Pamper your pup with their ultimate dream come true: homemade treats! From frozen fruit snacks to fully-baked goodies, win over your dog’s heart and stomach with these tasty and healthy DIY dog treat recipes. Read on for our favorite step-by-step treat tutorials.
Coconut oil and peanut butter is fatty, tasty treat heaven for your furry friend. Gently simmer one cup peanut butter and one cup coconut oil in a saute pan until fully melted and combined (make sure to use pure peanut butter and coconut oil to keep your ingredients free from added sugars and salt). Remove from heat and pour into a silicone treat tray mold, like these. Pop into the freezer until they solidify. Place treats into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to three months. Because of the fat in these treats, make sure to give your smaller pups no more than one per day and larger doggies no more than two per day.
Frozen Fruit Snacks
Chop up two apples (sans the core and seeds), add to a high speed blender with one cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and blend until fully incorporated. Pour into silicone molds and freeze until solid. Remove from the molds, place in an airtight container, and store in the freezer for up to six months. These frozen treats are perfect after a walk outside or for those extra-hot summer days. The apple in this recipe can be replaced with any dog-safe fruit option.
Biscuits & Bites
Have some overly-ripe bananas laying around? Use three of them and mash up into a bowl. Add them to three cups of oats and let them soak for a few minutes. Roll the dough out onto a baking sheet and bake it in the oven at 225 degrees for 20 minutes. Flip the dough over and bake for another 20 minutes. Let cool, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Store in an airtight container.
For a super-simple baked dog biscuit, try this easy recipe that uses whole wheat flour and pureed baby food. A meat and vegetable puree flavor will have your pup following you around the kitchen while you bake. Add the whole wheat flour to the baby food puree until you achieve a workable dough – no real measuring required. Flatten a bit with your hands and use a rolling pin to even it out. Use a small cookie cutter to form the treats, then place onto a baking sheet. Pop it into the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
For additional health benefits to each treat recipe, try including a vitamin and mineral supplement, like this one. Be sure to check with your pup's vet with any specific concerns and monitor your four-legged friend closely when trying out any newly-introduced pet-safe foods. Head over to our blog today for more puppy-pampering ideas!