The Secret to Easy Homemade Dog Treats in 4 Ingredients or Less

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It is a typical custom to reward your dog with a dog treat after they have nailed a skill or have behaved properly. But buying dog treats from even the cheapest of grocery stores can be incredibly expensive after awhile. And unless you are a worker in a manufacturer plant for dog treats, who knows what crazy toxic chemicals are going into the treats. To ensure that you are not feeding your most trusted pals some type of toxin, you can easily make them in the comfort of your own home. Not only are you being the safest when it comes to homemade dog treats, but it can be enjoyable cooking up something special for your dog. So below we have provided two easy recipes, that although take some time, can be whipped up together without too much hassle.

Homemade Dog Treats

Before we move on to our first recipe, which is peanut butter dog treats, let's get some facts straight. No, peanut butter is not necessarily bad for dogs. In fact, all natural peanut butter can be quite the delight for them and will not harm them. Now if you feed them can after can of peanut butter, they will most definitely get sick (just like us dog owners, right?). So used within normal moderation, peanut butter is good and an enjoyable treat option. If for some reason your dog does not like the treats or gets sick, it is possible they are allergic to it or other types of nuts as well, so then obviously stray away from them.

Delicious Peanut Butter Treats

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Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Preheat oven: 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Four easy ingredients that you can get at your grocery store:

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (which you can get from real pumpkin or get it canned)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, or until needed amount if you feel you need more

Start off by grabbing a large mixing bowl. Then add all of the ingredients, except for the flour, into the bowl. When you have all of those ingredients added to the bowl, gradually add in half of the flour. Keep pouring the flour in as you mix slowly. If for some reason they are not dry enough, you can add more flour as needed. You want to add enough flour until the mix is not sticky, so whatever works.

Once it is all mixed, you are going to want to knead the mixture on a flat, nonstick surface. Take a rolling pin and roll it out until it is 1/4 of an inch thick. Once you have it all rolled flat, you can use a cookie cutter to shape the treats. If you do not have cookie cutters, you can use the rim of a cup or a jar lid.

The recipe calls for baking them for about twenty minutes, but it is also just as effective to bake them until they are golden brown. Make sure they are completely baked, because under baked treats can cause severe stomach sickness. All that's left is letting them cool off, and then they are ready to be served! For more clarification on this recipe, click here.

Homemade Carrot Dog Biscuits

This is a fun recipe that is something a little different and new that you can try. If you are interested in this recipe or other DIY projects, click here.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Preheat oven: 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Jar of baby carrot carrot food (4.25 ounces)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

Simply start by mixing all of the ingredients together with an electric mixer. If the mixer does not seem to get it all mixed together well, get your hands in there and really knead the ingredients. The dough should be a tad sticky, but should look dry. Roll it out to 1/4 of an inch thick.

Now comes the fun part. Grab some cookie cutters and create some fun shapes Put them in the oven for 25 minutes or until completely done, and then pull them out to let them cool. They should be ready to be served within a few minutes.

A Few Parting Tips..

Now there are tons and tons of DIY dog treat recipes out there, and recipes for homemade dog food for that matter. These are only two recipes, but they are straight to the point and simple! Not to mention toxic free and delicious for your beloved pet. Although these recipes are completely safe for dogs, there are a few ingredients out there that can be harmful if a dog consumes a lot of them. Some of them include:

  • Dairy products
  • Avocado
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw egg
  • Salt
  • Chocolate

If you check out other homemade dog treat recipes, be sure that they are safe for your pup to consume. Making your own dog treats can be a fun and relaxing thing to do in the kitchen, so next time you want to reward your favorite pet, homemade treats are the way to go!

 

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