We’re going to close out our series on making your own pet food with a few great recipes for making your own dog treats. Homemade dog treats are generally very easy to make and the ingredients are fairly inexpensive. Remember though, these recipes are for treats only and shouldn’t be used as part of your dog’s staple diet. If you’re looking for recipes for making your own dog food, we offered three great recipes in this article. If you’re looking for information on making your own cat food or cat treats, you can check out those articles here and here. There are a lot of great recipes for homemade dog treats out there but I’m just going to share my personal favorites. These are the treats I make for my dog, De Niro, on a regular basis and sometimes gift to friends with dogs. Most are quick, easy and inexpensive to make and are sure to please even the pickiest of our four legged friends.
How to Make Dog Treats: A Quick Note About Homemade Dog Treats
Not all people food is safe for our canine friends so it’s important to make sure you don’t feed your dog anything that isn’t good for them. We talked a lot about forbidden foods for dogs in our homemade dog food article so I’m not going to go into it again here but make sure you check out that list and familiarize yourself with it so you know what you’re giving your pooch isn’t going to give him or her an upset tummy or worse. With that said, a few of these recipes do incorporate one or two of the forbidden foods. I absolutely only use the forbidden foods if I’m absolutely positive they don’t cause harm to a dog in small doses. That is the case with all the recipes on this list. Remember, these recipes are for dog treats only. Treats should only be given to your dog when they’ve done something you want to reward them for such as rewarding them for good behavior. Otherwise, they’re no longer ‘treats’ and are just something the dog come expect. That in mind, all of these treats are perfectly fine for the average dog. If your dog has any special dietary needs, however, you’re going to want to consult with your vet first before you start offering your beloved pooch any of these recipes just to be sure they’ll be diet appropriate.
How to Make Dog Treats: X Recipes for Dog Treats Your Dog Will Love
As I mentioned above, the recipes I’m about to share with you are treats and shouldn’t be what you feed your dog for meals. I hate to be repetitive but that’s a very important point to make and I want to make sure I make it. Some of these recipes are healthy but they don’t offer the vitamins and nutrients your dog needs to be healthy if used as a meal. Okay, let’s talk recipes.
Homemade Dog Treat Recipe #1: Bacon Flavored Dog Biscuits
This is one of De Niro’s favorites. To make these bacon flavored biscuits, you’ll need:
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 tbsp. bacon fat, melted
- 5 cups whole wheat flour
- cookie sheet
- large mixing bowl
Step One: Preheat oven to 350°F
Step Two: Grease your cookie sheet and place aside for later use.
Step Three: Crack your eggs into the large mixing bowl and beat them well.
Step Four: Stir in bacon fat, milk, salt and water. Blend until mixture is well combined.
Step Five: Stir in your flour. Do this gradually to make mixing a bit easier.
Step Six: Pull off bits of the dough you’ve made and roll them into balls. The balls should be roughly two inches in size.
Step Seven: Place the dough balls on the cookie sheet you greased in step two.
Step Eight: Bake your biscuits for 35-40 minutes.
Step Nine: Remove from oven and place biscuits on racks to cool.
Step Ten: Place in plastic container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Homemade Dog Treat Recipe #2: Beef and Cheese Dog Cookies
This recipe makes four dozen dog treats that your dog will love. They also make great gifts for the dog lovers in your family. To make these, you’ll need:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 1 cup water, boiling
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 2 tbsp. white sugar
- 1 tbsp. beef bouillon
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- large mixing bowl
- cookie sheet
- cookie cutter
Step One: Preheat oven to 325°F.
Step Two: Grease your cookie sheet and set it aside.
Step Three: Combine oats, margarine and water in your large mixing bowl. Let this mixture stand for 10 minutes.
Step Four: Add bouillon, cheese, cornmeal, egg, milk and sugar to the mixture you prepared in step two. Stir in these ingredients gradually and make sure everything is mixed together well.
Step Five: Add flour cup by cup until the mixture from step four has become a stiff dough.
Step Six: Lightly flour a clean flat surface and begin kneading your dough.
Step Seven: As you knead your dough, add in a little flour until your dough is no longer sticky.
Step Eight: Roll out the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick.
Step Nine: Cut your dough with your cookie cutters. I like using dog bone shaped cookie cutters but any shape is fine.
Step Ten: Place the dough you’ve cut out onto the cookie sheet you prepared in step two so that each shape is roughly 1 inch apart.
Step Eleven: Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
Step Twelve: Cool cookies before serving. Store any unused cookies in the fridge in a loosely covered plastic container.
*For a different flavor for this one, you can substitute beef bouillon for chicken bouillon.
Homemade Dog Treat Recipe #3: Diabetic Dog Treats
When I wanted to make treats for a friend’s diabetic dog, I had an incredibly hard time finding diabetic dog treat recipes. After lots of searching and a little trial and error, I found a great recipe her dog went crazy for. The best part? It’s perfectly healthy for diabetic dogs. To make these treats, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 lbs. beef liver, chunked
- 2 eggs
- food processor
- 10×15 inch jelly roll pan
- parchment paper
- pizza cutter
Step One: Preheat oven to 350°F.
Step Two: Line your jelly roll pan with parchment paper then set pan aside for later use.
Step Three: Put your beef liver into the food processor and pulse the meat until it is finely chopped.
Step Four: Add the flour and eggs to the beef liver in the food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth.*
Step Five: Spread evenly in the pan you prepared in step two.
Step Six: Bake the treats in the over for 15 minutes or until the center of the treats is firm.
Step Seven: Cool and cut the treats into squares using your pizza cutter.
Step Eight: Store any unused portions in a tightly sealed plastic container in the fridge.
*If your food processor isn’t big enough for the liver, flour and eggs, pour the liver mixture into a large mixing bowl, add the flour and eggs and mix with a wooden spoon. To make it a bit easier to mix, stir in the flour instead of adding it all at once.