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Big Dog Treats: DIY Homemade Treat Recipe for Big Dogs

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DIY Homemade Dog Treats for Medium and Large Dogs—What You Need to Know

I have two Labrador Retrievers, ages 6 and 14, as well as a mutt that is 50 pounds. They have eaten all kinds of things and survived. I have heard that chocolate, grapes, garlic, and many other foods kill dogs. I am sure in the wrong quantities, that can be true.

However, I will say that my very healthy 14-year-old Lab has managed to get onto the kitchen counter and into the garbage can and cabinets and has eaten many packs of Oreo cookies, batches of brownies, and whole bags of Halloween candy, and he is still going strong. So when it came to making homemade dog treats for my Labs, I was not one bit worried about the ingredients.

However, after doing some research, I did learn that you need to be more careful with homemade dog treats when it comes to smaller dogs or dogs with pre-existing health conditions. The recipe below should be used with healthy dogs over 40 lbs., and you should have them eat two treats and then wait a day to make sure they do not have an allergic reaction.

Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

  • Save you money.
  • Can improve the overall health of your dog.
Ingredients for pumpkin/peanut butter dog treats

Ingredients for pumpkin/peanut butter dog treats

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

40 min

55 min

Apx. 30 medium dog treats


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned or fresh pumpkin
  • 3 TBS peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt, (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Put all the ingredients in one bowl.
  2. Mix with your hands until you can form a nice round ball with the dough.
  3. The dough should be dry but if it is too dry and cracking, add a little bit of water to the dough.
  4. Break off small pieces and form into balls or roll out the dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters (the treats should not be any thicker than a 1/2 inch).
  5. Place small balls or cut out pieces on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Cool treats completely before serving to your dog.
  7. Store treats in an airtight container; they will be fresh for several weeks (however, they will likely be eaten within a week by your dog).

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


M Carnahan from Nevada on December 08, 2014:

This is a great idea - I'll be telling my friend about this. Thanks for an awesome post!

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on May 04, 2013:

That is awesome news! I just got a new puppy, so I may try some new recipes and share them.

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Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on May 03, 2013:


My youngest dog, Gypsie, a Red Nosed Pit, started scooting on her butt on last week. I tried getting her to eat pumpkin. She refused to eat it though I mixed it in with her food. I remember scanning your hub about home made dog treats and decided to give it a try. The recipe was easy to follow. Both my dogs love the treats. I added a bit more peanut butter as they both love it and it is a big hit! Thanks so much. Hope you share more recipes with us.

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on February 25, 2013:

My dogs love them and so have the other dogs we have given them to.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on February 25, 2013:

Thanks for the recipe. This is a great idea and looks like fun too! Maybe the homemade treats are better than some of the store bought ones?

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2012:

GL- I have been trying to find ways to save money over the last year because my husband's company gave everyone a 10% pay cut. I make homemade cleaners and I keep thinking of all these things I can make cheaper treats came to mind. With 3 dogs I was constantly buying treats. In one evening my son and I made 300 treats and we had fun doing it. Now the kids are talking about starting a business...not sure I'm ready to take that jump!

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2012:

Josh- I did mention to my kids they could eat them too if the wanted...but they weren't interested...LOL!

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2012:

Patty it might be time to adopt one so you can make these treats:)

Patty Kenyon from Ledyard, Connecticut on August 10, 2012:

Voted Up, Interesting, and Useful!!! I don't own a dog, however those that do own one would definitely find this Hub helpful!!!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2012:


What an enjoyable hub! My family owns four dogs, and they actually eat a lot of the meals we eat! LOL They are perfectly healthy dogs as well, so i agree with your introduction. Also, these homemade dog treats look awesome; I will definitely share this with my family!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on August 10, 2012:

Clever you! Speechless...great fun hub and so economic. Adore your doggy pictures (nice shiny vampire spooked him!)

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2012:

Thanks Susan. Even the kids have learned to push their food back, they both have had meals eaten while they got up to go get a drink or napkin. Our dogs are fairly well trained but they really just love to eat!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2012:

I had to laugh when you were talking about Scooby, Sophie and Charlie getting into and eating all sorts of stuff. I had left 1/2 large chocolate cake on the counter one day. I'd forgotten to put it out of reach from the dogs. When I went back into the kitchen the plate was nice and clean. Dogs everywhere are always eating stuff they shouldn't.

I'll be making your dog treats for Maggie and Bruce soon. Thanks for the recipe and I love the pics of your three.

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