Making your own dog treats isn’t as difficult as you might think. Actually it’s quite fun and your dog will love you for it. There are several different benefits from making your own treats for your dog that include the following:
- You get to control what goes into your dogs treats. This way you are ensuring that your best buddy is getting not only a good tasting treat but one that is wholesome and nutritious. You can also experiment with different ingredients until you find what your dog likes best.
- You can also make sure that the dog treats you make don’t have any unhealthy additives in them. A lot of commercial dog treats are crammed with preservatives, sure this helps to preserve their shelf life but is not always good for your dogs health. Also the treats you buy from the store often have a lot of different fillers along with unknown byproducts instead of natural and higher quality ingredients that you control.
- By making your own treats you are giving your dog a very tasty but healthier alternative to the treats he’s use to getting from the store.
Here are just a few recipes that are not just tasty and healthy but they are also very easy to make for your dog and your dog should love them.
Leftover Trail Mix
Just have to look in your fridge for this one. All you need to do is combine together any of the leftovers listed here to make your dog a good tasting trail mix.
- Pieces of leftover meat
- Veggies (no onions however)
- Fruits (no raisins or grapes)
- Take the ingredients and cut the pieces into ½ inch pieces.
- Take some cooking spray and spray the pieces lightly.
- Put the food in a dehydrator or bake them at 200° F in your oven until totally dried out.
Let cool and you are ready to go.
Frozen Peanut Butter & Yogurt Treats
Every dog love peanut butter so this is one that’s sure to make your dog a happy camper.
- Vanilla yogurt (32 ounces)
- Cup of peanut butter
- Put peanut butter in a bowl and melt in the microwave.
- Mix the peanut butter and yogurt together in the same bowl.
- Line cupcake pan with cupcake papers and pour the yogurt mixture into the cups.
- Put in the freezer and wait till they are frozen and then serve.
Traditional Doggie Biscuits
This is your basic dog biscuit recipe but it is one that you can customize to cater to what your dog likes best.
- 2 ½ C of whole wheat flour (use oat meal if your dog is sensitive to wheat products)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- An egg
- 1 teaspoon of beef or chicken bouillon granules or broth
- ½ C of hot water
- Bacon bits, chicken broth, oats, eggs, wheat germ, liver powder, cheese that’s shredded
- Make sure oven is preheated to 350° F.
- If using bouillon dissolve it in hot water.
- Add the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix and knead the dough until it can be formed into a ball (usually takes about 3 minutes).
- Take a rolling pin and roll the dough out to about ½ inch in thickness.
- Take cookie cutters and cut dough out into different fun shapes.
- Put the dog biscuits on a cookie sheet that has been lightly greased.
- Cook for 30 minutes, let cool and let your dog enjoy.
Healthy and Yummy Pumpkin Balls
These aren’t just tasty but they are crammed with lots of fiber, beta carotene, iron, potassium and vitamin A.
- Canned pumpkin (½ a cup)
- 4 tablespoons of molasses
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 2 C whole wheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (omit if your dog doesn’t like cinnamon)
- Make sure oven is preheated to 350° F.
- In a bowl mix together the pumpkin, veggie oil, molasses and water.
- Next add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and the cinnamon and stir just until the dough softens up.
- Take a spoon and scoop out small amounts of the mixture and roll it into a ball with your hands (it’s best to wet your hands first).
- Put the balls on a cookie sheet that’s lightly greased and then flatten a little with a fork.
- Bake around 25 minutes or until the dough is hard.
Well there you have it. A few simple recipes that will surely get your dogs tail wagging for more.