Nothing says I Love You like making your Best Furry Friend some homemade dog treats. Why worry about the toxic ingredients included in store bought treats when you can easily make your own treats right in your own kitchen? These treats are easy to make and use only 5 ingredients or less.
Adapting A Recipe
Quite often homemade dog treat recipes use wheat flour. If you have a Husky or Malamute you know to keep wheat, corn and soy our of your dog's diet.
Here is a list of flour substitutions that you can interchange 1:1 with wheat flour. These flours can be found in any health store or market.
Amaranth, Bean Flour, Millet Flour, Quinoa, and Spelt Flour
Three Ingredient Vegan, Grain Free Dog Treats / from Good Dogs & Co.
1 sweet potato, baked and cooled;
1/4 cup coconut oil;
2 cups quinoa flour.
1. Preheat your oven to 350º F.
2. Add your sweet potato and coconut oil, and mix until well combined. Don’t worry about getting it completely smooth.
3. Add your flour, about a half cup at a time, until your dough begins to stick together and release from the sides of your bowl.
4. On a floured surface, roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out your treats. Quinoa flour is not as elastic as regular flour, so you may have to roll in batches if your dough breaks apart easily.
5. Bake your treats for 20-25 minutes, then turn the oven off (or as far down as you can make it go) and let them sit and dry out for another 45 minutes to an hour. Take out your treats and let them cool before putting them away.
Three ingredient dog treats: grain free, vegan, 20-25 minute cook time.
Easy Two-Ingredient Dog Treats / from Dog-Milk
2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour* (or wheat germ, spelt, rolled oats — or a mixture of these);
2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food** – beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken, etc.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix ingredients together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out evenly until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they’re still edible).
Homemade Dog Biscuits / from Kitchen Confidante
Homemade Dog Biscuits
1 cup whole wheat flour;
1 cup rolled oats;
1/2 cup flaxseed;
1/2 to 1 cups beef broth;
1/4 cup natural peanut butter ( do not use PB that contains Xylitol!)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats and flaxseed.
Mix in 1/2 cup beef broth and peanut butter.
Mix well, adding additional beef broth if necessary to bring the mixture together to a thick dough.
Form into a ball and turn out on a lightly floured surface.
Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out to desired shape.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway.
Cool completely, then keep in an airtight container for about one week.
YIELD: Makes about 1 dozen.
Cheesy Bone Treats / from Sugar The Golden Retriever
Cheesy Bone Treats
4 cups of flour;
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese;
2 tbsp-1/4 cup of olive oil;
1 1/3 cups of water.
Combine flour and cheese.
Stir in oil, egg, and water.
Adjust liquid as necessary to make stiff dough.
Roll on floured cutting board to 3/8″ thick.
Cut with bone shaped cutter.
Placed on non-stick ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 2 1/2 – 3 hours in 250 degrees oven until thoroughly dry. Turn treats over to make sure that there is no moisture on the underside. Bake for a few more minutes if necessary.
Cool and then store in a paper bag in the fridge to help keep the treat dry.
Margit Maxwell- A Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Canine Behaviour Specialist for The Divine Dog Project. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her Herd of two Siberian Huskies (Kaya and Angel) and an Alaskan Malamute (Skylar). She also has credentials in Psychology (Human and dog), Animal Sciences, Natural Medicine, Energy Medicine, and many alternative Healing Modalities.