time we come home as if we are rock stars or returning warriors, he is completely unaware of the fact he is supposed to be an inside, frou-frou house dog, and he enters the federal relocation program every time he hears the word “bath” (he is also a bit of a genius as he has learned how to spell and goes deep undercover when we spell out the letters B-A-T-H).  He trained us to give us treats by one day standing on his hind legs like a dancing bear, making a pawing motion with his front feet and giving us the big brown puppy eyes.  It was so precious we just had to give him a treat and he’s been doing the same routine ever since whenever he wants a little snack.

He also happens to be gluten intolerant.  Gluten intolerance in dogs is a lot more common than one might think and is the cause for lots of problems your pup may be having such as scratching, rashes and digestive issues.  You can read more here, here and here.

In a previous post I described how well I feed my dog.  From the time he was a puppy I have made his food from raw turkey and fresh fruits and veggies.  His treats however were a different matter.  Not realizing that Jakes suffered from gluten intake, I was giving him little pet treats now and again that I picked up at the grocery store.  And the scratching began.

Gluten-free dog treats are not so easy to come by and are awfully expensive.  So now I make Jake homemade gluten-free dog biscuits.  He loves them, he stopped scratching and all is well in Simply Gluten-free land.

Homemade Gluten Free Dog Biscuits

As a note – Jake declined to have his photo taken for this post.  My son convinced me I could save a ton of money by buying a $200.00 pet grooming device and foregoing his monthly trip to the groomer.  So he shaved off all Jake’s beautiful hair, the groomer has decided she needs to charge me double to fix the damage but of course can’t get him in for 3 weeks and Jake is walking around looking like a Chinese water rat.  Needless to say he is very distressed over the ordeal.

The cost of “saving” grooming fees – $290.00

A well intentioned son – priceless!

Homemade Gluten Free Dog Biscuits

Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients

2 ½ cups gluten-free oats
1 ½ cups potato starch (not potato flour)
½ cup white or brown rice flour
3 tablespoons flax seed meal
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg, beaten
½ cup olive oil
1/3 cup dry milk powder
1½ cups water
1 sweet potato, scrubbed but not peeled

Directions

Put 2 cups of the oats in a blender or food processor and grind into a fine powder. Combine with the remaining ½ cup oats, potato starch rice flour, flax seed meal and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the egg and olive oil. Mix the dry milk powder with the water and combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Grate the sweet potato using the large holes of a box grater. Stir into the mixture. The dough should be firm, smooth and workable. If not add more rice flour. Cover the bowl with a towel and let set for 20 minutes to let the moisture distribute.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper of Silpat mats.

Flour a work surface with rice flour and roll the dough out to either ¼ inch or ½ inch thick (depending on the size of your dog). Cut the biscuits out with a dog bone shaped (or any shape you like) cookie cutter, pressing firmly to cut through the sweet potato. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared pans.

Bake for 1½ to 2 hours or until the biscuits are dry and firm. Let cool completely.

Store the Gluten-free Dog Biscuits in a food storage bag or airtight container.

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  • fiOrdivanilla

    I would be a dog! ahahahah :D
    Very good (ehm, I don't know but they seem very nice!:)

  • Aubree Cherie

    Ahhh, these are SO CUTE! Is it weird that I want to make them and I don't have a dog? :P (Seriously, how fun!)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  • WizzyTheStick

    I didn't know that dogs could be gluten intolerant. In any case wheat and other cereals would not have been part of their diet in the wild so it makes sense.

  • Kim – Cook It Allergy Free

    You can come be my dog's mommy any day. I will never let him know how well your dog eats… although, mine eats gluten free, i have my hands full keeping the rest of my family fed. My poor pup ends up getting neglected in the food department.

    On a funny side note, our Soft-Coated Wheaten is also named Jake!

  • Anonymous

    Isn't it great how dogs can welcome you home with such love? I hope Jake agrees to a photo shoot one day, he sounds adorable :)
    Sandy

  • Charlotte

    hi Carol,

    wonderfully cute post, with stunning photos as per usual

    Our dog scratches terribly and a change of shampoos and various other things didn't do the trick. I'd love to read more about allergies in dogs, but the click "here" link doesn't seem to take me anywhere. If you get a mo, would you mind directing me to the article please?

    You are a seriously good Mummy to ALL of your family, maximum brownie points!

    love as always, Charlotte x

    • Maria Savoie

      I found a natural remedy for the scratching, 4 cups water, heaping teaspoon sage, heaping teapoon tyme, half teaspoon epson salt bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes, let it cool completely strain into a spray bottle. keep in fridge up to 12 days. spray your dog with this solution and it is very soothing good luck !

      • http://www.simplygluten-free.com Carol Kicinski

        Thanks Maria! I am going to have to give that a try.

  • Zoe @ Z’s Cup of Tea

    Reading the above comments, I agree – I don't have a dog, but I want to make them, too. Maybe I could make them for someone else's canine friend?

  • Aubree Cherie

    Hey Carol,

    I couldn't help but add this recipe to my favorite recipes of last week post. Thanks again for such a fun idea :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  • Jam

    I don't know.. are dogs health conscious as well? hahaha.. but those gluten free breads loooks delicious..

  • Trudeaudog

    I have a dog who suffers from celiac. Buying gluten-free treats gets expensive so I figure we would try this recipe, the boy loves them!!!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Aww, so happy your puppy liked them :)

  • corinne

    I know corn and flour are not good for dogs but your saying rice flour is ok? also regular patmeal isnt good for them either? My shit szhu licks his paws constantly and my 2 oldr dogs have quite a few fatty tumors. so i swithed to blue buffaalo dog food as well. Help! I want my dogs to live long healthy lives…

    • Carol Kicinski

      Well, I am not a vet but this is what I do know – my shih tzu does fine on some rice but I keep the grains to just treats. I feed him ground turlet or chicken and veggies, all raw and he does well. I used to give him oatmeal but I stopped and I think he is doing better without it. I hope that helps.

  • corinne

    Oat meal :)

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  • Laura

    My dog has a yeast infection. He can’t eat potatoes. Is there anything I can substitute in your biscuit recipe for the potato or should I make them without it? Thanks for your site. Laura

  • CarolKicinski

    Thank you Laura. Yes, you can use tapioca starch. Poor baby!

  • CarolKicinski

    Thanks Leanne!

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