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Homemade Dog Treat Recipes – 36+ Great and Simple Ideas To Cheer Up your Dogs

Feeding is probably the hardest part of being a good owner. This is especially true when our dog has diet requirements or food allergies that make it challenging to find a suitable treat that they can eat. So why don’t you think about making your own homemade dog treats!

Believe it or not, it is not that complicated to make your own homemade dog treats. As more and more people are turning to homemade foods instead of commercially processed products for their pets, there are a wide variety of simple and healthy recipes. To make it even easier and save a lot of time for you, we have made a list of top 36 homemade dog treat recipes. Let’s begin.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes – 36+ Great and Simple Ideas To Cheer Up your Dogs

Why should you make your own homemade dog treats?

Generally, making your own homemade dog treats does not only bring a fun reward to your dogs but it also has many other benefits:​​​​

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    Tasty And Healthy Ingredients: Making your own dog treats means that you would be able to choose the best alternatives to a usual biscuit, which might contain a lot of harmful ingredients to extend its shelf life such as preservatives or artificial colors. By creating a dog treat at home, your dog will have the opportunity to eat a healthy meal that is not only tasty but also nutritious. 
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    Save your money: Generally, a homemade treat recipe is often cheaper than its commercial counterpart simply because you can decide to buy ingredients with more reasonable prices at the local shop. Also, you can take advantage of any leftovers after your daily meal in the family, meaning less waste and cost to prepare for your dogs.
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    You know what your dog loves: If you are a careful dog owner, you will definitely know what should and should not add into his treats. In addition, this is also a great way to control the portions and calories of his daily meal, making it easier to keep him healthy.

All about the ingredients – how to choose the best?

Try fruits and veggies

Instead of buying the commercially processed snacks that are really high in sugar, fat, and preservatives, you should try giving your dog some fruits and veggies.

Dogs do not actually care if you are not treating them something fatty and meaty. They only want something to eat and are open to all sorts of food, which means that vegetables would be a great treat for them. Thus, give them some broccoli, a green bean, a baby carrot as those veggies have almost no calories.

Try some kinds of fruit without seeds such as apple slices, watermelon, berries, or banana slices. Stay away from raisins, grapes, chocolate, onions, or anything with caffeine as these could be toxic to your dogs.

Ingredients to avoid

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    Onions: While onions are tasty to a dog, eating too much onion powder or onions can result in anemia and the variation in his red blood cells.
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    Raisins and grapes: It has been recently proved that eating raisins and grapes would cause kidney failure in dogs.
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    Chocolate: Most of us know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. But the recent increase in the popularity of dark chocolate has made this risker. In general, chocolate could lead to kidney failure, abnormal heartbeats, or even death in dogs.
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    Xylitol: As one of the most common substances in sugar-free foods, xylitol is extremely poisonous to dogs. Even if digested a small amount, this artificial sweetener could cause liver failure, seizures, low blood sugar, or even death.

Remember these things before starting to cook

Be careful with obesity

Just like humans, sometimes dogs can take too many calories from the treats. Most of the time, you might give your dog 2, 3, or even 4 treats at a time, but do not really think about obesity, which leads to some possible health issues later.
Here you should remember the 10% rule: Snacks and treats should only make up about 10 percent of your pet’s daily calories.

​Find a suitable alternative to wheat flour

In many cases, a dog would have an allergy to wheat flour, meaning that you should not use the usual flour for baking to make your own dog treats. Instead, you can find some easy-to-find and viable alternatives in the local grocery such as coconut, oat, buckwheat, and rye flour. Each of these has its own health benefit for dogs, so you need to research carefully before choosing.

​It is better to have limited ingredients

The more ingredients you intend to add in a treat recipe, the more likely it would bother your dog. Thus, it is always wise to start small and simple. If you want to make jerky, for example, just begin with a simple recipe with drying the jerky and see if your pooch really enjoys the treat.

Which types of dog treat to consider?

​Vegetable and meat dog treats

Do not want to waste your leftovers after the dinner? You pet will absolutely love some table scraps! You would rinse off the seasoning and reheat several treat-sized portions to give your dogs.

In addition, you would stir in some veggies, meat, and mashed potatoes to add to his treat. Make sure to get rid of any seeds, pits, stems, bones, fat, or skin that would be toxic or lead to choking. Another good choice is to put veggies, beef, and strips of chicken into the food dehydrator and create a jerky-like treat.

Frozen dog treats

For these boiling hot days in the summer, it would be a great idea to combine some peanut butter and a frozen banana in your blender to make an ice cream for your furry friend. If he does not enjoy banana, you can also go for plain yogurt, which is one of a few dairy ingredients that dogs could tolerate well. In addition, plain yogurt is also a good source of probiotics and calcium.For a low-fat recipe, try adding some dog-friendly fresh fruits to the ice cube and serve!

Baking dog treats

Perhaps you always have most of the key ingredients available in the kitchen to make a baking homemade treat for your dogs. In general, most baking recipes for dogs require some ingredients such as eggs, flour, oatmeal, and broth or water. You can also add some flavors – as well as fiber, protein, vitamins – with cheese, sweet potato, carrots, apples, pureed pumpkin, or peanut butter (free of xylitol) to create some tasty and healthy cookies that your dog would enjoy.

Try these simple and healthy homemade dog treat recipes

After reading all necessary information that you need to know about homemade dog treats, not it’s time to pick a recipe and start cooking. We have researched and made a list of 36 simple and healthy dog treat recipes for owners at any levels. These treats do not require so many ingredients and only take a few simple steps to make. Let’s start:

1. Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats – PetyPets

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This is probably the simplest homemade dog treat that you have ever made. All that you need to do is preparing 4 ingredients and then simply mixing, rolling, cutting, and cooking. What an easy-peasy and healthy recipe for your dogs than a store-bought treat!
* 4 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of cooking

Liza Connie

Established in 2015 by Liza Connie – a professional pet trainers, PetyPets is a great blog for pet lovers. Here the readers can find comprehensive information and tips on pets’ health, grooming, training, food. In addition, they can learn how to make a friendly environment for their dogs, train their pets to take care of themselves, or help them deal with several serious diseases and illness.

2. Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Crisp Biscuit – Ron And Lisa

​If your dog is bored with meats or chicken, this vegan apple dog treat would be a perfect choice. With several easy-to-find and healthy ingredients such as apples, brown rice flour, and buckwheat flours, you can be sure that he will get happy moments and necessary nutrients from these biscuits.
* 6 ingredients -25 to 30 minutes of cooking

Lisa and Ron

Lisa and Ron Beres, wife/husband team from California, are healthy home experts, professional speakers, and authors in the green movement. In their blog, you will find useful tips on how to live a simple life in this busy society as well as other things to make your daily life better.
*About guest blogger – Glenda Potts
Glenda Potts obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UCLA and graduated from Emory University with a Master of Public Health. Baking and cooking are her creative hobbies. In free time, she usually do some culinary experiments in her kitchen. Glenda enjoys creating new tasty recipes for her pets, friends, and family.

Photo by ronandlisa.com

3. Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipes For Dogs – Green Moxie

With organic ingredients, your dog can get a protein punch from these peanut butter cookies, while fish oil helps improve his coat as well as make it shiny and soft. To make it healthier, you can use your own blending of olive oil and raw peanuts or organic peanut butter.
* 5 ingredients – 40 to 45 minutes of cooking

Nikki Fotheringham

Nikki Fotheringham – grew up in Africa and now lives in Toronto – is known as a green living blogger and author specializing in renewable energy, environmentally-friendly building, and all green things. She created Green Moxie with the aim of helping other people to live a life that is greener and leaner. In this blog, you can get DIY tips on everything from building a small house, campfire recipes, camping tips to lipstick. Nikki want everybody to go outside and enjoy the nature.

4. 3-Ingredient Peach Dog Treat – Vanessa Baked

​If you have so many peaches in the fridge and don’t know what to do, this recipe would be a good choice for both you and your dog. With only 2 ingredients: peaches and honey, you can easily make a good snack that he would enjoy. All that you need to do is peeling, dicing, and pureeing the peaches and mixing with honey to make a smooth dough.
* 3 ingredients – 40 to 50 minutes of cooking

Vanessa Conley

Vanessa Conley created this blog to share with you all of her fun, simple and delicious recipes with interesting photos so that you can enjoy with your family. Also, she provide many homemade dog treat recipes, which are often easy and made with basic ingredients, for your four-legged family members. Hope you stop in and find something you, and your dogs will like in Vanessa Baked

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5. Juicing Pulp Homemade Dog Treats – Vets To Go

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For most of us, it is great at extracting delicious, fresh juice from carrots, oranges, apples, spinach, kale, beets, or cucumbers. But there will always a question: What should you do with the leftover pulp – which contains a lot of fiber and is highly nutritious without any preservatives or processed ingredients? Here it is, this simple and healthy vegan recipe will not only bring to your dogs happy moments but also help you deal with every big container of pulp after extracting juice each time.
*3 ingredients – 8 to 9 hours of cooking

Vets To Go is a mobile veterinary service created by Dr. Wendy McClelland in Alberta, Canada. As a pet expert, Wendy believes that every pet deserves a chance to enjoy as positive, pleasant and reduced stress experiences as possible. And it is her responsibility to impart her love to other readers by sharing tasty recipes, local pet events, and other useful tips on health, behavior, and training.

6. Easy and quick peanut butter dog treats – Puppy Leaks

​Do your dogs love peanut butter as much as mine do? Are you looking for a simple and nice dog treat recipe? If so, you cannot go wrong with this simple peanut butter dog treat recipe. All that you will need are 2 eggs, ½ cup of peanut butter, and 2 cups of flour. Mix 3 ingredients together until they combine and then add water to roll out as dough. Bake for 20 minutes and you have tasty cookies with great smells for your furry friend.
* 3 ingredients – 20 minutes of cooking

Jen Gabbard

Puppy Leaks is where dog owners can find simple tips and advice on how to live a happier, healthier life with our dogs. From simple ways to avoid food guarding to tips on how to keep your pet busy indoors, you can find all here.

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7. Vegetable and fruit strips for dogs – Dog Express

​These are cheap and excellent alternative to expensive dog treats sold in the local grocery. This recipe is simple to make. By using a paring knife, you can chop and lice veggies and fruits easily and use them in smaller content as a training reward. It also has a high level of nutritional value, such as fiber and vitamin C, which helps improve the immune system of your dogs.
* 6 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of cooking

Dog Express is an all-inclusive information hub dedicated towards dogs. It’s a database that has the collection of carefully curated content from all across the internet. They also write and share unique stories, articles and daily news directed towards betterment of dogs. Dog Express acts as your one-stop resource for all information related to dogs. They want to offer all dog lovers, pet parents and soon-to-be pet owners’ ample information about how to take proper care of their dogs and bring awareness on the dog related issues that are imperative for society.

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8. Cookie snack and cream cheese to fill your dog’s Kong – Love and Kisses Pet Sitting

This is a super easy dog treat recipe to make your dog happy. With only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of making, you are able to create wonderful treats. All that you need to do is combining yogurt and cheese, then fold them in the cookie pieces. Next, freeze and give your dog. So simple, but so tasty!
* 3 ingredients – 5 to 10 minutes of making

Maureen MCCarthy

Maureen is the proud owner of Love and Kisses Pet Sitting in Charlotte, a professional pet sitting company and wanted to share some recipes with her clients to make for their dogs. Maureen's blog is filled with articles that she feels her clients and their pets will benefit from in keeping their pets happy and healthy.

9. Easy homemade peanut butter dog treat recipe – Big DIY ideas

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​This recipe will definitely make your dog happy, especially when he does have a special taste for peanut butter. The best thing about this treat is that Felicia decided to keep it as simple as possible by using just 4 ingredients so that you can make it in 20 or 25 minutes. That is enough for a flavorful treat for your dog.
* 4 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of cooking

Felicia Hardy

Felicia has a passion for DIY projects and showcases her favorite DIY ideas on her blog, BigDIYIDeas.com.

10. Homemade carrot and apple dog treats recipe – The Rodimels

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​​When you have some leftover carrots or apples after each family meal, do not throw them away. Instead, follow this homemade dog treat recipe and your dog will love them. These things are so simple to make and also take a few ingredients! Enjoy!
* 6 ingredients – 30 to 35 minutes of cooking

Zach

Zach enjoys time with Rachael and Bailey – the founders of The Rodimels, and anything outdoors such as dirt biking, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and snowboarding. He also gets down with some word-working when it is too cold to go outside.

11. Gluten-free peanut butter pumpkin dog treat recipe – Proud Dog Mom

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​A lot of people want to make some gluten-free treats for their dog, and here it is. This simple peanut butter pumpkin biscuit recipe is basically made with oat flours and brown ice with a texture that is quite similar to a cookie or cracker. Also, this recipe is made with only the same human foods so that you or other family members could eat.
* 5 ingredients – 35 to 40 minutes of cooking

MELISSA

Launched in early 2016, Proud Dog Mom is a blog that offers dedicated pet parents healthy dog treat recipes, training tips, health advice, DIY projects, and so much more. Proud Dog Mom was founded by Melissa and Donna, a mother/daughter duo who have raised pooches for decades. The duo creates original, good-for-your-pooch treat recipes and emphasizes the importance of nutrition. Their recipes have quickly garnered worldwide attention and now they’re getting ready to publish their first dog treat cookbook!

12. Homemade dog treat recipe for your dog’s first Halloween – Bud Get Earth

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​​​Are you ready for the Halloween? For many dogs, this special time will be a major treat for them. With less than 15 minutes, you will be able to prepare these tasty treats that are high in nutrients for your furry friends, but not too fatty. Of course, it is totally fine to use a bone cookie butter that you have in the kitchen. In spite of being a Halloween recipe, it is perfect for every season.
* 7 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking

Susan Bewley

Budget Earth is a magazine-style publication focused on products, recipes, and tech used in our home and life, with our two Alaskan Malamutes (Reya and Ivi)

13. Simple gluten-free dog treat recipe – Wear Wag Repeat

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With this recipe, you do not need to be worried of lacking some ingredients or tools as it is really simple and as least ingredients as possible. It would take you a while to make these cookies as the cookie cutter is a little complex. But it would go faster if you use a more effective and simpler shape. These treats would be a great gift for your dog friend in this holiday season.
* 4 or 5 ingredients – 50 to 60 minutes of cooking

Tori Mistick

Tori Mistick is the stylish dog mom behind the award winning blog Wear Wag Repeat. She loves to document dog friendly adventures with her Chocolate Labrador, Lucy, on Instagram @tmistick.

14. Birthday cheesy dog treats recipe – Talking Dogs

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​Although dairy is basically not a daily treat for most dogs, it would be a perfect choice for their birthday treats. With several easy-to-find ingredients such as whole wheat flour, cheese, butter, and milk, you can easily create these lovely and tasty bone-shaped cookies in less than 30 minutes to make this birthday more meaningful to your dogs.
* 6 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking


Talking Dogs is a canine blog created by Sue Kottwitz. As its name, this is where she want to share with you everything about her team of nasty talking dogs, including Tucker, Lucy, Jeffie, Rudy, and Rosie.

15. Pumpkin pie dog treats recipe – Little Chef Big Appetite

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​If you have any leftover pumpkin after Halloween or Thanksgiving, it would be a great chance to make your dog happy with these homemade pumpkin pie treats. This dairy-free and gluten-free recipe is very allergy friendly for any dogs and also rich in necessary nutrients. Its main ingredient – pureed pumpkin – would reduce itchiness and keep your dog from licking his paws. Also, you can add parsley to freshen up stinky breath of your dog as well as eggs to add shine to his coat.
* 9 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking

Rachel Pattison

Little Chef Big Appetite is a personal blog where Rachel Pattison features her own healthy recipes tidbits from her daily life in Los Angeles, California. Perhaps she is pintsized, but she comes with one heck of an appetite and she hopes you do too!

16. Homemade salmon skin dog chips recipe – Keep The Tail Wagging

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​This salmon chips recipe is really a perfect choice if you are planning on cutting your budget. You can find salmon skin from any local Asian markets and then cut off the skin to cook separately. These chips will bring to your dog new taste and flavor to enjoy his own time. Remember to do this task inside with all of the windows open or outside your house as the smell would be strong and last for a while.
* 1 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of making

KIMBERLY

Keep the tail wagging is awarded among top 50 raw food blogs. Here you can find all necessary information and useful tips on feeding your dogs raw foods. In addition, Kimberly often shares with you daily stories with her 6 dogs: Riley, Sydney, Rodrigo, Scout, Blue, and Zoey.

17. Holiday pumpkin carrot dog treat recipe – My Pawsitively Pets

​For dogs, holiday means a lot of good treats and tasty things to eat. By following this super easy, you can make some pumpkin carrot bites that are chewy in the middle and crispy on the outside. And your pooch will certainly beg for more. Generally, this recipe yields about 4 dozen pumpkin carrot bites. And it is recommended to store these treats in the fridge for a longer shelf life.
* 4 ingredients – 40 to 45 minutes of cooking

Ann Staub

Pawsitively Pets is a pet blog dedicated to all things animal! Written by former Vet Tech, Ann Staub, the blog is devoted to enriching the daily lives of pets and their people.

Photo by  mypawsitivelypets.com

18. Peanut butter applesauce dog treats recipe – Mommy’s Memorandum

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As dog owners, we all want to give the best for your pets. This simple, 4-ingredient recipe is probably a guilt-free love that your dog will absolutely enjoy. All that you need to do is mixing all of the ingredients together, then cutting, baking, and serving. Keep in mind to store these treats in an airtight container for a longer life.
* 4 ingredients – 30 to 35 minutes of cooking

Julee

Julee Morrison has been blogging since 2008 and Mommy's Memorandum is the chaotic comedy of one blogger's life. In this blog, she talks everything about parenting, pets, recipes, travel and reviews.

19. Christmas carob-nutty pinwheels – MK Clinton

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Sometimes, the best gift for your dog in Christmas would be homemade and this goes for foods too. All dogs want for Christmas is dog treats. With some common ingredients such as peanut butter, egg, honey, canola oil, wheat flour, and carob powder, it is easier now than ever before to make your pooch happy in this holiday.
* 6 ingredients – 30 to 40 minutes of cooking

Melissa

MK Clinton or Melissa love writing about dogs and sharing ideas that help make it easier to be a good pet parent. This blog is a fun place for dog tips, product reviews and laughs.

20. Sweet potato dog treat recipe – Hello Nature Blog

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As many dogs are often struggling with some digestive problems, it is important to make sure that their treats are made from high-quality ingredients. Instead of feeding your dog potato casserole, it is better to take the sweet potato and combine with some healthy foods such as rice flour, wheat flour, applesauce, and eggs to make some yummy treats which they would enjoy! These are super simple to create. And if you are making these treats to hand out in this holiday season, they could be cut into lots of different festive shapes.
* 5 ingredients – 50 to 60 minutes of cooking

Ashley

Hello Nature is an Ethical Family Travel and Lifestyle blog that’s geared towards busy families (pets and kids alike!) who are looking to shake up their daily routine.

21. Doggy ice lollies dog treat recipe – Pets Pyjamas

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Summer is coming, and it is perfect to make something cool to treat your dogs. Just 3 simple steps to mix some commons fruits such as: banana, blueberries, sesame seeds, tomato paste, spinach, fish, flax seeds, apple, peanut butter, honey, or meat, you will make colorful, flavorful and delicious ice lollies treats so that he would enjoy in a hot day. Keep in mind to remove them from the freezer about 20 minutes before giving you your pooch to prevent the freezer from burning on their tongue. These doggy ice lollies are really perfect treats for your dog in this summer season.
* 5 ingredients – 10 to 15 minutes of making

PetsPyjamas is the award-winning number one online pet lifestyle destination for people who love their pets and believe holidays are much more fun when Fido comes too! It features more than 10,000 accessories for pets, especially from British makers, and hundreds of pet-friendly, bookable B&Bs, cottages, and hotels where your dog really is as welcome as you are.

22. Organic homemade dog treats recipe – Show Me The Yummy

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These homemade dog treats use all organic ingredients such as peanut butter, pumpkin, applesauce, bacon, yogurt and require no sugar, salt or baking! Your furry friend will definitely become crazy for these healthy and tasty treats! As always, remember to consult your veterinarian before giving anything new to your dog’s diet.
* 6 ingredients – 15 to 20 minutes of cooking

Trevo​​​​​​r and Jennifer

Show Me The Yummy was created by Jennifer and Trevor – a happy couple in Wisconsin – to share with you their loves of foods and pets. Jennifer focuses on cooking, finding, photographing, styling, perfecting, and developing all food recipes on the site, while Trevor was a professional photographer for 10 years.

23. Homemade peanut butter oatmeal dog treats – Cheap Is The New Classy

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​These simple and quick homemade peanut butter dog treats are certainly going to be a surprise in your house! Many people thing that the recipe is made with quite small batches, but in fact, this will help keep these peanut butter oatmeal treats fresh so that your dog can maximize his appetite! Generally, it will make 9 small cookies or 6 medium / large cookies. The addition of honey and cinnamon to the recipe is what is going to make it different from most common recipes that you often see.
* 5 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking

Dawn

Dawn is a full time lifestyle and travel blogger. In addition to Cheap Is The New Classy, she also writes and owns State By State Travel and Eat Play Rock. Her interests include DIY projects, home décor, traveling, enjoying one or two nice cups of coffee, and organizing her home. Currently she is living in North Carolina with Jay, her husband, and their furry babies.

24. DIY banana and peanut butter dog treats – Agee’s Pet Crematorium

​With easy-to-find ingredients (banana, oat flour, peanut butter, and rolled oat) and some simple steps, you can make easily make for your dog these tasty and healthy treats, which contain a lot of essential nutrients like carbohydrates, sodium, protein, fiber, and fat. 24 balls each time, and you furry friend will enjoy his happy time all week. It is best to keep these banana and peanut butter dog treats in an airtight container in your fridge or freeze them for a longer life. Just make sure that you thaw them before handling out.
* 6 ingredients – 50 to 60 minutes of cooking

Agee’s Pet Crematorium offers a private cremation service for pets at their facility in Harvey Louisiana. Their family has been caring for pets and the families since 1969.

25. Pumpkin peanut butter dog treats recipe – Cassie Fairy

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​Pumpkin is often considered as a rich source of fiber, which makes it a great food for your dogs all year round. In general, it helps with weight management as well as digestive health if your pooch has a few too many treats each day. With 4 easy-to-find ingredients (egg, wheat flour, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter) and 4 simple steps, this recipe is a great idea to make your dog happy and healthy.
* 4 ingredients – 35 to 40 minutes of cooking

Cassie 

As a writer for Reloved magazine, Cassie is passionate about recycling, upcyling and living a lovely life for less. Cassie's personal blog 'My Thrifty Life' is where she shares all her favorite life hacks, low-cost recipes, home DIY projects and budgeting tips.

26. Homemade peanut butter dog biscuit recipe – Blommi

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Dogs probably always like homemade biscuit dog treats than store-bought products. Let’s try out this simple peanut butter biscuit recipe yourself as they will be a perfect gift for your pooch. Although a dog bone-shaped cookie cutter is most common, it is possible to use any shapes available. Heart shape, for example, are smaller so that they will harden a little bit quicker in the oven. Keep in mind your dog’s size when making these biscuits to avoid any serious problems later.
* 7 ingredients – 50 to 60 minutes of cooking

Robin Gagnon 

Robin Gagnon is a busy single mom, an avid DIYer and a food geek. Most of the recipes in this blog are her own creation, although she does often adapt some recipes from other sources and then tweak them to suit her preferences. Her emphasis of recipe catalog is healthy foods as she enjoys making cute holiday treats and desserts.

27. DIY holiday dog treat recipes for your furry friends – Think Make Share

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When it comes to cookies, this recipe is probably the healthiest and tastiest treat for your dogs by combining 4 simple ingredients, including peanut butter, pumpkin puree, rice flour, and whole ground flaxseed. If you want to get some fancy, it is possible to add bonus items from the refrigerator. In this case, I add carrots and blueberries into the basic cookie mix. Never add raisins, grapes, garlic, onions, macadamia nuts, chocolate, walnuts, or nutmeg as these ingredients is harmful to dogs.
* 4 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking

Think Make Share is a blog from the Creative Studios at Hallmark Cards featuring artist-inspired crafts, recipes, free downloadables, and many more.

28. Homemade Halloween dog treats recipe – Thrifty Jinxy

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​The treats is definitely one of the best things in the Halloween season! As these treats are made out of sweet potatoes In bright orange color, they are super festive and really fit the theme of Halloween. Thus, it is this recipe that would make your dog feel exciting and happy in the holiday. In addition, they are simple to make and you are free to nibble on them. However, you might need to add a little bit salt if you want to make them for yourself.
* 1 ingredients – 15 to 20 minutes of making

Chrysa

Thrifty Jinxy helps readers live a fabulous life on a frugal budget. By spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to SPLURGE on the things you really want, whether it’s travel, fashion, entertainment, tech, your pets - you name it! We feature recipes, DIY ideas, money-saving tips, product reviews and more!

29. Banana, peanut butter, and oatmeal dog treats recipe – Miss Molly Says

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This combination is quite common for many dog owners when it comes to homemade dog treats simply because it is super easy to make and also keep your dog interested for a long time. All that you need to do is preparing some easy-to-find ingredients such as oats, mashed banana, wheat flour, peanut butter, and egg, then mixing, making shape and baking. Just 30 minutes and you dog will have special treats to enjoy for the next coming hours.
* 5 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking

​As the name implies, Miss Molly Says is a canine blog that Diane Holland created for her dog – Miss Molly, along with other sisters and brothers, including Maggie, Sallie, Seager, Ozzy, Brandi, and Little Bit. In this blog, you will find funny stories about raising dogs as well as useful tips on feeding, grooming, and training them.

30. Homemade dog jerky treats recipe – Bull Terrier Fun

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​All you need to prepare is some lean raw meat (elk, beef, or deer) and a dehydrator. If you are sure that your pooch can tolerate poultry, it is possible to try duck, turkey, or chicken for these jerky treats. The only important things to remember is that the meat must be really lean. If it is a rind, make sure to trim it before drying. You also need to cut the meat into thin, small pieces simply because it would be stringy and much harder to cut after drying.
* 1 ingredients – 30 to 40 minutes of cooking

My blog bullterrierfun.com provides information about English Bull Terriers in particular, because I am a lover and owner of the breed. But pretty much all of my tips on training, health, nutrition and body care are perfectly applicable to other dog breeds as well. I also draw cartoons and do other doggie artwork.
Mila, my furry girl, also has her own Youtube channel with lots of training and funny videos:
youtube.com/channel/UCgRU2rFraQiKyDp02jrMCqQ
And of course, she's on Facebook as well. So, if anybody feels the wish to give us a like, we'd really appreciate that.
www.facebook.com/Bullterrierfun/

31. Lactose-free frosty paws dog treat recipe – Condo Blues

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​Are your dogs staying hydrated or trying to stay cool? These lactose-free frosty paws dog treats are a perfect option for them in this hot weather. All that you need to do is placing one or two blueberry in each cup of an ice cube try. You can use any combination of canine friendly juice such as peeled apples, pure orange, bananas, blueberries, or even peanut butter in these frosty paws. Alternatively you could blend the juice and fruit and fill your ice cube trays with that.
* 2 ingredients – 10 to 15 minutes of making

Lisa

Lisa is cursed with a design style that is bigger than her wallet. She uses everything from a sewing machine to a jackhammer to make her condo stylish and green on a budget and show you how on her blog: Condo Blues. She wants to encourage women to stop making Honey Do Lists and start making Do It Yourself Honey! Lists. If you like food, and who doesn't? She also shares how to make real food real quick on a real budget on her food blog Lazy Budget Chef

32. Homemade peanut butter dog treats with blueberries – by Bruce Bradly

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​Made with only healthy ingredients such as peanut butter, oatmeal, applesauce, and blueberries, these homemade peanut butter treats are really amazing. Any dogs will love them and behave well for a treat. You can choose to roll out these treat and then cut them into various shapes, but it is better to make them in thumbprint cookies just like jam. Even though these dog treats do not contain any jelly (a good thing), they would smell exactly like a jelly sandwich and peanut butter.
* 5 ingredients – 35 to 40 minutes of cooking

Bruce Bradley 

Bruce Bradley is a former processed food marketer turned clean eating fan who blogs about ditching processed junk and eating real food. Naturally his love of dogs has led him to create some real dog treat recipes for our furry friends … including these Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats with Blueberries. Yum!!!

33. Tuna Fudge dog training treat recipe – by DogSense Online

​This Tuna Fudge recipe is super simple to make a batch, cut up as well as store and is absolutely the perfect consistency for training your dogs. With only 4 USD, you can make 8 full bags of these delicious dog treats, which means approximately several weeks of training treats for dogs. Super easy, super cheap and most pups will love them! Make a big batch and keep treats preparation simple.
* 3 ingredients – 45 to 50 minutes of cooking

Jody Karow

DogSense Twin Cities Dog Trainers Team is always ready to become a part of your journey to have the relationship of your dream with your new dog or puppy. Each of them brings something special to the ‘dish’ that would make your relationship with them a great partnership. From their science-based methods of training dog to customer support, they are at ‘the ready’ to provide you with the necessary tools to enjoy your dog or puppy … even more!

34. Shelf stable recipe – Peanut butter dog treats – by Food Storage Made Easy

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​Peanut butter dog treats are a really common choice for dogs thanks to their simple process of making and easy-to-find ingredients. All that you need to do is mixing, shaping, and baking from 10 to 12 minutes. One patch of this recipe often lasts 3 days for 1 pup. In some case, you can roll out these treats and cut them as cookies.
* 6 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of cooking

Food Storage Made Easy is a blog created by Julie and Jodi – 2 busy mothers who love Food Storage and blogging. In this blog, you can learn how to prepare for emergencies and they also include their pets in the preparedness plans thus the dog treat recipe.

35. Hot diggity dog treats recipe – by Yankee Doddle Paddy

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As Christmas is around the corner, it is also a good time to think about your fur friends and what they would like to have in their stocking. And this hot and healthy diggity dog treats recipe is not only a perfect choice, but also super easy to make. It just takes you about 30 minutes to prepare and combine some common ingredients such as honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, chicken broth, and flour. Even when you do not have a pooch yourself, you would bake those treats for your neighbors or friends that have a dog!
* 7 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of cooking

Karen Geraghty

Yankee Doddle Paddy is a little blog where Karen Geraghty explores the deep connection she has with her Irish soul land and her American motherland, all while residing in London, England, her current homeland . It is mostly foodie related with photos and recipes. There would likely be a couple of travel posts as well. Most importantly she will share the all with LOVE!

36. Gourmet dog treat recipe – by Burn Apple

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Gourmet dog treats are always a perfect choice during Christmas time. Just with several simple ingredients, this holiday might become a happy time for your dogs. Whether you are planning to make these treats as a holiday gift or a birth day present for your dog, they will definitely love them.
* 5 ingredients – 50 to 60 minutes of cooking

Traci Wennerholm

Burnt Apple is a healthy living website. They focus on making healthy eating affordable and easy by providing easy recipes and products that make healthy living top priority while acknowledging that families are busy and have a lot going on. Their family is important to them and they often highlight their travels, lifestyle and parenting issues and their dog child Chelsea.

37. Rocky Puggy road dog treat recipe – by The Pug ​​Diary

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​You are a big fan of rocky road chocolate but it is impossible to share it with your dog as dogs cannot eat chocolate. After finding out the best way to share in your enjoyment of rocky road while being delicious and safe for them, this Rocky Puggy road dog treat recipe is created. It should be only for treats, not replace your pooch’s regular meals. In general, peanuts are often safe for pets in a small quantity as they are rich in fat. If your dog has an allergy to any ingredient, remove it immediately.
* 5 ingredients – 40 to 50 minutes of making

Kristy Beck

Kristy - the founder and writer of The Pug Diary - is a photographer and pug mother. She has combined her love of pugs and passion for photography to bring you all the best through The Pug Diary, which is an online guide to health + wellbeing, lifestyle and pug friendly living – the ultimate guide for living with a pug. Here you will find everything from pug health, diet, activities, adventures, guides, and reviews to the best DIY projects, shopping, and regular interviews with pugs from the social media scene.

38. Pumpkin dog treats recipe – by One Sweet Appetite

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​If your dog is facing with diabetes and you need to be very careful about what should go into his stomach, this pumpkin dog treats recipe is simply perfect because it combines a couple of super healthy and tasty ingredients. Thus, you can give them to your dog without worrying about any health problem in the long term. Instead of the usual wheat flour, this recipe uses an oat version, which is rich in soluble fiber and good for the digestive system of your dog. To add a great taste and scent to these treats, it is important to prepare the pumpkin for this recipe. All that you need to do is adding the necessary amount into a food processor and then pulse it until ground. It is actually a go alternative for a dog that has a wheat allergy.
* 5 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of baking

Jesseca

Jesseca – the creator, author, cook, baker, and photographer of the One Sweet Appetite blog – is the mother of a rambunctious 8-year-old boy as well as a fluffy dog and the wife to an incredible husband that eats all of her recipe creations (even they are not so great. Currently they are living in Northern Utah. Creating meals has become the full-time job of Jesseca so she created this blog to share with you all of her in interesting stories about cooking and, of course, amazing recipes to make your life better.

39. Banana peanut butter dog cookies – by We Know Stuff

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​This banana peanut butter cookies recipe for dogs is really simple to make and is created with a few ingredients right in your kitchen. Also, it does not require any cutting. All that you need to do is just plopping some dough onto the cookie sheet and then bake away! We guarantee that these banana peanut butter cookies look so much like a real cookie that you often eat, so make sure that you toss them right to the treat jar of your dog. But do not expect these treats to last very long as your furry friend will eat it really quickly, so we guess that they are dog-approved!
* 8 ingredients – 15 to 20 minutes of making

Denine & Daniele 

We Know Stuff is an award-winning lifestyle blog created and written by 2 sisters, Daniele and Denine. Based in New York, they cover a wide range of common topics that will interest families such as crafts, recipes, safer skincare, pets, parenting, fitness, travel, special needs, and education. We Know Stuff won the Best Blog of Long Island award from Bethpage Federal Credit Union in 2015 and 2017. The blog was also voted the second rank in Pop Sugar’s Circle of Mom’s Top 25 New York Moms!

40. Luvsome one-ingredient homemade dog treats – by Mom Always Finds Out

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​Bear – Nicole’s pup - loves eating yummy dog treats. So every now and then, she has tried many different dog treat recipes, but this Luvsome one is by far the simplest recipe that she wants to share with you. It is super easy to make with just 1 ingredient - dry dog food named Luvsome, along with… water. Creating dog treats out of dog foods might be a good thing for a pooch who is a picky eater. In other words, if he likes the taste of his dog food, he should like the treats made from it. Luvsome is a high-quality ingredient that provides vitamins and protein with an affordable price. You can easily find this dog food in any grocery store such as: Smith’s, Raph’s, Pay Less, Owen’s, Kroger, King Soopers, or Food 4 Less. This recipe would make about 18 cookie treats, so you need to keep uneaten treats in the fridge for up to 1 week.
* 1 ingredients – 35 to 40 minutes of cooking

Nicole

Nicole is the mom behind the Mom Always Finds Out blog. She has 4 boys ages 4 through 12 and she loves to blog all about her family life, crafts, travel, food recipes, and much more. A mother cannot be confined to only one niche, right? That the reason why you will get a little bit of it all here at Mom Always Finds Out.

41. Coconut oil-based dog treats recipe – by Run Healthy Lifestyle

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​Coconut oil is probably one of the most popular products for either humans or dogs. It does everything from enhancing ingestion, alleviating symptoms of allergy, to healing skin issues, or even used instead of usual toothpaste. There are many ways to add coconut oils into the diet of your dog, but the most enjoyable and simplest one must be through treats. This recipe is a perfect combination of the beneficial elements of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) and healthy whole foods. Normally, it is advisable to choose an economical and unrefined coconut oil product, which is more suitable for dogs.
* 6 ingredients – 30 to 40 minutes of cooking

Run Healthy Lifestyle is a great blog that provides the readers with remedy solutions as well as healthy ideas, which will keep you safe from any frauds of this modern industries. In this blog, you can find all useful information and tips about daily health, fitness, nutrition, style, beauty, and weight loss.

42. Chicken jerky healthy dog treats recipe – by Melodrama

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​If you come across some chicken breasts leftover in the freezer and do not have any idea with them, then you should decide to make this homemade chicken jerky healthy treat recipe. All that you need to prepare are good-quality chicken breasts and remove any excessive fat. It is advisable to cut the chicken into very thin pieces and add a small amount of olive oil to avoid sticking. It would take about 8 hours to bake the chicken in the oven so you really need to be patient. Once completed, you should store these treats in an airtight container for a longer lifespan.
* 2 ingredients – 8 to 9 hours of baking

Krys

Melodrama started by Krys in 2011 after she decided to take a hiatus from her 5-year stint as a wedding photographer. After much persuasion she started blogging about her everyday adventures in decorating her apartment and some DIY projects. Shortly after, she began adding her other varied interests such as cocktails, travel, and food. Here Krys’s goal is simple: she wants to share all of the places and things that she thinks are awesome, and she also wants to bring to the readers any projects that help translate into real life and do not just look good in a photo on Instagram.

43. Valentine heart sandwich dog treat recipe – by My Paws On

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​With the Valentine day in mind, we might want to share with our dog some special treats to make this special day a romantic moment for him. If you still have no idea, this Valentine heart sandwich dog treat recipe would be a perfect choice. These treats do not only look lovely and beautiful, but they also have a great taste and amazing flavor. Also, with healthy ingredients like milk, egg, cheese, cornmeal, and plain flour, they will be a good way to show you pooch how much you love him. You can make this recipe without the strawberries or just keep it plain or add a little bit red food coloring. You can keep these treats in a sealed container for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.
* 6 ingredients – 30 to 40 minutes of cooking

Erica Hammill 

The main aim of My Paws On blog is to provide dog owners with information about dog friendly places to eat, drink and stay as well as find reliable services for dog grooming, walking, sitting, and many more. This blogs is a perfect place to connect with dog owners about things that are happening in the dog world. If you want to contribute an article with a link to your site, they would be happy to do that, but it does need to be something exclusive for them.

44. Tasty salmon on ice dog treat recipe – by Real Dogs Don’t Whisper

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​Does your furry friend enjoy a great cool treat in this summer day? And how about if it is omega healthy? Many people claim that healthy and tasty do not usually go together, but this salmon on ice dog treat recipe will convince you that they do indeed go well together with a yummy taste. Just with 3 easy-to-find ingredients, including ground cinnamon, raw honey, and can salmon, which is a good source of nutrients for your dog, you can easily make amazing treats so that your pooch will enjoy his awesome moment.
* 3 ingredients – 20 to 25 minutes of cooking

Real Dog Don’t Whisper is the name of a newly published book written by Kelly Preston. It is a true story of a significant family as described in a unique way by the owner of the house as well as her hilarious, spunky 9-year-old dog. In this blog, you can also read about amazing stories of 4 rescue dogs that were ready to be given up on as they have special needs. They teach us about hope, life, and love.

45. Banana peanut butter dog treats recipe - by Dog Mom Days

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With only 3 easy-to-find ingredients, including whole wheat flour, peanut butter, and ripe bananas, along with water, this banana peanut butter dog treats recipe is really simple to make. To keep your dog’s interest for a longer time, you need to prepare a dog bone cookies cutter to make these treats more lovely and beautiful. All that you need to do is just adding and mixing all of the ingredients into a large bowl, then cut into cute shapes and bake in the oven! We guarantee that these banana peanut butter cookies look so much like a real cookie that you often eat, so make sure that you toss them right to the treat jar of your dog. If your pet does not eat all of these cookies, it is necessary to store them in the refrigerator for a longer lifespan.
* 3 ingredients – 35 to 40 minutes of cooking

Amanda

​Amanda, a pet blogger and millennial dog mom of 6 amazing rescue animals, started her blogging career with Dog Mom Days in 2013. Animals are truly her life and she dedicate herself to give them a voice. Dog Mom Days is initially a place where she wants to share her journey with Wynston, her only dog at the present. In this blog, you can read many interesting stories about Amanda’s daily life as a dog mom as well as great and useful information about pet parenthood.

46. Banana caranberry with peanut butter pizzelle dog treats recipe – by Sugar The Golden Retriever

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Pizzelle is a well-known traditional Italian type of wafer cookie, which can be made easily by using a couple simple ingredients such as eggs, flour, flavoring, vegetable or butter oil, and sugar. It is the reason why this banana caranberry with peanut butter pizzelle dog treat recipe will be a perfect choice for both of you and your pooch to enjoy. Also, the adding of healthy fruits such as cranberries and bananas will provide your dog with enough amount of fibers as well as other essential nutrients.
* 7 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking

Rosalyn

Rosalyn started Sugar The Golden Retriever in October 2008, inspired by her Golden Retriever pup named Sugar. Currently, she is living a happy life with her new adopted Golden, Koru Bear. In this blog, Rosalyn will share with you everything she knows about being a dog owners, from health tips, travelling with pets, to tasty dog treat recipes, and popular products for pups.

47. Peanut butter homemade dog treats recipe – by Come On Ilene

Photo by  comeonilene.com

​This simple-to-make peanut butter homemade dog treats recipe is a perfect choice for those dog owners who are going to travel or have a picnic in a few days. Just with some ingredients that are often available in your pantry like milk, peanut butter, flour, sugar, or cornmeal, it only takes you no more than 30 minutes to make these tasty and cute treats for your dog in the coming journey. To make your dog happier, you should prepare some cookie cutters with amazing shapes such as bone or star. Once done, pack up all of these treats in the bag and be ready for your vacation.
* 10 ingredients – 25 to 30 minutes of cooking

Ilene

Ilene is a web designer living in San Francisco with her husband Jeff and 2 daughters Skylar and Zoey. She loves creating new things and Come On Ilene is one of these. Ilene started the blog to document all of the projects that are coming up in her crazy little head. And she is blogging her adventures here to prove that that I is not crazy and that other people would actually enjoy what she does. Her hope for Come On Ilene is that her projects will inspire YOU to create, too!! If she can do it, so can you! Come on and join in on the fun!

48. Pyramid Pan Recipes for Your Dog – By Bowerland Cottage Holidays

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​This is a super simple recipe using the Pyramid pan or a similar silicone baking mat. Generally, the greatest thing about those baking mats is that they would raise up whatever you are cooking so fat drains away as well as allow to move more freely for evenly cooked and crispy results. As a result, you will be able to make perfect crispy treats for your dog. A good flavor to try is bacon, which will certainly make your dog love. Additionally, this recipe replaces flour, which contains gluten, with other healthy ingredients: plain flour to avoid any health issues.
* 3 ingredients – 15 to 20 minutes of cooking

The Bowerland Blog celebrates all things in Devon and all things dog. We are the home of Devon Dogs, an innovative, forward thinking dog training school. We offer classes, workshops and camps in puppy classes, life skills, agility and obedience. Bowerland also offers holiday accommodation where people can come and stay and take part in training if they wish. The Bowerland Cottage Holidays blog delves into training advice, hints and tips and yummy training treat recipes. We also take a look at what goes on locally to us, giving our readers an insight into our local area.

Final thoughts

Just like humans, our dogs love occasional snacks and treats between their meals. With the advancement in pet food industry, commercially processed products have been rapidly becoming one of the most convenient ways to meet this demand. However, it is advisable to make your own dog treats as this would either avoid common preservatives and artificial flavors or bring a more balanced and varied diet with sufficient nutrients to your dogs.

After reading all of these recipes, we hope that you can pick up your favorite choice and start to make it. With a few simple ingredients and several easy steps, you will certainly make something that your dog might enjoy for a long time.

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