Everyone’s heard of catnip, but did you know that dogs go just as crazy for anise? Its pungent smell has been used for centuries with foxhounds and greyhound racing. I can guarantee that these “dognip” anise dog treats will be a huge hit!
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Dog’s are primarily driven by smell, so it’s no wonder that this aromatic herb is so enticing. Some dogs are more affected than others, but the strong licorice-flavor and scent of anise is something any dog will enjoy. In fact, I have a very worked up dog staring at me right now that would have to agree.
Is Anise Safe for Dogs?
These treats should be used in moderation. Though anise is very safe for dogs, too much can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Very large doses can even suppress a dog’s nervous system, like slowed heart rate, decreased respiration, unconsciousness, and possibly death. So start with small quantities first. I’ve not seen any issues in our dog, but if you see any suspicious behavior, contact your vet immediately.
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Benefits of Anise
Dognip treats are particularly good for training. The strong anise scent gets your dog up and moving, so they tend to be a little more responsive to commands. I’ve also heard of anise being used to treat respiratory issues, digestive issues, and seizures in dogs. But I think the biggest benefit is the excitement your dog gets from having such a tempting treat.
Ready to give them a try? I promise this recipe for anise dog treats is sure to whip your dog into a fun frenzy!
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Anise Dog Treat Recipe
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 4 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup carrot grated
- 2 tbsp anise powdered
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine all ingredients. Mix well.
- Use a spatula to spread the mixture as thin as you can on a parchment-lined cookie sheet
- Pre-cut the sheet of dough with a pizza cutter or sharp knife. This makes it easier to get them apart once they're cooked.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Treats will be more like a soft cookie, than a hard treat.
- Cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
- Cut again along the score lines with a pizza cutter or sharp knife.
- Store in an airtight container. The treats will stay fresh for a few weeks.