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by Caitlin Wark

The 4 Best Dog Treat Recipes to Try Today! 

Both you and your dog will enjoy these dog treats at home that are fun and affordable. Making your own treats for your dog is great for pets that have specific allergies, because you can control what goes in their diet. Not only do you most likely have most of these ingredients at home, but these ingredients are all very healthy for your dog too.

 

Peanut Butter Bones:

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (Check ingredients! Xylitol is poisonous for dogs.)
  • ½ cup Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir into dough. Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface and flatten the dough out with a rolling pin. Use a dog bone cookie cutter* to cut out the treats and place them onto a baking sheet on parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how thick the treats are. Remove from the oven once treats are hard and let them cool down before letting your dog taste these simple, everyday treats.

*You can use any shape of cookie cutter that you want!

  

Pumpkin Pupcakes:

  • 1 cup of Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 12 oz. Canned 100% Pumpkin (no sugar added)
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp. of Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir; canned carrots can also be a substitute for canned pumpkin. Line a cupcake tin with liners and scoop batter ¾ to the top.  Bake for 25 minutes or until hard slightly browned on the top.  Simply use peanut butter if you want to decorate them with “frosting”.

   

Birthday Cake:

  • 1 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 cup shredded Carrots
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter (Check ingredients! Xylitol is poisonous for dogs.)
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil

Frosting:

  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter

Raspberries and sliced bananas for décor

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour into circle cake pan that has been greased with a smidge of peanut butter. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until fully cooked. Whip up the frosting while the cake is cooling down. Apply the frosting and decorate with treats and fruits such as raspberries and bananas.

   

Pupsicles:

  • Any Ice Cube Tray
  • Treats, Kibble, Fruits, Vegetables

Fill the ice cube trays with water and stick a piece of kibble or a treat in each one. You can also add a piece of apple, sweet potato, or banana–whatever your dog loves the best. Freeze and use for enrichment. Some dogs may eat them in one piece if you use a mini ice cube mold, but some may spend time licking out the treats like a Popsicle.

 

There are many safe “people foods” for dogs. Apples, carrots, bananas, peas, sweet potato, pumpkin, and Greek yogurt can all be considered healthy options for your dog. Remember to double check with your veterinarian before giving your dog anything that is not kibble. These treats may not be suited for dogs with sensitive stomachs or digestive diseases. You can use the treats during training sessions to positively reward your dog or just to keep him or her busy on a rainy day. But, remember that dogs also need exercise if they receive extra calories throughout the day. A balance of healthy treats and adventure is sure to keep your dog in-shape and happy!

   

Credits:

Peanut butter bones adapted from: https://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/homemade-dog-treats?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=1073374/  (And a recipe I used at Buttercream Cupcakery when I worked there last year)

Pumpkin Pupcakes adapted from: Buttercream Cupcakery

Birthday Carrot Cake adapted from: https://pinkglitterliving.com/how-to-make-a-peanut-butter-and-carrot-dog-birthday-cake/

 

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Caitlin Wark
Caitlin Wark

Caitlin is originally from Vermont and has been working with animals since she can remember. She studied Behavioral Neuroscience and is now Mastering in Animal Shelter Management in Colorado. Her hobbies include horseback riding, fostering animals, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Caitlin has been freelance writing for almost a year on various topics to help educate others. She hopes to someday become a Marketing Coordinator for a non-profit animal shelter.


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