Homemade Dog Treats

Meet Meyer. She is (in my opinion) the world’s greatest wiener dog. 

 

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She was break your heart cute as a puppy.

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She is not a fan of selfies.

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She is not a fan of the costumes that I like to torture her with.

And bath time makes her sad. 

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But the one thing that makes her sleeping in the sun with a rubber chicken kind of happy…are my homemade dog treats.

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When Meyer was a puppy I used to have the “no people food” rule, but the first time I gave her a baby carrot as a treat and she devoured it, that rule got kicked to the curb. If I am chopping veggies, Meyer is eating the scraps. Kale, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, celery, and peppers are some of her favorites. (Note: Never give your dog: grapes, raisins, avocados, mushrooms, onions and garlic)

I started making dog treats for Meyer when I realized that I was tired of paying for treats that contained a bunch of ingredients I didn’t recognize. (We can analyze why I don’t treat my own diet this way another time.) I have found some easy ways to make treats that are healthy and budget friendly for your favorite four-legged friends.

Sweet Potato Treats 

Meyer’s favorite neighbor got her hooked on dehydrated sweet potato treats. Once I figured out how easy they were to make at home, I knew I had to make this a staple in our house as well.

These couldn’t be easier. Slice a sweet potato and then lay flat on a baking sheet and dehydrated in your oven. Literally, that is it.

  • I use a mandolin and put it on the thicker setting because Meyer likes it chewy and not crispy.
  • Grease a baking sheet and lay out the slices flat.
  • Bake in an oven between 175 to 250 degrees and let it go low and slow to dehydrate the potatoes.
  • The length of time depends on the thickness of the slices, at 175 and thick you could leave them in there for up to 8 hours. At thinner slices at 250, 3 hours tops. I usually keep an eye on them and when they dried out, pull them out and let them cool down before storing them.
  • Since there are no preservatives in these (like the ones you find at the store) they will go bad after about 7-10 days.
You can also bake a whole sweet potato and give that to the pups. I totally cheat and get the potatoes that are wrapped in plastic and throw one in a microwave for Meyer and she loves it.

Doggie Birthday Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup of shredded carrots (this is optional, Meyer loves baby carrots as a treat/bone, so I threw them in)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions 

  • Mix all the ingredients together and then bake at 350 for 15-20 mins. 
  • You can frost the cake with plain yogurt. I watered down some peanut butter and then put it in a zip loc bag, then snipped the corner and wrote on the cake like it was icing. (Obviously, completely unnecessary because dogs can’t read, but it looked good for pics)

Homemade Frosty Paws 

These frozen treats are a hit at any Pup Party, but they are way too expensive for my taste. Once you learn how easy they are to make, you will always have a Frosty Paw on hand for your pup.

Ingredients 

  • 32 ounces of pain yogurt
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter (i usually add a lil more because Meyer loves it so much)

Instructions 

  • Throw all of these ingredients into a blender and blend. Seriously, it is that easy.
  • I pour the mixture into small paper cups and then put in the freezer until solid. You can also put them in muffin tins and it will pop right out, but I like that I can just throw the cup away and the melting treat doesn’t get all over the place.
  • This batch makes a ton of treats, so you can half it if you want.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats

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This recipe is the most complicated, but worth it.  I make these treats around the holidays as a gift for my friends who have dogs from Meyer.

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 cups flour (whatever you prefer, you can do whole wheat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Set oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and it should end up being a stiff dough. If you need to, you can add a little water if it is too dry.
  • I roll the dough out and use cookie cutters to cut out individual treats. I have built a cookie cutter collection that contains bone, weiner dog, squirrel, alligator (Go Gators), and fire hydrant. 
  • If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can also just roll the dough into a log and cut in into rounds like cookies.
  • Bake for about 30-40 mins, you want them to be hard, not soft like a human cookie.

 

Many of the ingredients that I use are good for dogs with sensitive stomachs (pumpkin is great), but if you are not sure how your pup will react to any of these ingredients, I recommend giving them just a tiny taste to test it out.

 

Do you have any homemade treats that you pup loves? Please share!

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