Dog Bakery Supplies

Looking for professional ingredient and dog bakery supplies for your new treat business? In this article we’ll cover wholesale sources of ingredients and equipment to make your business more profitable.

In the beginning you may start small out of your kitchen. As your business grows you may want to add equipment that’ll allow faster production. We will cover that as well.

Dog Bakery Supply List

When it comes to supplies you could start out buying everything.

You’re excited, you want your bakery to explode. You’ve got a plan and you’re going to make it happen.

We suggest getting supplies just for one item – e.g. Dog cookies.

Play with recipes, sell it at farmer’s market, get some market research and keep working on your recipes. Focus on what makes your treats different.

That said let’s cover the basic supplies you’ll need for each category.

Dog Cookies

For cookies you need the same basic equipment you’d use for your own cookies:

  • Mixers and Bowls
  • Mixing spoons
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • An Oven
  • Dog and Fun Themed Cookie Cutters
  • Baking Pans
  • Parchment paper or oil sprays
  • Ingredients safe for dogs – See FDA website and the explanation below.
  • Icing – Again, see explanation below.

Most dog treat companies try to specialize here down one or two routes: fun icing designs or specialty mixes (e.g. no grain). You could even combine the two.

Once you have 1-3 recipes that do well in your local market you can look into buying specialty equipment more suited to treat manufacturers. All of this equipment can be found used off Ebay:

  • Large Scale Mixers
  • Multidrop Cookie Machines
  • Double Rack Electric Ovens
  • Tortilla Extruders with Ovens

Tortilla extruder? I thought we were making dog cookies.

This is where the savings come in. Get creative and find pieces of equipment that aren’t exactly what you’re looking for. Then repurpose them. You’ll need to adjust recipes but you can get great, compact pieces of equipment cheaper when you look in industries with less demand for small-scale production.

Dog Cakes

Next up we have dog muffins and cakes. Most new and small dog treat manufacturers go for cookies and other small treats. That leaves cakes and candy (up next) as easier places to stand out from the crowd.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dog Cake Pans
  • Mixers and Bowls
  • Mixing spoons
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Oven
  • Ingredients safe for dogs – See FDA website and the explanation below.
  • Icing – Again, see explanation below.

Dog Candy

Lastly we have dog candy. Ever see your dog eyeing you lovingly while you enjoy a reese’s peanut butter cup. Wondering if there’s safe versions out there?

Why not make your own? Dog candies stand out as one of our favorite categories.

It’s here you can really let your creativity shine. Plus it’s a great place to really stand out from the other dog bakeries out there.

Watch this fun video for ideas on recreating safe dog candy’s similar to the popular human candies out there.

What you’ll need to make dog candies:

  • Mixers and Bowls
  • Mixing spoons
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Candy Molds
  • Oven
  • Ingredients safe for dogs – See FDA website and the explanation below.
  • Icing – Again, see explanation below.

FDA Approved Ingredients – Additives, Colors, and Preservatives

Before moving on let’s quickly go over what the FDA allows when it comes to making pet food.

Pet food products themselves do not have to be approved by the FDA.

Most things you’d commonly use (e.g. flour, pumpkin, meat) are generally considered safe and also don’t need pre-approval by the FDA.

Food Additives

Some things, like food coloring or vitamins, require special care. Food additives like these must have FDA pre-approval. You can check currently approved items via the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title under parts 570, 571 and 573.

You can skip 571 since that’s just a list of petitions.

Part 570 covers the definitions of food additives and how to submit new food additives and apply to make them General Recognized as Safe (GRAS).

Part 573 is where you want to go to see the full list of additives that are GRAS and you can use now.

Food Coloring

Food colorings that are currently safe to use are listed out in 21 CFR parts 73, 74, and 81.

Part 73 covers color additives that are exempt from certification. Examples from part 73 tend to be more natural like blue green algae to make things blue, annatto which is used to make cheese orange. Use this list if your recipes demand no artificial ingredients.

Part 74 covers the typical food coloring chemicals you see on packaged food (e.g. FD&C Yellow No. 6).

Part 81 can be skipped too. It’s just extra legal mumbo jumbo which won’t help you but it’s part of the legal process like Part 571 above.

Preservatives

The list of preservatives approved by the FDA are found within Part 573. That list includes both preservatives (e.g. sodium nitrate for hot dogs) as well as food enhancers (e.g. xanthan gum as a thickener).

Know your chemistry before going through that list!

Foods Not Safe for Dogs

There are a lot of things you shouldn’t include in your recipe. Of course you know chocolate. Perhaps you know onions are also bad for dogs. We include a full list in this infographic on 12 foods your should never feed your dog.

The infographic covers the 12 foods and why those foods are on the list. Not all of them are poisonous so read the fine print!

Baking Supply Websites

To finish this article we’re including a curated list of some of our favorite sources for baking supplies. Just about anything used to make human food can be repurposed for dog treats.

Why not just mention Ebay and Amazon and leave it at that? Well, they don’t always have everything in stock. Plus there are other sites out there, one really, that specializes in dog bakery supplies.

Scanning through these sites can also sometimes help you create new treats. You never know what kind of candy mold or cookie cutter these sites will have next.

K9Cakery.com

Listed first as this site caters to equipment needed for the production of dog treats and dog foods. Setup a wholesale account so you can hold on paying sales tax till your customer buys from you.

The site is simple and a bit limited in scope but still a worthy supplier to have on your list of go to places to find tools.

Fancy Flours

Geared to fancy cakes and baking designs, this is our go to place to get new ideas. You can buy supplies from them and check out their new designs and ideas on their instagram page.

Webstaurant Store

Basic run-of-the-mill supplier for restaurants. Setup a wholesale account and get all the packaging, boxes, and tools you need at discount prices.

If you want to setup a professional kitchen be sure to check this place out for new high quality gear. Also, take a quick scan of Ebay as well to see if they have the same pro equipment used.

Ebay Baking Supplies

Our favorite source for advanced baking equipment to buy used. See our explanation above and remember to be creative. Found a cheap piece of candy ware? Repurpose it for dog candy!

Amazon Bakeware

Unsurprising addition to the list added solely for list completeness! Plus it’s a great place to check for good deals if you’re looking for a specific piece of bakeware that’s not available elsewhere.

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