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Top 10 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Updated on February 1, 2016

Meet the Taste-Testers

Please get off me, I just ate a load of dog biscuits and my stomach is full.
Please get off me, I just ate a load of dog biscuits and my stomach is full. | Source

How To Make Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Allow me to introduce the taste-testers. I tested every one of these 10 healthy dog treat recipes on them.

About the tester:

His real name is Oakley but my brother calls him "Oxy," which is short for Oxymoron. At 4 years he's 60 pounds of muscle covered by a thick coat of hair, yet shivers uncontrollably when the temperature drops to below 60. Instead of barking at strangers, he wags his tail and runs up to the mailman as if he's expecting a delivery of bones. He even gets bullied by my 12 pound Pomeranian! He also thinks that he is the ultimate lap dog. No, believes he is a lap dog. Needless to say, Oakley does not live up to the image of a large, tough dog.

About the treats:

Well here's another oxymoron for ya. Homemade dog treats are healthy and easy to make! Some people think healthy food is synonymous with tasteless food without texture or appeal. Well, Oakley is happy to tell you that he has given the full paws up for all ten of these homemade dog treats!

These 10 fabulous recipes offer a wide variety of flavors and ingredients to choose from, including treats for dogs with special diet restrictions.

Why Make Your Own Homemade Dog Treats?

I stopped giving my dog commercially-made treats from the store ever since the U.S. FDA scientists issued a warning to consumers that certain chicken jerky products were associated with kidney failure in dogs. Since then, there have been over 800 complaints by dog owners and veterinarians.

Making your own dog treats is a smart way to control the ingredients you feed your dog. It's one of the only ways to make sure their food is safe while also controlling fat and calories and providing a wide range of nutrients.

My dog knows the difference between fresh, healthy homemade dog biscuits and preservative-filled commercially made "treats." Most of the ingredients in my natural dog treat recipes are probably available in your pantry.

Homemade Bone-Shaped Dog Treats

Oakley's favorite dog treats: Kiss Me Cookies
Oakley's favorite dog treats: Kiss Me Cookies | Source

Recipe #1: Kiss Me Cookies (Oakley's favorite)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes (or 2 tbs fresh chopped parsley)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water (+2 more tablespoons if dough is too dry)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
  • In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add water and peanut butter.
  • Gently combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  • Knead with your hands until you have a smooth ball of dough. Sometimes I use my Kitchen Aid mixer for faster results.
  • Take a rolling pin and flatten out the dough. Use a cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes. If you're feeling lazy, just leave the dough as is and bake it like one whole cookie. You can always break it up after it's cooked.
  • Make sure you're using a non-stick baking sheet or spray it with oil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. If you want the dog treats to be softer, take them out 10 minutes earlier.

*Unless noted, use these instructions for all of the other recipes below.

*If you want a shinier look, you can brush on a thin coat of egg whites before baking.


Parsley makes dogs' breath smell fresh!

Homemade dog treats with parsley will give your dog fresh breath while aiding in digestion. Parsley is also high in vitamins A and C. Your dog will not even notice that there are herbs in his treat! Instead, he will be giving you extra slobbered kisses of appreciation!

Cookie cutters make for good looking dog treats. Dog treats make great gifts, too!
Cookie cutters make for good looking dog treats. Dog treats make great gifts, too! | Source

Recipe #2: Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

Instructions: same as for recipe #1, except bake at 350 degrees.

Adapted from Dog Treat Kitchen, with a few adjustments.


Recipe #3 Pink Delight Paw Print Cookies

Remember those thumbprint cookies you always loved? Dogs love them too!

Although I believe dogs are colorblind, I'm sure you dog's nose will be sniffing rainbows when he sees this delightful treat. This recipe includes a sugar-free strawberry jam that adds a special flavor and smell. Make sure your jam does not contain xylitol, as it is a harmful artificial sweetener and, if you make your own jam at home and want to use it for this recipe, avoid using white grape juice as grapes are one of the of foods poisonous to dogs. Instead, substitute apple juice. You can also substitute water for the chicken both if your dog is on a low-sodium diet.

This recipe is a lot of fun for your kids to help out with since they can press their thumb into the cookie dough to create an imprint.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam, sugar free

Instructions:

  • Whisk together the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
  • Place the chicken broth, peanut butter, and water in a bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds.
  • Stir the peanut butter in with the warm liquids until well mixed.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture and stir with a fork until dough forms.
  • Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Using a tablespoon, scoop out rounded balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Create an indentation to flatten each cookie.
  • Bake at 325 degrees. After 15 minutes, turn off the oven but leave the cookies inside to cool.
  • Once the dog treats are completely cooled, place the jam in a microwave safe container. Microwave for 10 seconds, then stir. You want a smooth liquid consistency. If needed, microwave for another 10 seconds and stir again.
  • Using a teaspoon, gently spoon the jam into each cookie's indentation. Let the jam cool completely before moving the dog treats.

Pumpkin is healthy for dogs!

Add organic pumpkin puree to dog treats for nutritional benefits, texture, and moisture. They love it!
Add organic pumpkin puree to dog treats for nutritional benefits, texture, and moisture. They love it! | Source

Soft Homemade Dog Treats for Senior Dogs

Recipe #4 Pumpkin Puurfection

Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins C and E which help to reduce cataracts and heart problems. The pumpkin is also great for weight loss, since pumpkin acts as a healthy filler.

Ingredients:

  • One 15 oz. can organic pumpkin puree (NOT the spiced pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup dry, uncooked cream of wheat (or rice cereal or rolled oats if your dog is wheat-sensitive)
  • 1/2 cup dry powdered milk

Instructions: see recipe #1. Bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Adapted from All Natural Dog Treat.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe for Dogs with Arthritis

Recipe #5: Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural applesauce (or chopped apple)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 5 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk (or dry, uncooked cream of wheat)
  • 2 large organic eggs

Instructions: See recipe #1. Refrigerate dough for 1.5 hours or overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Cinnamon is good for dogs with arthritis or diabetes!

Cinnamon is good for your dog's heart since it improves circulation. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve pain in your dog's joints. My senior Pomeranian (15 years old) has arthritis and loves this particular treat. Cinnamon also helps regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels. If your dog is diabetic, this is the perfect treat for him.

What an easy way to sneak vegetable in your dog's healthy diet!
What an easy way to sneak vegetable in your dog's healthy diet! | Source

Vegetarian Dog Treats

Recipe #6 Vegetarian Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, shredded of finely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbs molasses
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • ¼ cup dry oats
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour

Instructions: See recipe #1. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until browned.

Adapted from Dog Paw Print.

Beef Jerky for Your Dog

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Recipe #7 Beef Jerky Dog Treat

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground beef (preferably grass-fed), turkey, chicken, or lamb
  • 1 cup of beef liver (or chicken liver)

Instructions:

  • Chop the liver into pieces and mix it in with the ground meat.
  • Scoop the meat into a jerky gun and squeeze the meat mixture on the sheets of your dehydrator.
  • Set the dehydrator at 165 degrees for about 3-4 hours, or until the meat is dry and crunchy.

If you don't have a dehydrator, spread the mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 4-6 hours. If you don't have a jerky gun, consider using strips of meat rather than ground to maintain a jerky-like texture. Do not marinate the meat with any sauce such as soy sauce because dogs don't need to eat excess salt and trust me, they will love these treats just the way they are!

Recipe # 8: Chicken Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken giblets
  • ½ cup of the broth reserved from boiling the chicken giblets
  • 3 tbs coconut oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal

Instructions:

  • In a large saucepan, bring 1 quart of water to a boil and cook the chicken giblets.
  • In a blender, combine the cooked giblets, ¼ cup of giblet broth, olive oil, and eggs. Blend until the ingredients are mixed but still a little chunky.
  • Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add the flour and cornmeal, and mix thoroughly.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

Store the biscuits in the freezer and take out as needed. They can be stored for up to three days in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from Pennies on a Platter.

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Low Fat and Low Phosphorus Dog Biscuits

Recipe #9: Veggie Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups rice flour or brown rice flour
  • 1 cup cooked vegetables (winter squashes, zucchini, or sweet potatoes)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 6 tbsp low sodium, low fat vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cups cold water

Instructions: See recipe #1. Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 25 minutes. Feed to your dog up to a week and freeze leftovers.

Kidney and Liver Disease Diet Restrictions for Dogs

If your dog has kidney disease, it should be fed a low phosphorus diet. Vegetables that are low in phosphorus include squashes, zucchini, and sweet potatoes.

Dogs with liver or chronic pancreatic disease are not restricted to flour or phosphorus. However, it's important to limit fat intake. These Veggie Treats are perfect for them since they don't contain fat or animal protein.

Vegan Dog Diets

Recipe #10 Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions: See recipe #1. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges browned. Cool and refrigerate.

Adapted from Doggy Dessert Chef.

What if my dog is gluten-intolerant?

If your dog is allergic to wheat, try substituting amaranth flour, rice flour, millet flour, quinoa flour, almond flour, corn flour/starch/meal, oat flour, or potato starch/flour.

Dog-Shaped Dog Biscuit

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How to Store Dog Treats!

In general you should store dog treats the same way you would homemade cookies for people. Your treats may mold or spoil much faster in humid or very hot climates.

Since the dog treats have no preservatives, it is important to make sure they are crisp and dry. Softer cookies will not last as long. Store your homemade dog biscuits in a tight canister or tight zip lock bag.

  • If left outside in a cool environment, hard cookies can last up to 2 weeks.
  • If left in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 months.
  • If it will take some time for your dog(s) to eat all these up, it is a good idea to freeze any that will not be eaten within a reasonably short time.

More Recipes for Your Beloved Dog!

Why not treat your dog to healthy, safe food all the time and learn How To Make Homemade Dog Food?

Since many beloved dog owners emailed me and mentioned that their dogs have an allergy to wheat, I compiled 10 Wheat-Free Dog Treat Recipes for you.

Contact me if you need help with substituting for any ingredients based on your dog's specific dietary needs. Thank you.

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      Kim 2 months ago

      Thank you for your recipes. I made the Kiss Me Cookies and added a can of pumpkin for my aging puppy.

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      Debbie 3 months ago

      Have you ever used organic coconut flour in your recipes? I've heard that it is a good solution for dogs that are sensitive to wheat products.

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      Please 4 months ago

      Please, stop advocating vegan dog treats.

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      Jennifer 5 months ago

      I thought sugar free ingredients were bad for dogs. Sugar substitutes

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      Christy 9 months ago

      What about treats for a diabetic dog?

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      Rickab2006 9 months ago

      I feed my mutt anything he wants. I make him beef jerky, chicken jerky, and dehydrated vegetables. I keep the starches to a minimum but his diet is pretty much anything. I don't worry about wheat, garlic or onions, etc. When you get over finicky you make your dog finicky. Unless your dog is a barking cat.

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      laura bell 10 months ago

      onions should be avoided

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      Rich 10 months ago

      I was told by my vet wheat is bad for dogs. Never give any dog wheat

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      Jill smith 11 months ago

      Sugar free food is poison to dogs, 1 of the recipe's call for it

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      Lorraine 11 months ago

      Where did I go wrong? I made the recipe that called for mashed bananas, vanilla, oil, and quick oats. I substituted for the quick oats, had to bake for at least 20 to 25 minutes, rather than 8-10 minutes Hmmmmm.

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      Suzy 13 months ago

      Hi, can I put anything in these recipes to make the biscuits last longer than 2 weeks?

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      Janis Neill 16 months ago from NORTH SEATTLE

      thank you for these great recipes for my dogs thanks agan

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      Norma 18 months ago

      Wow, I'm impressed. Thank you for the dog treat recipes. I think my two babies will love any one of them.

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      stephen kalu 23 months ago from Nigeria

      great hub. love what you are doing over here.

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      Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Kim, what a great hub! I would love to share this to my SIL, since I don't have any dogs. What a wonderful idea to make those treats with homemade and natural ingredients in those recipes! If you have one for cats, I'm all for it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh, my! Such good recipes to try. My babies will thank you!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Loved the photos and the useful recipes. I tried making a batch of cookies just yesterday for the first time after purchasing a bone shaped cutter. They turned out great and my Labrador loved them. I used a recipe similar to the first one you posted here without the parsley. He begged for the treats all day.

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      Tobysmom13 2 years ago

      I found your recipes while searching online for healthy snacks for my dogs. I just tried the first recipe and my dogs loooooooove them!!!!! Thank you so much for posting, I can't wait to try the other recipes. I can actually have peace of mind that what they are eating is safe now! :)

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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      These are recipes I'll save as I've been wanting to begin making my own treats. My daughter's dog needs to have grain-free treats, and she has been looking for recipes, too, and can just change the flour. I like the addition of parsely for bad breath and didn't know this would work. My little Pom can have some breath issues from time to time. Thanks for the Hub!

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      Agility Beauty 2 years ago from U.S.A

      its very good to us to know about treating our dogs in the home

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      Cynthia Haltom 2 years ago from Diamondhead

      They look delicious and I'm not even a dog. I think my dog Scooter would go crazy for these treats.

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      suraj punjabi 2 years ago from jakarta

      I am not really a pet kind of guy but I thoroughly enjoy reading this hub of yours. I love how you express your energy, enthusiasm and love for your dog in this hub. Great article!

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      jcsales 2 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. My wife and I are dog lovers. So much to learn from this article.

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      Komang Setiabudi 2 years ago from Jakarta Selatan

      To me, dogs are also social creature like us, then we must treat them with affection. Your article is very interesting and should be known by anyone who has dogs, and anyone who wants to have a dog in the future. Please write more about dogs in the future. Bravo and thanks a lot.

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      Agility Beauty 2 years ago from U.S.A

      it's great recipes, i think my dog will like them.

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      Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Never knew there's so many things one can make. An absolute treat for dogs. Fascinating hub !

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      Kim Lam 2 years ago from California

      Hi Nicki,

      You can experiment with buckwheat flower, which is technically a seed and not grain, as a replacement for some of these recipes. I also feed my dogs dehydrated fruits like apples and sweet potato. Just slice them up and put in dehydrator or oven at the lowest temp until crispy. You can also do beef or chicken jerky...

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      Nicki Aldahonda 2 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Hi my dog is allergic to peanut butter, he's on a grain free diet in experiencing new food sensitivities and I am going to start making his treats to insure the quality and safety he's a German Shepard and is common in this breed if u have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it

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      Bob Foster 2 years ago from USA

      As for me I've made the ones from Gourmet magazine twice now, and they were a hit with all of the dogs (and people) who tried them. Definitely great, and a fantastic, easy, cheap Christmas gift!

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      Sharon Berry 3 years ago from Michigan

      Love, love, love this Hub. So many good recipes and I can't wait to try the apple cinnamon one. Cute picture of your furry friends.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Hi April,

      I've never tried that. I use a cookie cutter to cut the dough out before baking them.

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      aprilnystrom 3 years ago

      Can you make any of your dog treat recipes in a mold?

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      Lizolivia 3 years ago from Central USA

      Thanks for the fabulous compilation of dog treat recipes. Your dogs are adorable. Nice photos.

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      Goringe Accountants 3 years ago from London, UK

      Wonderful hub! Good stuff...

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      sharon 3 years ago

      Please take note and change. It says sugar free jam (Do NOT) give your dog sugar free jams have artificial sweeteners. Whixh can be poisonous. Buy no sugar added jams

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      Geni 3 years ago

      Great ideas! One note though; all artificial sweeteners are toxic to dogs.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Patti! Oh that's tough- you can use sunflower seed butter.

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      pattid 3 years ago

      Such wonderful recipes! We are a nut free house due to allergies, so I cannot cook with peanut butter. Is there anything I can use instead of peanut butter in the recipes?

      Thanks so much!

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Aahhh yes, great idea to get your grandsons involved! ;-)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Turtle....Wonderful recipes for our canine babies! I began making dog biscuits when I finally woke up and realized what "ingredients" were in the treats I was giving my "Toby," and felt very guilty!

      I went a step further and included my grandsons in the process of making the biscuits. They absolutely love the idea and it keeps them busy and happy while at Grandma's. (A few birds with one stone.....that's my forte!) :).....Up ++

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Peanuts are legumes (not nuts) and are safe in moderate amounts. Use organic peanut butter.

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      Kim 3 years ago

      Isn't peanut butter very bad for dogs? Ie nuts are a no no with dogs.

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      seanorjohn 3 years ago

      Wow, this is a great hub stuffed full of such great recipes and advice. You could easily have turned this into 3 hubs. Very impressive and voted up. I will be making some of these treats for my friends dog.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Oat flour, or grind up oats in a food processor

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      Richard Warren 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Do you have alternative for brown rice flour in apple cinnamon dog cookies?

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      Marie 3 years ago from Canada

      Great list of recipes. I'll try out the Peanut Butter Cookies since it looks really easy and my dog loves peanut butter!

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      BODYLEVIVE 3 years ago from Alabama, USA

      These are some great recipes for dog treats, I'll make my two some home made treats and see if they will like them. Great article!

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      rkoleck 3 years ago

      Mine love home-dried chicken. I've also made peanut butter/banana/packed pumpkin/yogurt frozen treats. I am going to try mixing yogurt with some strawberries/blueberries/bananas next

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      You're welcome! Enjoy!

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      chelletlaudato 3 years ago

      wow! great hub. I will definitely try the pumpkin and kiss me cookies. I've only been baking one variety - chicken liver+oatmeal+parsley doggy treats. It's good to have a few more to try.

      thank you for sharing your recipes. =)

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      David M. Stephenson 3 years ago from Springfield, Ohio

      Great hub ! I've been looking for recipes like this. You just never know what manufacturers are putting in dog treats now a days. Thanks for the info !

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      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      Awesome! Sharing

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      theBAT 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. We have now some very great options aside from those commercial dog food. Nice hub.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      haha! It's tempting...I know ;-)

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      wiserworld 3 years ago

      Big fan of anything involving peanut butter and banana... I could try lots of these myself haha

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      Anne 3 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

      Great recipe's here. Thanks for an informative hub!

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      She'll be drooling and waiting for you in the kitchen ;-)

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      I'm always looking for new ways to treat my dog (she's probably already spoiled enough though).

      I can't wait to make some of these and I'm sure she can't wait to eat them.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      These are so awesome! I wrote four recipes down for my two babies. They are going to love them! I don't give my babies the commercial dog treats either. We do, however, give them carrots, apple pieces, pear pieces, brussel sprouts and cooked regular and sweet potatoes. I think brussel sprouts are their favorite. lol

      I can't wait to try these! Thank you!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Definitely, Shelley!

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      meeperoni 4 years ago

      cebutouristspot, feeding garlic and salty foods to your dog can kill them! They can get stomach issues (like gas) big time, too! The rice isn't bad for them, and you could also add in some carrots, parsley, bananas, peanut butter, and cinnamon as a few options to their diet.

      No grapes, onions/garlic, apple cores, etc. :)

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      Shelley 4 years ago

      I have our 2 dogs on grain free food. Allergies. Do you think I could substitute brown rice flour for the wheat? Thx u for all the recipes!!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Hi rchappell-ratio sounds fine. It's the frequency that matters too. Give treats in moderation only. I'd suggest combining with other treats like dried sweet potatoes or pumpkin. The more well rounded the diet, the better. :-) And always check with your vet too, while monitoring their poop daily.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from Sonora, CA

      I made jerky for my babies using three pounds of lean hamburger and one pound of liver. I read somewhere that too much liver can cause the runs and even Vitamin A toxicity. Did I use the correct ratio of hamburger to liver? How much can I give my little guys and how much is too much? My babies are 6.5, 12, and 17 pounds.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Melanie- Haha! My husband tried to do the same.

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      melanie 4 years ago

      these are great but I'm worried my dad might steal the beef jerky treats for himself...

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Martha I hope Alice enjoys them!

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      Martha 4 years ago

      My dog is 17yrs and 2 months old. She is almost totally deaf, cataracts in her rigt eye and starting on her left. Apart from that she is fine. Loves her food. Alice is a Maltese/Silky cross. I am very keen to try the Pumpkin Cookies for her plus several of the others. Will also make some chicken jerky for her. She just loves chicken. Thanks for a great site

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Lisa, I hope Amelia enjoys the cinnamon and banana one :-)

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      lisaareid 4 years ago

      love your hub. I would follow it if I could figure out how to do that. i'm new to the hubs. I have tried homemade bones before. Amelia was a little slow to acquire a taste for them, but did eventually. I am looking forward to the cinnamon and the banana. great recipes.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Hi Vicky you can mix everything at the same time.

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      Vicky 4 years ago

      What order do I add the ingredients to the peanut butter and banana/vegan treats? Do I need to mix anything with the peanut butter first?

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      alannahbale 4 years ago from Rugby, Warwickshire

      The recipes look really interesting! I am going to make them for my dogs!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      That's so cute, Robin! Thanks for sharing:-)

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      Robin Bull 4 years ago from Moore, Oklahoma

      Well done. When I had dogs, I made their treats. It is nice to know what is going into their treats. I have cutters shaped like hydrants. :)

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      FarleytheLabrador 4 years ago

      Hey my labrador's name is Farley. He is only 4 years old but suffers from many issues. He was ill-treated and handed to a pet rescue centre. Now he has dermititis and as quite common in labs, arthritis. I've noted the recipe for the apple cinnamon doggy treats, because his arthritis is causing him pain. I will try them out and let you know :-) x

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      Cindy 4 years ago

      I would like to make the soft pumpkin dog biscuits but there are no instructions for how to make them!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Hi BetterYourself,

      Thank you so much! They are my babies!

      I definitely agree with you running these ingredients by your vet first. Please check my other hub on specific dog treat recipes for dogs with dietary restrictions. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hubs! :-)

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      First off, you have some really cute pups! And thank you for sharing such awesome doggy treat ideas! I have 4 dogs - one with digestive issues and one with skin allergies so I have to be cautious with the food diet for both. I will have to run some of these ideas by my vet and see if they could work, and hopefully so! Can't wait to try them! Great hub!

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      sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India

      Very useful hub.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Awesome thank you! I'm so jealous of your pumpkin vine :-)

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      Iamjohere 4 years ago

      I made recipe no. 1 today and my Macy boy just loved it. I will be trying all of them for sure. I grow my own pumpkin so he will enjoy those. Thanks for a great site for my dog.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Dawn- yes you can but make sure you put it on a higher temperature setting if you're making the ones that have eggs or meat.

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      dawn 4 years ago

      can you put the cookies in a dehydrater after cooking to help remove excess moisture?

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      Michelle 4 years ago

      I like your ideas!! Please wish me luck I need to make up some cookies for my dogs that's good for their arthritis.

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      bbeach 4 years ago

      parsley is on the ASPCAs website as possibly toxic for a dog.. http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-t...

      always double check before making anything for your dog! :)

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      Molly the Beagle 4 years ago

      What an awesome page! Thanks so much!

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      Kathy 4 years ago

      Love the idea of making my own treats!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      That's awesome! Make sure you check out the other hubs on wheat-free treats and the chicken dog jerky. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Karen Metz 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for all the recipes! I was just drafted to make homemade dog treats for a community project for our 4H dog club. Now I have to decide which recipe(s) to make!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks hun!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Voted up and sharing this with my mother-in-law! Thank you!

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      karlar1501 4 years ago

      I too used too much water... just added more flour to fix the problem. Jaxsongirl was correct... 1/2 cup & 2 tbsp of water makes perfect cookies. My guys love them.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Yes, but white flour has no nutrients.

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      Lizard429 4 years ago

      do you have to use whole wheat flour or can you just use all purpose flour?

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Jaxsongirl, it's been a while since I used this one. Will have to confirm tomorrow! I appreciate you letting us know! :-)

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      Jaxsongirl 4 years ago

      I just wanted to say that the 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon water was correct for the kiss me cookies. I used 2 cups of water and it was pure soup! I thought the recipe had called for less water and noticed the recipe was modified. I had to start over again and this time....I used 1/2 cup water plus 2 tablespoon and it was perfect! Thought you would like to know!

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      Angi 4 years ago

      In the Kiss me cookies what does this mean?

      "1/2 +2 tablespoon cup water"

      1/2 tablespoon

      2 tablespoons

      1/2 cup

      2 cups

      I'm confused...Thx

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Crystal- be sure to check out the wheat-free recipes via link above too. Thanks for stopping by!:)