Our Favorite Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

dog being given treat

If your dog is like most, they watch in awe whenever you pull food out of the oven. And if you’re like most dog lovers, you want to give him every scrap of food he’s begging for. But unfortunately, giving dogs human food from the table is frowned upon for a few reasons — most importantly, it can affect Fido’s health.

But alas! If you love spoiling your pup with homemade treats, there is a safe way. Recently, Diana Hall of Camp Bow Wow Burnsville visited the Kare 11 studio to share her recipe for homemade dog treats.

Making Homemade Dog Treats

If your pup is a fan of peanut butter, we’ve got the recipe for you (or should we say, Fido). For these treats, all you need is:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup organic peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp water

Mix your ingredients together until they form into dough. Roll them out as you would cookies and cut them into different shapes. Bake them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll have treats that smell so good you’ll want to take a bite!

Why Choose Homemade?

With hundreds, dare we say thousands of premade dog treats on the market, some may ask, “why spend the time baking them?”

  • You enjoy baking for the ones you love. Just like you make food for loved ones in your family, many people enjoy making their furry friend fresh treats. The process of baking for your dog can be a joyful and fulfilling experience, knowing that you’re giving them something made with love.
  • You know exactly what’s in them. WWhen you buy dog food from a store, it’s hard to know exactly what ingredients you’re giving to your pup. Especially if your dog has a sensitive stomach or food allergies, making his snacks can help you control his diet. By baking at home, you ensure that every ingredient is safe and healthy for your dog, avoiding harmful additives and preservatives.
  • It’s cost-effective. Many high-quality dog treats can be quite expensive. By making your own treats at home, you can save money while still providing your dog with delicious and nutritious snacks. Plus, the ingredients for homemade treats are often items you already have in your pantry.
  • Customizable recipes. One of the best parts about making homemade dog treats is the ability to customize recipes to fit your dog’s preferences and dietary needs. Whether your pup loves pumpkin, sweet potatoes, or even blueberries, you can tailor recipes to include their favorite flavors.
  • Fun activity to do with kids. Making dog treats can be a fun and educational activity to do with children. It teaches them about cooking, measurements, and the importance of nutrition for pets. Plus, it’s a great way to spend quality time together as a family.

Storing Your Homemade Treats

To keep your homemade dog treats fresh, store them in an airtight container. Most treats will last up to a week at room temperature, or you can refrigerate them to extend their shelf life. For longer storage, freeze the treats in a sealed bag or container, and thaw as needed.

Making homemade dog treats is a rewarding experience that benefits both you and your furry friend. You get the satisfaction of knowing exactly what goes into their snacks, while your dog enjoys fresh, delicious treats made with love. So, roll up your sleeves, preheat your oven, and start baking some homemade goodness for your pup today! Happy baking!