As dog owners, we want the best for our four-legged friends, and that includes the treats we give them.
Not only can making your own dog treats be a fun activity, but it's also a great way to control the quality of what your dog is eating. So, let’s dive into the world of homemade dog treats with these simple and delicious recipes.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff.
- Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.
Apple and Oat Dog Biscuits
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 apple, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour and oats.
- In another bowl, mix the apple, carrots, egg, oil, and honey.
- Combine the wet and dry mixtures and stir until the dough comes together.
- Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes with a doggy bone cutter.
- Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cookies are firm.
Sweet Potato Dog Chews
2 large sweet potatoes (that's it!)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
- Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
- Cut them into long, thin slices about 1/3 inch wide.
- Place them on a baking sheet, making sure they don't overlap.
- Bake for about 3 hours. This dehydrates them, creating a chewy texture.
- Once done, let them cool completely before giving to your dog.
These chews are a fantastic, low-fat alternative to shop-bought chews and are rich in vitamins too!
Chicken and Quinoa Dog Biscuits
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup cooked chicken, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, finely grated
- 1/4 cup peas
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Mix quinoa, chicken, carrots, peas, and eggs in a bowl.
- Gradually add flour until the mixture forms a soft dough.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes.
- Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Always remember to let these cool completely before serving them to your furry friend.
With these recipes, you're well on your way to spoiling your pup with healthy, homemade treats. Enjoy baking, and your dog will surely appreciate the fresh, homemade goodies!
Remember that all dogs are different and may have specific dietary needs or allergies. Always consult your vet if you're unsure about any ingredient in these recipes. Enjoy your baking, and your dog will surely enjoy their homemade treats!