Homemade Dog Treats

Easy Homemade Dog Treats For Small Dogs

Updated 08/04/2022 by Ava Jaine

Do you want to give your pup a delicious dog treat, but are worried about all of the toxins in the store-brand treats?

I get it!  Too many dogs suffer from food allergies, severe itching, and GI issues all related to the heavily processed treats and food they consume daily.

We have some easy DIY homemade dog treats made with real food ingredients to maximize your dog’s health.

My dogs have tried many store-brand 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 some yummies without artificial dyes, shady-sounding preservatives, or nasty side effects. 

All of my dogs love these homemade dog treats and your pup will too.

 

Dried Dog Treats For The Oven:

Dried dog treats are a very healthy option for your pup. As long as you have an oven, you don’t need a dehydrator to make these delicious dog treat recipes.

Are Dried 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 dog treats should be given in moderation only.  Too many treats can cause your dog’s tummy to be upset.

 

Note: You can print these dog treat recipes at the bottom of this post, just look for the green printable recipes button.

Safe Dried Fruits for Dogs:

  • Apple

  • Pineapple

  • Banana

  • Mango

  • Papaya

  • Blueberries

Dried Apple Treats for Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Apples, Washed and Dried
    (Gala, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, 
    or Fuji work best)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 200 ℉.
  • Remove the apple core and seeds.
  • Slice the apples 1/4 inch thick.
  • Put apple slices on parchment paper and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Space apple slices 1/2″ apart.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Flip the slices over, Bake for 1 hour.
  • Turn off the oven, leave slices in the oven to cool for 20-30 minutes (to make them crunchy).

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. This batch of DIY dog treats will last 1 week.

 
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Safe Dried Vegetables for Dogs:

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Carrot

  • Green Beans

  • Spinach

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels Sprouts

 

Dried Sweet Potato Treats For Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, Washed

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 250℉.
  • Slice the Sweet Potatoes into 1/4 inch thick circles.
  • Put the potato slices on parchment paper on baking sheets.
  • Separate slices 1/2″ apart.
  • Bake for about 1.5 hours.
  • Flip over the slices and bake for 1 hour.
  • Allow treats to cool.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for later.  This batch of treats will last up to 3 weeks.

 
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Safe Dried Meats For Dogs:

  • Chicken

  • Beef

  • Rabbit

  • White Fish or Salmon

  • Turkey

 

Dried Chicken Treats For Dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 275℉.
  • Place wire cooling racks on 2 baking sheets.
  • Cut chicken breast into ¼ inch slices.
  • Place on wire racks.
  • Bake for 2 hours, until chicken is dehydrated.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  This batch of treats will last up to 2 weeks.

 

Dessert Dog Treats:

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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.

 

Yummy 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.

 

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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