Homemade dog treats are fun to make, fun for your dog to eat, and often surprisingly simple to assemble. Some don’t need cooking at all, some just need a quick bake. Most are made using ingredients that are readily available from your local shops, or even that are sitting waiting in your kitchen cupboards. And the best thing about making your own dog treats is you can choose exactly what goes into them. Which is perfect if your dog has allergies or food sensitivities.
To help you get started we’ve assembled a range of our favorite recipes for easy homemade dog treats. From pumpkin to peanut butter, frozen treats to baked biscuit bones, we’ve got something for every pup’s palate.
Healthy Homemade Dog Treats
Healthy dog treats are ones that contain only ingredients that are good for your dog. There are a variety of common ingredients which we eat that are bad for dogs. In our article What Can Dogs Not Eat you can find out which foods are not safe to share with your pup. Also remember that any food can be made unhealthy by feeding your pet too much of it. Lab’s are prone to weight gain so only give your furry friend occasional treats.
Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
I have been searching out the very best homemade dog treat recipes that the internet has to offer. And you don’t need to be a chef to be able to make wonderful treats for your lovely Lab. Whether you are a brilliant cook or a kitchen calamity, you will be sure to make a successful bake with the simple and tasty recipes below. Each one gives you detailed ingredients and instructions explaining exactly how to make the recipe.
Many of pictured doggie biscuits are in the shape of a bone. For this you will, of course, need a bone shaped cookie cutter. Don’t have one? Use any shape or just roll a ball and flatten it – it will be all the same to your pup. Let’s start with some nice and easy homemade dog treats first.
Easy Homemade Dog Treats
These easy homemade dog treat recipes are fab. You can get that warm glowing feeling of having made something yourself, but without spending the entire afternoon slaving away.
Sweet Potato Fries For Dogs From Beagles & Bargains
Beagles & Bargains’ sweet potato treats are incredibly simple homemade dog treats. Moreover, they add some healthy veg to your pet’s diet too. All you need is sweet potato, coconut oil and a few pinches of cumin and turmeric. The recipe is very easy to put together, and cooks quickly too. Find the Sweet Potato Fries For Dogs recipe on Beagles & Bargains here.
Frozen Apple Easy Homemade Dog Treats From Irresistible Pets
This is another very easy dog treat recipe that doesn’t even need cooking! I can recommend it as a summer holiday activity for your kids. You will only need apples, plain Greek yoghurt and an ice cube tray. Check out the Frozen Apple Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipe here.
Frozen Pupsicles From Positively
Frozen Pupsicles are a very easy delicacy to make for your dog. This is a great treat when your pup needs some cooling off after playing outside on a hot day. You will need peanut butter, yoghurt, a banana and some almond milk. And a blender will come in handy too! No cooking required for this one either. Find out how to make your own Frozen Pupsicles here.
Now let’s take a look at some more traditional style dog treats. Starting with homemade peanut butter dog treats.
Peanut Butter In Dog Treats
Peanut butter is a popular and healthy ingredient for dog biscuits and there are many wonderful homemade dog treat recipes using peanut butter.
Pumpkin and peanut butter go hand in hand with many dog treat recipes. So although I have included a section each for peanut butter and pumpkin, you will find some crossover. Be sure to check out both sections if you like either ingredient. But a quick warning regarding peanut butter before we begin.
Peanut Butter Warning
A few brands of peanut butter contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol. This is extremely dangerous to dogs. So you always need to check the ingredients on your tub of peanut butter carefully before sharing it with your dog.
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats From Damn Delicious
If your dog likes peanut butter, he’s bound to love these fabulous doggie biscuits. To make these scrummy homemade peanut butter dog treats you will need peanut butter, pumpkin puree, eggs and whole wheat flour. Find the full recipe for these peanut butter biscuits here.
Sally’s Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits Recipe
Sally’s Baking Addiction shared a delicious looking dog treat recipe with bacon bits. I cannot wait to try it out for our lovely Labs. To make Sally’s peanut butter and bacon dog biscuits you will need whole wheat flour, an egg, milk, baking powder, oats, peanut butter and chopped bacon. Get this easy one-bowl recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction here.
King Arthur Flour Best of Breed Dog Biscuits
These vet approved vegetarian dog biscuits look good enough that I’d be happy to eat one too! To make them you will need whole wheat flour, rolled oats, parsley, dry milk, salt, two eggs and peanut butter. Find the recipe for these peanut butter dog cookies here.
Peanut Butter Dog Cookies From The Cookie Rookie
This great recipe doesn’t just make tasty dog cookies with honey to add a bit of sweetness. You can design them to look just like him, and even to have his name on! To make these cute dog-shaped cookies you will need whole wheat flour, baking powder, peanut butter, honey and an egg. Check out the full recipe for these homemade dog cookies here.
Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats
Homemade pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats From Pinch Of Yum
Pinch of Yum is an amazing website and I have long been a big fan of their recipes for the humans in my family. So I was delighted to see that they had a recipe for my pup as well. To follow along you will need pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, oil, whole wheat flour and baking soda. And bacon grease for the glaze. Find the full recipe on Pinch Of Yum’s website here.
Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats by Lola The Pitty
Lola The Pitty has a nice, easy to follow recipe for some delicious homemade pumpkin dog treats for your furry friend. These lovely treats use oat flour, pumpkin puree, eggs and almond milk. With the option of adding in some flax seed if you like. You can find the recipe here.
Homemade Banana Dog Treats
If your Labrador is partial to a bit of banana from time to time, then he will probably love some banana dog treats.
Banana-Almond Puppy Treats Recipe From Pretty Fluffy
The banana and almond homemade dog treat recipe is easy to follow and nice and simple. They are soft and healthy, making them ideal for puppies and senior dogs. You will need an egg, some unsalted almond butter, a banana and some ground cinnamon to make these tasty treats. Check out this yummy banana and almond dog treat recipe here.
Banana and Honey Dog Treats From Allrecipes
To make these fun banana and honey dog treats you will need an egg, two bananas, whole wheat flour, honey, baking powder and vanilla extract.
Homemade dog bones
If you want to give your dog a bone, then you have two main choices. A yummy raw dog bone requires no effort at all, aside from the buying of course. If you want to give your dog a raw bone, then check out this article to find out how to do so safely.
Alternatively, you can bake your homemade dog bone treats instead, using one of these lovely recipes.
Homemade dog bone treats from A Cozy Kitchen
To make these dog bone treats you will need peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, chicken broth, rolled oats, whole wheat flour and plain flour. Find the full, meaty-flavored dog cookies recipe on A Cozy Kitchen here.
Birthday Bones From Allrecipes
These adorable homemade dog bones are made with whole wheat flour, baking powder, peanut butter and milk. It will also help to have a cookie cutter in the shape of a bone! Check out the recipe for your birthday dog bone treats here.
Homemade Bacon Dog Treats
Homemade bacon dog treats go down very well with most dogs. After all, who doesn’t love bacon!
Homemade Bacon Dog Treats From The Kitchn
These homemade bacon dog treats are traditional dog cookies with a bacon taste. To cook up a batch of these for your pup you will need whole wheat flour, wheat germ, bacon fat and an egg. You can even add other ingredients like peanut butter or leftover mashed pumpkin. Make yours using the instructions given online here.
Bacon Dog Biscuits Recipe From All About Goldens
These hard and crunchy bacon dog treats will be good for our dog’s teeth. You will need milk, an egg, vegetable oil, whole wheat flour and bacon slices. This bacon dog biscuit recipe is available on All About Goldens here.
Bacon And Cheese Dog Treats
These homemade bacon and cheese balls sound delicious – even for humans. To make your own you will need diced bacon, cheddar cheese, whole wheat flour, milk, baking powder, eggs and vegetable oil. Check out the recipe for these bacon and cheese treats here.
Homemade Diabetic Dog Treats
Diabetic Dog Treats From Allrecipes
Do you have a diabetic dog? This recipe is especially for you! Designed especially for diabetic dogs it uses whole wheat flour, beef liver and two eggs. Find the full diabetic dog treat recipe on Allrecipes here.
Gluten Free Dog Treats
Homemade Carob Dog Treat Recipe From Doggy Dessert Chef
If your dog is sensitive to wheat or gluten, then why not check out this gluten free dog treat recipe. You will need white rice flour, carob powder, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Find the homemade carob crunchers recipe on Doggy Dessert Chef here.
Homemade Dog Cake Recipe
For those special occasions, like birthdays or ‘gotcha’ days, why not put together a lovely homemade dog cake. You can use the recipe to make either cupcakes or a full sized cake.
Dog Birthday Cake Recipe From Food.com
Check out this recipe for a dog birthday cake on the Food website. The combination of healthy ingredients looks good enough for humans to eat as well. So the whole family can join in and celebrate with a slice of cake. The ingredients include an egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla extract, honey, carrot, whole wheat flour and baking soda. Check out this dog birthday cake recipe at food.com here.
Homemade Christmas Dog Treats
If you are looking for great homemade Christmas dog treats, then there are some recipes designed with the festive season in mind. However, my favorite way to make homemade dog treats seasonal, is to simply change their shapes. Get some holiday cookie cutters, in the shapes of stars, Christmas trees or angels. In keeping with the holiday spirit you can even decorate the cookies with colorful doggy snacks.
Best Homemade Dog Treats
The best homemade dog treats are healthy, simple to make and taste great. Just like people’s tastes differ, dogs’ tastes vary too. So why not try out a few different easy homemade dog treats and let your pet decide which he likes best.
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