It is easy to create nutritious dog treats and biscuits from ingredients from your own refrigerator and pantry. This page contains recipes for homemade dog treats.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F, line a sheet with parchment paper. Mix flour, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and salt together in medium bowl. Combine oil and garlic, add 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Mix until well combined. Knead for 2 minutes by hand on floured surface, dough will be sticky. Roll dough out about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out bone shapes, put on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes, rotate baking sheet, baste with remaining chicken stock. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn off oven; let pan sit in oven for 1 and 1/2 hour longer.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Editor's Note: Most veterinarians recommend avoiding garlic and onions for dogs but some suggest it for natural flea prevention. Please discuss this with your own vet.
Having adopted my third "recycled" dog who is being trained, I was going through a lot more doggie treats than before. I decided to take some bread that was going stale anyway and try an experiment.
I piled up a few slices then cut them into quarters. I laid them out on a cookie sheet, lightly brushed them with healthy olive oil, and sprinkled them with garlic powder. I put them in a low oven for a bit, until they were hard and crunchy, like Melba toast. All healthy ingredients and they basically cost me nothing, I used the too stale for me bread and the dogs love them. May try flax seed next time!
By Linda from Vista, CA
Editor's Note: Most veterinarians recommend against giving your dog garlic, but there some do advocate for it. Please talk to your own vet prior to feeding dogs garlic.
I've collected these pet treat recipes over a period of the past 20 years, have tried them all, and cats and dogs have liked them all. Of course, we've been owned by a few that would eat just about anything, so that may not be the best judge of them being wholesome. A couple recipes were "tweaked" by me for our fussy little Pomeranian, and if I knew the source, I noted it on the recipe. When sitting in vet's offices, we often traded recipes with other pet owners, and I have no idea where those recipes originated.
On several recipes, I substituted the use of lard with olive oil, but left bacon fat or grease when it was called for. I know from long experience that bacon is a favorite of most cats and dogs alike, and often times, made the difference as to whether or not the pet would accept the treat. They are smart little things and cannot be easily fooled.
Mix all ingredients together.
Knead and shape into crescents, rounds, or sticks for dogs. For cats, roll out and cut into narrow strips or ribbons.
Bake 25-30 minutes in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) until lightly toasted. Watch the narrow strips as they tend to get done sooner than the others. If the biscuits are not hard enough, leave them in the oven with the heat turned off for an hour or as long as desired.
Mix all together. Cut into shapes and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes.
Combine flour, powdered milk, and garlic powder in a medium sized bowl.
Add beaten egg and flavoring; mix well with hands. Dough should be very stiff. If necessary add more flavoring.
On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with shaped cookie cutters of your choice.
Place biscuits on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Mix ingredients together.
Add enough milk, stock, or water to make a firm dough.
Roll out flat on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F until barely brown.
Mix flours, add liquid.
Roll out on cookie sheet and bake until golden brown at 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, mix cheeses with oil.
Stir in flours, milk powder, and garlic salt until blended.
Add water; knead in bowl until stiff yet pliable dough forms.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease 1 or 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out treats with cookie cutter. (For kitty snaps, use 1/2 inch triangular or round cookie cutter; for dog bones, use 3 1/2 inch cutter in the shape of a bone.) Gather scraps, re-roll dough and cut out into more shapes.
Bake kitty snaps 15-18 minutes, turning once, until lightly golden.
Bake dog bones 38-40 minutes, turning once, until golden. Let cool on wire rack.
Makes 650 kitty snaps or 24 dog bones.
Recipe from McCall's/November 1997 Issue
By Pookarina from Boca Raton, FL
By Robin from Washington, IA
Many of us have pets. Here is a way to make and preserve yummy treats for them and have them handy when you need them for that extra special trick they do. Buy a cheap roasting chicken and cook it in the crock pot. It cooks off the bone and falls apart.
*Note: If using broth remember that onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) are harmful to dogs so it's suggested not to use it!
In a blender or food processor, combine turkey meat and beaten eggs until well blended and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour and rolled oats and add blended turkey. Add water or broth to flour, stir till dough is sticky.
Divide dough into 2 balls. Knead each ball on a well floured surface (about 2 minutes), adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
With a rolling pin, roll out dough to between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Time should adjusted if size is different than in this recipe.
Cool on rack and store, at room temperature, in a container with loose fitting lid.
They should keep for 3 weeks, however you can freeze for longer use.
Source: Recipe is from Mac Pherson's K-9 Cookbook. I substituted turkey in the place of ground beef.
A good site for what's toxic to dogs:
By Angela from London, Ontario
Here is a great idea for dog treats that are easy to make, high in fiber, all natural, and your dog will love them! I started making these when my Lab got a case of chronic diarrhea and they helped a lot.
These home-made dog biscuits are easy to make and dogs love them. They are also breath fresheners.
,li> Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
Tip: moisten fingers with water if dough is too sticky.
By Kelly from Eureka, MO
I am looking for some quick and easy homemade dog treat recipes. I'm not very good at working the computer to find these things so please email me any recipes.
I have one recipe: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup peanut butter and 3/4 cup milk. Mix until moistened then knead for 5 minutes, roll into balls and use a fork to criss-cross cookies just like you would for regular cookies. Bake 350 for 20 minutes and cook completely.
My dogs LOVE them but I would like more recipes. I hope your dogs like these, please send me some recipes. Thank you.
Elaine from Christmas Valley, OR
My 2 poodles love the treats I make using the quick and easy dog treat recipes from here:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls, press flat with fork. Bake on well greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Store in fridge. Freezes well.
I have a 15 year old chocolate Poodle and she has been diagnosed with kidney failure. The vet put her on a diet of kidney trouble food only. Does anyone have an idea of a treat that she can eat? The vet gave her "allergy treats" that are very expensive. She is eight and a half pounds.
The great thing about these dog treats is that you can make them in your microwave. It's really nice in summer so you don't heat up kitchen.
Source: I got this from my local veterinarian.
By Elaine from IA
Editor's Note: Many veterinarians advise for pet owners to avoid feeding garlic to dogs. There are some who recommend it. Speak to your vet or just omit the garlic powder from this recipe.
Does any one have a recipe for dog treats for dogs with allergies, something all natural?
By Cyndi from Kenansville, FL
Making homemade dog food is not hard, but will take some time and effort. There are many recipes available, which include beef, chicken, rice and vegetables to name a few. You can find more information here: http://www.homemadedogfoodrecipesguide.com
My dog waits in the kitchen when I make these for his stocking!
Here is some top sellers that dogs keep begging for more. All ingredients are organic. But how you choose to make each recipe is up to you. Recipes scaled down from original.
I was slicing up the turkey for Thanksgiving and noticed that there was quite a bit of turkey left on the bones. It was just on parts I would not use. With all that extra, I made turkey treats for my dogs and they loved them.
I know this isn't for us humans, but if you're like me, you like to do a little something special once in a while for your dogs. They love this. I hope you enjoy sharing it with them! Just a little something different.
I would like to find recipes for homemade dog treats for a dog with kidney disease.
By Nancy from Flintstone
You can use Prescription Diet K/D canned food and cut it into slices as it comes from the can. Bake it in a slow oven (I think it's about 200-250) until dried and firm. Cool on a rack and refrigerate. These can be broken after cooking or cut before for smaller dogs. Probably no the cheapest way but it's easy. Also, Science Diet sells biscuits for kidney disease.
I need the easiest recipes for dog biscuits that need to be mailed in the heat of the summer. Last Xmas, I made some that arrived moldy. It is June and I don't want this gift to be ruined.
By R.U. from Hollywood, FL
My recipes call for baking and letting them dry over night, but I have found that the ones that have oil, and or eggs in them will get moldy if I do not keep them in the frig. Here are (2) you can try.
1 pkg. liver
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal (not sure of temp. I just bake at 325 F till hard, and dry them over night). These really smell up the kitchen!
Peanut Butter Bones
4 c whole wheat flour
2 c wheat germ
2 c peanut butter
1-1/1 c water
1/4 c honey
mix together, and roll out on cookie sheet bake at 350 F 30 to 35 min. dry over night. (I cut them before I bake them) (I also substitute molasses for the honey (costs less).
I also grind oatmeal and substitute 1/2 of the wheat flour. I have some more recipes if you or anyone would like them here is my e-mail leekelly245 AT gmail.com sent a request. My big boy Zues loves his cookies!
I am looking for dog treat recipes made with peanut butter, flour, eggs, and milk.
No eggs or milk but my dogs love this one.
4 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup water
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
2. Whisk together the molasses, peanut butter, water, and vegetable oil.
3. Combine the oats and flour. Slowly add to the wet ingredients.
4. Mix thoroughly, drop tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and press down.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
---They will keep well for 2 weeks in air tight container, make sure they are totally dried before putting in container or they will mold. They can be frozen as well.
This is another recipe I use often, I even grab a cookie or 2 for myself when I'm on the run.
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I usually end up using sweet potato, it's just more available)
4 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
4 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
2. Blend together the pumpkin puree, molasses, water and vegetable oil.
3. Stir in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda to form a soft dough.
4. Roll the dough into balls, put on a baking sheet, flatten them, and prick with a fork.
5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until hard and crisp.
These will also keep for a couple of weeks.
Let your homemade treats dry on a cookie sheet at least 72 hours before storing. A coffee can with a screw lid is ideal. If the treats aren't dry enough they will mold.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal in large mixing bowl.
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