Well, I never!…
Making dog biscuits a business?
Could it be a thing?
The intrepid seeker in me immediately needed to know about this, so I went out and did my research and this is what I learned.
What is in Dog Biscuits?
according to the Wikipedia, Back in 1827, an English fellow by the name of Mr Smith started baking up a hard dry biscuit made of bran, or barley meal, bone broth, and fat drippings, for those of the canine persuasion, Foxhounds, Beagles and the like.
The ” tip-top coursing men” of the day were all unanimous in their praise of the biscuit, and how it made the coat shinier and healthier, and how the hounds enjoyed the crunchy treat!
The newspaper reported the Mr Smith had opened a “dog biscuit manufactory”, and was baking 5 ton a week !!
Over here on this continent, the dog biscuit never really got rolling until 1931 when a backyard biscuit creator sold his recipe and clients to the National Biscuit Company they called themselves, later shortening that to Nabisco.
Nabisco made biscuits for years! Grew into a huge organization, biscuits here, biscuits there, biscuits, biscuits everywhere… then sold the whole biscuit biz to Del Monte in 2006.
The modern dog biscuit is more like this label I found on a popular brand.
Seems like a pretty long list! I think the dog biscuit should be simple ingredients. That is why I have been searching for recipes that appeal to dogs, but uses basics you already have at home.
There are some 300 million pets in the USA.
In 2015, they recorded the staggering figure of 2.6 billion spent that year on dog biscuits and other treats.
In 2017 the APPA released their latest figures on spending in the pet industry.
A whopping 69.51 billion dollars spent on pets!
This indicates that people spending money on their best little friends is not going to slow down anytime soon. People love to pamper their pets, and pets love to be pampered!
Creating Biscuits With Care
The modern day canine is looking for biscuits and treats that can help lower blood pressure, create a beautiful shiny coat, help with sore joints, improve heart health, aid digestion.
Many of these concerns can be soothed by adding an herb, or an oil to your recipe.
Questions to ask yourself. Will your treats be all organic? fancy, or regular?
Will I use meat?
What grains are okay?
Trendy ingredients to use in your biscuits include:
- flax seed
- Chia seed
- Chicory root
- Peanut butter
- Hemp hearts
Watch out for fish as an ingredient, as it could be laced with strontium & mercury.
Liver in dog treats must come from a clean sourced animal, as liver can contain a higher concentration of toxins.
Watch milk in your biscuits, as many dogs are lactose intolerant.
What Are The Best Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipes?
Kates’ Canine Crunchies
- 1/2 c. raw canned pumpkin
- 3 T molasses
- 1/4 c water
- 1 T bacon fat
- I T coconut oil
- 1 egg
- Wisk these ingredients together in a bowl until foamy. Then add
- 2 c whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. Turmeric powder.
- Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Shape with hands into balls. Place on greased cookie sheet, flatten to 1/8th inch, using the heel of your hand, or the bottom of a glass.
- Bake in 350* oven for 30 minutes. Turn oven off and leave biscuits to dry until oven is cold.
Now that’s a lot simpler than the commercial recipe, lol.
Dogs love simple. In their biscuits too.
I always say start small, learn what you need to know, then begin to expand. Sell a few batches of biscuits to your neighbors with dogs, make notes of important factors. Did they like them? will this person order more? what was the dogs’ reaction?
Check the licensing regulations in your area. You most likely need a business license, and maybe some other legal documents, if your going to expand your operation, and start shipping your biscuits across the country, or land a contract with Pet World or another big distribution network.
I read about two friends in Toronto starting a dog biscuit operation, small scale, making all natural dog treats with their fledgling company, Treats Happen.
Their flagship product is their beef lung dog treats. Made without fillers or additives, dogs love them and the company has seen explosive growth, now making about 15k per month, but expecting that to double as they introduce new treats to the market.
A fun and creative way of testing your biscuitude would be to attend a pet expo with your product.
You will have to bake and bake to get ready for the show, but that will be the fun part. Setting up your booth at the show is fun as well.
Meeting all the dog lovers during the show is also very rewarding.
Make sure you have something to give away as a gift.
A gift basket full of barky’s things? A bowl, a rawhide bone, a bag of your biscuits, a ball.
Interested persons stop for an information chat, and enter their name in the draw for the basket.
This is a nice way of collecting names and emails of potential customers.
Thinner treats are more economical. 1/4” at the most, 1/8” at the least. Or little pudgy bites… whatever is easiest for you.
Some people even make jello treats, canine ices, (so good in the hot weather, just after you’ve cooled from a run) and delicious frozen beef water from those bones you boiled up last week.
Pour your broth into a wee dog bone sized, pre-formed pan like this one I found on Amazon, then pop it in the freezer and in an hour you have unique treats to offer your best friend, that they will love!
I’ve provided a link for you to view these really cute pans here.
Or just use the baking sheet you already own, with parchment paper, and a cookie cutter in whatever shape you have. The dogs won’t know the difference.
Did You Say Bacon Bits?
My dog loves these so much it’s ridiculous! He always thinks I have one in my pocket, and bounds along, ready for the glorious moment when he does something wonderful, and I give him the little crunchy biscuit shaped like a round disc.
Barky’s Best Biscuit
- Two strips of bacon fried crispy. Drain well, keep the grease. Pulse in a blender two times. (i.e.chop into itty bitty bits.)
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 c water
- 1 T bacon fat
- Whisk wet ingredients together until smooth.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 T baking powder.
- Bacon bits
- Mix all together. Dough will be rather thick, with a stiff consistency.
- Roll out on a floured board to 1/8” thick.
- Cut with your snazzy new cutters into little bones, big bones, puppy paws, fire hydrants, any shape or style you choose.
- Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and leave biscuits to dry in oven until completely cool.
Your pet can have one or two crunchies a day if small, 4 a day if one of the big breeds, but as with anything, don’t overdo it.
I’m assembling a recipe book of the best biscuits out there!
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Do you feel ready to venture into this small home business?
Do you have any questions you would like to ask me?
Please leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you straight away with the best answer.
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