Homemade Dog Treats - Recipes, Tips, and More!
If there is one thing your dog loves you for, it is those delicious treats that you have saved for them in a jar. Sometimes dogs don’t eat packed treats, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have treats at all. You can make some delicious homemade treats for your precious emotional support animal or pet dog at home.
Need a good recipe to make your furry friend’s treats?
In this blog, we have shared some yummy and super simple recipes that you can follow. Your pet will feel extra loved when you make treats for them with your own hands. The best part is that you don’t have to be a chef to follow these recipes.
Homemade Dog Treats Recipes - Vet Approved
Homemade dog treats are super healthy and just require a few basic ingredients to put together. Let’s start with some of the most famous and easy homemade dog treats recipes.
Who doesn’t love baked goodies? We love to eat cookies and cakes fresh out of the oven. Your dog will also enjoy those nutritious ingredients.
The first recipe is homemade peanut butter dog treats, and you need the following five people-food as ingredients that your dog can safely eat.
- Pumpkin puree helps with digestion
- Peanut Butter is packed with proteins and fats that are good for your pup. Before you buy peanut butter, go through the ingredients list once to make sure it doesn’t have xylitol, an artificial sweetener, that is harmful to dogs.
- Eggs will act like glue holding together all of the ingredients.
- Whole-Wheat Flour is the most used flour, rich in nutrients but if your dog has a gluten intolerance, use gluten-free flour.
- Cinnamon is used only in small amounts to make the treat smells nice.
- Coconut oil is used in dog treats most of the time as this oil is good for your dog’s oral health.
To make these yummy treats, follow this recipe:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees celsius, and get your baking tray ready with parchment paper.
- Mix wet and dry ingredients separately in two bowls.
- Mix the two together and add cinnamon to your dough as well.
- Knead the dough, and cut it into dog-shaped treats or any other shape cutter you have at home.
- Bake them until the edges turn golden brown.
- Finally serve them to your pup and he will absolutely love these healthy homemade dog treats.
Instead of peanut butter, you can add other pet-friendly ingredients such as sweet potato. Or you could also just add pumpkin to make such dog treats. Don’t get worried if the dough seems too sticky, it is supposed to be like that.
Homemade Dog Treats Without Peanut Butter
Unfortunately, some dogs are allergic to peanut butter and can’t eat peanut butter at all. Don’t worry, there are healthy homemade dog treats that don’t include peanut butter.
Simple Biscuits for your Dog
This is the simplest recipe for making delicious dog biscuits. It is so simple that you only need three basic ingredients: all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour, eggs, and water.
The ingredients list is very simple and you might already have these ingredients at home. To make these simple dog biscuits at home, follow this recipe:
- Make the dough in a bowl first.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and using a cookie cutter, make shapes out of the dough.
- Put them inside the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let them cool before you store them in the refrigerator.
Oatmeal Pumpkin Dog Treat
Another recipe with no peanut butter in it is the oatmeal pumpkin dog treat. Your house will be filled with the delicious aroma of baked pumpkin. Follow this recipe to make these treats:
- Grind oats or make a regular dough and add oats to it.
- The next step is to add eggs and pumpkin puree to it so the oats will bind together.
- Once mixed, roll out the dough and cut biscuits. The baking step is the same.
Be very careful that you buy only the original pumpkin puree and not the pumpkin spice because it is poisonous for your dog. Make sure that your dough is firm and thick when you roll it to get homemade dog treats with rolled oats.
Homemade Dog Treats - No Bake
If you are a money saver, and looking for dog treats that can be prepared at home then this will be your favorite one. It is a no-bake homemade dog treat that your dog can eat just after it is made.
All you need to make this dog treat is pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and milk in a mixer. After it is mixed, make little balls of the slightly sticky dough. If you want to go a little extra on it, throw some oats on the surface as well. This no-bake recipe will make your dog fall in love with homemade dog treats.
Homemade Dog Treats Without Flour
Flour is a tricky ingredient and your dog might not be able to digest it properly. In this case, make homemade dog treats without flour by following this easy recipe:
- Instead of flour, grind some oats in a food processor.
- Add pumpkin puree and peanut butter to ground oats to make them bind together.
- Once the dough is prepared, you can roll it out to cut dog-shaped treats or just simply make small ball shapes to bake them.
Take them out of the oven when they are golden and brown, wait for them to cool on a wired rack. You can give these yummy treats to your furry friend once they cool down or store them in an air-tight bag for later.
If you want to make homemade dog treats without flour or oats, use peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and some eggs to make delicious treats that your dog will enjoy just the same.
Grain-Free Homemade Dog Treats
Homemade dog treats are so easy yet super delicious. Treats can’t replace dog food, so make sure you give your pup vet recommended dog food. If your pup has a sensitive stomach, treats from a pet supermarket with grains would not be a good option. Try looking for natural peanut butter and coconut flour to make dog treats.
Follow the recipe given below:
- Coconut Flour
- Organic Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
- The recipe for this dog treat is very similar to the one mentioned above. Separate the wet and dry ingredients and mix them together in a large bowl to make your dough.
- Cut the dough using cookie cutters, you will find fun cookie cutters with cute shapes in the market as well.
- Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface so it doesn’t stick with the surface. This recipe also has peanut butter and pumpkin as both of these are not toxic to dogs.
- You only need to bake the treats for 15 minutes until they are brown and golden on the edges.
These treats will not pose a choking hazard as they are very soft and easy to chew. Only an inch thick, so even a small dog can bite the treat easily. Both of these recipes are low-calorie homemade dog treats that can be given to obese dogs in moderate amounts as well.
How Long Do Homemade Dog Treats Last
There are a few ways to store the dog treats while making sure that they are still fresh.
Freeze the treats
You can keep these treats fresh by storing them in an air-tight bag and tossing the bag in the freezer. Make sure that the bag is air-tight or else the moisture will ruin the freshness of your dog treats.
Also, place the treats once they have cooled down as hot treats will trap moisture inside the bag. You can follow the peanut butter recipe mentioned above to make dog treats in bulk and store them in your freezer.
Reward your dog with homemade frozen dog treats if you are training or just playing with them.
You can save the treats at room temperature for up to 7 days, not more than that.
If you are looking for the best homemade dog treats, try the peanut butter one and use alternatives according to your dog’s needs. Peanut butter treats are also soft homemade dog treats, unlike a dog bone that will hurt your dog if they have sensitive teeth.
Refrigerate the treats
Dog treats can last for around 3 weeks if stored inside a refrigerator in an air-tight bag. These easy recipes will make be fun to make and also very economical.
Tips to Make the Perfect Homemade Dog Treats
Don’t worry if you can’t make the perfect homemade dog treats on your first try. Follow the tips mentioned below to make the best homemade dog treats:
- Use Organic Products:
- Whole-Wheat Flour:
- Don’t Add Nutmeg:
One of the reasons your homemade dog treats are not tasting that good might be because of the additional chemicals present in the store-bought peanut butter or pumpkin puree.
Instead, use organic dog food products such as peanut butter with no additives and make your pumpkin puree at home. Your dog will love the natural flavors as compared to the loaded chemicals.
Using whole-wheat flour is better for your pup’s health. It contains much more nutrients than an all-purpose flour that might not even sit right in your dog’s stomach.
Avoid using nutmeg in dog treats, as it is toxic for dogs. There are other safer spices that can be added in dog treats, such as cinnamon, but not nutmeg. It means not giving any food that might have nutmeg in it such as pumpkin pie spice.
Now you know all these simple yet delicious recipes, make your own homemade dog treats and save money on those expensive store-bought treats. Make it fun by having a baking day with your precious loyal friend.
Frequently Asked Questions
What homemade treats can dogs eat?
Dogs can eat peanut butter, oats, and pumpkin puree homemade treats. It depends on what your dog enjoys the most and is also safe for him to eat.
Can you use regular flour for dog treats?
Yes, you can use regular flour for dogs unless your dog is allergic to regular flour. In that case, you can use oats or make treats that don’t include flour at all.
What is the healthiest treats for dogs?
The healthiest treats for dogs are:
- Green peas
- Green Beans
What should not be in dog treats?
The following ingredients should not be in dog treats:
- Food dyes
- Xylitol (an artificial sweetener)
- Corn and wheat gluten
- Excessive spices
- Rendered fat
Is peanut butter okay for dogs?
Yes, peanut butter is okay for dogs when given in moderation. It is normally present in a very moderate amount in store-bought dog treats. However, if your dog has a severe peanut allergy, you should keep it away from your pup.
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