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DIY Naturally Tinted Canada Day Maple Leaf Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats shaped like maple leaves and small circles with a Canada Day napkin that says "eh!"

O Canadogs! We've got some extra fun goodies planned for you over the next few weeks in the lead up to your great big 150th Canada Day pawty!  Woohoo!  We love to create and share (we take requests too!) special posts for special days around the globe, but Canada is also home to some of our family and special friends.

The maple leaf shapes are made with a mini maple leaf cookie cutter and further embellished with a knife to add veins  Unlike some treat designs, I don't have a tool-free shortcut for making maple leaves, but you can always trace and cut shapes by hand if you'd like or stamp an impression into a simple round biscuit instead. That said, a pretty leaf cookie cutter is handy for autumn baking, not just Canada Day.

DIY Canada Day dog treats shaped like maple leaves, step by step how to make

With simple tinting, you can easily turn your favourite roll-and-cut dog treat recipe into a special Canada Day treat. Our maple leaf treats were naturally tinted using beetroot powder, but you substitute another natural red or use food colouring if you prefer, or leave things their natural colour and focus on the shape - we have an AWESOME (non-tinted) maple dog treat recipe for you next week as well as a naturally coloured strawberry treat recipe later this month so stay tuned for more ideas! We wanted to share this post first so that you could see the male leaves being cut and marked, as the same shaping technique was used in next week's special Canada Day recipe.

If you are simply making maple leaf shaped treats (tinted or not), you can use any recipe you dog enjoys. Woofs!  It's totally up to you!  To make your own pretty little coloured maple leaf treats like those shown, you will need either a neutral roll-and-cut dog treat dough for tinting or you can from either a naturally red-ish or a yellow/orange dough base.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Lighter coloured dough (or a compatible coloured dough) will work best for tinting.
  • Beetroot powder (my go-to for natural pinks and reds) will tint to a pinkish hue, so you can start with a yellow or orange base or add some tint with your beetroot to warm the pink closer to red.  Turmeric works well for this, but isn't really a smell/taste companion for my fruity recipe used with these treats (see below) so I stuck with plain beetroot and pinkish leaves for this post!
  • We have a whole post about using natural ingredients to tint/dye food and treats. Check it out for other ingredient and/or colour ideas along with other helpful info.

I used my banana apple (vegan-friendly) dog treat dough as inspiration for these treats but customised the recipe and snuck a wee little splash of maple syrup into the mix along with the beetroot powder because hey...Canada Day! A few other ideas from our shape treat recipe collection include our naturally-coloured leafy green dog treat dough (swap wheatgrass for beetroot), the beetroot-based pink Valentine dog treat dough, or maybe our "Stinky Pinky" salmon dog treat dough. There are plenty more ideas in our shape treat recipe collection as well.  Truth be told though, I think my dogs would probably suggest trying the salmon. They LOVE those fishy treats! 

Dalmatian dogs eating treats shaped like maple leaves

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Homemade dog treats shaped like maple leaves and small circles laid out to form "150" for the 150th Canada Day

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