How to Make Homemade Dog Treats for Medium and Large Dogs
What to Know Before You Make Homemade Dog Treats
I have two Labrador retrievers, ages 6 and 14, as well as a mutt that is 50 lbs. 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 me 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
- Saves you money.
- Can improve the overall health of your dog.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats Cook Time
- 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
Steps to Making Homemade Dog TreatsClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Put all the ingredients in one bowl.
- Mix with your hands until you can form a nice round ball with the dough.
- The dough should be dry but if it is too dry and cracking add a little bit of water to the dough.
- 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).
- Place small balls or cut out pieces on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cool treats completely before serving to your dog.
- 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).
Photos of Our Medium and Large DogsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.