How To: Make Your Own DIY Dog Treats!

In this post, you'll learn how to make dog treats that are healthy and all-natural. 

how to make dog treats

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) with this easy dog treat recipe!   


I love my homemade dog treat!

I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it.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 for DIY Dog Treats:


  • 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).

Note: if you'd like to make these dog treats fully organic, just make sure you buy organic versions of the two ingredients listed above (and any additions you make to the recipe)


How to make dog treats:

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!

blueberry DIY dog treats

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 that list is toxic, but each one links to an explanation of why you may want to avoid it.

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Mary on Dec 16, 2019:

My dogs love this recipe. Is there any reason this wouldn't be safe made into small cat treats?

Eryka Esaw on Aug 12, 2018:

Can u use regular flour I have a mail-shi
Maltese and shih Tzu mix

Kim on Feb 26, 2018:

My very spoiled very big black Labrador absolutely loves these. So far I have only made them with puréed beef baby food and wheat flour but I'm going to add in some rolled oats next time I used cookie cutters and cut them out in letters to spell his name ...SPY... of course he had to eat them in threes then so he got his full name each time :-)

Mariann Saas on Apr 08, 2017:

I used rolled oats and pureed baby food (chicken & veggies) which did not make a dough. I did try to grind the rolled oats a little bit in the food processor to make more of a flour consistency so to speak. These turned out dry but my doggie did like them. Just curious what else you can put in the recipe to make it more flavorful. I did not want to use whole wheat flour, wheat germ or spelt. Thank you.

Jo on Sep 02, 2016:

I'm afraid to add new foods to my dog's diet. He doesn't eat much people food. He gets Popsicles, peanut butter, yogurt, and sometimes a few small bits of chicken. I don't want to upset his digestive process. I'd love to add pumpkin, but am not sure about it.

Kim on Oct 24, 2015:

It is very upsetting to know that people are using baby food....Baby food contains garlic and onion which is bad for dogs it breaks down the blood cells that fight off infections and is very bad for dogs....My dog was diagnosed with cancer and my Vet a vet with a degree from John Hopkins School of Vetrinary told me to immediately stop administering baby food to my dog who was diagnosed with cancer and would not eat.  Please do not ever feed your dogs anything containing garlic or onion in any form and BABY FOOD contains these items....USE fresh or canned vegetables and puree them if needed.

rickey muncy on Oct 19, 2015:

I started with this recipe and I loved the ease and my dogs loved the biscuits.  But, I got to thinking and decided to try something else.  I bought canned soup and mixed it with the wheat flour.  (Watch the ingredients if you are worried about onions, etc.)  The dogs love it.  Sometimes I mix some cheese or bacon bits into the mix.  Thanks for the idea.

Anne on Sep 16, 2015:

Oh my gosh!! I wanted to make doggie biscuits for our church bazaar. Unfortunately, cooking & I simply do not mix! I looked all over the Internet for a recipe and they all appeared MORE than daunting. This recipe seems so easy & fun because I can mix things up! I can't wait!! Thanks!!

Anonymous on Sep 04, 2015:

I am training my dog to shake and I needed treats for motivation these work perfectly not like any other treat

Suzi Puppysitter on Aug 11, 2015:

Made a bunch of these last night for my 2 fur - nephews I am sitting for this week. I made 5 batches, pear, banana, sweet potato, squash and beef. They loved me all. Now I say treat and they run to the kitchen. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try variations

Cathy Olczyk on Mar 28, 2015:

My grandson (who is 2) and I made these for my Coton.
So easy!! We substituted 1/2 cup oatmeal for part of the flour, used baby food sweet potatoes and then used Trader Joe's natural peanut butter which we added about 2 tablespoons of organic apple juice to equal the 4 oz. Bailey just finished the last of these so I will be making more treats. Thank you!

debbie on Mar 24, 2015:

Which DIY dog treats don't need to be refridgerated?  I'm a dog trainer and want to offer them to groomers, vets, etc. that I hope to network with.  So I need to make sure they'll last without going bad or getting moldy.  Thank you very much.  

Schnauzer Mom on Mar 17, 2015:

I have a diabetic Schnauzer who has high fat content in the blood. His cookies are made with his wet dog food, pumpkin purée, egg, ground chicken, a little coconut flour, and ground up diabetic cookies. He has so many pills to take, they need to be moist enough for me to "hide the pill" ;)

Irene Honeywell on Feb 02, 2015:

I keep them in the fridge for up to a week, but i usually put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer.  There are no preservatives whatsoever in them so I think that is why they don't keep well out of the freezer or fridge, (just guessing).  When my dog sees me go to the freezer, he just can't contain his excitement.


Any... on Feb 01, 2015:

I made these a week ago but they molded...how long are they supposed to last and why would they have done that?

Anonymous on Feb 01, 2015:

I have Shih Tzu's! I used 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon honey and I grated 2 hot dogs. Mixed together and added water until creamy. My dogs went nuts for it!!!! They love it!!! Thank you for the receipie!!!

Cheree on Jan 31, 2015:

Is regular peanut butter such as Skippy's ok for dogs?? 

Emily on Jan 26, 2015:

Thankyou a tonne for this recipe... My dogs are howling and jumping every time I get them out! I added some chopped parsley to help one of my dogs breath, and 1/3 of a sweet potato, aswell a 1/2 cup of mashed banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of honey for sweetness.... And lastly I added an extra 6 tablespoons of water because the mixture became quite dry. Also I found that the mixture is yummy for a lunch snack for a personaswell, and made a seperate batch without the veg for the family!! I made them each into mini gnomes and leaves and was able to make loads of doggy biscuits :) When I took them out though they were quite dry and elasticy, do you know why that would be ? 

Thankyou xoxo

Anonymous on Jan 15, 2015:

going to make these for my dogs.  i have brought apple baby food aqnd the chicken and apple casserole with no onions!  im sure they will enjoy them!

Anonymous on Jan 09, 2015:

Yes, you can use any kind of flour.

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