Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Here are a few homemade dog treat recipes that my dogs love and aren’t too complicated…. everyone said their dogs loved them….even the picky eaters.

Giving dog treats is more than an expression of love for our dogs; it can be a necessary component of dog training as well as rewarding good dog behavior.

One of the reasons treats work so well in training is that a dog’s sense of smell is unbelievable. Dogs can smell a treat from over 20 yards away and get a pretty good idea of the main ingredients. Not all treats are created equal, though.

Rather than buy dog treats and not know whether the ingredients are quality or appropriate for your dog, why not make them yourself.

Below are tried and true recipes for some great treats for your dog.  And I can assure you that Penny and Autumn give paws up for all of them.

Pooch Pizza

Ingredients:

1 medium Boboli or mamma Mary’s pizza crust

½ cup tomato sauce

1 cup raw ground beef

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup spinach

2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spoon the oil onto the center of the pizza crust and spread evenly over the crust in a circular manner. Spoon the tomato sauce onto the center of the pie and repeat the circular motion until the crust is covered edge to edge with tomato sauce. Distribute the ground beef evenly over the entire surface. Sprinkle the cheese and spinach as evenly as possible over the surface. Bake on a pizza stone until the cheese is melted and the crust is brown. Allow to cool and cut the pizza into numerous bite-sized pieces before serving.

Simple Birthday cake

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 ½ Cups of whole wheat flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ Cup softened butter

½ Cup coconut oil

1 small jar 2 ½  oz. strained beef baby food

4 large eggs

3 or 4 pieces of “Beggin” for Beef beef jerky (optional)

Icing:

8 oz of softened cream cheese

1/3 cup peanut oil

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining cake ingredients until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated well. Use a mixer of hand beat the dry ingredients gradually into the wet ingredients until the batter is smooth. If you decide to add the jerky, fold it into the batter now. Grease and flour an appropriate pan and pour the batter into the pan. Bake until done by testing with a toothpick. This usually takes 50-60 minutes, depending on the size of the pan. Remove the cake from the pan and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Blend the softened cream cheese into the peanut oil until the mixture is creamy and spreadable. Decoratively ice the cake. You can add different icing colors to this basic icing recipe to create simple cake decorations. A fabric of disposable piping bag with appropriate piping tips will allow different designs and write the animal’s name on the cake.

Oatmeal Banana Go Gos

Ingredients:

3-4 Large eggs

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup molasses

1 cup milk

3 ripe bananas, mashed

3 cups whole wheat flour

3-6 cups cooking oats, depending on the texture

Preparation:

Mix by hand eggs, oil, honey, molasses, milk, and bananas. Add flour and oats, mix until it has the consistency of cake mix. Spread the batter in a greased 10×15 pan. Let the dogs like the bowl and spoon. Bake 1 hour at 325-degrees, turn the oven off, and let treats sit until the oven cools. Cut into the desired shape with a knife or pizza cutter. Cover and refrigerate or freeze if you won’t use them within a week to 10 days.

Peanut Butter Bones

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cup water

4 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup cooking oats

Preparation:

Combine wet and dry ingredients separately. Then mix all together well. Turn dough onto a floured surface, knead until thoroughly mixed together. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick, cut out with bone-shaped cookie cutter.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool on rack.  Cover and refrigerate or freeze what won’t be used within 7-10 days.

*This recipe is straightforward to roll out.

Garlic Hearts

Ingredients:

4 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cup olive oil

2-3 eggs

2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup water

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients, roll out and cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place on a greased baking sheet and back at 325 until golden brown (30-45 minutes)

After they’ve cooled, cover and refrigerate or freeze what won’t be used within 7-10 days.

You may need to adjust oil, eggs, and water to get it to the right consistency. Remember, don’t overdo garlic with your dogs…especially the little ones…it is a natural blood thinner.

Peanut Butter Hearts

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cup water

4 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup cooking oats

Preparation:

Combine wet and dry ingredients separately. Then mix all together well. Turn dough onto a floured surface, knead until thoroughly mixed together. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick, cut out with heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool on rack.  Cover and refrigerate or freeze what won’t be used within 7-10 days.

*This recipe is straightforward to roll out, unlike others I’ve tried that are really sticky and hard to work with.

Dog Treat Hearts

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour

3/4 cup dry milk powder

1/2 cup quick oats

1/4 cup cornmeal

1 tsp. sugar

1/3 cup shortening

1 egg

1 Tablespoon instant bouillon

1/2 cup water

Preparation:

Mix all dry ingredients.  Dissolve instant bouillon in hot water and add to mixture. Cut in shortening.  Mix in egg.  Mix with a fork and form dough into a ball.  Knead for 5 min.  Roll out to 1/4 inch or less (less is better) and cut into heart shapes.  Bake at 350  degrees F. for 10-12 min.  Do not underbake as they will mold quickly if not dry.

You may freeze it for future use.

Cheesy Dog Treats

Ingredients:

1 cup Rolled oats

1/3 cup Margarine

1 cup boiling water

3/4 cup cornmeal

2 teaspoons white sugar

2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

1/2 cup milk

1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 egg, beaten

3 cups Whole wheat flour

You can substitute Chicken Bouillon for the Beef as well as changing the flavor of the cheese.  You can also use the low-fat milk/cheese margarine for those trying to watch your doggies figure or for those with health issues.

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 325F degrees (165 degrees C).  In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, mike, cheese, and egg.  Mix in flour 1cup at a time until a stiff dough has formed.  Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as needed until dough is smooth and no longer sticky—roll or pat out dough to 1/2″ thickness. Let stand 10 min and grease your cookie sheets. Cut with Cookie Cutter (I use bones and paw print shapes…even fire hydrants) and place 1inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake 35-45 Min in the oven, until golden brown.  Cool before serving or packaging.  Store them loosely in a covered container.

Some ovens may need to change cooking time-varying on altitude and what kind of oven you have.  So watch them and when they are golden brown, take them out.

Makes 4 dozen.  Ready in approximately 1hr.

Apple Jelly Dog Treats

Ingredients:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 graham cracker, crushed

1/2 teaspoon corn syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons water

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon Cheddar cheese

1/2 tablespoon apple jelly

1 teaspoon chicken or beef bouillon granules

1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration (if you want)

Preparation:

Preheat to 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C).  In a medium bowl, stir together flour, graham cracker, oats, bouillon, and cheese.  Stir in corn syrup, water, and jelly.  Add flour when necessary to make a stiff dough.  Spoon dough onto greased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle the tops of the treats with white sugar (or colored if you want..most choose white because of the food coloring). Bake for 12-16 min..cool before serving.

This is a smaller serving recipe. It makes 2 treats…fairly big size…of course, you can triple it or whatever you want…you can even substitute with Peanut butter and Honey for your corn syrup and apple jelly. It takes about 35min or so, gives or takes to make a single batch.

Satin Balls

For those who like to give raw foods/treats to their dogs) and those who need to put weight on a sick or very active dog.

Ingredients:

10lbs hamburger (ground 80/20)

1 large box of Total cereal

1 large box of oatmeal

1 jar wheat germ

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil (or any oil you prefer…I use Flaxseed)

1 1/4 cups of unsulfured molasses

10 raw eggs (shell and all)

10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (can used flavor if you like..depends on you)

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients, much like you would a meatloaf.  Divide into 10quart freezer bags and freeze—Thaw as needed and feed raw.

Some people even choose to feed this as one of their main sources of a raw diet, and others prefer to use it for very active dogs or sick dogs that need to gain the weight back…If you are using it for treats, put it in smaller bags, so you don’t have to unfreeze a lot and then freeze it all over again.  Get the tiny bags and fill that 1/2 way full..depending on how many dogs you have and how often you want to feed them.

Conclusion

So which recipes have you tried?  Did your dog enjoy them?

We would love to hear how the recipes turned out.  Please share your comments with us.

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