While making your own dog treats might not be as easy as popping into a pet store, it does mean that you can make your dog a delicious, healthy treat using totally fresh and natural ingredients. Plus, unlike store-bought pet treats, you’ll know exactly what goes into them, and can even tailor it to your dog’s individual preferences or needs.
Best of all? It’ll be made with pure, extra added love!
So, bone-shaped cookie cutters at the ready — here are five quick and easy dog treat recipes for you to try out.
Easy sweet potato dog chews
3 sweet potatoes
- Set your oven to 120 degrees celsius, and wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
- Slice the potatoes into ¼ inch slices or alternatively into ¼ inch discs — pup’s preference!
- Lay the slices or discs onto a lined baking tray, and lightly spritz with some olive oil.
- Cook for approximately three hours, flipping the treats once halfway through cooking. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chews, so do keep a close eye on them.
- Once the potato chews have shrunken, but are still chewy in texture, remove from the oven and allow them to cool down completely before feeding to your pooch.
- Store any leftovers in an air-tight container. They should be good for up to two weeks.
Peanut butter dog biscuits
240g whole wheat flour
120g rolled oats (optional)
1½ tsp baking powder
80g smooth natural peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain any xylitol, as this is toxic to dogs)
220ml hot water
For the full recipe, visit Springers Dog Club
Frozen banana and peanut butter pupsicles
2 heaped tsp peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain any xylitol, as this is toxic to dogs)
1 tbsp plain, natural yoghurt
- Chop the banana, and blend all the ingredients together in a blender.
- Spoon the mixture into moulds of your choice.
- Pop in the freezer for 3-4 hours, or until frozen.
Quick and easy meaty biscuits
300g plain wholemeal flour (or oats, if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
1 tsp salt
1 free-range egg
1 stock cube (beef, chicken or fish — customise to your dog's taste)
150ml hot water
For the full recipe, visit Baking Mad
Homemade chicken jerky
2-4 chicken breasts
For the full recipe, visit Dog Treat Kitchen
Trusted tip: dogs love jerky, but you should always avoid giving them jerky made for human consumption, or jerky containing any excess sodium, sugar, carbs or preservatives. Instead, stick with these homemade ones for a tasty and safe doggy treat!
Do you have a tried and tested recipe that your pooch simply can’t resist? Let us know, or if you decided to try out any of these recipes for your pooch make sure to share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram.
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