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Step 1: Dogs

Dogs like ‘savory’ treats as well as ‘sweet’ treats. Be sure to use all natural ingredients and select recipes from credible sources that have ingredients that are all suitable and healthy for dogs. Recipes that have a roll-able dough are good ones because you can have fun creating interesting shapes. For gifts, select the recipes that can be simply stored in airtight containers and have a long shelf life.

Step 2: For dogs

For dogs - make sure your treats are size appropriate. Smaller dogs appreciate smaller sized treats. Larger dogs, larger sized ones. You can even play around with decorating your treats using dog friendly icings and frostings.

Step 3: For Cats

For cats - smaller, moist treats are usually most well received.

Step 4: Packaging

Use vintage containers for packaging. Try to use thing that people would like to set out on their counter: vintage pans with lids, glass milk bottles, etc.

Step 5: Delivery

Also try being creative in your delivery, like mimicking dog tags or packaging as you would ‘human’ treats using candy bags and cupcake liners.

Step 6: Label

Be creative with customized labels. You can create by hand or on the computer and then print out on sticker paper.

Step 7: Finish

Finish off your packaging with charms, animal inspired cookie cutters, tags, recipe cards, etc.

Step 8: Dog Biscuit Recipe

4 cups whole wheat flour 2 cups rolled oats 2 ½ cups warm water ½ cup organic peanut butter (no salt, no sugar) ¼ cup all natural carob chips 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. 3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it is firm and workable. You may need to add small amounts of warm water to eliminate stickiness and to get to desired consistency. 4. Roll dough out to a 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness and cut to desired shapes. If you roll it out too thin, biscuits may tend to curl up. Have fun with dog-inspired cookie cutters like bones, hydrants, etc. Tip: Be sure to make appropriate sized treats for the size of dog. Larger dog equals larger sized treats; Smaller dog requires smaller sized treats. 5. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the cookies stand in the oven for about an hour and a half to continue to harden. 6. Treat your favorite canine to a homemade treat!

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