Make Dog Biscuits

Bake Dog Biscuits

Kitchen kindness for furry friends

Shelter dogs will be thrilled to receive these special treats.


Possible recipients

A local Animal Humane Society or animal shelter that would like homemade treats.

What you’ll need

  • Large bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup water or broth
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cookie cutters (especially dog-bone shaped!)
  • Container


  • Call your nearest animal shelter first to be sure they can use the dog biscuits you make. Ask when to drop them off and whether you can get a tour or visit with the animals.
  • To make the dog biscuits: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake 35-40 minutes, let cool and store in tightly sealed container.


  • Why is it fun to spend time with animals?
  • Why is it important to care for animals that don’t have a home?
  • How do you think a dog might feel to get a special treat? How do you feel when you receive a special treat?
  • What are other ways we can help animals in need?
  • Discuss the many wordless ways animals show their feelings -- pain, hunger, excitement, loneliness. Ask your children how those emotions and responses are similar to their own.


  • Maggie’s Second Chance by Nancy Furstinger. Ages 4-8. Jeff and his 4th grade classmates save Maggie, a rescue dog, by petitioning the town council to establish an animal shelter. Based on a true story.
  • Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix (Gryphon Press, 2006). Ages 4-8. The story of a dog that was abused before finding himself in a loving home.
  • The Shelter Dog by Christine Davis (Lighthearted Press, 2007). Ages 4-8. Hero, an angel dog, decides he wants to go back to earth to be a shelter dog so a loving family can choose him as their pet. Slowly he realizes that living in a shelter isn’t as nice as it appears.
  • A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin (Scholastic Paperbacks, 2007). Ages 9-12. A puppy separated from its family must learn how to survive on its own.

Take it further

  • When you deliver your goodies, spend some time playing with the animals. See if you can get a tour of the shelter and ask about other ways you can help out.
  • Consider fostering animals, which means providing a temporary (a few days to a few months) home for animals that require special attention because they are very young, sick, or because the shelter has limited space.
  • Offer to assist an elderly neighbor or friend who might need help with dog walking or other pet care.
  • Make other pet treats or toys for animals at the shelter.

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