As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Since our dogs are part of our families, we want to make sure we are feeding them right. That is why we’ve rounded up some amazing recipes for homemade dog treats. Not only are they nutritious, but they can save you money too using ingredients you already have in your pantry.
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1. Peanut Butter Banana Gluten Free Dog Treats
Well, I’ve never been tempted to eat a dog treat, but I sure do love the peanut butter banana combo! They are also grain-free, which I try to follow for our pups. If you are worried about what looks like chocolate chips on these, I was to. They actually have carob chips, which are a dog-safe alternative to chocolate. (via Hello Nature Blog)
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2. Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
This would be a fun treat to make over the Thanksgiving holiday so your four-legged family member can join in the festivities. In fact, canned pumpkin is a great supplement to your dogs diet because it helps aid in digestion. (via Desserts with Benefits)
3. Quick & Easy Frozen Dog Treats for Summer
The summer heat is just around the corner and I worry about keeping our pups cool enough in the Texas sun. This quick & easy recipe for frozen dog treats is perfect! I love how they used the bone treat as the popsicle stick. (via Home is Where the Boat is)
Also a helpful trick when reading labels, make sure none of the ingredients you use contain xylitol. It is a sugar alcohol that is harmful to dogs.
4. Fresh Breath Treats
Everybody loves puppy breath, but stinky dog breath? No thank you. Your dogs will be begging for these fresh breath treats that are practical too! (via DIY Dog Mom)
5. Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews
Talk about an all natural and easy homemade treat for your pet! All you have to do is slice up some sweet potatoes that you can buy for $2 at the store. Did you know that the same type of natural sweet potato chews retails for $13 at Petsmart?! You can save over $10! (via Happy Money Saver)
6. Apple & Peanut Butter Pupcakes
Since we do treat our pups like part of the family, we want to celebrate their birthdays too! Here is an adorable dog-friendly “pupcake” recipe for the occasion. (via Sugar & Soul)
Looking for a grain-free version? Check out this or this recipe.
7. DIY Dog Birthday Cake & More
Personally, I love watching people make recipes much more than I like reading them, so check out this great video with 3 different homemade dog treats including a dog birthday cake!
8. Carrot Oat Applesauce Treats
Have dogs & horses? First of all, I’m jealous! Second of all, this carrot oat applesauce treat will work for both. This quick & easy recipe calls for just four ingredients and is packed with nutrients and healthy fiber for digestion. (via Baking Mischief)
9. 3-Ingredient No Bake Dog Treats
Especially during the hot weather, I am not in the mood to turn on the oven. So, this 3 ingredient no-bake homemade dog treats recipe is perfect. In fact, you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator so it’s a great spontaneous recipe to make. (via Cooking with Janica)
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10. Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats
Peanut butter AND bacon?! Your dog is going to go ballistic over this homemade dog treat recipe. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)
11. Homemade Pill Pockets
Do you cringe when your vet hands you a prescription? No more because you can make these homemade pill pockets for a fraction of the price they retail for. (via 12 Tomatoes) If you haven’t heard of Pill Pockets, they are exactly what they sound like. A treat with a little hole and empty center to stick a treat in for your puppy to swallow. If you don’t have time to make the homemade version but NEED some of these magical treats, you can buy some here.
12. Gluten Free Vegan Dog Treats
If you follow a vegan diet and don’t like to have any animal products in your kitchen, this may be the right recipe for you. It is only 3 ingredients and easy to whip up a batch of these. (via The Plant Strong Vegan) Need a doggy bone cookie cutter? Buy one here.
Bonus: DIY Dog Treat Jars
Now that you have all these amazing homemade dog treats, you’re going to need a place to store them. Plus, they are so cute, they should be out on display. These DIY dog treat jars are just what you need. Spoiler alert: they are SUPER easy to make. (via The Sweetest Occasion)
13. Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats
Wait, you’re telling me these are grain-free, only have 2 ingredients, and prevent fleas?! Who isn’t sold? (via Health Starts in the Kitchen)
14. DIY Frozen Dog Treat
For any Office fans out there, doesn’t this remind you of the stapler in Jello prank that Jim pulled on Dwight? Funny! Anyways, this DIY frozen dog treat will not only keep your dog busy, but will also keep them busy & entertained. (via Purple Patch DIY)
15. Banana Pup Pops
Don’t have any special molds? Don’t worry, you can use Dixie cups to make these adorable pup pops. Again, they are a nice cold treat to cool off your dog on a hot summer day. (via Bitz & Giggles)
16. Grain-Free Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Sweet potato is another super healthy food for dogs that is packed with healthy nutrients, so it is perfect for making nutritious grain-free dog treats like these! (via The Healthy Maven)
17. Oat & Apple Pretzel Dog Treats
These oat & apple doggie pretzels are so darn cute! They are made of just 4 wholesome ingredients. And if you are short on time or intimidated by the idea of making the dough into pretzels, you could always just roll it out like other dog treat recipes. (via The Cookie Rookie)
Whether for your puppy’s first birthday or just a nice anytime surprise, I hope you’ve found a homemade dog treats recipe you are excited to try! I am a huge dog lover and foster dogs, so stay tuned for more dog related posts. Let me know if there are ideas you’d like to see.