Want to make some homemade dog treats for your four-legged friend? Here are 17 yummy recipes.
Dogs love treats just as much as humans love their snacks. But just like how it's usually healthier (and more cost effective) for you to make something at home than to buy a bag of chips, many commercially produced dog treats are expensive or lacking in nutrition. Luckily, there are so many homemade dog treat recipes out there that are both inexpensive to make and more nutritious than store-bought treats.
Here are 17 treats you can make for your dog right at home:
- Basic Dog Cookies
This is a simple recipe from Today's Creative Life that contains a few basic ingredients like whole-wheat flour and peanut butter. Whip up a batch in less than half an hour.
- Cheese Biscuits
Flour, three types of cheese, an egg and milk are the only ingredients it takes to prepare your four-legged friend a batch of these cheesy treats from Dog Treat Recipes.
Ground ginger and cinnamon make these cookie-inspired treats from Pretty Fluffy enticing to dogs.
- Dog Brownies
A tasty combination of liver, wheat germ, eggs, peanut butter and a few other basics, this recipe from Homemade Dog Treat Recipes is a bit more filling than a typical dog treat -- but your dog probably won't mind!
- Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Dog Treat Recipes offers this yummy doggie version of a peanut butter and banana muffin, and the addition of honey will make your dog feel like he's eating dessert.
- Tasty Ice Cubes
Freeze beef or chicken stock in an ice cube tray, and pop out a cube for your pet as a refreshing treat on a hot day with this recipe from Dog Treat Recipes.
- "Ice Cream" for Dogs
The Dogington Post has recipes for three different flavors of doggie ice cream that combine plain active-culture yogurt with other dog-safe foods to give your dog a tasty frozen treat.
- Spinach Cookies
Spinach and apples put a tasty and nutritious spin on these treats from Pretty Fluffy, which also include nut butter and flour.
- Microwave Dog Treats
A combination of chicken stock, oats, flour and egg, this recipe from Dog Treat Recipes is a quick one to whip up in your microwave in about five minutes.
- No-Bake Coconut Treats
Shredded coconut and coconut oil lend these dog treats from Pretty Fluffy an unexpected flavor. The only other two ingredients are peanut butter and rolled oats.
- Carrot Treats
Carrots are a nutritious addition to your dog's diet, and this recipe from Dog Treat Recipes combines them with apple juice, flour, oats and banana to create a tasty and healthy treat.
- Bacon Treats
Flour, eggs, milk and bacon grease combine to create a tasty bacon-flavored treat from Gourmet Sleuth your dog is sure to gobble up.
- Anti-Flea Treats
This recipe from Dog Treat Recipes includes yeast and garlic powder, both of which might reduce the risk of your dog catching fleas.
- Pumpkin Pie Biscuits
The addition of pumpkin and cinnamon will make these biscuits from Dog Treat Kitchen irresistible to your furry friend.
- Vegan Biscuits
Instead of a meaty flavor, these treats from Andrea Archambault rely on banana, peanut butter, applesauce and cinnamon to make them flavorful and tasty.
- Crunchy Meat Treats
Pureed meat, powdered milk, rice flour and honey are the main ingredients in this recipe from Dancing Dog Blog, which bake to create a satisfyingly crispy and crunchy dog treat.
- Chicken Strips
The only ingredient in these treats is chicken. To make the treats from Pretty Fluffy, cut thin strips of chicken and bake them in the oven to create a treat similar to jerky.
If you're unsure about a specific ingredient, speak to your dog's veterinarian before making a batch of dog treats. While most recipes are perfectly safe, it's always better to err on the side of caution if you're worried about your pet.
Sara Ipatenco is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Ipatenco holds and bachelor's and master's degree, both in child development and elementary education. Ipatenco has been published in "Teaching Tolerance" and "Family Fun" magazines.