• Kim, The Food Allergy Coach

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Great idea! Pet owners who have celiac disease or a high degree of gluten sensitivity may want to consider what they feed their dogs, so that, when their dogs lick them and kiss them on the face or hands, they do not have to worry about gluten entering their mouth, nose, or eyes.

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    Jennifer Smith Reply:

    I have all of my dogs on a gluten free diet. They were hunter/gatherers, and didn’t eat hard grains that have to be processed by humans. I can’t wait to try these biscuits!

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    Leanne Reply:

    @Kim, The Food Allergy Coach,

    That is exactly why I was looking for a good recipe! I own a gluten and dairy free baking company and I am very allergic to gluten (my hair falls out, I itch, horrible blisters on my skin, its not fun) so I want to keep my dog on a wheat free diet and only feed him holistic food; we’ve gone with blue buffalo, have not had any problems with anything manifesting on his fur and triggering my allergy. wheat free, but not gluten free, but top of the line food; but the dog treats are a big expensive for the few you get in a bag. I decided I would whip up my own in my commercial kitchen if I could find some good recipes. this one is definitely a winner! I used my basic gf flour mix that I created for my baked goods instead of the brown rice and flax seed, came out great!.

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    Steph Reply:

    What size can is the can of pumpkin when you say 3/4 can? Thank you.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Steph, It says 3/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree not 3/4 of a can. :)

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    Steph Reply:

    @Amy, Oh dear, I cannot believe I didn’t see that. LOL. Thank you.

    Amy Reply:

    @Steph, People misread ingredients quite often. My dogs love these treats. I’m sure yours will too!!

  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 7:17 am

    @Kim, The Food Allergy Coach, That is a really good point, Kim. I don’t have that degree of gluten sensitivity so I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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    Michelle Reply:

    My two miniature schnauzers love these, and I have taken to making more and giving them to the dogs in the dog park with owners permission of course. Is so funny as soon as they see me coming they stop running around and sit for their pumpkin biscuit. Awesome recipe, thank you. Ps I use fresh organic mashed pumpkin as pumpkin in a can is hard to get in australia.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Michelle, I am so glad your dog loves these! What a fun story. My dogs sit if I have food; now that Nate is here they sit by his high chair waiting for him to throw some food. :)

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  • Maureen Jeanson

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 8:21 am

    “”I sometimes forget that joy in life isn’t always about the next big thing, whatever that might be. Instead, my real joy comes from those quiet moments when can look around and know that everything in my life is ok just as it is.””

    THIS is beautiful–this is something that soothes the heart if we remember it. Thank you so much for reminding me!

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  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 8:26 am

    @Maureen Jeanson, Thanks, Maureen. I have to remind myself quite often. But it does bring great peace. And there is no greater gift.

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  • Alta

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I have had pets that have had gluten issues before, no joke. So I make a point to make the dogs gluten-free as well! These biscuits look awesome! my dogs would love them.

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  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:43 am

    These are awesome Amy! :)

    I love making biscuits for my furry friends too. This looks like a yummy recipe to try when we get back home later in the season!

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  • Jendeis

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Hoping to make these this weekend for the furbabies in my life!

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  • Diane-The WHOLE Gang

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 10:47 am

    These sound wonderful. Can I order them from you instead of baking them myself? I can’t even get our goodies baked. I have a very large collie. He’s very sweet and I feel bad he got our busy family and small house. These would be a nice treat for him. If I don’t have the rice flour what do you think would sub, unless I’m getting some from you. :-)

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  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 11:45 am

    @Diane-The WHOLE Gang, I’m sure your collie is just happy to have a loving home. My 4 dogs have already been through a triple batch of these treats – I can’t keep up either!

    A substitute – I can’t think of one. I don’t know enough about how the different gluten-free flours would impact their digestive system.

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  • Biz

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve made my dog peanut butter dog treats – I think he would love these!

    I never had a dog growing up, but my husband always did. When we decided to adopt a dog, it literally took us longer to get the dog than to get married!

    They interviewed us both separately, and they wanted to make sure my husband wasn’t forcing the dog on me!

    Now I can’t imagine life with Ed. He’s my walking companion and when my husband is out of town, the first one to jump into bed when I turn the lights out!

    Thanks for the recipe. :D

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  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    @Biz, I love your dog story – I didn’t have a dog growing up either and have been through the adoption process four times – as you can see. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us.

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  • Linda

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’m so happy to finally meet your dogs. I know mine would love these treats, but since I make all their food (raw meat, oatmeal, veggies, etc.), I’m not very likely to bake for them. They do love pumpkin though. I add it to their food if I have some left over from baking. Maybe I’ll make them some for Christmas!

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  • Kendra

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Ohh, I love this! My doggie is allergic to wheat. I say she takes after me. :) I can’t wait to try this. She LOVES pumpkin, sweet potato, squash, etc. I think this is going to be a winner in our household.

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  • Lauren

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    So cute!! I have one dog (and 2 cats), and its the first dog my dad ever had. He always talks about how when my grandparents decided to get a dog, they went to the beagle farm a & came back with a cat. Since then it was always cats, so he couldn’t wait to get our puppy! Yours are adorable, & such cute names!

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  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    @Lauren, I always had cats growing up – so I couldn’t wait to get my first dog either. I just didn’t stop at one, though. :)

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  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    @Linda, Your kids are on the raw diet – if mine were I wouldn’t bake for them either. Did you start for any particular reason? I looked into it a few years ago but decided that it wasn’t right for us. I know many people who do it and they love it. It’s a great way to feed them.

    They would be shocked to get these treats at Christmas.

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  • Kendra

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Hm my flex seeds are apparently over a year old. Think they’re okay for the dog still? They’re not ground and have been in the freezer the whole time….

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  • Anali

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    This is great! My boyfriend is trying to start a dog walking business and I was trying to find a good recipe for puppy treats!

    Thank you very much!

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  • cellulite analyst

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve made liver treats for my puppy, but I’ve never baked for her. I wonder if she likes pumpkin… on second thought, I’m sure she’ll love pumpkin! The only thing she doesn’t seem to like is lemon, lime, or raw squash (which I dropped on the floor once and she uncharacteristically walked away from). Might have to try this one for the holidays!

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  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    @Kendra, Whole flax seed has a shelf life of years – you don’t even have to freeze it. Once ground it goes rancid quickly if stored at room temperature because of the high fat content.

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  • Amy

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    @Anali, I used to own a pet sitting & dog walking business. The puppies will love these. So will his clients.

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  • Monica

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Those are some mighty cute kids you have there!! I bet they love their treats too.

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  • Alyss

    posted on October 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Your dogs are beautiful! When I got my puppy 4 years ago (after 6 years of “college” without a dog) I swore I’d never live another day without a dog. I’ve done lots of dog sitting and know that the second dog is almost no extra work, the third about four times as much work but the 4th only a little bit more than three :)

    Tumalo has a very sensitive stomach (that’s what you get when you name your virgo dog Tummy :) and she gets pumpkin and/or kefir in her lamb and rice dog food sometimes. She hardly ever gets flour based treats – just meaty stuff for training – but if I did, this looks like a fantastic recipe.

    Have fun with your pooches!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alyss, Our dogs don’t have that degree of sensitivity – once in a while Bella needs to go on the ‘bland food’ diet – chicken and rice. With 4, I couldn’t imagine feeding them all raw. It kind of makes my head spin. Meal time is a circus around here as it is. :)

    It’s so neat to see how well you take care of our Tumalo.

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    Oriel Reply:

    You might want to try giving your dog more of a high protein and good fat diet. Wellness naturals dog food makes one called CORE Wellness and add cod liver oil to their food this should help their skin problems. A lot of regular dog food brands have a lot of junk in it like GMO wheat and grains and crappy meat your dogs could have an allergy to these things and you might not realize it.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Oriel, What great info, Oriel. I appreciate your suggestions. It’s always great to meet another animal lover. :)

    Right now they’re eating a gluten-free, gmo free food made by Avoderm and they get a little flax meal in every bowl. Gatsby’s skin is better than it’s ever been. Hugs!!

    Oriel Reply:

    No problem, I just got a puppy so I give her these things as well as wheat grass and such. I’m glad to hear your doggie is doing much better. I’m making your dog treats this week-end for my pup and I’m subbing sweet potato. My question is do I keep these in an air tight container in the fridge or at room temperature? I live in Florida and it’s been kind of humid for fall, I don’t want to make a whole batch and then they spoil.

    Amy Reply:

    @Oriel, I keep my biscuits in an airtight container at room temp like my other dog treats. :) But, they’re pretty darn dry so I’m sure they’d be fine sitting in a bowl. I’d love to hear how your biscuits turn out, Oriel. Hugs!!

  • Brian

    posted on October 22, 2009 at 11:09 am

    What a great idea. It’s nice that your dogs get to share in some Autumn treats.

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  • Heather @ Life, Gluten Free

    posted on October 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I love that you made dog biscuits! Your dogs are so sweet looking! Great post!

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  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on October 30, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I’m so glad this recipe was part of the roundup because I thought I’d commented, but hadn’t. (I’d hate to admit how often that happens. LOL) Gluten-free dog and cat treats make so much sense because these animals are hunters by nature. They are always so much healthier when gluten is eliminated from their diets. Arthritis, hot spots (and other skin-type issues), fatigue, etc. can become things of the past when pets are put on gluten-free diets.

    Great entry for GAHIGF!
    Shirley

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  • Jenn

    posted on October 31, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    These are so cute!!!! Love them!!

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  • Linda- Kitchen Therapy

    posted on November 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    This is too cute. I once had a personal chef client that would come home and make dinner for her dogs. I always thought that was funny. I could make dinner for her, but not the little ones. :)

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  • Carolyn

    posted on November 14, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Believe it or not…I have a Great Pyrenees that suffers from Celiac Disease! This has been such a challenge. Thank you so much for your site. The only type of flour I can use for his treats is a gluten free garbanzo & fava bean flour. I’ll be trying your version of pumpkin treats and let you know how the bean flour worked out.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Carolyn, I would love to know how it works – I think you’ll just have to play with the pumpkin to flour ratios and maybe add some filtered water because garfava flour will absorb more liquid.

    I would love to know more about your dog’s diet – I am really slow to make changes in my dogs’ diets because they can’t tell you how they feel. I’m investigating other options, though. Any input or information you have would be so helpful. (I have to make a double batch of this today for my kids – we’re out!)

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  • Carolyn

    posted on November 14, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I also forgot to mention that he is also allergic to all grains…Grrrrr

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  • Joanna Casto/Anna's Cousin

    posted on November 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I Have A Minature Doxion That Is Long Haired/Mixed With Short Haired. Would A Treat Like This Be Good For Her Because Shes Tiny?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Joanna Casto/Anna’s Cousin, Gosh, I’d ask your vet about that. I know that small breeds need special diets because of their digestive system.

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    Joanna Casto/Anna's Cousin Reply:

    @Amy,
    okay! thanks!

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    Carolyn Reply:

    @Joanna Casto/Anna’s Cousin, My Pekingese, Mike, seems to do well with these treats. He will bite the snot out of Sully, the pyrenees, to get one. Just feed your dog a smaller portion. I only allow Mike to have one of the corners of the dogbone shaped treat at a time. Moderation is the key.

  • Erin Elberson

    posted on August 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Hey Amy!
    Sorry to be bumping up an old post-but this is a goodie!
    I’m switching my beautiful furry daughter to a gluten free diet, and I’ve decided I’m going to make all her food for the next few weeks and see how she does. Her stools are chronically loose, but she seems healthy as a horse and checks out perfect at the vet.
    Did you end up switching your brood over? Any suggestions? I’ve been googling my head off :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Erin Elberson, Yes, I switched them over. Gatsby still has an occasional limp but all of them are at fabulous weights. That could also be that their ‘treats’ are now pieces of their food. Once in a while I bake for them but most of the time they get a kibble of food instead.

    I have another dog treat recipe I should post soon. Let me know how your baby does on the new diet.

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  • Eileen Beran

    posted on October 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for a great recipe – the dough is easy to work with, and although I don’t have my own dog I like to pamper my son’s when we dog-sit. I tried the treats on a friend’s dog, and they were a hit.

    If I could have your permission, I would love to reprint your dog treats recipe in my Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gluten-Free Foods column on Examiner.com.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Eileen Beran, Thanks so much for asking, Eileen. Sure! I’d love for you to share my recipe with your readers. Please send me a link when it’s live – I’d love to see it and will add it to my Articles/Media page.

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  • Lasara

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Hi,

    I’m wanting to make dog treats for all of my dog owning friends and relatives for the holidays. How long do you think these will keep?

    Thanks!
    Lasara

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    Amy Reply:

    @Lasara, They’re dry biscuits so I think they’d keep for a while. I don’t have a time frame, though, because with 4 dogs ours are always gone quickly. Your friends and family will love these special gifts, Lasara. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • The Organic Housewife

    posted on December 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I don’t have a dog but I wish I did now! YUM!

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  • Maggie

    posted on December 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Callum and I are making these tomorrow for Ringo! We’ll wrap them up and give them to him for Christmas! Thanks to you (and Shirley for linking to this post!) for the inspiration! Merry Christmas to you, Joe and your pups! xo

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  • Pat @ Elegantly Gluten-Free

    posted on January 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Our dog has turned down more dog biscuits than I care to count (although our friends’ dogs like it since they get the rejects). However, I made these and our dog loves them! In fact, the first day she kept sitting in front of the treat jar, asking for more :-)

    Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Pat @ Elegantly Gluten-Free, So glad your pup loves these, Pat. Give your dog a hug from me.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Jodi

    posted on July 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I have a rat terrier that is maybe 7 – 9 years old. He was a rescue anyway he’s diabetic and is on humliun twice a day. I used to fix the whole wheat treats and had to stop once he was diagonised. Not fair to my other 2 babies. Would this pumpkin treat be ok for a diabetic dog??

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jodi, Hi Jodi – that would be a great question for your vet.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Sirena

    posted on October 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Hello. I am a pet sitter and dog owner. I was wondering can the flour be changed to coconut (all or part)? If so, do I need to make other adjustments such as more eggs? P.S. I took a quick look at your book the other day and loved what I saw so far!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sirena, I don’t know, Sirena. The recipe wasn’t written for coconut flour. You’d have to play around.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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    Sirena Reply:

    @Amy, I looked on the internet and several sites say you can substitute part aprx 1/3 for coconut flour and add liquid. If I wanted to change it out for all flour it said add 8 eggs. My confusion is how much liquid & what kind.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sirena, I wish I had an answer for you but I don’t. You’ll have to play around with it and figure out what you like.

    Have fun!
    Amy

  • Meredith

    posted on November 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you so much! I have a dog with both gluten and peanut butter allergies, and it’s so hard to find treats or recipes for her, but she loves pumpkin! Looking forward to making these.

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  • Stephanie

    posted on January 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for tempting me to visit Marilyn’s simmer till done blog. She posted a wonderful short story in Nov. 2011 — memory of her & a schoolgirl friend having a sleepover to read the forbidden Judy Blume book, *Forever.* Came here for the dog treat recipe and got a lovely literary reward. Yum! I’ll do this again!

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    Stephanie Reply:

    @Stephanie, Correction: It was posted October 2010, but originally on May 13, 2009 on Simmer Till Done:
    http://simmertilldone.com/2010/10/09/blogiversary-best-of-moms-will-be-moms-but-judy-is-forever/

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  • Rebecca Avery

    posted on January 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

    My new baby is a doxie and along with frozen blueberries he loves these. We hide them around the house and in toys and he goes crazy trying to get them. Thanks for the great idea!

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  • Marilyn

    posted on August 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Any idea how long these will stay good? I have to take my dog to stay at his sitter. I give him a cube of pumpkin every morning and a smidge of ground flax. I want to send something like this with him so it’s still in his daily diet. He’ll be there 10 days. Thank you!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Marilyn, These are really dry so they keep for quite a while.

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    Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free Reply:

    @Amy, I must say that, while these biscuits do keep quite well, when I’ve made them they were too popular to last very long.

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  • gregg

    posted on August 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I was wondering what size can of pumpkin are you referring to?

    there are 2 sizes in the stores.

    thanks

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  • Pamela

    posted on September 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I am going to go get the ingredients right away! I have celiac and about a year ago, I started having problems, again. I stick to a strict gf regimen so I was perplexed. When I looked back at what had changed back when the relapse started, it was my dog’s diet! She had gone on a low fat easy to digest prescription food. And…I confess that I kiss my dog on her face. :). I have since worked with my vet to find a gluten free option, but the treats in the stores are high in fat. Your recipe appears to be just what she needs. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Pamela, Oh my gosh!! What a wild experience. I’m glad you figured it out. Have fun with the biscuits. And, I kiss my dogs too.

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  • Rh

    posted on December 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    What happens if you use pumpkin pie filling not the pumpkin puree. I made some puree from scratch for these treats and added about a tablespoon of pumpkin seasoning to 10 cups of puree. Do you think it will cause problems or can I still make the treats?

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  • sandi

    posted on April 16, 2013 at 1:52 am

    This recipe is awesome..I have a friend who’s dog is very picky when it comes to treats, but when it comes to these he goes nuts. I don’t make them into dog bones, I spread the dough on a lined cookie sheet with parchment paper, and then I score the dough into squares. When I give these biscuits to dogs they are crazy over them..

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  • sandi

    posted on May 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much for putting up this recipe.. My girlfriend has a german shepard labx, and he is very picky when it comes to his treats. I gave him these treats, and he gubbles them up.

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    Amy Reply:

    @sandi, Oh my! That is wonderful. My dogs have always loved pumpkin, and it’s a good feeling when you know the treat is made with love.

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  • becky

    posted on June 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I have a batch of these in my oven right now! :) I didn’t want to go through rolling out so I use a cookie scooper (small ball maker), make the balls into rolls, then flatten to the size which will fit in Avery’s Kong, he loves them!!! & baking on parchment makes cleanup a snap. Thanks a million for the great recipe.

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  • sandra

    posted on November 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    the question that I have is, Does it have to be Brown Rice Flour or can you use just plain Rice Flour?

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  • Sandy

    posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, once these are made how long is the shelf life for them??
    thank you

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