DIY Dog Treats

If you have a dog, then you know they sure do love their treats. And as any pet owner knows, it can be challenging to find the perfect balance of healthy and delicious when picking out goodies for pets. So, we’ve set out to help with this handy guide on DIY dog treats with that in mind!

Here are some recipes for homemade dog treats that will make your pup feel extra special and loved while still being kind to their stomach. Plus, these recipes are so easy to whip up from ingredients you probably already have at home! You’ll never go back after trying these tasty (and healthy!) ideas. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

What Are DIY Dog Treats?

If you’re unfamiliar with DIY dog treats, let me introduce you. Quite simply, these are treats that you’ve made at home rather than purchased from the pet store. 

For many owners, it’s an opportunity to use all-natural ingredients instead of processed dry ingredients typically found in store-bought pet goodies. DIY recipes usually include things like fruits, vegetables, eggs, and different types of meat.

How Do Homemade Dog Treats Compare to Store Bought Treats?

As you probably know, treats are typically given to dogs as a reward for being a great companion or while training to reward your dog for great behavior.

Many people feel that store-bought treats can be too rich or unhealthy. With homemade recipes, it’s much easier to ensure that your pup is getting only the best ingredients while also receiving some good old-fashioned TLC from mom or dad.

What Are the Pros of Homemade Treats?

DIY dog treats are a healthier option for your dog because you can control all of the ingredients that go into them. This means you can ensure the recipe does not have any substances or preservatives in it that could harm your pet.

It also means you can control how much salt, sugar, or other additives are included in the recipe while still being able to provide your dog with a tasty treat!

And let’s not forget that homemade treats are often cheaper/more cost-effective than store-bought!

What Are the Cons of Homemade Treats?

Of course, there’s always a downside — and in this case, it’s that homemade dog treats are not as convenient as store-bought treats. You might also find it challenging to get each of the ingredients you want or need in one place.

You also need to consider the time it takes to prepare and cook these tasty treats. However, if you can make a gap in your schedule, these recipes really can be an excellent alternative for your pup!

DIY Dog Treat Recipes

Now that you know the basics, let’s move on to the recipes! We’ve rounded up four easy-to-follow DIY dog treat recipes just for you.

Your pooch will thank you for these special tastes of home, while your heart will love knowing that they’re getting delicious treats made love. As with anything, moderation is important, and that also applies to homemade DIY treats.

Before You Get Started, There Are a Few Extra Things to Consider:

Remember that these are designed to be occasional treats and not the basis of your dog’s daily nutritional requirements.

Also, don’t forget to reduce the size of other meals; that way, you’ll avoid the development of any weight problems.

Lastly, new foods can sometimes cause tummy upsets, so try to avoid too many new ingredients in a short period.

1. Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

 Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, peeled and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Grease a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. 
  3. Mix the bananas and peanut butter until they are well blended. 
  4. Add in 1 ½ cups of the flour and then mix until well combined. 
  5. Add in the remaining flour and mix again. 
  6. Turn out the dough and roll it into small bite-sized balls. 
  7. Place on a cookie sheet an inch or two apart from each other. 
  8. Bake for around 10 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they’re a light brown color.
  9. Allow to cool completely before letting your dog have one of these tasty DIY treats.

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2. Three Ingredient Banana Dog Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 mashed banana

 Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. 
  2. Place the water and the mashed banana in a bowl and mix.
  3. Add in the flour and keep mixing until thoroughly combined. 
  4. Roll out the dough until it’s about a half-inch thickness. 
  5. Use a biscuit cutter or drinking glass to cut out the biscuits. 
  6. Place on a pre-greased cookie sheet and bake for around 10 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely before giving one of these tasty treats to your pup.

3. Bacon Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

These bacon pumpkin dog biscuits are a fun choice for having some variety in homemade treats. We love this recipe because of the savory and sweet bacon and pumpkin combination.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 2 tablespoons oil 
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 3 strips of bacon chopped into small bits

Directions

  1. First of all, preheat the oven to a temperature of 350°F.
  2. Place all of the ingredients (apart from the bacon) into a bowl.
  3. Stir until it’s thoroughly mixed.
  4. Add the bacon and mix.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and roll to around a 1/2 inch thickness. 
  6. Cut into small squares or circles. 
  7. Place each treat on a pre-greased cookie sheet and bake for around 15 minutes. The tops should just be turning light brown.
  8. Allow to cool completely before letting your dog go wild over these tasty treats.

4. Coconut and Banana Dog Biscuits

If you love the aroma of coconut, this is a recipe for you! The banana gives these treats an extra bit of sweetness. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 3 tablespoons oil 
  • 1 mashed banana 
  • 5 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Place everything but the coconut in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Slowly add the shredded coconut until it coats the dough. 
  4. Roll out on a well-floured surface to about a 1/2 inch thickness. 
  5. Cut into small squares or circles.
  6. Bake for around 12 minutes or until light brown. 
  7. Resist temptation and allow these tasty biscuits to cool completely before treating your pup.