Homemade Dog Treats: The Best Free Recipes


Homemade dog treats are a rising trend among Lab owners.

There are loads of different recipes, with varying flavours, shapes and designs.

Whether you are a brilliant cook or a kitchen calamity, you will be sure to make a successful bake with the great recipes below.

Each one gives you a detailed method and instructions regarding exactly how to make homemade dog treats.

You don’t need to be a chef to be able to make wonderful treats for your lovely Lab.

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Healthy homemade dog treats are ones which contain only ingredients that are good for your dog.

There are a variety of common human ingredients that are bad for dogs. You can find out about these in our Toxic To Dogs article here.

Any food can be made unhealthy by being given in too large quantities.

Remember that Lab’s are prone to weight gain, and to give your special homemade dog biscuits as occasional treats only.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

I have been searching out the very best homemade dog treat recipes that the internet has to offer.

Homemade Dog Treats

Let’s start with some nice and easy homemade dog treats first.

Easy Homemade Dog Treats

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

Just Add Sweet Potatoes!

Beagles & Bargains sweet potato treats are incredibly simple homemade dog treats.

All you need is sweet potato, coconut oil and a few pinches of cumin and turmeric. 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

Photo used with kind permission from Irresistible Pets

Another very easy dog treat recipe. With the added bonus that it doesn’t even need cooking!

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 homemade dog treat to make.

You will need peanut butter, yoghurt, a banana and some almond milk. And a blender will come in handy too! No cooking required in this one either.

Now let’s take a look at some more traditional style dog treats. Starting with homemade peanut butter dog treats.

Find out how to make your own Frozen Pupsicles here. 

Homemade Dog Treats Peanut Butter

There are some wonderful homemade dog treat recipes containing peanut butter.

Peanut butter and pumpkin go hand in hand with many dog treat recipes.

So although I have put two sections, one peanut butter and one pumpkin, you will find some crossover.

So if you like either ingredient, be sure to check out both sections!

But a quick warning regarding peanut butter before we begin.

Peanut Butter Warning

There is an ingredient in a few brands of peanut butter which is dangerous to dogs. You need to check your tub carefully.

Do not use any peanut butter which contains xylitol. If in doubt, ask your vet before use.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats From Damn Delicious

Photo used with kind permission from Damn Delicious.

If your dog likes peanut butter, he’s bound to love these fabulous dog treats.

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 homemade peanut butter treats here. 

Sally’s Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats Recipe

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Photo used with kind permission of Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Sally’s Baking Addiction have shared a delightful looking dog treat recipe, which I cannot wait to try for our lovely Labs.

To make Sally’s homemade peanut butter and bacon dog treats you will need whole wheat flour, an egg, milk, baking powder, oats, peanut butter and chopped bacon.

Get the recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction here. 

King Arthur Flour Best of Breed Dog biscuits homemade

Photo used with kind permission from King Arthur Flour

These vet approved dog vegetarian dog biscuits look good enough that I’d be happy to eat one too!

To make them you will require whole wheat flour, rolled oats, parsley, dry milk, salt, 2 eggs and peanut butter.

Find the recipe for your Peanut Butter Dog Cookies here.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats From The Cookie Rookie

Photo used with kind permission from The Cookie Rookie

This great recipe doesn’t just make tasty dog cookies. You can design them to look just like him, and even have his name!

To make these cute homemade peanut butter dog 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 dog treats pumpkin & Peanut Butter From Pinch Of Yum

Pinch of Yum is an amazing website and I have long been a big fan of their human recipes. So I was delighted to see that they had a dog biscuit recipe too.

To follow along you will need pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, oil, whole wheat flour and baking soda. With bacon grease to glaze.

Find the written 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 dog treats.

These lovely homemade pumpkin dog treats use oat flour, pumpkin puree, eggs and almond milk. With the option of adding in some flax seed if you like.

Make your own homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats following the recipe here.

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Homemade Banana Dog Treats

If your Labrador is partial to a bit of banana from time to time, then he will probably love some homemade banana dog treats.

Banana-Almond Puppy Treats Recipe From Pretty Fluffy

Photo used with kind permission from Pretty Fluffy

The Banana-Almond homemade banana dog treat recipe is easy to follow and nice and simple.

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, 2 bananas, whole wheat flour, honey, baking powder and vanilla extract.

Get your homemade banana dog treat recipe here. 

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 safety.

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 homemade dog bone treats you will need peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, chicken broth, rolled oats, whole wheat flour and plain flour.

Find the full homemade 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 Dog Cake Recipes

For those special occasions, like birthdays or ‘gotcha’ days, why not put together a lovely homemade dog cake.

Pupcake From Sweet Beet And Green Bean

This lovely puppy friendly cupcake recipe gives a homemade dog cake so good looking that you will want to eat it yourself.

To make your own pupcake you will need whole wheat flour, baking powder, peanut butter, apple sauce, vanilla extract, honey, an egg and shredded carrot.

Find the cute dog cupcake recipe here. 

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe From Food.com

For a full sized doggy birthday cake, check out this recipe on the Food website.

The ingredients include an egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla extract, honey, carrot, whole wheat flour and baking soda.

Check out the dog birthday cake recipe at food.com 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.

You will need whole wheat flour, wheat germ, bacon fat and an egg to cook up a batch for your dog.

Make yours using the instructions given online here. 

Bacon Dog Treats Recipe From All About Goldens

To make these yummy bacon dog treats you will need milk, an egg, vegetable oil, whole wheat flour and bacon slices.

This bacon dog treat recipe is available on All About Goldens here.

Bacon And Cheese Dog Treats

These homemade bacon and cheese dog treats sound yummy.

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!

It uses whole wheat flour, beef liver and 2 eggs. Designed with diabetic dogs in mind.

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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 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. Then you can keep the holiday spirit for you, and the homemade dog treats your pup loves for him.

Best Homemade Dog Treats

The best homemade dog treats are healthy, simple and taste great.

Just as people’s tastes differ, dogs’ tastes vary too.

So why not try out a few different homemade recipes and let your Labrador decide which he thinks are the best.

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