Dogs provide humans with untamed love that’s free of judgment and filled with kisses. Whether you have a dog or want to adopt one, there’s one thing that you’ll need plenty of in your home: treats. My pup loves one thing more than me – food.
And with treats, you can reward good behavior or train your dog how to do anything from sit to lay and of course, stay.
If you want to spoil your pup (I know you do), you can make great treats right in the comfort of your home. Now, remember that some foods are poisonous for your dog, such as:
- Chocolate (can cause death in severe cases)
- Cinnamon (can cause irritation, lower blood pressure and disease)
- Garlic (causes toxicity)
- Dairy (some dogs have an intolerance to lactose)
- Macadamia nuts (toxic)
So, while I am going to share a few great recipes for making treats at home, please be cautious of the ingredients you include in any custom recipe. While dogs will scarf down every morsel of food put in front of them, this doesn’t mean they can’t get sick or violently ill in the process.
You also need to worry about food allergies with some dogs.
1. Breath Mint Treats
Does your dog smell bad? If so, a good wash and some breath mints will help a lot. And this recipe will add a bit of good-breath ingredients into dog treats that your pup will eat up quickly. You’re going to need just a few ingredients to get started:
- 2 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup mint
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 large egg
A few pieces of bakeware need to be pulled out of the cabinets, too: whisk, rolling pin, cookie sheet, blender and a large bowl.
You’ll want to set your oven to 325° F before starting, and then add your oats into the blender. The goal is to blend the oats to a flour consistency. Crack open your egg into the large bowl and add in your mint and parsley, both diced, along with your water and oil.
Slowly mix in the oat flour, combine and knead.
Flatten to desired thickness, cut into cookie shapes and place on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown.
2. Banana Bread Treats
Banana bread is a true delight for humans, and now pets can enjoy this delicious bread, too. Avoid adding in nuts, and you’ll find that this treat is a fan favorite among dogs. If you want to teach your dog to do chores, you’ll find that this treat will have the dog’s undivided attention.
Gather the following ingredients:
- 2 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 1 cup ripe bananas
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/8 cup honey
- 3 tbsp. apple sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
Some people recommend cinnamon, but as we learned earlier, dogs don’t do well with cinnamon. You can try using a bread machine, or you can use your oven for this recipe. Set your oven to 325° F and whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
In another bowl, mash up your banana and add in the egg, applesauce, honey and low fat milk (important as dogs don’t do well with fat). Combine the two bowls together. Make sure they’re mixed well! Place on a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when placed in the center of the muffin. Allow to cool, then remove the bread from the pan and continue to cool until edible.
3. 20 Minute Peanut Butter Treats
I know you’re going to say “that’s it?” when you see how simple and easy it is to make these delightful peanut butter treats. But when you’re on a strict schedule like me, you know how little time you really have throughout the day.
The good news is that anyone can make these treats, and the recipe calls for just four ingredients:
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup water
Set your oven to 350° F and allow it to preheat. Simple and quick to make, you’ll want to mix all of the ingredients together until they’re well-combined. Slowly add in your water, mixing together until the dough is sufficiently wet and able to be rolled out.
Roll out the dough to 1/4 ” thickness.
Cut out the treat shapes: bones, squares, stars, or anything you see fit.
Now, all you need to do is line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper, place the treats on the sheet and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Make sure you allow enough time to pass so that the treats are able to be safely eaten.
4. Not The Best Baker?
Are you not the best baker? Too lazy to work in the kitchen? Or simply just don’t have enough time to spare? Luckily, there is a wide selection of natural, baked dog treats you can buy for your dog to enjoy the taste without the hassle.
- Three Dog Bakery Biscuit Miniature Peanut Butter: These tasty treats are baked with peanut butter with no artificial additives, salt, or refined sugar! The all-natural ingredients make it delicious and healthy for your pet.
- Sam’s Yams Digestive Herbal Cookies: This digestive “herbal” recipe contains greens such as mint, parsley & thyme for fresher breath, as well as pumpkin seed and papaya to aid in digestion. The tasty and healthy snack is great for pets with food allergies as they are free of grain, gluten and glycerin!
- Wag More Bark Less Soft-Baked Dog Treats: These are delicious and decadent semi-moist treats rich with fresh bakery flavor. Both you and your dog can enjoy cookies for snack time with these tasty soft bakes!
About the Author:
Joe Hughes, known by most as the Village Baker, is an expert in homestyle cooking techniques, with a primary interest in baking. He runs the very popular website, village-bakery.com, which provides the latest homestyle cooking news, techniques, tricks, and recipes.