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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.
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9 found this helpful
October 28, 2011
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.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of cooked turkey blended ( NO turkey skin, bones, or fat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or broth*

*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!

Directions:

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

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May 3, 20160 found this helpful

Looks like a great recipe. But, turkey is a very rich meat & a lot of dogs get diarrhea from it. Try using chicken instead. What to make with all that left over scrap meat? Why Soup of course!

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March 30, 20064 found this helpful

These home-made dog biscuits are easy to make and dogs love them. They are also breath fresheners.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 2 tsp mint extract
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Directions

    1. Mix all ingredients.
    2. Roll dough out 1/4-inch thick. Cut biscuits with cutter and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
    3. ,li> Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.

    4. Remove and cool for softer biscuits or turn oven off and leave biscuits in overnight for harder ones.

    Tip: moisten fingers with water if dough is too sticky.

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    By Kelly from Eureka, MO

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    April 5, 20060 found this helpful

    You can use grease drippings, gravy, or applesauce, it won't have the same breath freshers in it but dog will still love em. The honey will make them a nice golden brown color and if you don't have honey use brown sugar. I also make these and use 2/3 cup peanut butter but sometimes I have to add more water.

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    December 22, 2010

    My dog waits in the kitchen when I make these for his stocking!

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    March 4, 2009

    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.

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    June 19, 2008

    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.

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    July 17, 2009

    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.

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    November 10, 2006

    Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Doggie Cookies. I like to make my (4) dogs homemade treats. I have found this site to have numerous recipes to make. There are also recipes for Cats and Humans too :)

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    December 20, 2011

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of flour
    • 1/4 cup wheat germ
    • 1/4 cup of brewers yeast
    • 1 tsp. of salt
    • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. of canola oil
    • Optional: 1 clove of garlic chopped or 1 tsp. of garlic powder
    • 1/2 cup of chicken stock, plus 3 Tbsp. for basting

    Directions:

    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.

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    June 29, 20120 found this helpful

    Brewers yeast is a natural anti-flea remedy.

    1 cup flour

    1/4 cup wheat germ

    1/4 cup brewers yeast (available at health-food stores)

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil

    1 clove garlic, chopped medium

    1/2 cup chicken stock plus 3 tablespoons for basting

    1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Mix flour, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and salt together in a medium bowl. In a mixing bowl, combine oil and garlic. Alternately add 1/2 cup chicken stock and flour mixture in 3 parts; mix until well combined. Knead about 2 minutes by hand on floured surface; dough will be sticky.

    2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out bone shapes; place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, rotate baking sheet, and baste with remaining 3 tablespoons chicken stock. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn off oven, leaving oven door closed. Leave pan in oven for 1 1/2 hours longer

    Makes about 5 dozen bone biscuits

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    8 found this helpful
    July 6, 2010

    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.

    Gingham Dog and Calico Cat Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    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.

    Dog and Cat Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    Mix all together. Cut into shapes and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes.

    Aunt Bianca's Dog/Cat Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    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.

    Doggie and Kitty Vitamin Crisps:

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    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.

    Doggie and Kitty Oatmeal Crisps:

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    Mix flours, add liquid.

    Mix well.

    Roll out on cookie sheet and bake until golden brown at 350 degrees F.

    Kitty Cheese Snaps or Dog Bones:

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    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

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    August 6, 20120 found this helpful

    I have a mini-schnauzer who had a bout with pancreatitis about 4 months ago. My vet said no treats except carrots and apples. Also to feed only lite dog kibble. I would love to be able to make some biscuits or chew-treats that would be healthy for my little guy. Any suggestions?

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    December 2, 2008

    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.

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    January 29, 2008

    My dogs love bite-size shredded wheat as a treat. There's no sugar, no salt, and it adds fiber to their diet. It also helps clean their teeth because they have to crunch it.

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    January 29, 20082 found this helpful

    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.

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    June 13, 2008

    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.

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    May 20, 20121 found this helpful

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    September 16, 2013

    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.

    By tatsie

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    September 22, 20130 found this helpful

    Read the ingredients labels on the food and treats. Whatever kind of meat that is in them can be used as a treat... probably chicken, so cook some chicken and use small pieces as treats.

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    January 31, 20080 found this helpful

    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

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    May 10, 20080 found this helpful

    I wanted to make dog treats for my four beautiful chows, but this site said I couldn't feed them certain things. How can I get around it?

    Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog

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    April 16, 2011

    Does any one have a recipe for dog treats for dogs with allergies, something all natural?

    By Cyndi from Kenansville, FL

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    April 18, 20110 found this helpful

    Stinky, and they love it. Cut in small pieces, freeze in small amounts you can use up in a short time. Forget this one if your dog is allergic to any of the ingredients. I don't put that much garlic in usually, and often leave the parmesan right out if I have none on hand.

    Salmon Fudge

    Two cans cheap salmon (do not drain)

    One and a half cups whole wheat flour

    One tablespoon garlic powder

    Two eggs, lightly beaten

    One quarter cup parmesan cheese

    Mix all with electric mixer until well blended

    Spread mixture into greased 9X9 cake pan

    Bake covered at 350° for 20 minutes

    Cool. Cut into bite size pieces. Store in fridge or freeze.

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    October 19, 20121 found this helpful

    How much vitamin E would I add to a basic dog biscuit recipe in order to preserve it and extend the shelf life? How do I acquire the vitamin E? The only form of vitamin E I am familiar with is the capsules that you can purchase at health food, grocery stores, or pharmacies.

    My daughter wants to sell homemade dog biscuits to friends, family, and some small businesses, but we need to try and be sure they will not go mouldy for a reasonable period of time (a number of weeks).

    Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

    By Christine

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    June 19, 2012

    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

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    June 21, 20121 found this helpful

    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.

    Liver Snack

    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!

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    December 6, 2009

    I would like to find recipes for homemade dog treats for a dog with kidney disease.

    By Nancy from Flintstone

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    December 7, 20090 found this helpful

    I googled & quickly found the following. Please remember to NOT use anything that has onion or garlic in it. Lkely is why they show making your own chicken broth is because dogs are NOT to have garlic or onion which is in most canned broths. www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=1030 is a site that lists foods to avoid when feeding a dog. Hope some of this helps a bit.

    www.dogaware.com/treatref.html#special

    Low Fat/Low Protein/Low Phosphorus Dog Cookies

    If you want a snack that will be safe, here is the recipe for cookies with almost no fat or protein. Super easy to make. Depending on how large you cut them ( I use a heart shaped cutter that is approximately 1.5 " and get two cookie sheets full of them), you can get enough from one batch for 2-3 weeks. Be sure to freeze those you will not use within a week. These are perfect for pancreatitis, for renal or liver problems since there is little fat or protein in them. See recipe for how to make no-fat homemade chicken broth below*.

    Note that dogs with renal (kidney) disease should be fed a low phosphorus diet. If they do not have liver or pancreas problems, fat is good, including butter. Egg whites are also good to use, as they contain almost no phosphorus. There is no need to limit phophorus for dogs with liver disease or chronic pancreatitis, so any kind of flour can be used for them, but it is important to limit fat for those dogs.

    · 2-&frac; cups rice flour or white all-purpose bleached flour (these two are lowest in phosphorus, which is best for kidney disease)

    · &frac; tsp. garlic powder, or fresh ground

    · 6 Tbsp low sodium, low fat chicken broth*

    · &frac; cup cold water

    · 1 cup cooked vegetables ground up (winter squashes, zucchini, and sweet potatoes are low in phosphorus, which is best for kidney disease)

    Combine flour and garlic; mix in chicken broth and vegetable(s); add enough cold water to form a ball; pat dough to &frac;" and cut into desired shapes; place on non-stick cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Freeze what is not eaten within a week.

    *Non Fat Chicken Broth

    You can use a pressure cooker and complete this in 2 hours, or a stock pot and finish in 24 hours.

    Remove skin from whole chicken OR chicken pieces. ( in the pressure cooker I use 3 leg quarters from which I remove the skin before cooking ). Place the chicken in the pot with distilled water. For the pressure cooker, cook on high for 2 hours and in the stock pot, simmer on low heat for 16-24 hours.

    Remove the chicken and bone from the broth and discard ( all the nutrients are in the stock)

    Pour the broth into a fat separator ( looks like a pitcher with the spout coming from the bottom ) After 10 minutes the fat will float to the top. Pour off the small amount of fat at the top and pour the low fat broth to a container. Be sure to watch what you are doing because near the bottom you will come to more fat and will need to stop pouring into the pot and discard that part, too.

    Refrigerate the broth and when it is cold, any fat remaining will be gelatin on the top. You can remove part of it or you can pour the whole thing through a super fine mesh strainer, which will stop the fat and allow the plain broth through. You will find that after the broth has been used and you run your hand inside the container, it will not be greasy.

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    April 11, 20060 found this helpful

    I am looking for a yogurt dip recipe for dog treats that will harden and keep even out of the refrigerator. If you have one, please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Cindy

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    April 22, 20060 found this helpful

    I'm not sure about the yogurt, but you could get some candy melts (Wilton makes some and they are available at Walmart and Michael's),melt them and dip the treats. As long as it isn't chocolate (and these aren't) they will be OK for dogs. The melts come in pastels, too ;-))

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    October 3, 2011

    Does any one know how to make soft dog treats with baby food and wheat germ? There is more to the recipe that I found on thriftyfun.
    Thanks.

    By Sherry from Valdosta, GA

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