Monday, 17 February 2020
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Dalmatian Spotted Dog Treats (Just for Fun!)

Homemade baked Dalmatian shaped dog treats with black spots

It was only a matter of time... Ever since buying my "Dalmatian" (Retriever) shaped cookie cutter, Dalmatian spotted dough has been on my mind. I've made chocolate labs with carob dough, golden labs with peanut butter dough (a favourite), speckled dogs with bacon (mmm....bacon...), and more. Instead of marbling a treat dough, I decided to play with black chia seeds on a pale treat dough base as a very simple way to create small Dalmatian dotted treats.
Dalmatian dogs sniffing homemade dog shaped dog treats

I made these Dalmatian treats using black chia seeds and my simple apple cinnamon dog treat dough. It's not quite as pale a white as a sour cream, yogurt, or cream cheese dough may be once baked (especially since I also use brown rice flour), but it is easy, smells great, and is pale enough for the black and "white" Dalmatian look when combined with the speckled contract of the black chia seeds. 

Chia seeds can be healthy for dogs (and people) as they are packed with protein, fibre, and beneficial nutrients. Unlike many seeds, there is no strong taste or scent (at least not to our human noses), which makes them a flexible option for recipes, toppers, and supplements, but they are very rich so moderation is essential.  Be aware that these little babies are VERY absorbent. Soaking (or using in a rested dough mix) can help make the seeds more digestible, but since I'm using them primarily for looks as spots, they're going straight onto my rested and ready dough prior to baking. 

Step-by-step how to bake homemade Dalmatian shaped dog treats with black spots

Making Dalmatian Spotted Dog Treats with Chia Seed "Spots"

Prepare a pale roll-and-cut dog treat dough according to your own favourite recipe (I used a simple applesauce dog treat dough), prep a pan, and preheat your oven.

As shown above, my prepared and rested dough is rolled almost to desired thickness, sprinkled lightly with chia, then rolled to set the seeds into place. The large dog shapes were cut, then the smaller bone shapes for maximise cutting prior to re-rolling. Seeds will be mixed into the dough during any re-rolls, making the subsequent treats (if sprinkled again) spottier, richer, and drier, so sprinkle and cut with that in mind. Optional: Use a light wash over the top of the cut biscuits to help keep the seeds in place after baking. They do tend to pop out as the treats bake and dry. 

Once cut and ready, bake according to your chosen recipe, then cool before serving and storage.  Optional: To keep my dough pale and limited crackling, I baked lightly then dehydrated to further crisp things up. Check out our post on making homemade baked biscuit style dog treats for more tips and tricks.

Two Dalmatian dogs eating homemade baked Dalmatian shaped dog treats with black spots

The taste testers were very excited for an extra special spotted bum sniff when it was finally time to nibble a sample or two! Mixing the seeds into the dough is not nearly as define a spotted look, but sprinkling is less secure. As noted above, the chia seeds need to be firmly pressed into place and even then some may pop out as the treat bakes and dries, but then again, these are just for fun so who cares? Certainly not the drooling duo tasting at our place! The little voids still blend in with the spotty decoration and any loose escapee seeds are easily shaken out of the treat jar/bag, if needed.

🦴 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.

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