Easy to Make Homemade Treats for Dogs
One thing a dog owner knows beyond all else is – your dog loves treats. It’s as if you were offering him a piece of gold or a ten carat diamond. Their joy knows no bounds when you utter the words, “Do you want a treat?” Most dogs learn to recognize the word even when spelled!
But it’s becoming increasingly scary to buy dog treats at the store. In the last few years there have been a number of recalls of dog food and treats that are tainted causing illness and even death.
Plus, even when not deadly, many of treats contain ingredients that are not good for your dog.
The solution for many pet owners is to make homemade treats. Then they know without any doubt that the treats are safe for their beloved pet. They can choose the ingredients they prefer including organic or gluten free recipes. Also, they can choose the portion size they prefer for their pet.
Here are a few easy treat recipes to get you started.
Peanut Butter and Applesauce Balls
In a large bowl mix together:
- ¼ Cup Unsweetened Peanut Butter
- ¼ Cup Yogurt
- ½ Cup Applesauce
After combined, mix in:
2 cups of cooked plain oatmeal
Option: Some tiny bits of bacon
Roll the mixture into small treat size balls.
They’re ready to go with no baking and your dog will love them.
These are good for a hot day.
Chop up bits of apple and place in an ice tray. Fill the trays with water and freeze.
You now have a treat that will cool your dog and entertain him.
Two Ingredient Easy Biscuits
This easy treat lends itself to many varieties.
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (or a non-grain flour is even better for your dog – almond, chickpea, lentil, etc.)
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Baby food – Try different flavor to see which your dog likes the best. Some options include various fruits or sweet potato. Avoid foods on this list here though.
Roll into balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until edges are golden brown.
If your dog has digestive problems his vet might recommend trying a gluten free diet.
- ½ cup flax meal
- 2 cups buckwheat flour
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup beef broth or stock
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (from a can)
Mix well using a mixer
Place a tablespoon of the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Adjust the size if you want smaller treats. Press them down like cookies.
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes then turn over and bake another 20 minutes. They should be firm when removed from the oven.
Let cool before placing in a storage container.
Making homemade treats assures your dog is getting the best ingredients, but they are still treats to be given in moderation.