10 Homemade Dog Treats For Your Four-Legged Family Member
Homemade Dog Treats
We often share our food with our dogs. For some reason, it is just impossible to ignore the adorable puppy eyes when you are enjoying your favourite after dinner snack. However, it is important to know that a lot of human foods, like grapes, avocado, and chocolate, are harmful to your companion’s health.
Make different and delicious treats for dogs at home with some very basic ingredients. If you are looking for homemade dog treats, we have a list of 10 for you-
Super easy Treats made from Liver
You can buy liver in any kind of protein you prefer. Some popular options include chicken, beef, lamb, and game meats. Slice the liver into 1/8” pieces. Lay out the pieces on dehydrator trays and let them dry for about 6-10 hours. Thick slices will need more time to dry. Before serving them to your dog, ensure that the middle of the slice is free from moisture.
Banana, Shredded Chicken, Peanut Butter, and Yogurt Frozen Treats
The deliciously frozen bites are great to cool off your dog in summers. To prepare them, blend banana, shredded chicken, peanut butter, yoghurt, and honey in a food processor. Pour this mixture into moulds and freeze them. Frozen treats for dogs are ready!
Cheddar Oatmeal and Bacon Treats
If your dog has finally mastered something that you’ve been trying to teach for several weeks, it’s probably time for a special treat like this one made from cheddar and bacon. Fry around 4-5 strips of bacon and let it cool down for a while.
Now, add this bacon, milled oatmeal, and cheddar cheese to a bowl and blend it. Add a couple of eggs to this mixture to create a dough. Roll the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. Bake for about 20 minutes and the treats are ready.
Many of the experts agree that meat should be the main component of a dog’s diet. You can prepare high-protein beef jerky at home in a simple and quick way. All you need to do is slice the beef into thin pieces and dehydrate it. You can also use salmon or chicken, or rub the meat with thyme, rosemary or other herbs.
Peanut Butter Dog Treat (No Baking)
Take a cup of pumpkin puree, ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup peanut butter, and 3 cups rolled oats. Use an electric mixer with paddle attachment to mix peanut butter, milk, and oats in a bowl. Add 2 ½ cups of oats gradually while still beating the mixture. Now, make small balls from the mixture with the help of a cookie scoop. You can also add chunks of meat of your choice to this mixture before making the balls.
Rub it in the remaining oats and place the balls in the refrigerator for about an hour. Serve them to your dog after an hour of freezing. The treats can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to a week.
Chicken Dog Treats
Take a cup of chicken (diced), 3tbsp. rice flour, ½ cup cooked rice, 1 egg, and 1tbsp parsley. Blend all these ingredients in a food processor. Once blended, use a spoon to put the mixture into silicone moulds. Place the moulded treats into the freezer until they turn solid.
Chicken Dog Biscuits
Take around 1lb. Chicken (giblets), ½ cup broth from boiling the chicken, three beaten eggs, 3tbs. Coconut oil, 2 cups wheat flour and ½ cup cornmeal. Once the chicken giblets are cooked, combine the chicken, broth, eggs, and oil in a blender and blend them until they are mixed well but chunky. Pour this mixture into a bowl and add cornmeal and flour to it before mixing.
Now, start dropping spoonfuls of this mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 450 degrees.
Whitefish or Tuna Treats
Canned fish is a simple ingredient if you want to prepare meat-based treats. Just buy any canned fish (bone-free), use your fingers to break them into chunks and place the pieces on a dehydrator tray. Let it dry for about 6-8 hours. You can also toss some dog-friendly herbs when you set the treats to dry.
Take one can of wild salmon, 2tbsp. dried parsley, 2 egg whites, ½ cup shredded carrot, and ½ cup breadcrumbs. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Drain all the liquid from salmon and remove the skin and bones. In a bowl, mix salmon, egg whites, parsley, and carrot. With the help of cookie scooper, you can scoop small balls of this mixture before flattening them into patty form.
Coat bread crumbs on the patty and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes on both the sides. Cool them completely before serving.
Apple Ginger Treats
If your canine has a grain allergy, this apple ginger treats can be a delicious option. You’ll need ½ a cup finely diced apple, 1 cup rice flour, 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt ½ tbsp., finely minced ginger, ½ cup chicken (minced), and 1tbsp. coconut oil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir them together to create a stiff dough. Roll the mixture on a cutting board and use a cookie cutter to cut the treats into the desired shape. Bake for about 20 minutes until the treats turn golden brown.
All these amazing homemade treats for dogs are very easy to prepare and would surely be loved by your dogs. Or if you do not have time to create these treats at home, buy the ones available in the market. Try them today and let your four-legged family member enjoy something healthy and delicious.