Do you love making snacks for other people? What about your pets? Thanks to the internet there are a ton of DIY Dog Treat recipes available. By making the treats yourself you can control the nutritional content and ensure that your dog’s snacks are free of any dietary restrictions they might have. Here are 3 recipes guaranteed to make your dog a happy dog!
Just remember, snacks are no real alternative to their normal healthy diet and should only be provided in moderation in order to ensure that your pups stay healthy and fit.
Leftovers Trail Mix Supreme: Combine any of the following leftovers from your refrigerator to create a flavorful trail mix that you can bring along on a hike with your dog, or to feed your dog as a snack after a trip to the dog park.
- Pieces of meat (unseasoned best- or first rinse off any seasoning/flavoring, remember that onions and garlic are harmful to dogs as is too much salt!)
- Vegetables such as carrots or green beans (no onions or garlic!)
- Fruit such as apples or bananas (no grapes/raisins)
- Cut ingredients into ½ inch thick pieces and mix together
- Lay ingredients on a small baking tray and spray lightly with cooking spray
- Place in a food dehydrator or an oven set to 200°F until dried.
Homemade Pumpkin Biscuits: Use cute dog treat shaped cookie cutters to make your own special doggie biscuits at home! Make sure to use only unsalted and xylitol-free peanut butter when making this recipe. Xylitol is poisonous to dogs and too much sodium is bad for their cardiovascular health like it is with humans. Adam’s 100% Natural Creamy and Unsalted Peanut Butter is a great wholesome peanut butter brand that is safe for dogs. You can also substitute cooked sweet potatoes for the pumpkin too if you want!
- 1 cup cooked pureed (or canned) pumpkin
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/2 cups ground oat flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
- Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in some baking soda and oat flour, then stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix until flour is incorporated.
- Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into whatever shape you like. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Heat up the coconut oil and mix with the peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).
Doggie Delight Frozen Treats: It might seem like a dream right now coming out of winter, but the hot summer days will be upon us soon and that means you’re going to need creative ways to help your best bud beat the heat! Here’s an easy way to make fun treats that will help keep them cool in the sun. We don’t recommend freezing treats inside Kong or other hollow toys however, the ice can be too strong and suction your dog’s tongue into the toy, causing severe and life-threatening damage if it’s not caught in time. Instead just freeze these treats in ice cube trays or popsicle molds! We promise they’ll be fun enough for your dog as is.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbs peanut butter (remember, salt and xylitol-free!)
- 1 tbs unsweetened greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp flaxseeds (must be stored in fridge in airtight container to avoid spoiling)
- Mash the banana
- Mix with the peanut butter, greek yogurt (or unsweetened applesauce), and flaxseeds
- Stuff the mixture into ice cubes or popsicle molds and place into freezer for at least an hour
Have you made any of these for your pups? Did you do anything different? How did they like them? We’re always happy to hear from you!