Homemade Dog Treats!

Being a crazy dog lady dog owner, I am ALWAYS looking for fun and affordable ways to treat my little pup! Store bought dog treats can get SO expensive!

Plus, this is a really thoughtful way to show your dog obsessed  dog owning friends that you were thinking about their little furry friend this holiday season too! I have found that people really appreciate the extra touch of remembering pets!

Can’t you just picture yourself in the kitchen whipping up a recipe for your dog with him/her sitting at your heels waiting for you to drop something?!

I would say for pet consumption only, but some of these recipes look really good (is it just me?):

Leftovers Trail Mix

Combine any of the following leftovers from your refrigerator to create a flavorful trail mix, which you can pack for a hike or after dog park snack

Ingredients
• Pieces of meat (if seasoned, make sure to rinse off any flavoring)
• Potatoes
• Vegetables (no onions)
• Fruit (no grapes or raisins)

Directions 1. Cut ingredients into ½ inch thick pieces
2. Spray lightly with cooking spray
3. Place in a food dehydrator or into a 200 degree preheated oven until dried

 

Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Dog Treats

I LOVE giving my dog cold treats on a HOT summer day. We don’t have air conditioning and I feel like my dog never drinks a healthy amount, so I am always like sneaking  a frozen treat in to help hydrate/cool her down a bit!

Ingredients
• 32 ounces vanilla yogurt
• 1 cup peanut butter

Directions
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

 

Basic Dog Biscuits

With optional add ins!

Ingredients
• 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

Optional Add ins
• Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits

Directions

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

 

Healthy Pumpkin Balls

This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron.

Ingredients

• 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)

Directions

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

 

Apple Crunch Pupcakes

A fruity treat your dog will adore

Ingredients

• 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

Directions

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

 

Some Things to Watch Out For

When preparing homemade dog treats, 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. Treats can last for up to 6 months in the freezer.

A huge Thank You to the Caesar’s Way article by Nicole Pajer for compiling these dog treat recipes!

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