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 that 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 him 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 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 Jake 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.
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!
Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe
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
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 or 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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