Welcome Home Puppy! Peanut Butter and Honey Homemade Dog Treats

Over the past few days, I haven’t had as much time for my blog as I’d like.

I haven’t had much time for anything, actually.

I’ve had my hands full with the new addition to our family: an eight-week-old beagle named Calvin.

He is:

two parts ‘boundless tornado of energy.’

He performed a flying backwards somersault when leaping out of my lap for a rope toy this weekend.

Completely unintentional, of course.

It was pretty impressive, actually.

One part ‘sweet angel.’

He likes to curl up in my lap when he’s getting sleepy. It makes me wish he could always stay so small so that would never change.

And two parts ‘little devil.’

He grew bored of all his new toys within a couple days and now favors chewing on everything he shouldn’t.

Here he is chewing my meat-and-potatoes-guy’s sweatshirt.

And now here he is chewing my slipper (to give you an idea of how tiny he is, he’s about the length of my size 7 slipper).

I have to watch him every second.

I left him in the kitchen (sealed off with baby gates) to brush my teeth and fix my hair.

When I returned, he had somehow forced his way into the guest bedroom and climbed into a large potted plant.  The pot is taller than Calvin, but he crawled in somehow. And he started digging, scattering dirt all over the floor.

I’m amazed at how much chaos 4 pounds of puppy can cause in under three minutes flat.

So I guess I should make that four parts ‘little devil.’

We haven’t even had him a week yet, and already he has me tied around his tiny little baby paws.

I’m completely head-over-heels for this little guy.

So naturally, I had to get into the kitchen and cook something special for him.

I found a recipe for healthy and homemade peanut butter and honey dog treats from the book Beagle: Smart Owner’s Guide.

I baked them up for Calvin and snapped some shots of him trying out his first homemade treat.

Here’s Calvin, ready and eager for his taste test.

He went nuts for the smell of the dog treats and bit off half the treat before my husband has time to break it into the small, bite-sized pieces that his small puppy jaws can handle.

He loved the treat so much he sniffed out and lapped up every last crumb.

Calvin loves these treats. Loves, loves, loves them.

Turns out, my sweet little guy loves peanut butter just as much as his Mom.

These treats are really easy and they take no time at all.

With peanut butter, honey, eggs, and whole wheat flour, they’re healthy and completely all-natural.

Of course, they’re meant as once-a-day treats, not a meal.

They have Calvin’s seal of approval!

Here is the complete printable recipe:

Peanut Butter and Honey Homemade Dog Treats
Author: 
Recipe type: Homemade Dog Treat
 
Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 20 treats
Ingredients
  • 1½ tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter, no salt or sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or rye flour or brown rice flour)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until treats are firm to the touch.
  5. Before freezing or storing, allow cookies to cool and harden, about 50 minutes.
Adapted from the recipe Peanut Butter Bites from the book Beagle: Smart Owner’s Guide

 

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Comments

  1. Oh my crazy goodness. Calvin is so, so, adorable. I remember when my four-legged baby was a baby and her little pink toes were just like Calvin’s, so soft and squishy like a new pink pearl eraser or pink taffy. He is precious. The treats look amazing too. Nicely photographed. Calvin’s ears look so velvety and his lips are so fluffy. I could just eat him up. Enjoy your new baby. I always say that puppies are really like a baby, but with sharper teeth and no diaper. Have fun!

  2. You’re pup is adorable!

  3. Calvin… welcome to us !! You’re absolutely adorable – my favorite photo is you under the bed or what ever it’s. I don’t really agree that – math now give us .. doggy sweet recipes !! I hope she will get over that state next year sometimes. Looking forward to take part in your growing up.
    “Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching”
    Rudyard Kipling

  4. Too cute! and perfectly bite sized for them :)

  5. He is absolutely adorable! Reminds me when our family dog was a little puppy – so tiny and with those cute pink paws! Thanks for sharing and putting a big smile on my face :)

  6. Isn’t he just the most adorable little pup in the world! You certainly made him feel welcome with these treats – too cute :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Hi Calvin! You’re one very lucky little puppy to have such a lovely home to live in! Try to be good, and if you can’t be good don’t worry too much…. you’re SO cute that you’ll get away with it!!

  8. marie roberge says:

    O my Jen he is just adorable…he must be keeping you up at night and running all day! He’s so darn cute, how big will Calvin get to be when he’s full grown. Please bring him by the next time you come to Maine:0

  9. He is absolutely adorable! I think there’s a good reason why God made puppies and babies so cute… we can’t help loving them in spite of the headaches they cause us.

  10. O’ My I want one!!!!!!! Too cute:)

  11. Hi,
    Oh he is gorgeous, and those beautiful big eyes, you just can’t help but love him. :D
    Fantastic photos, I think they are all great.
    I clicked over from Andy’s blog, and I am so glad I did. :)

  12. that face is just too cute – how do you not spend all day smooching him ! (the biscuits look good, too…)

  13. Thank you so much for getting a pup and sharing on your blog. I look forward to watching Calvin grow and be incredibly adorable every step of the way, without the hassle of house training. Thanks again!

  14. Calvin is soooo adoreable, but I know what you mean-no time when you have a puppy. I intend to try these treats with Ladd and Happy. One word of warning – we’ve had two adoreable beagles, but they are escape artists! They climb over and under fences and love to get out of your yard to go hunting!
    Joy

  15. hi jen its greg!! your puppy is very adorable. i cant wait to see him. those treats look really yummy!! im real happy for you and chris. well ill talk to you later sister love you both and calvin too. give him a big wet kiss for him for me!!!

  16. Welcome Calvin! He’s so cute!!!

  17. Awwwww makes me want one! I’ll be sure to try this recipe when I go see my mom. Her dog is a little stinker too!

  18. calvin is so cute, i can barely stand it! :)

  19. Adorable! Congrats on the new “baby”!

  20. Adorable! I want one! But already have 5 dogs :)

  21. He makes my heart melt!! I can’t wait to hear the stories of how he changes your lives! So adorable!

  22. Calvin is SUCH a cutie!! Congratulations on your new addition! We have a dog, too – a puggle (part pug and part beagle) who would attempt a grown-up dog somersault for a treat like this. And if I make them, perhaps it will convince my husband I really do love her… most of the time. LOL…

  23. Oh my gosh – you just gave me my daily dose of “squeeeeee”!!!!!!!!! Calvin is sooooo adorable!!!!

  24. Calvin is so adorable!! I love his expressions and I bet he loved those perfect treats!

  25. Oh, I remember as if it were yesterday how the Misses Kotte (my two) tore my world apart, and my home upside down. Yet here they lie, not the least repentant as I tell them they were just like Calvin when they were little. Ahha – love:)

    • Oh, that’s so funny. Part of me wants him to grow so I’ll have a moment’s peace. But part of me wants him to stay this tiny, 4-pound baby forever :)

      • I’d talk severely to the part of you that wants him to remain a 4 pound bundle of destruction … Enjoy the cuteness, BUT put everything out of his reach, except for permitted chewing sacrifices – and I don’t mean a few yummy bickies – you know Beagles are greedy? Be careful of too many food treats:)

      • Oh yes, I’ve been warned about how much the Beagle can eat! We quickly learned to keep everything, and I mean everything, out of reach. Just stopped by your blog and your dogs are adorable, by the way :)

  26. I have NO WORDS for how adorable your new puppy is, I’ve always loved Beagles and he’s a little stunner. Hope you guys have fun and thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it on my guy (who is sadly a long way from his puppyhood!)

  27. Is there anything cuter than a puppy…I don’t think so. That is what saves them when they get into so much trouble.

  28. OMG, this is one cute blog!

  29. OMG your dog is adorable, the treats sound great too!

  30. Food Stories says:

    Awww … Calvin is adorable. I can’t stop staring at him :-)

  31. OH!!! I’m dying. I grew up with beagles, and my parents currently have two. Aren’t they just the sweetest little things??? Calvin is just TOO CUTE. My parents’ beagles love peanut butter, too – wonder if that is a beagle thing? I bet they would love these treats!

    Ps, let’s see what you think of his devilishness the first time he tries to eat something gross on a walk ;-) That’s a beagle for ya! Congrats on your new family member!

  32. Awe… Now you’ve made me nostalgic for when my little furry baby (who just turned 3) was 8 weeks old and 4 lbs. of energy. At the time I wanted her to grow up and stop peeing on the floor but now I kind of miss the puppy :) I actually just made her some homemade peanut butter biscuits for her birthday last month.

  33. Calvin is so adorable. Whenever I see puppies like this, I wish they would be puppies forever. Sigh, I know that will never happen. It is hard to be cautious of not spoiling them. I was even told once to never let a puppy (that will be a big dog when grown) jump or crawl into your lap because it promotes the habit of them jumping up on people when they get bigger. Very difficult because they are so cuddly!
    Sweet of you to make him treats, peanut butter is my dogs favorite flavor! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  34. Hi again Jen! I made this for my guy last night and he LOVED them – had one and then trailed about after me all night in hopes of getting another. Thanks so much, you’ve saved me a fortune in dog treats :)

  35. Food Stories says:

    Choc Chip Uru gave me the versatile blogger award and now I’m passing it on to you. Check it out at http://foodstoriesblog.com/2012/05/10/sandwich-bites-with-sweet-mustard-sauce-blog-love-part-2/

  36. Aw omgyosh I am dying looking at those pics of little Calvin! He is ADORABLE! The one with him chewing on the slipper is precious!

    Homemade dog treats is such a sweet idea too, I need to try for my own puppy! She’s been getting sick of the store bought one :) I didn’t think it was possible but she literally won’t touch them anymore!

  37. Oooooooh maaaaaaa gooodness! I’m TOTALLY in love. I want that puppy… I want to steal him and make him peanut butter treats, too!

  38. I am going to be coming back to the post over and over again just to look at cute Calvin! Growing up we raised registered beagles and to me – there is NOTHING cuter than a Beagle puppy! Calvin is SO SO cute!!!!! And you are going to spoil him rotten! :)

    • Oh, me too – I had a beagle growing up and now I think there’s noting cuter :) Someone wisely commented that they were happy to enjoy looking at the photos of Calvin without having to do any of the work of raising a puppy! Enjoy!

  39. my heart is melting looking at pics of your new addition! i feel like the grinch at the end when his heart grows three sizes, the pup is precious and i want to steal him!!

  40. Oh, how sweet! You’ll have so much fun with him over the years and I can already tell that he is a discerning pup. He recognized how delicious your treats for him are :-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  41. Congratulation on your new member to the family. We’re big dog lovers,if you followed my blog you would see that. Are dog, now 6+, he showed up at are motor home when he was two months old. He went through the chewing stage, a couple of remote controls,a few cell phones,and our leather couch. We still love him very much. He likes peanut butter on saltine crackers so your recipe is something that we might have to try. Good times with your new friend and family member.

  42. I think someone’s cooking is going to suffer with a dog that cute! I’ll show the wife and see if I can persuade her to get one now. I’m soooo jealous.

  43. He is just the cutest thing! My dog is part Beagle and she is crazy for treats. I mean CRAZY. I had a black lab before and her desire for treats doesn’t compare to this dog. She LIVES for food. Makes it difficult having her around when we are cooking/eating. She is sweet though.

  44. My goodness, what a sweet boy! You guys are going to have so much fun! Love the homemade treats too!

  45. He is so stinkin adorable!!!!

  46. Oh my goodness, that puppy is absolutely adorable!!!

  47. Such a cute little guy! Just a precautionary note about Beagles…they tend to gain weight very easily and can become overweight before you know it. Keep him exercised often and be careful about treats and table food.

  48. Oh my goodness, I am dying over how cute Calvin is! So glad to be a new Foodbuzz pal, especially for this dose of cuteness!

  49. How cute! I have 14 year old Beagle named Oskar who used to look just like your Calvin not so long ago..or so it seems. Reminds me of the good days! He is still an adorable dog, very sweet and cuddly…but as many Beagles, he’s been a thief all his life! I remember having to eat frozen breaded fish while our guestd had salmon fillets, because he had jumped on the table and eaten one before I could stop him. It’s been years, and I still have no no idea how he made it up there..You shall have lots of funfun..and stories to tell for the next few years! :-)

  50. oh my gosh I love these pictures! these remind me of when my beagle was a puppy (she’s 5 now). melt my heart…. beagles are the best : ) mine still loves to snuggle (and even sleeps in the bed with us – so bad!)

  51. Oh my goodness, that is NOT your dog. That is the cutest! We have two beagles, beagle puppies are the CUTEST! Awwwww. I’ll have to go cuddle mine. Just make sure you have a good fence up – those noses are relentless!

  52. Your puppy is soooo adorable! my 7 year old golden retriever is OBSESSED with peanut and i made her this with peanut butter doggie icing and she loved them so much she wouldn’t leave the spot i stored the treats. She probably sat there for an hour staring at the jar! thanks for sharing!!!!

  53. I just made these for my dog and she loves them! I made them a little thinner and used a cat shaped cookie cutter because I don’t have a bone shaped one yet. I cooked them for 6 minutes instead of 10.
    Thanks for sharing!

  54. Melissa says:

    I was just looking for treat recipes for my pups and i completely fell in love with your adorable pooch. I might have become a little teary eyed.
    Thanks you so much for the post. Just what i was looking for.
    Happy Trails.
    Mel

    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says:

      Thanks so much for your sweet note – I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos of Calvin (everyone does seem to fall in love with him!) :)

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