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I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it.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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You are very creative!!  Thank you for this recipe I will try it.  Sounds human yummy.  My dogs will love it. 

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I used two bananas instead of baby food as I didn't have any also about a table spoon of butter. My pups love them. I used a pooh bear shaped cookie cutter which made them extra special..thanks for the recipe..
I have 3 schnauzers! They are our babies since all of our kids are grown and gone! I've made treats before but you need to refrigerate them since they don't have preservatives unless they are going to be eaten up fast. I'm going to try your recipe! May have to give some to my friends with dogs as a little Christmas gift.

Instead of baby food I used food ground up in a blender

Thank you for sharing.  I had bought some dog style cookie cutters last year for my older dog but never got around to using them until now.  She has since passed so I'm making them in memory of my baby dog Ashley, for our new puppy Trixie.  They turned out great and she loves them.  I think I'll be giving these away as gifts for Christmas as well.  Thanks again.

I have a diabetic dog and need to find a healthier treat to giver her. Is the recipe for the two ingredients okay to give her?
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Sorry, I should have said wheat germ and baby food.

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I have got  to tell you. I used your original recipe, and they were fantastic, so the next time I felt confident to change it up a bit, as per your suggestions. The second times some oats, peanut butter and sweet potatoes were substituted for wheat germ. (I used that instead of whole wheat flour.)

When I searched again for the recipe, i couldn't find it anywhere!  (I'd forgotten about the baby food,) I tried a different recipe, but I didn't like it as much. And I'm so happy, I stumbled upon it again. Will surely save!!

My Cav Molly loves them... all the neighbors' dogs love them!  Thank you so much for this recipe!

I made these treats with peanut butter and water instead of baby food. I used a quarter cup measure to make them circle, and pressed in mini pawprints. I got 25, and my dog loves them.
Can you still store these on the counter if you make them with meat?
Trying these for the first time today! I used about 2/3 cup of rolled oats and 1 1/3 cups of the whole wheat flour. Sweet potato and carrot flavor! I've given my doggie sweet potato and oats treats before, but never made them myself so I can't wait to see how they turn out! Hope she loves them!
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Sara - that all depends on the size of the cookie cutter you use, or if you cut them in squares with a knife before baking. I used a 2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter and got approx. 30 + treats. That was one single batch. 

I think it's safe to say you will only need one bag of flour (5lbs) and you'll have plenty of flour left over. 

Use your imagination with grated veggies or fruit, but please do check first which ones should not be given to dogs. (stay clear of onion, chives, garlic for sure!) 

How many treats does this make approximately? My church is doing a "Blessing of the Animals" in two weeks and I'd love to be able to give the puppies and dogs a little something. I'm also looking into cat treats. I just need to know how much extra baby food and flour to buy!

Our lovie has allergies to meat so it's hard to find treats he can eat. These sound great & will be perfect for our Beaux Jackson!
Thanks sooo much for this recipe! My daughter had a ton of leftover baby food once the little one started on solids, so now I can put them to good use. @Rowdy D - one of my dogs has wheat allergies, so I usually use a combination of oat flour and brown rice flour. I also have buckwheat flour in case I run out of one of the others. I'm experimenting with other kinds, too.
@Jody I was confused as to why one would add fleas..! LOL

why has the biscuits turned soft & chewy (yes, i tasted them) after i store them in the container?

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?

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