How To: Make Your Own DIY Dog Treats!

By: Capreek Mar 16, 2012

created at: 03/15/2012

I'm known around these parts as "the crazy Schnauzer lady", but in truth, I'm crazy about ALL dogs... and think they deserve some tasty, homemade treats every now and then!  This simple, two-ingredient recipe can be customized like nobody's business, so get creative and have a little fun (while pampering your pooch)!   

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created at: 03/15/2012

I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it. Re: crazy dog lady; see above), and have made a ton of variations since.  The basic recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour (or wheat germ, or spelt, or rolled oats, or a mixture of these, etc.)
  • 2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food - beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken - whatever. Just make sure there are no onions/onion powder in it*.  Avoid any with artificial preservatives (should be easy, most are just pureed veggies and water).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Mix together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.

4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they're still edible).

Easy, right?  Now this is where you can get creative!  Consider including grated carrots or sweet potatoes, a little bit of parsley (which supposedly helps with bad breath), blueberries, or some of that homemade peanut butter!

created at: 03/15/2012

How will you customize these treats for your pooch?  Do you have any other homemade dog treat recipes?  Share them in the comments!

*Onions are toxic to dogs!  If you're unsure about what you can/cannot include, check out this list of possibly toxic foods from the ASPCA.  Not everything on there is toxic, but each one links to an explanation of why you may want to avoid it.

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Pam - I keep Daegan's treats in a brown paper lunch bag in the pantry and they haven't gone bad even after 2 months...if they last that long! He loves his treats. lol  I have yet to ever see mold on them but as stated before I make them thin (about 1/4 inch thick or a bit over) and bake them so that they become real crunchy. Not so hard he could break a tooth lol, but crunchy enough that they help remove tartar. (like milkbones) I think you're safe keeping them on the counter. 

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I absolutely love these treats for my pup - and I love the fact that this recipe is so versatile and cheap! I usually use sweet potato baby food, but I have mixed it up recently. I also have been experimenting with what to add. My most favorite things to add to a half recipe (1 cup flour with one jar) is 1/4 cup of oats, 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1 tsp honey and 1 tbsp parsley, minced. If done with sweet potato, your hitting shiny coat all around, plus fresh(er) breath (parsley) and added fiber (oats). Thanks again for a wonderful recipe!

Thanks for the recipe!  We made them last weekend with sweet potato in one batch and chicken in a second batch.  Guinness LOVED them.  We used a strawberry corer as a treat punch.  Perfectly sized scooby snack for our terrier.  Any idea how long they last?  Do the snacks "go bad" sitting on the counter?

I tried these with butternut lasagna baby food but came out abit hard. I also added an egg to bind the dough.  Is that the way it should be.

Robbie 

i made these with the sweet potatoes and my dogs loved them!  going to try mixing it up next time and get some fresh carrots or other veggies in there

Great recipe and ideas - thanks.

Lori - from Prince Edward Island, Canada

Karen, dogs can't have onions or garlic. Refer link on previous comment.

Do not use persimmons in foods. It can cause inflammation of the small intestines in dogs. Refer to this site: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

i've made the treats and wondered how long they keep for in a sealed bag in the pantry? or should i keep them in the fridge? thanks 

This may have been covered, but any thoughts on treats with our wheat?

Rawhides are not digestible and are not recommended. They can plug the gi tract as many dogs swalow big pieces. My dogs are on grain free. sweet potatoes are a real favorite.

okay I dont use whole wheat flour, can plain white flour be used instead? I have a sick dog that has stopped eating, he likes rawhides but I don't want him eating them all the time...I want to make him something that won't cause him to throw up all the time.

hello, I got a standard schnauzer girl name Siri. She loves food and I want to begint to do my own dog treat to know whats in it. I will try yours, Beautiul your dog is, my is black. :-)

have a good day,...

Well I have made these treats several times now - as many of our neighbor's dogs are enjoying the treats also! I have found that if you make them 1/4 inch thick, and leave them in the oven overnight (once done baking and oven is turned off) then they become hard like a certain milkbone brand. I've kept them in a brown paper lunch bag and have yet to have any mold on them. (A few left from the first batch went beyond a month and a half with no spoilage) All I use is grated carrots, whole wheat flour and jars of the baby food meats. Nothing on top as like a berry or something - so maybe that's why they are not getting moldy. 

I used your basic recipie for treat bags for a halloween for cancer fundraiser. I will be including a link to your site in each bag! thanks!

and my dog loves them!!

i think keping them in the freezer dogs like cold bicuits in the summer time and then no problem with mould..

I am baking persimmon dog treats for my puppy general, he loves persimmons!

@Karen regarding fleas...not to be added to this recipe, but I give one of my dogs Brewers Yeast (from GNC) to help repel fleas.  I don't know how it works, but it does.  We lived in Long Beach, CA for about 4 years and even with the high humidity and neighbors dogs having problems, we never had an issue.  Check with your veterinarian....I have one dog who can't handle the Brewers Yeast (his hair started falling out after only 1 week on it).

This is what I have been looking for. YAHOOOO

This is a great idea for your pets, and if you have small children you dont have to worry about them ingesting something that is not good for them as the ingreadents are edible.

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