Top 12 Homemade Dog Treats That Will Surely Rock Your Dog’s World

Why are Homemade Dog Treats the most Ideal Dog Treats?

It is really a cliché to say that Dogs are man’s best friend. But cliché as it is, it never grows old. Dogs are ultimately loyal to you if you just know how to take care of them and show them how much they are loved. They will love you without condition and will always do till their last breath.

There are many ways of showing love to your Dogs like taking them for walks at the park, giving them a bath and pampering them at the salon, playing catch or chase with them or even just patting them on the head.

Apart from these, one thing that can make your Dog happy is by giving them treats every time you and the Dog do the above-mentioned activities.

Dog-TreatsWhat are treats for Dogs?

Treats are like snacks for your Dogs that contain calories. These are usually given during training time with your Dog as a reward. Treats are made of different ingredients which, if given in huge amounts, may disrupt your Dog’s diet.

In terms of training your Dog, treats are very effective as these are a good motivation for about 90 percent of Dogs. These may be in the form of crunchy biscuits, sticks that are semi-moist, as well as shapes and strips.

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Types of Dog treats

Even if these are just for Dogs, there are four different types of it that are available almost everywhere.

1. Regular Dog Food.

If your Dog is on a diet or does not need any more calories aside from his regular food, then you can use his regular food as a treat. It is better, though, to use dry food so that it would look different from how these are usually served. You can also slice the bits up in smaller pieces and just toss them to your Dog when they do something extra ordinary.

2. Our Food.

Yes, our table food also makes a good Dog treat. You don’t have to especially cook for your Dogs as you can just set aside some of yours to give them later.

Examples of this are:

  • Food for baby from a jar
  • Raw but fresh meat, chopped or diced
  • Vegetables, chopped like carrots
  • Yogurt which is placed in a dispenser for liquid treats
  • Microwave-dried eggs

    1. Store-bought treats.

These are the ones that you can buy at the supermarket. These are processed and packed with special ingredients and vitamins and minerals. The downside is that these are more expensive than the other types of treats and may, when given excessively, fatten up your Dog.

       2. Homemade treats.

Homemade Dog treats are a wise alternative as these are made by you and it saves a lot of money.

Benefits of using Homemade Dog treats

Dog-treatsHomemade Dog treats, like homemade cookies and other people treats, are highly recommended for their natural and fresh content and ingredients. But to discuss more benefits, do read on.

  • Homemade Dog treats are much safer to give to your Dog. If you haven’t still, read the back label of your commercial Dog Food and treats. You will notice a barrage of various ingredients and content that you might have never heard of before. What is appalling is that you really are not sure if these are necessary for your Dog or if these are safe for them. Meanwhile, homemade treats are safer because you know what you put in it. You prepare the ingredients and so you can make sure these are safe, fresh and clean.
  • These are healthier than their commercial counterpart. Dog treats that are made commercially are rich in saturated fats which are not healthy for your Dog. Homemade treats, if researched and prepared well, will not only make your Dog happy but healthy as well. It will then result to them behaving better and responding to training. Moreover, it can promote healthier and shinier coats and less smelling poop.
  • Homemade is cheaper. And why not? Commercial Dog treats are pricey because they are processed and come in various packaging. Aside from saving money from buying ingredients in bulk, you can also just look through your pantry and use whatever ingredient you have available.
  • These are better-tasting. This is so true that you can even eat it with your Dog. After all, you made it from ingredients you know and are accessible to you—including those that can be found in your pantry.

The benefits just go on and on. But if you really want a first-hand experience with how good homemade Dog treats are for your Dog, then here are the Top 12 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes that you can make for your dearest friend.

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1. Lovable Dog Treat

Lovable-Dog-TreatIngredients:

  • Canola oil (3 tbsp.)
  • Chicken broth, preferably low sodium (3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, large
  • Peanut butter, chunky and natural (1/3 cup)
  • Brewers yeast (1/4 cup)
  • Wheat germ, toasted (3/4 cup)
  • Wheat flour (2 cups)

Directions:

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brewsters yeast, wheat germ, and flour. In another bowl, put in the egg, broth, oil and peanut butter. When everything is already incorporated, add this mixture to the dry mixture and mix together. Stir until the consistency becomes doughy.
  3. Choose a flat surface to put the dough on and lightly drizzle it with flour. Put the dough onto the surface. Roll it out to make a ¼ inch thick dough surface. Using a cookie cutter of whatever shape you like, preferably the Dog bone shape, cut out the dough and place these cut outs onto the baking sheet you prepared earlier. You can knead the dough again and spread out and cut into shapes.
  4. Bake this in the preheated oven until light brown for about 35 to 40 minutes. Make sure the treats are already a bit hard to resemble the commercial treats.
  5. Let the treats cool completely before giving to your Pet or putting in an airtight container to store.

 

2. Pumpkin Pie Flavored Treats for your Puppy

Pumpkin-Pie-Flavored-Treats-for-your-PuppyIngredients:

  • Egg yolk, large and beaten lightly with a teaspoon of water (1 piece)
  • Canola oil, (1 tbsp)
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Brown sugar (2 tbsp)
  • Egg, one large whole
  • Peanut butter (1/3 cup)
  • Pumpkin puree (1 cup)
  • Ground cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
  • Wheat germ, toasted (1/4 cup)
  • Flax seed (1/4 cup)
  • Wheat flour (2 ½ cups)

Directions:

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare two baking sheets and line these with a parchment paper.
  2. Take one large bowl and combine the flour, wheat germ, flax seed, and cinnamon. Mix together well. Then in another bowl, add together the egg, peanut butter, water, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Make sure everything is incorporated well into the mixture. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients mixture and combine together with a wooden spatula. Keep mixing until and dough is formed. Knead the dough until everything comes together.
  3. Choose a flat working surface, lightly drizzle with flour, and then place the dough onto it. Roll and flatten the dough to make a ¼ inch-thick mixture. Get a cookie cutter with the size of about 3 inches and cut out treats from the dough. Place these cut outs in the baking sheet prepared earlier. If there is still enough dough left, knead this again, roll onto the surface and cut treats.
  4. Using the egg yolk, brush the surface of each treat before placing in the oven.
  5. Bake the treats for about 35 to 40 minutes. Make sure you turn the baking sheets to ensure even cooking. When they are already light brown, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. Use each treat to reward your Dog and place the rest in an airtight container for storage.

3. Chia Carrot Homemade Dog Treat

Chia-Carrot-Homemade-Dog-TreatIngredients:

  • Carrots, grated (2 pieces)
  • Maple syrup (2 tbsp)
  • Canola oil (2 tbsp)
  • Water (2/3 cup)
  • Almond butter (1/3 cup)
  • Chia seeds (1/4 cup)
  • Wheat germ, toasted (1/2 cup)
  • Wheat flour (1 cup)
  • All-purpose flour (1 cup)

Directions:

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the wheat germ, chia seeds, and flour. Set this aside. In another bowl, mix together the canola oil, water, syrup and almond butter. Make sure everything is incorporated well. Add in the carrots. Add this to the dry ingredient mixture and combine well using a wooden spatula. Mix this until everything comes together and reaches a doughy consistency. Continue kneading the dough.
  3. Prepare a clean flat surface and lightly drizzle this with flour. Put the dough mixture onto the surface and flatten this to achieve a 1/4-inch thick dough. Find a nice and cute cookie cutter of whatever shape you want as long as it is about 3-inches in length. Place the cutouts in the baking sheet. If there is still enough dough left, repeat the process of kneading, flattening, cutting and placing of the cut outs in the baking sheet.
  4. Bake the treats in the preheated oven for about 34 to 40 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Remove the treats and let them cool on a rack.
  5. Give to your Dog as a reward or for a game and the rest may be stored in an airtight container.

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4. Bacon Cookie Treat

Bacon-Cookie-TreatIngredients:

  • Parsley, chopped (1/3 cup)
  • Chicken broth, low sodium (1 cup)
  • Egg, large (1 piece)
  • Non fat milk, dry (1/2 cup)
  • Flax seed (1/2 cup)
  • Wheat germ (1/2 cup) toasted
  • Wheat flour (2 ¼ cup)
  • Bacon uncured (3 slices)

Directions:

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare about 2 large baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  2. Cook the bacon in a nonstick skillet using low to medium heat. Do not put oil. Make sure to turn the bacon several times to ensure cooking for about 6 to 7 minutes. Take the bacon and leave about a tablespoon of oil in the pan. Place it on a flat surface or chopping board and chop the bacon to finer pieces.
  3. In one large bowl, put together the chopped bacon, wheat germ, flour, and dry milk. Mix them together. Set this aside. In another bowl, put together the broth, egg, bacon fat that was saved earlier, and parsley. Mix well. Then, add the dry ingredient mixture into the wet mixture and stir to mix everything well. Continue stirring until it reaches a doughy consistency and then knead the dough.
  4. Prepare a flat surface where you can continue working and drizzle this lightly with flour. Take the dough and roll it out onto the surface until you reach a ¼-inch thick dough.
  5. Get some cookie cutters that are 3-inches long. Cut out the dough and arrange in the baking sheets. If there is still enough dough, repeat the kneading and spreading out onto the flat surface. Cut with the cookie cutter and then place them in the baking sheet.
  6. Bake the treats in the preheated oven, making sure that you turn the sheets every now and then to ensure even cooking. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until it is light brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly.
  8. Give to your Dogs and the rest may be placed in an airtight container for future use.

5. Meat, Cheese and Corn Treat

MeatIngredients:

  • Canola oil (2 tbsp)
  • Egg, large (1 piece)
  • Beef broth, low sodium (3/4 cup)
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese, reduced fat (2/3 cup)
  • Dry milk, non-fat (1/2 cup)
  • Brewers yeast (1/4 cup)
  • Cornmeal, stone ground (3/4 cup)

Directions:

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare 1 or 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  2. Take the brewer’s yeast, cornmeal, flour, and dry milk and place them together in a large bowl. Slowly add in the cheese that has been shredded. In another bowl, put together the egg, oil, and broth and mix well. Make sure everything is incorporated into the mixture. Slowly add in the dry ingredient mixture into the wet mixture and mix thoroughly. Keep mixing until a doughy consistency is achieved. Knead the dough until everything comes together.
  3. Prepare a flat surface and drizzle it lightly with flour and put the dough on the surface. Roll it out until you make a ¼-inch thick dough. Use your available cookie cutter, about 3 inches in length and cut out the dough. Arrange the cut outs in the baking sheet. If there is still enough dough, knead it again, roll out onto the surface, cut out treats and then place them in the baking sheet.
  4. Bake the treats in the preheated oven. Make sure to turn the sheets every once in a while to ensure even cooking. Cook for about 35 to 40 minutes or until the treats turn light brown.
  5. Remove the treats from the oven and let them cool completely.
  6. You may immediately give this to your Dog or you may store them in an airtight container for storage.

6. Cute Elvis Biscuit

Cute-Elvis-BiscuitIngredients:

  • Dark brown sugar (1 tbsp)
  • Canola oil (2 tbsp)
  • Large egg (1 piece)
  • Mashed ripe banana (1 piece)
  • Peanut butter, creamy and natural (1/4 cup)
  • Rolled oats, old-fashioned (3/4 cup)
  • Wheat flour, whole (1 ¼ cup)

Directions:

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Using a large bowl, put together the oats and flour. Set this aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, egg, banana, butter, and oil and stir them together. Take the bowl with the dry ingredients and pour into the wet mixture and stir together. Continue to stir until a doughy consistency is achieved. Knead the dough several times to allow it to come together.
  4. Drizzle a little bit of flour on a clean working surface. Roll out the dough and spread it until you achieve a 1/4-inch thick dough. Using a regular cookie cutter, cut out the dough and arrange them in the baking sheet. Should there still be enough dough, knead it again, flatten and spread out on the surface and cut out. Arrange these cut outs in the baking sheet.
  5. Place this in the preheated oven and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until the treats are already light brown.
  6. Remove the treats from the oven and let them cool completely. Extras may be stored in an airtight container for storage.

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7. Dog Bachelor Treats

Dog-Bachelor-TreatsIngredients:

  • Peanut butter (1 cup)
  • Cornmeal (3 ounces)
  • All purpose flour (5 ounces)
  • Wheat flour, whole (10 ounces)
  • Chicken stock (8 ounces)
  • Honey (1 tbsp)
  • Vegetable oil (1 ounce)
  • Eggs (4 pieces; 2 for the egg wash and 2 for the dough)

Directions:

  1. Begin by setting the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Take a large bowl and put in the oil, honey and 2 eggs. Whisk the mixture and then add in the chicken stock. Continue whisking.
  3. Set up the stand mixer and pour in the all-purpose flour, cornmeal and whole wheat flour. Set the speed of the mixture to medium speed and then add in the mixture with the chicken stock and then the peanut butter. Continue mixing for about a minute or until the consistency of a dough is achieved.
  4. Take the dough and cut it into two parts. Roll one dough on a flat surface that is drizzled with a little flour until you create a ½-inch thick dough. Using a regular cookie cutter, cut out treats and arrange them on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Do the same with the other half of the dough. Set aside.
  5. With the two remaining eggs, crack them onto a small bowl and whisk. Spread with a brush on top of each treat and let it dry. If you desire your treats to have a darker color, then apply a second wash of the egg.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes in the preheated oven or until the treats are a golden brown.
  7. Give to your Dog and store the rest in an airtight container.

8. Banana and Peanut Butter Doggie Treat

Peanut-Butter-Doggie-TreatIngredients:

  • Beaten egg (1 piece)
  • Peanut butter (3 tbsp)
  • Parsley, dried (1/2 cup)
  • Rolled oats (2/3 cup)
  • Oat flour (1 cup)
  • Banana, peeled (1 cup)

Directions:

  1. Begin by setting your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, place the peeled banana and mash using either a fork or a hand masher. Add in the parsley, egg, peanut butter, oats, and oat flour and mix well. Let this stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. Take the mixture and using a tablespoon, scoop a spoonful and roll into a ball. The recipe yields about 24 balls. Arrange the balls in the parchment-lined baking sheet and with the heel of your hand or the back of your spoon, press the dough to flatten.
  4. Bake the treats in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. When the treats are golden brown, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely.
  5. For storage, you may place the treats in an airtight container or in the freezer.

9. Nut and Bacon Treats

Bacon-Cookie-TreatIngredients:

  • Wheat germ (1/2 cup)
  • Pastry flour, whole wheat (1/2)
  • Soy flour (1/2 cup)
  • Water (3 tbsp)
  • Maple syrup (1 tbsp)
  • Peanut butter, natural and creamy (1/3 cup)
  • Egg (1 piece)
  • Bacon, diced (3 slices)

Directions:

  1. Begin by setting the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a skillet, fry the bacon that has been diced to a crisp. When finished, scoop the bacon bits with a spoon and save the fat. Let the fat cool for a bit.
  3. When the bacon fat has already cooled, add in the peanut butter, water, maple syrup and egg and mix together.
  4. Next, put the wheat germ and flour and mix together. Finally, add in the crispy bacon.
  5. Find a flat working surface and drizzle this lightly with flour and then put the flour on the surface. Roll out the dough on the surface and spread it, making a ¼-inch thick dough.
  6. Using your regular cookie cutter, cut out dough and arrange them on the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Put in the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the treats are golden brown.
  8. Cool the treats completely and give to your Dog. If there are extras, place them in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

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10. Doggie Biscuits

Doggie-BiscuitsIngredients:

  • Egg, large (1)
  • Mint leaves, fresh and chopped (1/2 cup)
  • Flat-leaf parsley, fresh and chopped (1/2 cup)
  • Water (1 cup and 1 tbsp)
  • Unsalted cold butter, cut to pieces (3/4 cup)
  • Salt (1 ½ tsp)
  • Baking powder (1tbsp)
  • Brown sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Wheat germ, toasted (1/2 cup)
  • Old fashioned rolled oats (1 ¼ cup)
  • Cornmeal (1 ¼ cup)

Directions:

  1. Set up the food processor and put in the wheat germ, flour, oats, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. Combine them all by pulse. Then add the butter and pulse again until the consistency is coarse. Then add the cup of water and then pulse again until the texture is coarse.
  2. Prepare a flat surface that you can work on and drizzle this lightly with flour. Then drizzle as well with chopped parsley and mint. Take the dough and knead this on the surface a few times. When the ingredients have already been evenly distributed, divide it into two. Take each half and flatten it to form a disk with a 6-inch diameter.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place the racks. Meanwhile, get two baking sheets and grease them a little.
  4. Take the dough and roll it into a flat circle with a thickness of about ¼ of an inch. Using a regular cookie cutter, cut out shapes to make your treats and then arrange them on the baking sheet. Scraps may be kneaded again, rolled flat and then cut out for more treats.
  5. In a small bowl, add the water and the egg and whisk them together. With a brush, apply on the top of every treat or biscuit.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the treats are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.

The Bottom Line:

You see, there are so many ways of making your own homemade Dog treats. In fact, you can even make your own and come up with a recipe that is delicious even for you.

Let your Dog love you more by giving him only the healthiest and personalized Dog treats that you, yourself, prepare. Always remember that a happy Dog is a good and cheerful Dog and that makes you a happy Pet owner.

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