Homemade Dog Treats: Ideas And Recipes

Are you tired of commercial dog treats and you would like to try making some on your own? Check out this article and get inspired!

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What dog doesn’t like getting a delicious treat? And what owner doesn’t enjoy giving it to their pet?

Dog treats are often necessary when it comes to training your dog and they’re also great when you want to do something special for your dog.

So, instead of buying ready-made dog treats, why not try making your own?

Are you (or your dog?) getting tired of your usual dog treats? Don’t worry – there are plenty of dog treats you can make yourself. And the good news is – they’re usually really easy and quick to make!

So, we’ve put together a list of 15 recipes of delicious homemade dog treats…Check them out and get some inspiration!

1. Cinnamon Bun Bites

This is a really healthy treat, made out of whole wheat flour. For approximately 24 biscuits, you will need:

2 cups (500 mL) whole wheat flour 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder 1/4 tsp. (2 mL) salt 1/2 cup (125 mL) water or milk 1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil 1 large egg 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) honey 1 tsp. (5 mL) cinnamon 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Cream cheese drizzle (optional): 1/4 cup (60 mL) light cream cheese 1-2 Tbsp. (15-30 mL) milk or water

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Step 2: Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and water, oil and egg in another bowl. Add the latter to the dry ones and stir. Step 3: Roll the dough into a rectangle and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts. Roll into a role and slice it into pieces. Step 4: Bake for 15 minutes. When they have cooled, put cream cheese if you want to.

Recipe found here.

2. Dog Biscuits

Of course, there are many ways you can make homemade dog biscuits and this is only one among many recipes. In order to make a dozen biscuits, you will need:

1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup oats 1/2 cup flaxseed 1/2 to 1 cups beef broth 1/4 cup peanut butter

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Step 2: Stir together the flour, oats and flaxseed. Afterwards, mix in beef broth and peanut butter until it becomes a thick dough. Step 3: Roll out the dough and cut the biscuits into desired shapes. Step 4: Bake for approximately 20 minutes Step 5: Cool and keep in an airtight container for a week

Recipe found here.

3. Heart-shaped Chicken Dog Treats

If your dog likes chicken this might be the perfect treat! Of course, they don’t have to be heart-shaped – it’s up to you to be as creative as you want. You will need:

Silicone Heart Mold (optional) 1 cup cooked, finely diced chicken 1/2 cup rice, cooked & mashed 3 tablespoons rice flour 1 tablespoon parsley 1 egg Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Step 2: Mix together all ingredients and stir Step 3: Put into silicone mold and bake 20-30 minutes

Recipe found here.

4. Nutty Bacon Treats

Another interesting treat you can try is the following. You will need:

3 slices of bacon, diced 1 egg 1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter (or Sunbutter) 1 tablespoon maple syrup (bacon + maple seemed like a good idea) 3 tablespoons water 1/2 cup soy flour 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup wheat germ

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C Step 2: Slice up the bacon and fry it. Remove the crisps, but save the fats and cool it for some time. Step 3: Add the other ingredients and mix them until combined. Finally, add the crispy bacon parts. Step 4: Roll out the dough and cut into whatever shape you choose. Step 5: Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Recipe found here.

5. Frozen Apple Treats

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t even involve an oven, but it’s still a treat many dogs love. Apples are a really healthy fruit as well, which is always a plus! In order to make approximately 16 treats, you will need:

2 Apples 1 Cup Greek Nonfat Plain Yogurt Water

Step 1: Slice the apples into small pieces. IMPORTANT Remove the seeds and core! Step 2: Mix them with yogurt and water in a blender until the mix becomes liquid. Step 3: Pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze.

6. Birthday Candle Dog Treat

Why should you be the only one who gets candles at your birthday? Check out this recipe and make your dog eatable candles! In order to make these pretzel dough candles, you will need:

1 tsp brown sugar 2 tsp active dry yeast 3/4 cups whole wheat flour 1/4 cup dry milk 1/2 tbsp salt Add in 1/2 a beaten egg 2 tbsp oil 2/3 cup water A thick rope toy

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C Step 2: Mix the ingredients and kneed until it gets firm Step 3: Place ropes in the dough Step 4: Bake for around 15 minutes

Recipe found here.

7. Pumpkin Carrot Bites

Pumpkin and carrot are both delicious and healthy vegetables – even more so when they’re combined! If you want to make a dozen bites, you will need:

3/4 cup canned pumpkin (get the kind that has ONLY pumpkin in it) 1 egg, slightly beaten 1/4 cup shredded carrots 1 cup whole wheat flour

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Step 2: Stir the ingredients together Step 3: Roll the mix into small balls Step 4: Bake for 30-35 minutes

Recipe found here.

8. Peanut Butter And Banana Treats

Besides being a delicious treat, as most dogs love peanut butter , it’s also a breath freshener thanks to the parsley in them! For approximately 24 pieces, you will need:

1 banana, peeled 1 cup oat flour 2/3 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup dried parsley 3 tablespoons peanut butter 1 egg, beaten

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C. Step 2: Mash the banana and stir together the other ingredients. Set aside for 5 minutes. Step 3: Roll into balls – 1 tablespoon per ball. Press every ball into a coin. Step 4: Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let them cool completely before serving.

Recipe found here.

9. Paw Print Treats

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Besides being delicious, these dog treats have a really nice shape and are interesting to make. In order to make these paw prints, you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup brewer’s yeast 2 teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C Step 2: Mix flours, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast and salt. Put the canola oil in another bowl. Step 3: Add the first mix to the oil in 3 turns – after each addition add 1 cup stock. Mix. Step 4: Knead and roll out dough. Cut out rounds. Step 5: Make the paw print using your thumb and pinky. Step 6: Freeze for 15 minutes. Step 7: Bake for 20 minutes and let the paw prints stand in the oven for an additional 40 minutes.

Recipe found here.

10. Salmon And Sweet Potato Brownies

Why not treat your dog with brownies? This is an interesting recipe including salmon which is great for your pet’s skin, thanks to its high Omega-3 level. Besides salmon, you will need:

1 can salmon 1 medium sweet potato, baked in the skin 2 eggs 1/3 c. coconut flour Coconut oil for greasing a pan

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C Step 2: Stir together coconut flour, eggs and salmon. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Step 3: Remove the skin from the potato and stir together with the mix. Step 4: Grease pan with coconut oil and press the mix into it. Step 5: Bake for 60-70 minutes, let it cool and slice into brownie-shape.

Recipe found here.

11. Fruity Frosty Treats

This is an awesome recipe if your dog is a fruit-lover. It’s really simple to make, healthy and delicious. Also, you can use different fruit, it doesn’t have to be watermelon and raspberry like in this recipe. You will need:

Peeled chunks of watermelon Handful of raspberries 3 or 3 table spoons yogurt

Step 1: Mix the ingredients together. Step 2: Blend them with a fork or in a blender, if you want the mix to be more like a smoothie. Step 3: Take a plastic try with desired shapes and fill with the mix. Leave in the freezer.

Recipe found here.

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12. Banana Almond Treat

This is another easy and delicious treat to make. It will be highly appreciated both among puppies and older dogs. If you want to make this delicious treat, you will need:

1 Organic Pasture Raised Egg 3/4 Cup Unsalted Almond Butter 1/3 of an Organic Banana 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Step 2: Mash the banana and add the other ingredients. Step 3: Mix with a fork. The consistency should be very thick. Step 4: Spoon out on the pan and bake for 5 minutes. Step 5: Turn the pan and bake 5 more minutes.

Recipe found here.

13. Ginger Apple Treat

This treat is a great option if your dog is allergic to grain. Simple and quick to make, this could be an awesome treat for your dog. For 25 treats, you will need:

1 cup brown rice flour (we used Bob’s Red Mill Organic) 1/2 cup apple, finely diced 2/3 cup Greek yogurt (plain) 1/2 tsp fresh ginger (finely minced) or 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Step 2: Mix all the ingredients and stir together. Step 3: Roll out the mix with a rolling pin and cut into desired shapes. Step 4: Bake for approximately 25 minutes

Recipe found here.

14. Apple Crunch Cupcakes

This is a fun treat in form of muffins you can make at special occasions for your dog. It’s a fruity treat most dogs love. So, you will need:

2 ¾ cups water 1/4 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

Step 1:Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Step 2: Mix water, honey, egg, vanilla and applesauce. Step 3: Add the other ingredients and mix. Step 4: Pour into muffin pans and bake for about 75 minutes

Recipe found here.

15. Carrot Chia Treats

Dogs too can enjoy chia seeds! Check out this interesting recipe and see how. For about 25 biscuits, you will need:

1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/3 cup almond butter 2/3 cup water 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 carrots, grated

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Step 2: Mix the flours, wheat germ and chia seeds in one bowl. In the other bowl, mix almond butter, water, oil and syrup before you add the carrots as well. Step 3: Mix the wet with the dry ingredients. A rough dough should form. Step 4: Knead the dough until it’s rather stiff. Roll it out and cut out biscuits. Step 5: Bake the biscuits for about 35-40 minutes. Let them cool before you serve the to your dog.

Recipe found here.

These were only 15 of many, many recipes for homemade dog treats…Be creative and try out different things – as long as you play with safe ingredients that aren’t bad for dogs. Feel free to write and give tips if you have any interesting recipes to share! Good luck!

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