Making your own dog treats is a fun and easy way to do something special for your four-legged family member. Home made dog treats are a healthy alternative to store bought options because you eliminate the unhealthy additives that manufacturers use to extend the shelf life of the store bought dog treats, and the quality of ingredients you use to make the dog treats is likely better than the ingredients used in the manufactured treats. Be sure to check with your veterinarian to find out if your dog or cat has any special dietary requirements or restrictions.
We have put together a list of our favourite DIY Dog Treat Recipes. These recipes are easy, quick, and use ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!
Cesar Millan’s Frozen Peanut Butter Dog Treats
The perfect summer snack to cool your pet down this holiday season!
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 litre plain yogurt
- Melt 1 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl
- Combine 1L plain yogurt and melted peanut butter
- Pour the mixture into cupcake papers
- Place in the freezer
Pooch’s Pumpkin Leather
Pumpkin has great health benefits for dogs and is a natural solution to canine constipation and diarrhea.
- 2 cups pumpkin
- Bake or microwave your pumpkin until soft.
- Puree pumpkin in a blender or food processor.
- Preheat oven to 60C or lowest setting possible.
- Spread pureed pumpkin in a thin layer onto a non-stick baking tray.
- Bake for 6-8 hours or until the pumpkin is no longer sticky to the touch.
- When cool cut the pumpkin leather into treat-sized strips.
Beefy Cheese Bones
A savory treat for your furry friends!
- 2 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup mild, tasty cheese, grated (Not all cheese varieties are safe for dogs)
- 1 egg
- ½ cup low-fat beef broth or chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 325C.
- Add 2 cups oats (save the other 1/2), broth, and egg to a large mixing bowl. Combine well. Add cheese, remaining ½ cup of rolled oats and combine.
- Knead dough for about 3 minutes then place in fridge for 3 minutes so it will become firmer. Press to ½-inch thickness.
- Use a bone shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes then place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Use the treats to create a Canine Advent Calendar or wrap them in a ribbon and send them to all the dog owners on your Christmas List. All the treats listed above can be kept in the freezer for up to a month.