Homemade dog treat recipes don’t have to be complicated. They are less expensive than store-bought and so much better for your dog. Most of my DIY dog biscuits contain only a handful of ingredients and they take about 30 minutes from start to finish. By learning how to make homemade dog treats, you are able to customize them to your dogs personal taste and needs.
Healthy, homemade puppy treats are quick and easy to make. For less than $5, you can make approximately 60 – 100 treats, depending on the recipe, which is a much better deal than store bought.
There are easy recipes for everyone, with flavor combinations guaranteed to please your pup.
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Why make homemade dog biscuits?
- Dogs like snacks too! Think about it this way – would you rather have a packaged, store-bought cookie that’s been sitting on a grocery store shelf or a fresh, homemade cookie? Dogs know a good thing when they’ve got it and homemade dog treats beat store bought every single time.
- Healthy treats made at home don’t contain additives, preservatives or questionable ingredients like fillers. All dogs, no matter their age or diet, benefit from a healthier option.
- Just like people, dogs can develop allergies, or an intolerance for certain foods. It can range from beef or chicken to corn, wheat and eggs. If your dog has food allergies, buying special treats can be much more expensive than homemade.
A simple DIY dog biscuit with oats instead of flour can be the answer if your pup needs to make a few dietary changes. Plain, unflavored old-fashioned oats (porridge) are what I use in many of my dog biscuit recipes. Oats can be ground into flour using a food processor or a powerful blender.
Some pups have other health issues – maybe you have a senior dog who doesn’t have all of their teeth, or a pup who needs a low fat treat.
My dog was on a hypoallergenic diet for awhile and it was easier for me to make treats than it was to buy them. By making your own dog cookies, you control what goes into them and that’s always better for your furry family member.
How long do homemade treats last?
Remember that homemade treats do not contain preservatives like commercially made biscuits. My recommendation is to store them in the refrigerator, because they will eventually mold.
You can leave a handful of treats out on the counter, but only enough for a day or two. Store the rest of the batch in the fridge, or if you have a large batch, freeze half and take them out as needed.
Homemade dog treat recipes FAQ’s
Yes! Oatmeal in small quantities is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs. It is also part of a hypoallergenic diet for dogs with food sensitivities.
To make treats more shelf stable, you need to remove moisture. This means extending baking time, at a lower temperature. Removing moisture from the treats will make it harder for bacteria to grow (but not impossible!), however, in doing so, you’ll also end up with a crunchier treat.
Yes – you can use a dehydrator to pull even more moisture out of homemade biscuits. As each model is different, check your manual for your specific dehydrator.
Choose a cool, dry, dark location for best results. Do not store near the stove or in direct sunlight. Make sure treats are completely cooled before storing. Treats spoil faster in warm, humid climates – trust me on this. I know from personal experience.
DIY dog treats make great homemade gifts too. I like to make small dog treat bags to give away to friends and neighbors who have dogs.
My favorite tools for making homemade dog treat recipes
Here is a list of helpful tools and equipment for making dog treats. Below are the items that I use most often.
- 11 cup food processor – all of my recipes are developed using this food processor.
- Bone shaped cookie cutters – this is the exact same set that I have.
- Rolling dowel – Used in almost every recipe for dog biscuits.
- A small cookie scoop – make drop style cookies instead of rolling cutout treats.
Homemade dog treat recipes
Here is the ever-growing list of dog biscuit recipes. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new recipe!
- Blueberry dog treats – Made with fresh blueberries.
- Oatmeal pumpkin dog treats – A favorite of Sugar’s.
- Soft pumpkin dog treats – Perfect for senior dogs!
- Pumpkin turmeric dog treats – Good for pups with joint issues.
- Butternut squash dog treats – Healthy low fat treat with plenty of vitamins and fiber.
- Banana pumpkin treats – The treat that started it all!
- Fresh breath biscuits – Mint and parsley aid in digestion as well as freshening puppy breath.
- Pumpkin peanut butter dog treats – Super simple 4 ingredient cookie, makes about 80 treats.
- Sweet potato dog treats – Sugar’s all-time favorite, she loves sweet potatoes.
- Banana dog treats – Just a little sweet from the banana.
- Peanut butter banana dog treats – Elvis isn’t the only one who likes this combo.
- Applesauce oatmeal dog treats – Very simple, 3 ingredient biscuit.
- Cheddar apple dog treats – Apples and cheese for a delicious dog cookie.
- Pumpkin carrot dog treats – 4 ingredient treat mixed together by hand.
- Christmas dog treats recipe – Pups like holiday cookies too.
- Peanut butter training treats – Exactly what they sound like: small treats for training your dog.
- Potato dog treats with cheese – Cheesy potato treats for your pup.
- Blueberry pumpkin treats – Quick, easy, and made entirely in the food processor for easy clean up.
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