I love my little pooches and making homemade dog treats is a great way to really bond with your puppy and make sure that you are feeding him or her something that is good for them! So, have you ladies ever made homemade dog treats? It's surprisingly easy! Below, I've got my top 7 homemade dog treats that are super easy to make and that you probably have all of the ingredients for already!
1. Beefy Doggie Cookies
These dog treats are so easy to make and my dogs love them! All you need is some baby food, some wheat germ and some dry milk. Mix it all together and then place it in the oven! The cool thing about these is that you can actually make shapes out of it – so go crazy with the cookie cutters!
2 6-once jars of beef-and-vegetable baby food
1 cup of wheat germ
2 cups of nonfat dry milk
Preheat your oven to 350Ÿ. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a fork. Drop by small spoonfuls onto a greased pan. You can flatten slightly or you can cut into fun shapes such as bones, paws, ect. Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly brown at the edges. Let cool. Store in fridge for up to one week. Give to your pooch and let them enjoy!
2. Beef and Rice Dog Treats
If you're looking for a dog treat that is going to be a little more beefy flavored and has some more protein in it, these are it! These dog treats are packed with beef flavor and have some rice in there. I have a fussy little dachshund and he absolutely loves these! They are a little harder to make, but they are so worth it!
1 jar babyfood, dinner, vegetables and beef, strained
2 1/2 cups flour, all-purpose
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rice
1 package unflavored gelatin
1 whole egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup powdered milk
1 package yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 beef bouillon cube
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add yeast, egg, oil, baby food and dissolved beef bouillon. Mix well. Mixture will be very dry, knead with hands until it forms a ball. Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness, cut in 1 or 2 inch circles. Bake on un-greased cookie sheet 30 minutes at 300 degrees.
3. Parmesan Herb Treats
If you're looking for something that isn't beef-flavored and want a dog treat that is completely different, take a look at these! They've got herbs, a little bit of cheese and are full of taste! Your pooches will absolutely love them and you won't be able to make enough of them! Perfect for any dog-lover!
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
2 tablespoons dried parsley 1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 cup cracked wheat
For the Glaze - 1 egg, 1 tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 325 ° F (165 ° C).
In a large bowl,dissolve yeast in water. Add stock, oil, cheese, drymilk, and herbs. Gradually blend in the flours and cracked wheat. Add enough wheat flour to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball and roll to 1/2-inch (12 mm) thick. Using round or crescent-shaped cookie cutters, cut out treats. Place on ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4-inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk for the glaze. Brush the biscuits with glaze, turn and brush other side. Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.
Makes about 4 dozen 3-inch (7.5 cm) treats.
4. Cinnamon Chicken Treats
Now, I don't always like my little treats to taste exactly the same. I like my dogs to have a little variety and that's where these chicken treats come in. They are delicious for your pet and they are so different! I mean, how many times have you seen cinnamon dog treats on the shelves at the stores? Not often!
1 cup of flour
1 cup of chicken broth
3/4 cup of oatmeal
1/4 corn starch
1/4 cup of oil
1 table spoon of baking powder
2 table spoons of cinnamon
Mix the ingredients together and cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
5. Veggie Bones
If you want your pooch to eat all veggies with no meat, this is a great alternative! It's packed full of veggies and is actually really good for your dog! It'll also keep their breath fresh! This dog treat is one of my favorite to feed my little dog, just to ensure that his breath stays totally fresh and clean!
3 cups minced parsley
1/4 cup carrots, chopped very fine
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons bran
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 to 1 cup of water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, rack on middle level. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
Stir together parsley, carrots, cheese, and oil. combine all the dry ingredients and add to veggies. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water, mixing well. Make a moist but not wet dough. If needed, add a little more water. Knead for one minute.
roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Using cookie cutter or a glass, cut out the shapes and transfer them to the baking sheet. Gather the scraps and reroll and cut.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until biscuits have browned and hardened slightly. (They will harden more as they cool.) Speed cooling by placing them on wire racks. Store in airtight tin.
6. Turkey Treats
Are you looking to get rid of some of that cooked turkey and have no idea what to do with it, why not make it into an awesome dog treat? This is another treat that is not only delicious for your pup but it's also great for them and will help keep their coat shiny and their breath smelling great!
2 cups cooked turkey -- cut up
2 cloves garlic
4 teaspoons grated cheese
1 tablespoon parsley -- freshly chopped
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons brewer's yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Combine turkey, garlic, cheese, parsley and mix well. Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour over turkey mixture. Add the flour, yeast, and oil. Stir until thoroughly mixed and all ingredients are coated. Drop into small lumps onto ungreased cookie sheet. Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until brown and firm. Store in refrigerator.
7. Peanut Butter N' Honey Crunchies
Finally girls, the last dog treat that we're going to talk about is peanut butter! These little crunchies are so good and make a great dessert for your little pup! I know that my dogs absolutely love peanut butter, but I can't give it to 'em all of the time, so when I make these treats, they flip!
1/4 cup honey
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 cups chicken broth or water
1/3 cup peanut oil 1 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat bran
3-4 cups oat flour
Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
In a small dutch oven or large saucepan, combine honey, peanut butter (try to find a brand that has no added suger, salt or other ingredients; ideally it should only contain peanuts), chicken broth, and peanut oil. Heat, stirring often, until mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in rolled oats and oat bran and let cool until lukewarm -- or cool enough to work with. Gradually blend in oat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured (oat flour or rye flour) surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Use a mini-cookie cutter or cut into small squares. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits. If the dough becomes too crumbly to work with after a few rollings, sprinkle with a little water to bind it together and knead it for 30 seconds or so.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides. After you finish baking all batches of biscuits, turn off the oven, spread all the biscuits in one baking pan and set them in the oven to cool for a few hours or overnight. The extra time in the oven as it cools off helps make the treats crispier. These make a more delicate crunchy biscuit, so we use them more for special or training treats, not tartar control.
Makes several dozen small treats that keep and freeze well.
So girls, there you have it! All of my top dog treats that you can make right at home! They are super easy and your dog will love them! So, what other dog treats do you have on your list?
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