Although more research is needed, there is evidence suggesting that the right bedtime treat can help your dog wind down and nod off.
Two of the main chemicals responsible for helping your dog doze are serotonin and melatonin.
Lean poultry contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which is needed for your dog’s body to produce serotonin and melatonin. However, for tryptophan to be successful, it has to get to the brain.
Carbohydrates, such as whole wheat and oatmeal, trigger insulin production, which helps tryptophan reach the brain. This is why the best night-time treat is one that combines complex carbohydrates and lean protein—the two main ingredients in these biscuits.
We’ve also added bananas to the recipe (they contain magnesium and potassium, which helps to relax muscles) and chamomile, which is associated with an increase of glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles and acts like a mild sedative.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup boiled chicken or turkey breast, chopped finely
- ¼ ripe banana
- ¾ cup chamomile tea
Place a baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C.
In a bowl, mash the banana and mix with poultry and chamomile tea
Add the flours and knead to form a stiff dough. If the dough is too dry, add additional chamomile tea. If the dough is too wet, add additional whole wheat flour.
Roll the dough to 3 - 5mm thick. Use your favorite cookie cutter to create treats and place them on a baking sheet.
Bake until the surface of the treats are golden brown, around 25 minutes.
Turn the oven off and allow the treats to cool inside the oven completely before removing.
Store them in an airtight container
Nutritional Facts:1068 Calories. 16 grams of fat. 74 grams of protein. 160 grams of carbohydrates