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Homemade Dog Treats For Little Dogs

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Why Should I Make Homemade Treats for my Dog?

Many dogs suffer from food allergies, severe itching, and excessive stinky gas.  Homemade Dog treats are made with Real Whole Food to maximize your dog’s health.  You will be putting the dog-safe ingredients together, so you know what it is in every nutritious treat.

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If you are like me, my dogs have tried many store-bought dog treats over the years.  Unfortunately, my mini dachshund, Reno, had a very sensitive stomach.  He couldn’t tolerate most treats that I would find at the pet store, even if they boasted using real ingredients.  His horrible gas would clear a room, let me tell you!

I resolved to try homemade dog treats so he could enjoy them without the artificial ingredients and the nasty side effects.  All of my dogs love these homemade dog treats, so it was a win-win.

Dehydrated Dog Treats For The Oven:

Did you know that Dehydrated treats are healthy for you and your Dog?  As long as you have an oven, you actually don’t need to own a dehydrator to make these delicious dog treat recipes.  You can even enjoy them along with your dog.

Are Dehydrated Fruits and Vegetables Good For Dogs?

In Moderation, Yes, Dried Fruits and Vegetables are Good for Dogs.  Dogs can eat a variety of dried fruits as a simple and all natural dog treat.  Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin C and B6. Apples are full of Vitamin C and A, antioxidants, and fiber.

Green beans contain vitamins A, C, and K, a good source of fiber, and folic acid.  Sweet potatoes are low in fat and contain vitamins B6, A, and C.

All dried fruit dog treats and vegetable dog treats should be given in moderation only.  Too many treats can cause your dog’s tummy to be upset.

Safe Dehydrated Fruits for Dogs:

  • Apple

  • Pineapple

  • Banana

  • Mango

  • Papaya

  • Blueberries

Dehydrated Apple Treats for Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Apples, Washed

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 170 ℉.
  • Remove the Apple Core.
  • Slice the Apples about 1/4 inch thick, leave skin on.
  • Put Apple slices on wire rack placed on a cookie sheet.
  • Edges of apple slices should be 1/2″ apart.
  • Bake the tray of apples for about 8 to 12 hours.
  • If there is any moisture on the fruit, blot it with a paper towel.
  • Allow treats to cool.

Store in Airtight container in the fridge (or freezer for later).  This batch of treats will last up to 1 week.

Homemade dog treats for little dogs

Safe Dehydrated Vegetables for Dogs:

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Carrot

  • Green Beans

  • Spinach

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels Sprouts

Dehydrated Sweet Potato Treats For Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, Washed

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 170 ℉.
  • Slice the Sweet Potatoes into 1/4 inch thick circles (for small dogs), leave skin on.
  • Put the potato slices on wire rack placed on a cookie sheet with edges
  • Separate slices 1/2″ apart.
  • Bake for about 8 to 12 hours.
  • If there is any moisture on top, blot it off with a paper towel.
  • Allow treats to cool.

Store in Airtight container in the fridge or freezer for later.  This batch of treats will last up to 1 week.

Homemade dog treats for little dogs

Safe Dehydrated Meats for Dogs:

  • Chicken

  • Beef

  • Rabbit

  • White Fish or Salmon

  • Turkey

Dehydrated Chicken Treats For Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 170 ℉.
  • Trim the Fat off of the chicken breasts.
  • Pat the Chicken dry with Paper towel.
  • Slice the chicken breasts into strips about 1/4″ to 1/8″ thick.
  • Place chicken strips onto a wire rack on a clean cookie sheet with edges,
  • Separate 1/2″ apart.
  • Cook in the oven for 8-12 hours.
  • To make sure it’s done, slice a piece in half. The center should be dry and moisture free.

Store in Airtight container in the fridge.  This batch of treats will last 1 week.

Dessert Dog Treats:

homemade dog treats for little dogs

Easy Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Canned Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter (Do Not Use products with xylitol sweetener)
  • 2 cups of Flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix canned pumpkin and peanut butter together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the flour and combine the mixture until the dough forms.
  4. Roll out the dough ball onto a clean, floured surface.
  5. Cut into fun shapes with your favorite cookie cutter.
  6. Place doggie treats onto an ungreased baking sheet, about a half-inch apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

This recipe makes about 2 dozen doggie cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

They will last up to 10 days, so I suggest freezing some for later.

Oh-So-Good: Banana Doggie Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (ripe)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 cups Oats
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Drop Spoonfuls of the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I like to use parchment paper).
  4. Press them Flat with a fork.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, let cool.

Store in sealed container, you can store up to 14 days. Yields about 15-20 doggie cookies.

Yummy Sweet Potato Doggie Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1 1/4 cup flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the egg, oil, and mashed sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  3. Add in the flour and knead until the dough forms into a ball.
  4. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick onto a clean, floured surface.
  5. Cut into fun shapes with your preferred cookie cutter shapes.
  6. Place cookies on a baking sheet one-half inch apart.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Rotate the cookie sheet and flip cookies, then reduce oven temp to 300°F, bake for another 25 minutes.

When cooled, you can store up to 14 days.

Blueberry Puppy Muffins:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2  1/3 cups of flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries (not frozen)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In large bowl, mix together milk, oil, and honey.  Blend in Egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder.
  4. Add to wet Ingredients bowl.
  5. Mix in the Vanilla and Blueberries.
  6. Add mixture to greased muffin tin
  7. Fill about 2/3 of the way full.
  8. Bake muffins for 20 minutes (poke centers to make sure they come out clean).

Let Cool and store in air tight container.  Lasts up to 1 week.

Healthy Training Treats for Dogs:

Can I make my own Training Treats for Dogs?  Yes!  Homemade Dog Treats for Training are a healthier alternative to the store bought training treats that may contain mystery ingredients and preservatives that can make your dog’s tummy sick.

Tuna Training Treats For Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Chuck Light Tuna Fish, not drained
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1/4 cup of shredded sharp cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together the undrained can of tuna, egg, cheese, and flour in a Large bowl.
  3. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spread and flatten your tuna mixture to about 1/4″ thick in an 8×8 baking dish.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Take your treats out of the pan, flip over and place on a lined cookie sheet.
  7. Cut your Treats into small bits.
  8. Return the Treats back into the lined baking dish.
  9. Cook at 275°F for 45 minutes. (or longer if not crispy enough).
  10. Break the tuna treats up into smaller training size treats.

Keep refrigerated, will last up to 10 days.

Pumpkin Training Treats For Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oil (Vegetable or Coconut)
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix Together the pumpkin, peanut butter, Egg, and Oil together in Large Bowl.
  3. Add in the Flour. Mix All Together.  You may need a mixer.
  4. Form the Dough into a ball and roll out on clean, floured surface.
  5. You can cut these treats up into Small checkerboard squares or use any shape you like.
  6. Place treats on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes. (or until crunchy consistency)

Store in Airtight Container and Keep Refrigerated, will last up to 2 Weeks.

Healthy Dog Treats From Our Dog Blogger Friends:

Turkey Treats For Dogs:

These delicious Turkey Treats are brought to us by Layla’s Woof.com.  These healthy treats are great when you are on the go with your dog.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey (or ground beef, salmon, or ground chicken)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 1/2 cup of vegetables (chopped carrots, pumpkin, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, your choice of combo)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together the Ground Turkey, egg, and vegetables to form a flat meatloaf in a baking dish.
  3. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until done.
  4. When cool, cut into little squares.
  5. You can divide the treats up into zip lock bags

Keep refrigerated or freezer for later and take out when needed.

photo and Recipe credit: layla's woof

Check out Dalmation DIY for their yummy Pumpkin Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats.

Photo and recipe credit: Dalmation DIY

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