As more individuals are becoming conscious about their eating habits and health, they are also becoming more concerned about their pet’s health and diet as well. Making homemade dog treats is not only a fun and interesting project that the whole family can participate in, but it will also give you the peace of mind and satisfaction of knowing that your dog is snacking on a healthful treat that’s free from food dyes, fillers, and preservatives.
If you’ve had your dog for any amount of time, you probably are aware of his or her favorite foods, textures, and flavors. Some dogs are crazy about peanut butter, and some even eat vegetables. It’s just a matter of your pet’s personal taste. You can use this information to decide what types of easy homemade dog treats you’d like to make.
These baked goods are not grain-free, but were the first things I tried making. I feed my dog a grain-free kibble, so I don’t make these too often anymore. But they’re just easy and what I started with.
Beef or Chicken Dog Biscuits
This recipe is for a nicely textured, low fat dog biscuit that is very healthy, easy to make, and delicious. It’s also inexpensive to make.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 package dry yeast
- 1/2 cup powdered skim milk
- 2 cups beef or chicken stock
- 1 medium egg beaten
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Combine flour and powdered milk in a mixing bowl.
- Heat the beef or chicken stock in microwave until warm.
- Sprinkle the yeast into the stock.
- Mix enough of the yeast and stock with the flour until it has a dough-like consistency.
- Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes.
- Cut the dough in half and roll out until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut into shapes and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Brush the shaped biscuits with beaten egg and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Turn the biscuits over, brush with egg again, and continue baking for another 20 minutes.
This dog treat recipe makes about 30-40 easy homemade dog treats that can be kept in a plastic container or a plastic bag and taken with you. You’ll have the proud satisfaction of knowing that you made these crunchy, healthy snacks yourself.
If you’re using these treats for dog obedience training treats, you can break them into smaller bits and keep them with you when taking your dog for a walk or during training sessions. Keeping the treats limited to small, bite sized morsels will allow your dog to eat the treat quickly and return his or her attention to your training instructions.
Another good reason to make your own dog treats is due to the fact that many older dogs battle with weight problems, just like older humans. Unfortunately, many of us love our pets so much we feel that they need the comfort of food and snacks just as we do. Of course, this is a false belief, but if you just can’t take that sad begging face staring at you, it is far better to offer your dog healthful and low calorie snacks.
Chicken and Veggie Dog Biscuits
Here’s a simple recipe for an easy treat that’s loaded with flavor, fiber, but very low fat. It’s not corn-free so I don’t feed it to my dog often, but he really likes the dog biscuit’s texture.
- 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/8 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup chicken bouillon stock
- 1/4 cup organic green bean baby food
- Mix the flour and cornmeal together.
- Whisk together the chicken bouillon stock, skim milk, and green beans.
- Slowly add the wet mixture to the flour and cornmeal. Blend until a stiff dough forms.
- Roll out onto a floured surface until the dough is about 1 inch thick.
- Cut into fun shapes with a cookie cutter or a knife.
- Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until crisp.
This recipe yields 20-25 small biscuits and can be doubled if desired.
Beef Jerky and Chicken Strips
If you have a food dehydrator, two of the easiest dog treats to make are beef jerky and chicken strips. You can use any kind of meat, of course. If you’re considering feeding your dog a raw diet, making these strips is a good way to transition. I know my dog loves to eat dried chicken strips, and they’re not cheap at the pet store.
All you have to do is slice the meat and dry. It might be easier to slice thinly if you freeze the meat first.