Have you got pet dogs at home? We’re sure you love to spoil, and nurture them. If you want to surprise them with some delicious treat, say goodbye to store-bought snacks forever and get your chef mode on.
Homemade treats are a great idea because they’re usually very easy to make, are a lot healthier than store-bought treats, and can be made using your dog’s favorite ingredients.
If you don’t know how to make your own dog treats, here are 4 dog treat recipes that are easy to follow and will make your doggie super happy.
1. Peanut Butter Bone Shaped Cookies
Most dogs love peanut butter and will go crazy waiting for these treats to get out of the oven. The recipe is super easy to follow and only takes about an hour of prep and cooking time.
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a baking tray with parchment paper. Next, mix all of your ingredients into a large bowl.
Once a dough forms, pour it onto a floured surface and knead it for a minute or two. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and bring out your bone-shaped cookie cutter. Cut out to cookies and lay them on your prepared tray. Put the tray in the oven for 25 minutes.
2. Doggy Donuts with Frosting and Sprinkles
These delicious doggy donuts are made with ingredients you likely have on hand and are healthy and delicious.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- Greek yogurt
Preheat your oven to 375°F and spray a donut tray with cooking spray and set aside for later. In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, oats, peanut butter, coconut oil, and eggs until a dough forms. Use your hands or a spoon to press the dough into the donut baking tray. Fill the tray right to the top since the dough will not need to rise. Put the tray in the oven for 15 minutes.
Once the donuts are done cooking and have cooled down, spread some Greek yogurt on top as frosting and sprinkle with bacon bits. Freeze the donuts to allow the yogurt to harden, and then let your dogs enjoy the cold treats.
3. Chicken and Wild Rice Biscuits
These dog treats made with chicken and rice are super healthy and filling! Your dog will enjoy these treats almost as much as their lunch and dinner.
- 6 oz cooked and boneless chicken breast
- 1/2 cup cooked wild rice
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- A pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a baking tray with parchment paper. Add chicken, rice, and chicken stock to a food processor and blend until you have a thick paste. Gradually add in flour, an egg, and a pinch of salt and continue mixing until a dough forms. Pour the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a minute or two. Roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness and bring out a cookie cutter. Cut out to cookies and lay them on your prepared tray. Put the tray in the oven for 25 minutes or until the cookies are a light golden brown.
4. Flea Prevention Bite-Sized Treats
These homemade treats made with dietary supplement Brewer’s yeast can do a better job of keeping your dogs free of fleas than any medicated collar. And what’s even better is that they are completely natural and free from side effects.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Brewer’s yeast
Add melted coconut oil and Brewer’s yeast into a blender and blend for half a minute until well combined. Add the mixture to a bottle or jar for easy pouring and then pour it into silicone mold mats. Put the mat into the fridge or freezer until the mixture solidifies. Give your small dog one treat every other day.
Our Final Thoughts
Your dogs are great pets and deserve to be pampered and given lots of treats. Store-bought treats often have long ingredient lists that include artificial flavors, harmful chemicals, and preservatives. In contrast, DIY dog treats don’t just help you save money but are a whole lot healthier for your pup than store-bought snacks.
Try the dog treat recipes we’ve listed for you and see if your dogs enjoy them! The treats can be kept in the fridge for up to a week and even longer if you freeze them.
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