Bow Wow Bistro: Dog Treat Maker (Review)

With all the news stories about dog treats making dogs sick (or worse) recently, I figured now would be a good time to start making my own treats for my Golden Retriever, Bella.

This is Bella:
For my birthday, my amazing boyfriend (and pet-daddy to Bella), bought me a Dog Treat Maker! I was so thrilled that I could now start making homemade doggy treats for my fur daughter! :) The treat maker didn't come with any dog treat mixes, but he bought me 2 of the mixes that are sold separately. He picked the peanut butter flavor mix.

Right off the bat, I ran into a problem: the mix required a rolling pin to roll out the dough. I had thrown out my old one months ago & never replaced it. Doh! After a speedy trip to the nearest Target, I grabbed a $20 rolling pin and was on my way to baking up some delicious doggy treats.

With my trusty rolling pin now by my side, I started making the mix, which only required some vegetable oil, an egg, and some water. Oh, and a lighly floured counter-top to roll the dough out onto.
*Note: The dog shaped cutter in the pic came with the dog treat maker.

After I wiped down the dog treat maker with a damp paper towel (to get the dust off from the factory/boxing), I plugged it in to pre-heat it, as I made the dog treat mix. I then placed them on the treat maker and waited 5 minutes for them to be done.

They looked great! The mix also came with icing (you just add water, then put on top of the treats).

After letting them cool off for about 10 minutes, I gave one to Bella to see if she liked it..and she loved it!!! Since they're so small and thin, I gave her a few more to see how much she liked them, and yep..she loved them all!

At this point, I was so happy because it was easy to make and Bella loved them!! ...but then I ran into a problem the next morning. When I went over to Bella's dog treat container where I had put the baked goods the night before, I could feel that the treats were no longer hard/crunchy feeling. They now felt rubbery, soft, almost like uncooked dough (though I know they were cooked thoroughly). I gave Bella one to see if maybe they still tasted okay and she wasn't too thrilled with it. At that point, I threw them all out. They were crunchy the night before & even left a few crumbs on the carpet. This left me puzzled.

I'm not sure where I went wrong...did the icing making them soggy? Should I have put them in an air tight container? Or perhaps I didn't let them cool off enough before putting them in her dog treat container? I'm not sure.

So while at first I would have enthusiastically gave this product a 5 out of 5 stars, I'm going to have to say the maker itself is great (even if you use your own homemade recipes, which are included in the booklet that came with the maker) and I give that 5 stars, but as for the mixes, the jury is still out on this one. I have a 2nd box of mix that I'm going to try and when I do, I'll update this post (give me about a week).

Dog Treat Maker: 5 out of 5 Stars
Dog Treat Mixes: (to be updated)

I decided to just return the treat maker because I want to make homemade dog treats in the oven. So instead, I'll be ordering a dog treat cutter to cut the dough into dog bone shapes. 

If you're interested in a dog treat maker, or perhaps silicone baking bone pans, check out the stuff I found on Amazon. I think for Christmas, I'm going to ask for a silicone baking bone pan so that I can make large treat bones, which are Bella's favorite! ;)

Free Homemade Dog Treats Recipe: (per the booklet from the dog treat maker)

*2 cups whole wheat (or gluten free) flour
*1 cup rolled oats
*1/2 cup low-sodium peanut butter
*1 cup hot water

Whisk flour & oats together, then add peanut butter and water. Mix until dough begins to form. Place dough on lightly floured surface & knead by hand 2-3 times. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick & cut dough into bone shapes. (The maker then says to put bake them for 5-6 minutes, but you can bake them in the oven at 325 degrees for a few minutes. Just make sure to keep an eye on them so they don't burn.)

Want more? Here is another homemade dog treat recipe that I found.
Enjoy!!! :D


Unknown said...

I don't want to use a rolling pin ever again! So, can I pour mix directly onto the griddle (eg Sunbeam model)? Or am I stuck with the mess and work ? Just curious I have mine here and haven't used it yet

Anonymous said...

Did the bones come out crunchy or more cake-like? Thinking of giving this as a Christmas present to my mom who hates turning on her oven. I don't really care for the icing tho and the groves in the center of the bones.

Jamie said...

in the dog maker, they came out crunchy at first, but were soggy in the morning. perhaps due to the icing??

like i said in my update, i just returned it and bought a $5 bone shaped cookie cutter on ebay and i'm going to make my own very soon. i'm gonna use the oven for those. :) i'll do a post on which recipe i used and how they turned out this week coming up!

Anonymous said...

I received this as a Christmas present and made the apple biscuits (per the recipe in the booklet) and the same sogginess happened to me too!

Cindy DelSignore said...

I recently purchased the biscuit maker and have had no problems. After they cool I stored biscuits in a Ziploc. My husband loves to bake so he rolled them out and I cooked them. We used the recipes in the book and not the mixes. My dogs loved them !

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