Our fluffy mess(!) has yet to turn away any homemade treats and we think he tends to enjoy them on the crunchier side. So, for these Crunchy Sesame-Rye Treats, I used a variety of dry ingredients to give flavor and texture - whole wheat flour, rye flour, rolled oats and cornmeal for extra crunch. For the sesame seeds, we used a fairly small handful as they are somewhat high in the fat department - you could even go a bit less if you wanted since the tiny seeds distribute well into the dough, but Max is a pretty active pup.
When you mix everything together, the dough will probably still be a little moist - if so, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead in as much whole wheat flour as necessary to smooth it out. It shouldn't be sticky, but you don't want it too dry either. Using a few small cookie cutters, we ended up with several dozen treats - I lost count! For that extra special twist I mentioned, we went ahead and melted a bit of carob chips (do not use chocolate) and dipped the half of about one-third of the total amount. Not all carob will react the same to melting... you can try using the microwave, but I got the best results by using the old fashioned way of setting a bowl over simmering water. If the brand you try does not melt well enough to dip, you may have to add just a touch of shortening to smooth it out. Here's a snap of him after he gave them a test - I think his reaction says it all!
Crunchy Sesame-Rye Treats