There are plenty of reasons for cooking up your own dog treats, but the main one is knowing what ingredients are going in them. Often cheap ones you buy from the store contain sugar, preservatives, fillers and more. With most of our DIY treat ideas, you probably already have the ingredients in your panty. Here are a few ideas for treats you can make at home that even the most domestically challenged can cook up.
Frozen dog treats are the easiest to make and are great for the summer months. Yogurt and peanut butter are both good for dogs and they love it. Try mixing some yogurt and melted peanut butter then place the mixture into either ice cube trays or paper cup cake holders and freeze them. Once frozen you can give your dog a couple every time he comes in from a walk or exercise on a hot day.
Frozen treats don’t have to be complicated and you can change them up a bit by adding fruit or replacing the peanut butter with a couple of mashed up apples and water. Alternatively, you can keep the peanut butter and yogurt, but mix in some pumpkin puree for yet another delicious frozen treat. There are no limits to the variations you can make for your dog, just be sure not to add nuts or anything your dog may be allergic to.
Frozen treats are great when it’s hot, but baked dog treats are nice because you can carry them with you on hikes or long walks.
Bacon or Chicken Biscuits
- Any amount of bacon or chicken
- 1 Sweet potato
- Vegetables (leftovers)
Mash all ingredients together into a dough, then cut into half inch or inch squares and place in the oven at 200 until dried. Be sure not to put onion or garlic in them, but you can substitute any meat and vegetable that you have left over from a previous meal.
Dog Bone Cookies
Here is a basic dog biscuit recipe that you can make at home, but feel free to put other ingredients in that your dog favors, there is no set rule when it comes to dog treats. Just put in what he loves and leave out what he doesn’t like:
- 5 cups of flour (wheat flour is recommended but not necessary)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons of chicken or beef broth
- 1/2 cup of hot water
- Optional – pieces of meat, chicken or bacon
Mix all ingredients together and knead dough until it forms a ball. Roll out the dough to about a half inch thick. Cut the dough into bone shapes, just slices, or use different shaped cake cutters.
Place the dough pieces onto a greased cookie sheet and place in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees. Cook for 30 minutes and your cookies are ready to go.
As with any of our recipes, you can substitute different ingredients so your dog will never get bored. Almost everyone has some flour and eggs around, add in your leftovers and voila! Homemade treats are much healthier, are easy to make and are a fun family activity.