Dog treats sold in supermarkets or pet shops tend to be expensive and filled with various additives and preservatives which would certainly not be good for your dog and you pocket in the long run. But you can still reward your dog with tasty treats through making your own dog treats at home. This is also a great way to work around your dog’s food allergies or food preferences.
So, here are four easy, healthy and tasty dog treat recipes you can make for your dog.
1. Peanut butter dog treats
Nothing can be easier than this zero bake, four-ingredient peanut butter dog treats. You can easily whip this up in your kitchen in about five minutes.
The ingredients you’ll need are a cup of pumpkin puree, a quarter cup of peanut butter, a quarter cup of milk and about three cups of rolled oats.
Start by mixing the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and milk on medium-high using an electric mixer. Slowly add the rolled oats at a low speed and wait until all the ingredients are well-combined. Next, using a cookie scoop, divide and form the mixture into one or two-inch balls. Lastly, cover them and refrigerate until cool. This recipe makes about 20 peanut butter dog treats and can be kept inside your fridge for up to a week.
2. Basic dog treats
This next one is another simple recipe which could also be further customized to fit your dog’s food preferences. To make these basic dog treats, you’ll need the following ingredients: (a) 21/2 cups of whole wheat flour, (b) some salt, (c) an egg, (d) a teaspoon of your choice of meat bouillon granules, (e) half a cup of hot water.
These dog treats require some baking so start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ingredients starting with dissolving the bouillon granules in hot water and mixing in the other ingredients. Once mixed, you should have a dough-like mixture which you will need to knead and then cut into slices or use a bone cookie cutter to make them more special. Bake these for 30 minutes.
3. Trailmix dog treats
Making this next dog treat recipe is a great way to put leftovers to good use. Combining a mixture of meat, potatoes, vegetables and fruits, you can end up with a flavorful trailmix dog treat you can take with you the next time you and your dog go out for a long walk or hike. You can choose to bake the mix as well.
4. Healthy pumpkin ball dog treats
This next dog treat recipe is packed with fiber, vitamin A, potassium and iron perfect for when you think your dog needs the extra nutrition boost.
To make these pumpkin ball dog treats you’ll need the following ingredients: (a) half a cup of canned pumpkin, (b) four tablespoons of molasses, (c) a similar measure of water, (d) two cups of whole wheat flour, (e) a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and baking powder. Proceed to mix the ingredients together, form them into balls and then finally bake them in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for 25 minutes or until the balls are hardened.
Stop buying additive-filled do treats and take your pick from these four easy yet healthy dog treat recipes. Your dog will surely take a liking to one or all of these dog treats.