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Old 07-11-2011, 01:39 AM
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Planning on making and selling dog treats?

Ok, so I recently made my first lot of treats for my dogs,
caiti10's peanut butter recipe. Then my mum gave me the idea of making dog treats and selling them at the markets. Sounds like a good idea to me, but first I need some opinions. What sort of treats should I sell? Any recipes?

So far I think I'll be using the peanut butter recipe, and also do some freeze dried liver possibly. Everything needs to be Deedee and Sparky approved first of course. And I'd like to make the recipe a few times before selling.
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I've made a few different treat recipes, but I don't keep track of them and always experiment and improvise a bit(as I do with human recipes...lol).

One thing you could do is use the peanut butter recipe as a "base", and replace the peanut butter with different things. Like bananas, canned pumpkin, or other mushy things. I've heard of people using baby food to flavor treats; I'd look at the ingredients before trying that. If you have a food processor you could run chicken, liver, veggies etc through it and use that. You could also replace water in the recipes with low sodium broth.

I'd suggest making small test batches when doing experiments to see if the dogs(and you) like how they turn out.

Here's an interesting recipe I found here. Haven't made them, but they apparently turn out like rawhides that are healthier and more digestible.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato, washed & dried
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut off one side of the sweet potato lengthwise, as close to the edge as possible. Cutting the side of the potato first allows you to then turn the potato onto this flat surface that you have just created. Having a stable area to rest the potato will make it easier to cut the potato into slices. Don't discard that first piece, it comes out just as yummy as the rest!
  4. Cut the rest of the potato into 1/3" slices, no smaller than 1/4".
  5. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 3 hours, turning half way through.
  7. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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That's a good idea changing the base! And I like that potato idea, I've been wanting to make something like a rawhide, but haven't known what to do.

I read a thread earlier in this forum, about the girl and her family making treats and donating the profits to shelters. To be honest, I want the profits for myself. In my small town, theres hardly anywhere to get a job, and I can't drive out of town everyday after school. I'd like some money for myself, and I'd also like to buy better qaulity food for the dogs, and possibly start buying my guinea pigs food to take some of the pressure off my parents, if I can.
But I was thinking about making one or maybe a few recipes, where the profit (or maybe even a percentage) would go to the closest shelter here.
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I think if you could do "designer" cookies for the dogs it could be appealing as well. Get cool looking cookie cutters, or make a dog friendly frosting as well as the "basic" cookie.
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I'd make sure to list all your ingredients on a sticker or a tag attached to the bag.
As well as storage suggestions and Best Before date.

You also have to factor in your cost, ingredients, utensils, cooking time, labour etc before you can figure out your pricing and what your bottom line will be, to see if it's going to be a cost effective venture or if you even have the clientele who are willing to pay X amount for your product.

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Feel free to use the peanut butter treats! Im sure they will sell quickly.

Ive heard of people using carob chips for decorations on treats. You may want to look into that. Baby food works really well treats, and there are also lots of flavours.
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Thanks everyone! I'm now compiling a list of treats to try out on my dogs. I'd like to practise baking the treats a few times too before I sell them. Really eager to get a sweet potato or two tomorrow when I'm at the store, and some liver to make some liver treats.
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