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Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

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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By 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.

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:

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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.

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By Angela Quaite from London, Ontario

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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

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.

By Kelly from Eureka, MO

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December 22, 2010

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

Ingredients:

Options:

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients together. Then mix the wet ingredients together. Blend both mixtures until a firm dough is achieved. Shape dough into an oblong roll, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease sheet pan.

Slice roll into 1/4 inch slices, place on sheet pan and bake for about 1 hour or until treats are done, checking after 45 minutes, and then every 5 minutes thereafter.

Let them cool before giving to your best friend.

Source: My Dog

By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO

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By 2 found this helpful
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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By 1 found this helpful
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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By 1 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
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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By 3 found this helpful
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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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.

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful
Top Comment

Yes, but for the cost of your specialty dog food, we could rescue and feed four dogs. And that is precisely what we are doing in Indonesia.

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I would just caution all of us from using too much self-righteousness in comments, posts, or even our daily lives. It's usually more about ego than trying to be helpful.

While Taste of the Wild dog-food may not have "corn and all the other stuff," here are some of things it does have: garbanzo beans, peas, lentils, pea protein, canola oil, egg product, pea flour, tomato pomace, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product.

There is no peer-reviewed evidence that the above are any better than the seed pods that a hungry dog chews on all over the world, and many of which are grasses (i.e., grains). If a dog can tolerate wheat without problems, there is no scientific consensus that this causes any harm whatsoever. And if it provides him or her with more clean, natural food, for most of the world's dogs, that is a huge bonus.

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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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By 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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By 4 found this helpful
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

This guide is about homemade dog biscuits. Inexpensive and nutritious dog treats can be made at home.

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January 5, 2011

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper. Place the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful

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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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

Is Fido your best friend? Here's a recipe that will make him happy this holiday season.

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March 21, 20180 found this helpful

Raisins and grapes are dangerous to feed to dogs so should always be avoided in all forms. There are great alternatives that your dog is sure to love. This is a guide about dog friendly oatmeal "raisin" cookies.

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April 26, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about frozen treats for dogs. In the heat of the summer your dog will appreciate a cold treat.

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February 7, 2013

Our dog would constantly go after any ice cream left on the picnic table during summer and then whine if he couldn't get any. The problem is that dogs are lactose intolerant.

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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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By Mrs. Bright (Guest Post)
January 31, 20080 found this helpful

My dog loves these Liver Treats;

One pound of chicken livers - pureed until smooth in blender. Mix in 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 cups corn meal, and 1 tablespoon garlic powder.

Spread on nonstick cookie sheet or spray Pam on a regular cookie sheet, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil and spray foil with Pam too. Spread treat mix on foil. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes.

When you take it out of oven, turn baked treat out on a cutting board. Peel off the foil, and cut the treat into bite sized pieces or cut with cookie cutters while the treat is still hot. If it cools it will just crumble. A pizza cutter works well to cut it into "dice" sized bits. You can keep the treats in the refrigerator so it won't spoil and extra can be frozen for later. I have a Jack Russell and a sandwich sized bag lasts about a week or so. These treats can also be used as your dogs regular food if you run out. Enjoy.

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By shavana (Guest Post)
February 5, 20080 found this helpful

Since I couldn't find dry dog food recipes on the internet. I made up my own. 1 small roast carrots, celery, squash, rice, flaxseed and other kinds of seed, bran, oatmeal, lentils, brown rice apples, put all in the crockpot.

Let it cook all day, next puree it a little,bake it at 350 for 50min. take it out and crumble it up and dry it out,on a cookie sheet, i have a wood heater, so its easier for me, takes a day or two, then crumble up some more, and bag it and i put it in the freezer, try your own recipes but add extra oatmeal and rice. My pompom who is 20lbs loves it. He was gaining too much weight after him being fixed. so is starting to slim and pick up energy. sheila

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

Go to www.recipezaar.com.
Type in dog treats, there are 25 recipes for different
dog treats

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By love is my dog (Guest Post)
February 6, 20080 found this helpful

http://sextonsd  diner.110mb.com/

A excellent Site with lots of Meal & Treat Recipes,
And lots of images to show you what the finished meal or trea looks like.
My dogs Love all them!

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By love is my dog (Guest Post)
February 6, 20080 found this helpful

http://sextonsd  diner.110mb.com/

A excellent Site with lots of Meal & Treat Recipes,
And lots of images to show you what the finished meal or trea looks like.
My dogs Love all them!

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By 1 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
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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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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