Do you love baking but not fighting an ever expanding waistline? Then why not make use of your talents by baking treats for your dog instead.

I love to bake in the evenings and on my days off but usually find that by the time I have completed a culinary masterpiece, I have little interest in eating it myself (nothing to do with enjoying a glass of wine or two I hasten to add!) As well as having to contend with the tidying up that follows all while dodging puddles of my dog's drool that have accumulated on the kitchen floor, it makes for hard work.

Also the copious amount of sugar that is usually involved means that I can't share any creations with my dogs. However, the Dog Welfare Team here at South Lincolnshire often benefit as I trot over to the staff room with a pineapple upside-down cake or hazelnut brownies and quickly exit before I have to dodge their puddles of drool too. 

If you have the same issues, then why not bake for the dogs instead?

There are so many wonderful recipes for dog treats these days and you can have total control over what you are actually feeding your furry friends, safe in the knowledge that you aren't sending them off into a potentially sugar/additive/preservative-induced monster raving zoomie party. You don't need to be the next Mary Berry either as your dogs don't care if your lovingly crafted biscuits look like they've been baked in a tumble dryer and plated up with a sling-shot; you will always be met with enthusiastic lip-smacking and a pleading look of "more please" from your canine clientele.

Now which recipe to choose?

No one can answer that better than you, as you know which food stuffs can make pooches a little potent or make their skin a little too itchy. You can find gluten-free, dairy-free, fat-free recipes and even ones with added flax seeds for in case your dog has arthritis...the list is endless (but do also check which foodstuffs you should NEVER feed your dog too).

My quick and easy go-to recipe is as follows:

  1. Add 300 grams mixed plain and wholemeal flour with 1 egg and 50 grams of butter/margarine.

  2. Then the magic ingredient...a little jar of salmon/chicken/crab or even beef paste!

  3. Line a flat baking tray with baking parchment (or if you want to cheat on washing up, tin foil)

  4. Mix all the ingredients in together. 

  5. Roll out to about 5mm thickness.

  6. Use a cutter or get really creative and go freestyle, then place the biscuits on the prepared tray.

  7. Place in a preheated oven of 180 (or the equivalent in Fahrenheit)

  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the smoke alarm goes off!

And there you have it! Your dogs will love you forever now you can bake for them and you will never leave the kitchen again, until your dog wants to go for a walk of course.

Happy baking!

Jo Hickson - South Lincolnshire Centre Manager