Friday, 23 August 2019

{RECIPE} Fish Bone Dog Treats (Made with Fresh Fish)

Homemade bone shaped dog treats and party hats at dog birthday party.

When I make fish treats, I usually use a water-packed tinned fish for dough and fresh fish for special treats like jerky, but since I already had a fishy food processor to clean and more fish than was needed for the surf layer of the Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake, I decided to experiment. When I use meat/fish in baked treats, it's also usually already in ready to serve form, whether tinned or precooked and chopped, so I adjusted my baking methods somewhat for these treats to cook a little longer and slower than my usual quick bake and (optional) dehydrate. 

I also decided to add a little tropical-inspired scent/flavour to the treats with desiccated coconut, ginger, and cinnamon. My dogs love those smells/tastes (you should see them loitering by the oven when I bake homemade granola) and I have to say it definitely made the fishy smell just a little more tolerable for me in the kitchen. Super stinky, but tolerable. Haha! And my boys do love stinky snacks!

Dalmatian dog sniffing freshly baked bone-shaped fish dog treat.

{RECIPE} Tropical Fish Bone Dog Treats (Made with Fresh Fish Dough)

ðŸĨ„ Treat Ingredients:

Approximately 100-150g lean fish, fresh or thawed from frozen
1 egg
1 tbsp ground flax or LSA
1 tbsp gelatin
2 tbsp fine desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp ginger (optional)
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (optional) 
1/4 cup water (or other dog-friendly liquid)
Approximately 1 cup of brown rice flour plus extra for rolling

Note: The measurements above are indicative of my treats as baked/pictured, but you may need to adjust to suit your specific ingredients (and any options, extras, substitutions) and/or personal preferences.

ðŸĨ„ Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 160C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Prepare fish by deboning and removing skin (if/as required) and then process into finely ground flesh. Combine fish, egg, flax, gelatin powder, coconut, spices, and water in a mixing bowl. Incrementally add flour until you have a nice workable dough texture. Work incrementally when adding flour. If the dough isn't feeling firm enough, add a touch more flour. If you've overshot and your mixture is looking/feeling a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional liquid to adjust. 

Rest dough (optional but recommended) and knead prior to rolling. Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 20 minutes.  Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven.  Cool before storage and serving. 

Step-by-step recipe instructions for bone-shaped homemade dog treats made with fresh fish.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • I love giving my dogs gelatin gummies, but gelatin is also a good binding add-in which helps enhance dough consistency. It helps to create a dense fudgey texture in dog treat doughs that can be helpful (especially when working with textured ingredients like fish and coconut) for rolling/cutting. 
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time. 
  • For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator.
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 

ðŸĶī 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.

Dog birthday party buffet table with birthday cake and treats

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