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I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it.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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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?

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.

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