July 20, 2016

7 Easy And Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Have you ever wondered if there is a cheaper and healthier way to give treats for your dog? Creative people always look for ways to find remedies on how to make the food they love to eat in an expensive restaurant or household products that they use on a daily basis.

For some people, making DIY things is their way to relax and enjoy at home, but for most people it is also a more economical choice rather than buying the same products all the time when you can just make them at the comfort of your home.

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I have been wondering if there are ways on how to make treats for dogs by yourself at home, and after extensive research, I was surprised to find so many recipes that I could use. Not only will you save more money but you get to decide what goes into your dog’s food and also prevent putting unhealthy additives that are usually found in commercialized dog foods.

I have gathered some recipes that I think are delicious but quick and easy to make. Do not worry, the recipes I have chosen are easy to make and quite nutritious! So let's see how to make homemade dog treats.

1

Peanut Butter And Pumpkin

Peanut Butter And Pumpkin

Because who doesn’t love peanut butter? Your dog will surely enjoy this treat with a hint of cinnamon and a healthy mix of pumpkin.

Serving time: 1h 40m

Serving25

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Note: You can choose to choose 1 full cup of canned pumpkin instead of ½. I did it and the dough turned out great. It had the right texture but just remember not to forget to put the cinnamon because that spices up to the flavor.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. To make the dough workable add water. The dough should turn out dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll and then cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of water after mixing all the ingredients.
    • Keep mixing until you think the texture of the dough is perfect.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes.
2

Super Simple Sweet Potato

Super Simple Sweet Potato

This very simple treat is very healthy for your dog because sweet potato is known to be rich in potassium and calcium. They contain very little fat and is a better alternative than regular potatoes and can help reduce the risk of obesity.

Serving time: 1h

Serving: 32

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Prick sweet potato several times with a fork.
  3. Heat sweet potato in a microwave on high until soft for about 6 minutes and then cut potato in half and scoop flesh out of the skin into a bowl; discard skin.
    • Mash potato with masher or with a fork and transfer to a large bowl.
    • Save any remaining left overs for future use.
  4. Mix everything together until a dough forms. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and roll dough to about 1/2-inch thick.
    • Cut out into whatever shape you likes using a cookie cutter or cut dough into strips with a pizza cutter.
    • Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake until crisp, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack....The outcome should look any other dog cookie.
3

Liver Lickers Dog Treats

Liver Lickers Dog Treats

One of the easiest recipes to make, your dog will surely devour this wonderful treat. It’s the perfect mix for your dog’s favorite food and an all-time favorite snack.

Serving time: 30'

Serving: 18

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of wheat germ
  • ¾ cup non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon brewers’ yeast
  • 1 jar pureed liver baby food
  • ¼ cup of water, or as needed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the wheat germ, milk powder, egg, yeast and liver baby food.
    • Add water if necessary to make a workable dough.
    • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from cookie sheet to cool on wire racks and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
4

Buddy's And Bubba’s Homemade Dog Food

This is perfect if you want to make something extra special for your dog. It may need a lot of ingredients but if you follow the step by step instructions then surely the effort will all be worth it.

Serving time: 2h15'

Serving: 10

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 package chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed and dry
  • 2 cups frozen chopped broccoli. Thawed
  • 1 can kidney beans-rinsed , drained and mashed
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken leg quarters in a large bowl, and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 40 minutes.
  2. Remove the legs and allow it to cool. Strain and return the cooking liquid to the pot. Once the legs have cooled, remove and discard the skin and bones; chop the meat, and set aside.
  3. Stir the brown rice into the reserved chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid, and add the rice to the bowl with the chicken.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add the ground beef. Cook and stir the beef for about 7 minutes until the meat is cooked. Strain excess grease, and place the beef into the bowl. Stir in the oats, spinach, broccoli, kidney beans, carrots, garlic, cottage cheese, and olive oil.
  5. Store the dog food in a container in the freezer. Thaw the daily portions overnight in the refrigerator.
5

Doggie Birthday Cake

Doggie Birthday Cake

Do you want to make special something for your pup’s birthday? What could go wrong than peanut butter in a cake, right? This recipe is just as easy as a walk in the park and it will be a perfect treat for your dog’s birthday.

Serving time: 1h15'

Serving: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup honey (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 whole cup wheat or white flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Use a ring mold and lightly grease it.
  2. Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey into a large bowl and the blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the carrot mixture. Put the batter in a pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
6

Doggy Meatloaf With Vegetable

Pretty much one of the most protein recipes I ever came across, this is ideal if you really want to feed your dog and spoil him for the day.

Serving time: 1h35'

Serving: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 apple, cured and diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices white bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, cubed

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Coat a large roasting pan with oil and set aside.
  2. Put everything in a large bowl and mix together the ground beef, 3 stalks of celery, grated carrots, apple, eggs, bread, oats, wheat germ and tomato paste using your hands.
  3. Divide the meat mixture into four equal parts and make loaf shapes. Place the loaves in the roasting pan and add in with the potatoes, remaining carrots and remaining celery. Cover the pan with a lid.
  4. Bake for 80 minutes or until you think the meat is perfectly cooked to your liking. If you have a meat thermometer you can use to check the temperature of the meat which should be about 170-175 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow it to cool afterward.
  5. Portion the food into containers. Refrigerate and then serve to your dog.
7

Gourmet Dog Biscuits

A healthy snack that you can shape into your dog’s favorite bone. Just top it off with a dash of milk and store it overnight and then it’s good to go.

Serving time: Overnight

Serving: 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups cracked wheat
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brewers’ yeast
  • ½ cup dry milk powder
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/8 cup milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius) and then grease a cookie sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine white flour, whole wheat flour, cracked wheat, cornmeal, garlic powder, brewer's yeast and instant milk. Stir in 2 cups broth and mix the ingredients well using either your hands or a heavy-duty electric mixer. The dough should turn out to be very stiff. Gradually mix in the remaining 1 cup broth to make a bread-dough consistency.
  3. Roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness on a floured board. Cut out biscuits into any shape you like and then place the biscuits on the greased cookie sheet. Brush the tops of the biscuits lightly with milk.
  4. Bake the cookies 45 minutes; turn oven off completely but do not remove the biscuits. Let the biscuits sit in the oven overnight (for 10 hours). Store biscuits in an air-tight container.

Conclusion

My dog’s health is very important to me which is why I made an effort to search for recipes that I know will benefit the health of my dog. Commercialized dog foods have many unhealthy preservatives that could be harmful to your dog in the long run.

I know that making homemade treats can be tiring especially if you don’t have that much free time, but think of all the money you can save by making dog treats at your home. Aside from the fact you get to save money, as a pet owner, it can also be a very enjoyable hobby and can be a form of reward for your dog.

Let me know what you think of the recipes below in the comment box and please don’t forget to share this to your friends!

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Lucy Sheppard

Hi, I’m Lucy Sheppard. I love pets, especially dogs. My love for these true friends of humans turned into a passion. This passion led me to start this pets website so that people like me can benefit from my study and research.

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