Homemade puppy treats are an ideal way to show your pup how much you care, while reducing potential hazards in their diet.
Cookie Rookie’s pumpkin dog treats can be made using ingredients you may already have at home: whole wheat flour, peanut butter, cinnamon (in small amounts) and bacon strips.
Blueberry Yoghurt Ice Cubes
This frozen puppy treat is an easy and healthy way to reward good behavior in your pup! Made from yogurt and blueberries, add any additional fruits your dog prefers – just be sure that they’re appropriate for eating by dogs first!
Whisk together one cup of plain yogurt with four ounces of water (you may need more or less depending on how thick you want your pupsicle to be). Fill silicone bone and paw-shaped molds, leaving plenty of room for blueberries.
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Chicken Liver Dog Treats
Chicken liver is an abundant source of nutrients, providing essential Vitamin A (which supports eye and immune health), Vitamin B2 and Folate for overall good health. Enjoy it baked, pan-fried, boiled or steamed in many different forms; or add it into tasty treats and recipes.
These delightful bites combine ingredients known to benefit dogs: chicken liver, oat flour, protein-packed eggs and coconut oil for coat strengthening. And the bonus? Making these treats is quick and simple!
Be mindful that liver is rich in both fat and vitamin A, so serve it in moderation to avoid creating hypervitaminosis A – a condition which causes muscle weakness and digestive problems if consumed excessively. For optimal results, provide treats tailored specifically to each puppy’s weight as treats for him/her.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Peanut butter dog treats are a favorite among canines and make for simple homemade puppy treats that can be either soft or crunchy. By creating them yourself, you have complete control of the ingredients used and can avoid additives, preservatives and potential allergens in their creation.
These homemade dog treats are simple to create using ingredients you likely already have on hand in your pantry. Each batch takes only about 30 minutes to bake and can be used as rewards for good behavior or as refreshing treats during warm months.
Keep your pup safe when baking by securing the kitchen with a gate and using non-toxic baking pan or tray. Add vegetables, chicken or beef stock for extra flavor and moisture – or even use cookie cutters to create fun shapes – if adding vegetables, stock or fruit to dough; just be mindful when selecting peanut butter brands as some brands contain xylitol which is harmful to pups and can lower blood sugar levels significantly.
Cornmeal Doggie Biscuits
These crunchy biscuits are easy to make and will help reduce tartar on your dog’s teeth. Parsley and mint provide breath fresheners while cornmeal, oats and flour provide satisfying crunchiness for your canine friend.
Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs and oil in a mixer before adding flour and cinnamon for a stiff dough. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from this dough before baking on a floured surface until golden brown.
Homemade puppy treats are an amazing way to show your pup just how much you care! Plus, their ingredients are all-natural and much healthier than most store-bought treats! Just remember to limit their intake to no more than 10% of daily calories; (check the ingredient lists on store-bought treats; you might be shocked at what items you don’t recognize! For even healthier puppy treat recipes try these tasty oatmeal apple cookies).