Halloween is one of my favorite days of the entire year!
I love the costumes – even as a grown up. And sometimes I even dress up my dogs!
I also love to bake themed treats.
This is one of those special treats your dog will love to enjoy every year. And, while it may look like candy corn, there’s nothing sugary about this treat.
Which is important, because too much sugar is bad for dogs. It can make them overweight and trigger diabetes.
How to Make Halloween Special for Dogs
For many dogs, Halloween can be scary. So, as we’re going into the season it’s important to think about how your dog will handle a holiday with lots of extra trick or treaters at the door.
Even dogs who love new people should be kept on a leash when answering the door for Halloween, so that they don’t end up darting out the door.
If your dog has anxiety around strangers, then it’s a good idea to keep them in a familiar room with a closed door for Halloween. This will keep your dog, your guests and YOU calmer.
Some dogs LOVE to go out with their owners trick or treating. And some dogs hate it. If your dog typically does well walking in large groups of people you might want to give walking them on trick or treat night a shot.
But if you’ve never done it before, then be prepared to bring your dog home after a few minutes if they end up being overwhelmed by the people, sounds and scents.
The basic rule is to know your dog and understand how they’ll interact with strangers. It’s the best way to make Halloween fun for you and your dog.
And of course, baking for your pup is a GREAT way to make any holiday special.
What to Look For in Homemade Halloween Treats for Dogs
When I’m sourcing recipes for my dogs I always look for recipes with wholesome ingredients and low added sugar content – like this recipe.
It’s also a good idea to stay away from processed meats for dogs, because they contain nitrates and nitrites – which aren’t good for us or for our dogs.
Recipe: Homemade Candy Corn Dog Treats for Dogs
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 1 egg
- ½ cup chicken or beef stock
- 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1-2 Tbsps. water
- Food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, mix by hand, until thoroughly combined. If it feels too sticky add a bit more flour or if too dry add more stock.
- Divide dough in half, or fourth’s if you want smaller cookies.
- Roll each piece of dough into a circle about ½” thick.
- Use a butter knife to slice dough in half, cut it in half again, and then cut each ¼ in half to make 8 triangles. Repeat with each batch of remaining dough.
- Use a paintbrush to decorate your doggie treats.
- Place on a greased baking sheet or parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Allow to cool, place in an airtight container at room temperature.
- To make candy corn icing:
- Combine flour with the water- 1 Tbsp. at a time until it forms the consistency of thick paint.
Enjoy your Halloween!!
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