Homemade dog treats are an easy and tasty way to show your beloved pup how much you care, yet it should account for no more than 10% of his or her daily caloric needs.
Avoid adding ingredients that could be toxic to your dog (such as chocolate and the sweetener xylitol) as well as those which may cause stomach upset, such as unbaked bread dough.
1. Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Peanut butter is an ideal treat ingredient for dogs, packed with proteins, fatty acids and vitamins that provide them with essential nutrition. Kol’s Notes offers healthy salmon and sweet potato dog treats which are soft and chewy for older pups or those suffering from dental issues.
If your pup suffers from food allergies, try swapping out wheat flour for alternatives like sorghum, oat or garbanzo bean flours. Use creamy peanut butter that does not contain artificial sweeteners that could potentially poison him!
Make dough treats using either a cookie cutter or knife and freeze in ice cube trays for an extended snacking experience!
2. Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats
These easy banana peanut butter dog treats are packed with protein, oats and vitamins to support digestive health in your pup! Simply combine mashed banana with smooth peanut butter in a bowl before rolling the dough into small balls to bake!
These delicious homemade chicken and banana biscuits make a healthy homemade dog treat for any pup who appreciates fish or meat, like canned salmon for its omega-3 fatty acids that benefit skin and coat health, and eggs for protein and essential amino acids. Furthermore, this treat includes bananas, whole wheat flour and parsley to provide extra vitamins and minerals!
Make sure to use natural peanut butter without added oils or salt, and avoid cinnamon (which may upset some dogs’ tummies in small doses). If salmon isn’t your pup’s thing, try swapping out canned pumpkin or cooked sweet potato instead for something more crunchy! For an even crunchier experience, bake in a muffin tin instead of on a cookie sheet!
3. Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Sweet potato dog treats are simple to make at a fraction of the cost found in pet stores and many dogs love them! Additionally, they provide plenty of fiber and vitamins – just avoid adding ingredients such as chocolate (unless carob), macadamia nuts, onions or xylitol as these may not be safe for dogs.
If your pup loves the aroma of gingerbread baking, give these homemade gingerbread cookies made with brewer’s yeast to prevent fleas and coconut oil for natural pest repellent a try! They’re even vegan-friendly to accommodate special dietary restrictions!
Sunny Day Family offers no-bake dog treats that are quick and easy to make in hot weather, perfect for creating no-bake treats in candy molds or an ice tray. Simply mix plain yogurt with fruit before freezing in candy molds or an ice tray. Additionally, fresh herbs, garlic or vegetable broth can add extra nutrition.
4. Pumpkin Dog Treats
Pumpkin is an incredible natural ingredient packed with fiber that promotes digestive health in dogs with sensitive stomachs, providing them with the relief they require. When combined with creamy peanut butter and other healthy ingredients, your furry companions are sure to love their snack time treat!
This easy recipe only needs five ingredients and is much healthier than store-bought treats that may be high in fat and sugar. Plus, you can easily adapt it for any diet your vet prescribes — be it low-fat for pancreatitis or gluten-free for allergies.
Mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter and egg in a large bowl before gradually mixing in dry ingredients such as flour and cinnamon. Roll dough out on a floured surface before cutting shapes with cookie cutters for fun shapes! Bake treats until golden brown then store in airtight containers to be refrigerated or frozen up to three months for use as birthday presents or rewards for good behavior! These pumpkin dog treats make great birthday presents or rewards!