Many of the treats you can buy in-store are a corn-meal biscuit with “flavor” added – most often chicken, bacon, or cheese. Manufacturers concentrate on the look and smell of the treat (things that are sure to appeal to the the owner) more than the actual ingredients or flavor. With homemade dog treats made from scratch, you can guarantee your pet is getting all the flavor they love and the real nutritional value of the ingredients!
Here is one of my dog’s favorites – Pumpkin Dog Treats:
- 2-½ cups whole wheat flour (easier for dogs to digest than all-purpose flour)
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 tbs. peanut butter
- 2 tbs. dry milk
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ cup water (may be more or less)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and dry milk in a large bowl.
- Add pumpkin puree, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until you get a dough-y texture.
- Add water as needed if the mixture is too dry to mix well. However, the dough should be “dry-er” than typical cookie dough.
- Once all ingredients are sufficiently mixed, roll out the dough to about ¼” thickness. Be prepared to get your hands dirty – I usually have to knead the dough with my hands in portions so that it gets warm enough to roll out. Sprinkle whole wheat flour to keep the rolling pin from sticking to the dough.
**You may notice that this dough doesn’t smell too great to humans – but I promise your dog is salivating! Luckily, once it is cooked, the little bit of ground cinnamon you added is what you will smell.
- Use household cookie cutters to create fun shapes for your treats.
- Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and cook for 35-40 minutes.
- Let cool for at least 15 minutes.
- Once the treats are no longer hot and will not burn its mouth, your dog can enjoy!
- To save some treats for later, stick them in the freezer.
Easy to make, and your dog is guaranteed to love them! If you’d like for me to bake some treats for your dog, you can contact me through the sites mentioned in my bio below. 🙂