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Make Your Own Easy & Healthy Homemade Doggie Treats

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While I don’t have a dog of my own, I do have a grandpuppy named Milo. Well, he’s not really a puppy anymore. He is an adorable brindle boxer who will turn 2 years old in April. I’ve never been what I would describe as a “dog person,” but Milo has changed all that. I just adore that dog! :-) So when I came across the idea of making healthy homemade doggie treats I couldn’t resist making some up for my FAVORITE doggie! Milo actually has a fairly “delicate constitution” so making a treat that is all-natural seemed like a good idea. Now I can give him treats behind his Mom and Dad’s back without feeling guilty about it. ;-)  (That’s just between us! Erik and Kaitlyn don’t need to know!)

I found this recipe at Live Laugh Rowe and liked the simple, healthy ingredients…all of which I had in my pantry!

I did make one trip to the store in hopes of finding a dog bone shaped cookie cutter and lo and behold they HAD one in the cake and cookie decorating aisle of my local Walmart. I was shocked and thrilled so I immediately came home and whipped up a batch.

doggie treats

Homemade Doggie Treats

adapted from Live Laugh Rowe

doggie treats

doggie treats

doggie treats

The cookies were very easy to make and smelled delicious while baking. My daughter even decided to give them a try…she said they smelled better than they tasted. lol.

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But the TRUE test was what would Milo think of them! Our first indication that he liked them was the massive amounts of drool that started coming out of his mouth. lol.

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In his defense though, we did tease him with the treat for several minutes while we took some pictures. Look how polite he’s being! :-)

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Once we finally let him at it he gobbled it up and immediately started looking for more. I think he ate 3 or 4 before we cut him off, but it was quite obvious they were a HIT with this canine!

Be sure and package some up for your doggie friends and relatives too!

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Do you make homemade food for your pooch?

doggie treats

HOMEMADE DOGGIE TREATS

Jill Nystul
While I don’t have a dog of my own, I do have a grandpuppy named Milo. Well, he’s not really a puppy anymore. He is an adorable brindle boxer who will turn 2 years old in April. I’ve never been what I would describe as a “dog person,” but Milo has changed all that. I just adore that dog! :-) So when I came across the idea of making healthy homemade doggie treats I couldn’t resist making some up for my FAVORITE doggie! Milo actually has a fairly “delicate constitution” so making a treat that is all-natural seemed like a good idea. Now I can give him treats behind his Mom and Dad’s back without feeling guilty about it. ;-) (That’s just between us! Erik and Kaitlyn don’t need to know!)
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20 Cookies
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Add all ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/4-inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into bone shapes.
  • Place cookies on ungreased foil-lined or silpat-lined baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Allow to completely cool before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 495IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg

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  • I have a fur person with food allergies that lends to bleeding and scooting on the floor. After trying several “dog” foods I decided to make his dog food and no more problems. I use cheap hamburger, (5 lb packages that come in the rolls), about 6 hard boiled eggs, 1/2 to 3/4 quart plain yogurt and about 5-6 cups white or brown rice and about 1/4-1/2 cup oil. Sometimes if I have left-over peas, carrots, or green beans, in the fridge I add those, except never any CORN. If I have some left over cooked chicken I will chop that up and include. Mix up in a big bowl and then put servings into small plastic containers and freeze, I then take out a few days worth at a time and store in the fridge. His coat and eyes shine, he maintains a healthy weight, allergy problem solved and loves his “people food”. I do supplement with a dog vitamin, one per day, to be sure he gets some other nutrients. For his weight maintenance to be at 60 lbs, I serve him about two cups per day. I have made this recipe with chicken too, but it tends to get a little more expensive and then I had to cook the chicken. I got this recipe off the internet someplace, but don’t remember where. I also got some recipes from my vet, which were similar.

    • I don’t know if she does or not, but you don’t have to cook meat for dogs because it’s perfectly fine for them uncooked – they wouldn’t cook it in the wild! Dogs usually prefer uncooked meat as that is their natural way of eating :)

  • Thanks Jill!! Like so many others, this is perfect timing for 2 reasons. First being my 2 geriatric Pomeranians (done gone past senior at 15 and 13, lol) had their annual full check up today. Their amazing vet implied it might be time to let the oldest go based on their exam. He didn’t want me to be blindsided when the tests came back showing what he hypothesized was a lung mass. Guess who was blindsided… WASN’T ME!! My boys are almost scary healthy for their ages. :D Arthritis, “old dog liver” minor problem, and horrible teeth but that’s a work in progress. The oldest also has COPD related to years of allergies, but NO mass!! They both have doggie dementia, but overall they are fat, happy, and mostly healthy.

    Second reason this is great timing is my oldest baby’s 15th birthday is on Saturday. I know what he’s having for “cake!”

  • Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it for my darling 12 year old border collie. I love her to bits. I don’t have any wheat germ in the house but I have everything else (and the store is miles away – I live in the boonies). Is there something I can substitute or do you think I might be able to just leave it out?

    Thanks for all the great tips and tricks. I adore your blog.

    • My dog has allergies so I am going to try substituting oats and some cornmeal for the flour and wheat germ.
      I have another recipe that I have done that with – it works great and the dogs love the treats.

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    When I was trying to get the little female Yorkie well…she was allergic to wheat in dog food..I was able to get her to eat and keep down, canned pumpkin.
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    Oddly enough I have not made dogs treats before–I fear it would be a waste of time (/ingredients) because the only treat our 15 yr old can tolerate is the Original Milk Bone–and the “puppy” (70lb German Shepherd) needs to shed a few lbs.

  • The comments are so interesting, thank you Jillee for posting. My one dog has allergy issues. I do dry sweet potato slices and he loves them but bones has been a hard thing because they need to chew to keep their teeth healthy. I will try these bones for sure. Connor is positive for cows milk and borderline for duck, potato, shellfish mix, pork, oats, green beans, rabbit, chicken and barley so I think these will work for him. Just so hard to find food for him.

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  • Thank you for that information Carla; I will definetely get the book! My dog has very, very dry skin, I have to bathe her and rub baby oil on or her hair falls out. Peanut butter and Coconut oil does help alot. If your dog gets and upset stomach the best medicine is Pumpkin, squash or carrots, in that order. They love the taste too!

    • when my mastiff, Pandora gets tummy troubles I treat her to a banana. Just like I did with my daughter when dr. said to use the Brat diet for tummy flu. Bananas, applesause, rice, toast. I am sure other moms remember that one. Bananas definatly help, and pumpkin also helps by adding lots of fiber.
      Pandora has a MCT (Mast Cell Tumor) and right now we cannot afford surgery, so we manage symptoms with several meds including Benadryl twice a day. Boxers are prone to these tumors. Please Check your doge for any lumps and bumps. PLEASE gets them checked. We adopted Pandora from shelter and after I fell in love found out it is cancer 2 weeks later. Stage is not known, b ut vet thinks she has had it for awile. Could be why she was a “Runaway”. I hate to think that. But with meds it has shrunk. SO CHECK YOUR FUR BABIES, any dog can get but some breeds get a lot like boxers. Hope everyone is healthy, thanks jillee love your site and all your homemade produst. Made 5 gallons laundry soap last week. Lasted a year last time. and it Works.

  • You asked, “Do you make homemade food for your pooch?” As a matter of fact I do! And it literally, according to my vet, has added quality years to their lives! I learned all the ins and outs from “The Dog Food Dude”, Rick Woodford, in his book, “Feed Your Best Friend Better…Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs”. I swear by these recipes, and all the tips he provides, especially the ones about what is safe/not safe to feed your canine. But what has helped more than anything are the special segments for dogs with various ailments, such as allergies, digestive disorders, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, liver disease, etc. With aging dogs, that advice has been truly valuable! I highly recommend this book! It has become my doggie bible! (No offense intended to anyone.) Happy cooking!

  • I have a recipe that I make all the time using coconut oil… it is good for dogs just like it’s good for humans! Also I have read a lot about what’s good and what isn’t good for our canine buddies, and from what I can tell is… Pumpkin is very good for their tummies and is supposed to help with both constipation and diarrhea, and this recipe doesn’t call for wheat flour and that’s good, because apparently you are supposed to avoid that for dogs… I use chickpea flour but you can also use rice flour, etc. My treats don’t last that long, so I put them in the freezer and just take a few out at a time. Thanks for this recipe, Jillee… I am going to save it and maybe try it later!

  • Great timing Jillee, my baby Roadie’s 2nd birthday is today and I love making homemade treats for my boys! I started on my oldest’s (Oreo) 5th birthday & seem to have the knack for it as I always make sure to bring some to my friends with dogs and get nothing but praise from them. The only recipes I’ve tried have come from Bullwrinkle.com & all have been simple ingredients, best of all like you said, they’re healthy so less guilt about letting them overindulge on their birthdays :)

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    • Thank you for these additional tips, Danielle. Our little rescue is also on a severely restricted diet and I was afraid of using the oil and peanut butter in the original recipe for her. (Our other 2 doggies will be fine with original recipe and are going to love it, I’m sure.) Yea! Minnie’s gonna love it!

      Thank you for the tips!

      And thank you, Jillee, for the original recipe. We’ll have some happy campers around here! And what makes my doggies happy, makes me happy … well … most of the time ;)

    • Might give the “wet” food treat a go. I think I’ll move the toaster oven out to the patio & bake them there. I imagine that the smell would be very strong & linger. Wonder if it will bring the neighborhood dogs howlin’ at my back door.

    • Pumpkin is great for dogs – my dog loves it (cooked and uncooked) :) It’s a good source of fiber for them.

      The cinnamon did kind of throw me a bit though, because I know it is an irritant for dogs. It’s said by some to aid canine digestion, but it can cause severe stomach pains. It’s definitely not good in large quantities, or too frequently. Natural, plain yogurt is a great way to aid dogs digestion (if they need it) so I’d probably skip the cinnamon from this recipe. It doesn’t hold any nutritional value, so leaving it out wouldn’t hurt, in my opinion.

      With the natural, plain yogurt – we add one tbsp to our dogs breakfast every so often. He loves it! He’s 82lbs, so you could use less if your dog is lighter :)

  • That’s funny about your daughters dog turning you into a dog person. Exact same thing happened to my dad when I got my pug…he’s never been an animal person at all…after spending one weekend with Tanner he is completely smitten and is now warming up to all dogs. So smitten in fact that if I need someone to watch my dog for a weekend he’s even willing to drive TWO HOURS to come pick up Tanner so he can keep him :-D He even has his own special spot to sit in his recliner with grandpa now :-) It’s amazing how a good dog can change someone who’s not a “dog person” into a dog person!

    Will be making these treats for Tanner soon!

  • I make my dog treats with a similar recipe. He loves them and they keep a long time but it is a drier recipe so they come out quite hard like a commercial dog biscuit. Also, Dirk loves dehydrated sweet potato slices. Easy to make and good for him.

  • Boxers are the best! We have a 10 1/2 year old reverse brindle boxer name Ramona. She was definitely a puppy until at least 5 years old! Such a trouble maker! I’m going to make these today with the kids.

    • I make some quite similar because one of my dogs has gluten issues. I put banana in them, just make sure the dough is dry enough to roll out (sometimes I need to add more dry ingredents). Since these cookies are cooked till dry and crunchy I just keep them in a jar for weeks no problem.

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