Homemade Dog Treats

Bowl with dog treats

Dog treats in the bowlDogs love treats! You already know that buying good quality dog food rather than preparing it is in most cases a better option than preparing meals for your dog. Human food can be given to dogs sometimes, but, since nutritional needs in humans and dogs are different, the best option is choose actual pet food, that contains everything your canine needs at the certain age.

But food is not only – food can also be love and we cook for our loved ones, so you might have already experienced the wish to treat your pet with a special snack.

Don’t be surprised to discover that preparing homemade pet snacks are a whole new level of loving. Just make sure you take into account any allergies that your pet has to specific ingredients. If you are experimenting with new flavors, feed the treat to your dog in a small amount to see how he reacts to it before distributing an entire treat. Store your homemade dog treats in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. Allow the treat to thaw for 10 – 20 minutes prior to serving to your dog.

When stored in freezer, treats such as biscuits can last for up to 6 months. Leftover food, yoghurt and any cooked food in general shouldn’t be left in the fridge for more than 2-3 days.

Here are four simple recipes that don’t take more than an hour to prepare.

1. Basic dog biscuits

A simple biscuit recipe.
• 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
• 1 tsp. salt (or less)
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
• ½ cup hot water
• Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water
3. Add remaining ingredients
4. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
5. Roll dough until ½ inch thick
6. Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
8. Cook for 30 minutes

2. Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats

The perfect energizing snack after an active day.
• 32 ounces vanilla yogurt
• 1 cup peanut butter
1. Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl
2. Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter
3. Pour the mixture into cupcake papers
4. Place in the freezer

3. Healthy pumpkin balls

A very healthy snack – full of fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron.
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 4 tbsp molasses
• 4 tbsp water
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl
3. Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens
4. Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (wet hands work best)
5. Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork
6. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened.

4. Apple crunch puppy cakes

These take a little bit longer to make, but they are crispy and full of vitamin C.
• 2 ¾ cups water
• ¼ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
• 2 tbsp honey
• 1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 medium egg
• 4 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
• 1 tbsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix water, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended
4. Pour into lightly greased muffin pans
5. Bake 1 ¼ hours

Here you can find another recipe for dog biscuits, which we recommend in case you need to be practical and bake bigger quantities at once. This recipe makes about 5 dozens of biscuits.

In our shop, you can find adjustable pet feeders that enable your pets stay with their favorite feeder as they grow bigger, stronger or older. Watch your dog happily munching on treats you prepared as you sip your coffee from this puppy-friendly mug.

If you feel like being creative in the kitchen, you can try inventing your own recipes. When choosing the ingredients, you might want to go back to one of our previous posts, about Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat.

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Lenka Laskova

Lenka usually spends her time reading and writing. She loves animals and nature. In spare time, she translates poetry.