First, gather your ingredients to make the salt dough:
1 c. flour
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. table salt
A few drops of food coloring (optional)
You should also have these materials handy:
Oven preheated to 250 degrees
Next, combine all of your ingredients in a large bowl. I usually borrow my human for this step; her fingers are way better for mixing than my paws.
I always wear my smock - have to keep my fur looking good!
Once your ingredients are combined and a smooth (albeit slightly tacky) dough has formed, pull off a small chunk and roll it into a ball and then press it down to flatten it. (Again, a human's hands will make this step a little easier).
Firmly (but gently!) press your paw (or your dog's paw, whichever) into the center of the flattened ball of salt dough. Make sure to wash your dog's paw thoroughly when you are finished with this step!
Place the paw print onto the cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet into the oven. Bake for 2 hours. You may need to let it air dry a little longer depending on how thick your keepsake is.
I promise, your pet dad (or pet grandpa, or pet uncle, or pet neighbor) will love it!! I'd love to see pictures of your finished keepsakes - don't hesitate to contact me!
[Disclaimer: even though all of the ingredients in the salt dough recipe are technically edible, please do not let your dog eat it. Besides tasting bad, it is not good for them.]