There are so many ways for dog parents to show our furry family members how much they mean to us. We stop at nothing to keep them happy and healthy. And they reward our efforts by showering us with their unconditional love and loyalty.
One thing that many dog parents have learned from experience: One sure way to a dog’s heart is through his stomach! Armed with that knowledge, what better way to say, “I love you” to our tail-wagging friends than to whip up a batch of yummy, healthy, homemade dog treats?
3 DIY Dog Treat Recipes
Making your own dog treats doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, even if you’re not exactly at home in the kitchen, you should still be able to pull them off without too much trouble. Here are 3 simple dog treat recipes to get you started.
1. Turkey Paw Pie
This recipe from Petplan is a sure winner, and it’s super easy! Here’s what you need:
- 3 1/2 cups of chopped, cooked white turkey meat
- 1 cup of chopped broccoli
- 1/2 cup of chopped apples
- 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa
- 1 Tablespoon of powdered turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon of kelp powder
To make turkey paw pie, put the broccoli and apples in a blender or food processor and pulse until you reach a consistency you like. Then, put the mixture in a bowl and add the other ingredients. Mix everything together, and form into patties. Store the patties in the refrigerator when you’re done. Or you can freeze them for more long-term storage.
Bonus: Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties!
2. Sweet Potato Treats
If you have your heart set on making treats in shapes like bones or doghouses, this recipe for sweet potato treats is sure to please.
- 1 cup of cooked, mashed sweet potato
- 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of your ingredients until they form a soft dough. Roll the dough out to the thickness you desire (about 1/4-1/2 inch is ideal) and cut out shapes using a cookie cutter. (Here are a few super cute doggie-shaped cutters.) Arrange treats on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 35-45 minutes. (Thicker treats will need to bake longer.) Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Bonus: In a cute bag with a colorful ribbon, these make a sweet hostess gift!
3. Frozen Yogurt and Peanut Butter Treats
These super cool treats would be a great option for helping your pup to cool off in hot weather. Plus, with just two ingredients and no baking required, they’re paws down the simplest recipe you’ll find!
All you need is plain Greek yogurt, all-natural peanut butter, and an ice cube tray or silicone mold. (Here’s one with doggy-themed shapes.)
Spoon a little bit of peanut butter into the bottom of the mold. (If it’s too thick to go in easily, you can try heating it up a little to soften it.) Then top it off with Greek yogurt and freeze. In no time you’ll have a frozen treat that your dog will love!
Bonus: On hot summer days, these are especially welcome!
Once you’ve tried these simple DIY dog treat recipes, you may find that you’ve unlocked your inner doggie chef. If so, go ahead and get creative! Substitute ingredients (make sure that they’re dog-friendly of course!), sniff around for new ideas… the sky’s the limit!