We love our dogs! Making homemade dog treats at home can be a really fun, quick and easy process. With just a few simple ingredients you can make your very own dog treats right in your kitchen. After all, our dogs are part of the family, right? Usually, we cook for our family and buy our dog treats in a box. Not anymore! Buying dog treats can be expensive and you will definitely save time and money with these easy homemade dog treat recipes.
You don’t even have to be the world’s best chef to be able to make your dog happy. Most dogs will eat anything, pretty or not. It doesn’t have to be perfect in order for your dog to enjoy. It’s the thought that counts!
Dogs love peanut butter and there are actually quite a few human foods that your dog will find irresistible. Not only will your pooch love the taste but they are safe and healthy for them as well. You can feel good knowing you put time and love into making your dog their very own special dog treats.
With homemade recipes, you control the ingredients and the portion sizes. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to make your dog treats from scratch. You can even make these with your children and let them join in on the fun! You can adjust any treat recipe accordingly for dietary restrictions or to please your dog’s palate.
With homemade dog treats, you prevent all of the unhealthy additives. Usually, commercially processed treats have preservatives and fillers to extend shelf life. The minimal ingredients in homemade are natural and high quality.
Treats are also a great gift for friends and family members. Anyone with a dog will appreciate the time you took to make homemade dog treats. You can wrap them up in plastic and tie a ribbon around the top for any holiday or special occasion. You could even put them in a basket or a mason jar for a really pretty look. Homemade dog treats are a really great idea for an Easter basket for your dog, you can add toys, a collar, leash, and clothes. They will never know that the treats were simple and fun to make!
Easy Homemade Treat Recipes
Frozen Yogurt with Peanut Butter Treats
32 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt
1 cup natural or peanut butter of your choice
Melt the P.B. in the microwave, Combine the P.B. and yogurt, pour the mixture into silicone tray, ice tray, or muffin tin. If using a muffin tin you may use the mini size for a smaller dog, and line with paper cupcake papers, then place the tray in the freezer, freeze, and serve.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Mix flour, PB, and eggs until blended, add water by tablespoons until it is moist enough to roll out as a dough, using a rolling pin roll out dough and cut shapes of your choice with cookie cutters, place shapes on a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes. Serve! You can use whatever shape you like. Adjust it for the holidays so your dog has their very own holiday cookies! 🙂 This will make around 40 cookies with a 7-day shelf life. You can also freeze some for later if you don’t use them all within the first week!
Easy Cheesy Treats
4 cups flour
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup oil
1 1/3 cups water
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine cheese with flour, stir in oil and water, adjust water and oil accordingly to make a hard dough. Roll out dough 3/8″ thick and cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or use the shape of your choice. Place on cookie sheet and bake in a 250-degree oven for approximately 2-3 hours until dry.
Sweet Potato Treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 sweet potato
1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Poke sweet potato with a fork for ventilation, place in microwave for approximately 6 minutes on high until tender. Scoop inside of the sweet potato skin into a bowl and discard skin. Mash with a fork or masher until well mashed then transfer 1 cup sweet potato filling to mixing bowl. Save leftover portion for later use.
Mix eggs, applesauce, and flour in mixing bowl with the sweet potato until well blended. A soft dough should form, roll out on floured surface 1/2 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter or shot glass cut out shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes until golden and crispy.
I don’t suggest storing these in an airtight container or on the shelf. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.
Tuna Dog Treats
3/4 cup flour
1 3.5 oz. can tuna (undrained)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with parchment or silicone baking mat so they don’t stick. In a blender or food processor blend undrained tuna, egg, and flour until thick paste forms.
Spread into an 8×8 square onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or mat. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until firm.
Let cool and cut into 1/2 inch squares. Store in airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Will keep up to 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Easy Chicken Dog Treats
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (1/2 cup reserved for rolling out dough)
1/3 cup chicken or beef broth
pinch salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together using a mixer, or you can do it by hand. Mix until a dough forms, then roll out with the reserved 1/2 cup floured surface. Roll dough to desired thickness, 1/2 inch will work fine. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Depending on the thickness you can adjust cooking time accordingly.
2 to 4 Chicken Breasts
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Cut Chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips. Place on baking pan and bake at 200 for approximately 2 hours, or until dry and firm. It should look like dehydrated chicken as opposed to our juicy tender versions. You may store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
Simple 2 ingredient Dog Treats
2 cups whole wheat flour (may substitute wheat germ or rolled oats)
2 4 oz. jars of baby food (sweet potato, blueberry, beef, or chicken)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients to form a firm dough. To get the desired dough texture you may add extra flour or water when needed. On a floured surface roll out dough evenly to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes or cut shapes with a pizza cutter.
Line cookie sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat. Bake about 20-25 minutes. It is recommended storing these in a paper bag, as airtight containers will retain moisture. You may freeze unused portions in the freezer and serve later.
Ready Mix for Homemade Dog Treats
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Healthy and Easy
Making Dog Treats at home can be a really fun and rewarding experience. Let your children help you make your dog treats and make it a fun occasion. With these simple homemade dog treat recipes, you don’t even have to be an experienced chef. If you have older children they could probably make a lot of these on their own with supervision. Pick your favorite treat from the list, head to the store to get your ingredients, and in no time your dog will be drooling with delight.
There’s truly something special about making your own dog treats for your pet that you can’t find in stores. Making them homemade you can tailor to your dog’s needs and you know every ingredient going into the treats. You can use these treats for training and most of them make big batches for you to have several sessions. Be sure to check out my training guide and use the treats you make for a reward!
Feel free to modify any of these recipes to fit any dietary restrictions or sensitivities your dog may have. You will find a lot of human grade ingredients your dog will absolutely adore. You won’t have to feel guilty about making them, they are all healthy and doggie approved!
Let me know in the comments which recipe you are going to make for your furry best friend!