I think my pickyness might have rubbed off on my dog. One of my dogs anyway.
Nico is the pickiest dog I know. Unlike his “brother and sister”, he investigates his food thoroughly before diving in — and this includes homemade dog treats. I am pretty sure I could feed Donzi, the youngest of our pack, a bowl of lemons and he would polish it off before he realized how sour they are. Isis, the middle child and spoiled princess who oddly enough is affectionately referred to as “pig”, is the same. If it’s food, she wants it. Pickles included.
Nico, however, is the opposite. He, like me, is a picky eater. He’s not fussy for fish, unless it’s cooked, or pork, unless it’s bacon — and really, who can resist bacon? He actually covered his eyes with his paw when we placed a sprig of asparagus in front of him. I think he was trying to will it to disappear. It was obviously not the bacon-wrapped kind.
Nico, also referred to as moose, is quite the character. He is polite and dainty for an 100+ pound Cane Corso. He will wait for Isis to go outside or take a drink while Donzi, nicknamed “dude”, just kind of bulldozes his way through life. Nico is a pretty dog and I think he knows it. While each member of our pack is very unique in personality, one thing they have in common is a love for these homemade dog treats I whipped up the other day. Even the picky moose.
Nico’s fussiness is not restricted to his dinner bowl. This dog is also picky about his treats. Some he loves, some he tolerates, some he just turns his nose up at. Like the dehydrated sweet potatoes I made the other day. The other dogs loved them, Nico walked away. Defeated again.
Never one to give up, I tried my hand again at making homemade dog treats and they are picky dog approved.
One thing the moose never turns his nose at is pumpkin. He loves it. Goes crazy for it. He will even kiss for it. This doesn’t seem like a big deal but it is. Of the three dogs Nico is stingiest on the kisses. The complete opposite of Isis who will happily wash your entire face with one swipe of her tongue. I knew if I was going to make a Nico-approved treat it had to contain his favourite ingredient.
I added a couple other of his favourite flavours and voila, a picky dog approved treat. I’ve never seen Nico respond to a treat the way he does these — and we’ve tried many. This recipe makes a ton of treats, I had three cookies sheets full of little bone-shaped pumpkin-banana-coconut treats.
Pumpkin Banana Coconut Homemade Dog Treats
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 small can pumpkin puree
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 1 1/2-2 C organic whole wheat flour
- 1/2 C coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
Heat oven to 375.
Mix pumpkin and banana together until smooth. Add molasses and stir to combine. Add coconut flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour and combine. Slowly add remaining flour until you have a dough that can be rolled.
Roll dough out on a flour-covered surface to desired thickness. Cut out treats using a knife or cookie cutter. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Ask your dog to sit, stand, lay down, stay, roll over or whatever command you wish to give them and reward them with a homemade dog treat.
Store treats in fridge or freezer.