Treats are some of the best tools for training dogs. They’re easily accessible, cheap, and delicious too! If you want to take these doggy goodies to the next level, though, you might want to try making some at home.
Not only can making these homemade dog treats make your precious pooch even happier, but they can be lots of fun too!
These treat recipes can range from the super simple with just a few ingredients to complicated but highly rewarding. So you can have your choice of which ones you want to make, though, all of them are worth a try!
Coconut Oil and Peanut Butter
When we said that there will be super simple recipes for dog treats here, we meant it. In fact, this one only has two ingredients.
- 1C – Coconut oil
- 1tsp – Smooth Peanut Butter
That’s it. Though, you might need a silicone mold to shape the treats. But that’s completely up to you!
1. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste. Make sure that the coconut oil has not solidified.
2. Take the resulting paste and shape it either by hand or using a silicone mold.
3. In a non-stick sheet or using the silicone mold, place the shaped treats in the freezer overnight.
4. Once frozen, carefully remove the shaped treats and place them in an airtight container before returning to the freezer.
Baby Food Treats
Continuing with the theme of simplicity in making homemade dog treats, next we’re using baby food! This particular recipe also only has two ingredients, namely:
- 2 jars – Baby food
- 2C – All-purpose flour
Once again, you can use a silicone mold to achieve the shape you want. You could also just shape this like you would playdough.
1. In a bowl, thoroughly mix the contents of the baby food jar and the flour.
2. Shape the resulting mass into the desired shapes either using the silicone mold or by hand.
3. For the treats that were shaped by hand, place them on a baking sheet dusted with flour.
4. Place the sheet in a 320F preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
5. Once baked, place the sheet on a cooling rack and allow it to cool.
6. Once cooled, collect the treats and put them in an airtight container to store.
Frozen Fruit Treats
With this recipe, you can have a bit more freedom to mess around. It’s not anything specific since you can use pretty much any kind of fruit or berry. You can mix them as you like, as well. They will form the base flavors and will be supported by yogurt and skim milk.
- 2C – Pureed fruits or berries
- 1 and ½ C – Greek yogurt
- ¼ C – Skim milk
1. Thoroughly mix the ingredients in a bowl until homogenous.
2. Using a silicone mold or an ice cube tray, divide the resulting mixture.
3. Place the mold or tray in the freezer and leave them overnight.
4. Remove the treats as needed.
Peppermint Oil, Cheese, and Broth Balls
Now we get to the recipes that need more effort. Don’t worry, though! They aren’t that complicated and can result in some pretty nifty treats! In this case, it can make your dog’s breath minty fresh!
- 1 ½ C – Whole wheat flour
- ½ C – Chopped parsley
- ½ C – Grated parmesan cheese
- ⅓ C – Chicken broth
- 2 T – Coconut oil
- 1 pc – Egg
- 5 drops – Therapeutic peppermint oil
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Shape the mixture into bite-sized balls.
3. Place the balls on a baking sheet that was dusted with flour.
4. Bake the balls in a preheated oven at 350F for 20 minutes.
5. Remove the sheet from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack.
Healthy Dog Biscuits
If you are looking for a homemade dog treat recipe that is a little more on the healthy side, this is for you. It’s got lots of fiber that aids in your little pup’s digestion and is quite tasty too! It does take some time and effort to make, but it’s totally worth it.
- 2 ¾ C – Whole wheat flour
- 1C – Wheat germ
- ½ C – Ground flaxseed
- 3 pcs – Eggs
- ½ C – Olive oil
- ½ C – Unsweetened applesauce
- ½ C – Pumpkin puree
- 1T – Honey
1. Thoroughly mix the dry ingredient together in an extra-large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients until smooth.
3. Combine both types of ingredients and mix until it forms the dough.
4. Pour the dough onto a large cutting board, a table surface, or a rimless baking sheet that’s covered with wax paper.
5. Flatten the mixture with a floured rolling pin.
6. Using cookie cutters, cut patterns from the flattened dough.
7. Dust flour on a new baking sheet and place the cut shapes on the surface.
8. Bake the treats in a preheated oven at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes.
9. Remove the sheet from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack.
10. Collect the treats once cool and place them in an airtight container to store.
There you have it, fur parents! Five homemade dog treats that will let you pamper your pooch like the special fur baby that it is. Many of them take almost no effort to make while those that do are also a lot of fun to get into!
Be sure to try all of them out at least once to see just how amazing they are for yourself! You won’t regret it!