August 3, 2020

Simple Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

I am passionate about maintaining good health for myself and my family, and that includes my dogs too. Wherever possible I choose organic foods over non-organic, farm-fresh over frozen and try to cook as much at home as time allows. Recently, I have started cooking for my dogs too and now have a handful of simple homemade dog treat recipes which have become firm favorites with my furry friends.

All these biscuits will last for 1-2 weeks in an airtight container or for up to 6 months in the freezer. If usiing them from the freezer, you do need to let them defrost at room temperature before giving them to your dog. Don’t get tempted to pop them in the microwave to defrost as they can heat up too much inside and you may risk burning your doggie’s mouth.

Peanut Butter Cookies

I found this recipe online a little while back and have been tweaking it until now I have a recipe my dogs love. It contains lots of healthy ingredients: egg for protein; sweet potato for dietary fiber; and peanut butter which is a rich source of healthy fat, vitamins B and E and protein.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup sweet potato

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup oil (this could be canola, olive, coconut or avocado oil)

2 1/2 cups of wholewheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg.F (180 deg.C).
  2. Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mix to a firm dough. Note: Add the oil gradually as you may not need it all.
  3. Roll out the dough until its about 1/2″ (1cm) thick.
  4. Cut out your biscuits with a cookie cutter.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. You can decorate the biscuits with a thin glaze made from smooth peanut butter and animal fat (lamb, goose or bacon ) if you wish.

These biscuits can be stored in an airtight tin for a week or two.

Classic Dog Biscuits

This is a perfect ‘go-to’ biscuit recipe which is easy to make and can be stored for quite a while, until your dog discovers how to open the tin! If your dog doesn’t like carrot you can add zucchini or spinach to the mixture.

Ingredients:

2 cups wholewheat flour

1/4 cup porridge oats

1/8 cup shortening (pork lard)

1 tbsp safflower oil

1/8 cup Parmesan cheese

1 2/3 cups unsalted chicken stock

3 carrots, finely grated

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 320 deg.F (160 deg.C).
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix
  3. Add the chicken stock gradually to form a firm dough.
  4. Roll out the dough until its about 1/4″ (0.5cm) thick.
  5. Cut out into squares or triangles.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and allow to dry out in the oven.
  8. Store in an airtight tin.

    Classic Dog Biscuits

Chicken and Rice Biscuits

Just like humans, dogs get food allergies. This is usually due to eating proprietary dog food that contains a high proportion of wheat. This allergic reaction may be permanent or temporary and your veterinarian is likely to suggest changing their diet to a simpler one of chicken or tuna and rice. These biscuits are therefore a perfect choice if your dog has food allergies or suffers from a delicate stomach.

Ingredients:

1 cooked boneless chicken breast

1/2 cup cooked rice

1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock

2 1/2 cups plain flour (use wholewheat if you have it)

1 egg

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg.F (180 deg.C).
  2. Puree the chicken, rice and some of the stock in a blender.
  3. Add the chicken puree to a bowl then mix in the flour and egg to form a stiff dough. Use more of the remaining stock if you need to.
  4. Roll out the dough until its about 1/2″ (1cm) thick.
  5. Cut out your biscuits with a cookie cutter and place on a baking tray.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool and harden.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

Breath Fresheners

Dogs often get bad breath and I like to keep a handful of breath freshening treats in the cupboard at all times. This recipe is one of my favorites as my dogs cannot resist cheese so will ignore the addition of the breath freshening mint. I have tried fresh mint in this recipe, but that is too strong for even the cheese to disguise so I advise only using dried herb.

Ingredients:

2 cups wholewheat flour

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded/grated

2 tbsp dried mint

1 1/3 cups of water

1/4 cup oil

1 egg, beaten

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg.F (180 deg.C).
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir in the egg.
  4. Combine the water and oil and stir into the mixture gradually until you have a stiff dough.
  5. Roll the dough onto a floured board until it is 3/4″ (2cm) thick.
  6. Cut into shape using a cookie cutter and place on a baking tray.
  7. Bake for 60-90 minutes until the biscuits are dry.
  8. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
  9. Store in an airtight tin.

Special Dietary Considerations

These simple homemade dog treat recipes will help give you total control over the ingredients that your dog ingests. If you make treats at home, you no longer need to check the ingredients on the packet each time you buy at the store, or pay exorbitant amounts for specialist products. Each recipe can be easily adapted to take into consideration any special dietary needs your dog may have. Whether he has digestive problems, allergies, or simply needs to control his weight, you can give him a treat that suits his needs.

Your veterinarian will advise you on specific dietary adjustments and you can discuss with her the ingredients that need to be avoided, but as a general rule of thumb you can consider the following ingredient substitutions:

  • Use chia seeds pre-soaked in water instead of egg.
  • Use gluten-free flour such as rice flour or almond flour instead of wheat flour
  • Use smashed avocado instead of peanut (or other nut) butter.

Just typing these recipes is making me feel hungry and my little dog Dexter is outside trying to eat the tortoise food, so I better get into the kitchen and make a batch of dog treats before Humperdinck, the tortoise, gives him a nip!

Dexter wondering if he can eat Humperdinck’s breakfast

12 thoughts on “Simple Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

  1. Very interesting, thorough, and helpful article on homemade dog treat recipe biscuits. Those peanut butter cookies look so good, I may have to try them myself. I appreciate how you emphasize organic, and good nutrition for your dog treats. It is true that we are taking chances by buying dog treats at the pet store. By following your recipes, as you say, you can control the ingredients, and have the peace of mind of knowing that it won’t harm the dogs. I really like your website, and will have to check out your other related articles. All the best, Tom

    1. Thank you, I do believe that our pets deserve the same quality of food that we eat ourselves. It keeps them healthy, happy, is usually less expensive and reduces the vet bills.

  2. I just love all the natural recipes you shared in your article, I just lost my dog last week and even though I fed him from a pup the expensive natural dog food he ended up full of tumors. I have another dog just over one-year-old and I really want to take him off dog food, so by any chance do you have any home-made dog recipes I could feed my dog in hopes he lives a long and healthy life.

    Jeff

    1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have lots of recipes and tips to share to help keep your dog healthy, so please check in again as I will be adding recipes most weeks.

  3. Hi Kate. Thank you. We have a 14 year old groodle that is starting to get fussy. We have tried the peanut butter cookies. They worked a treat. We will run with the others. I agree they are better and far more beneficial than the store bought.
    Thanks heaps
    Stephen

    1. I’m glad your groodle liked them. 🙂 I’m working on some gluten-free treats at the moment so hopefully will have those perfected and ready to share with you soon.

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