Homemade Dog Treats

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Easy to make, all natural Homemade Dog Treats – healthy, tasty and ones your dogs will surely love!

An overhead view of a jar of bone shaped dog treats on a metal tray next to a dog leash and scattered treats

Have you met our dogs yet?

We have three; a Lab named Tucker, a Miniature Poodle named Bella and a Toy Poodle named Louie. We didn’t set out to have three dogs, they somehow adopted our family – one puppy at a time – and they certainly do make us happy.

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Feeding a miniature poodle a bone shaped dog treat

My three older kids joke that when each child leaves, my husband and I get a new dog. This certainly wasn’t our intention, it just seemed to work out this way.

My dogs follow me all over the house. They sit at my feet when I’m working on the computer, they keep my kitchen clean when I’m testing out new recipes and they seem to know when 6 PM rolls around because they wait anxiously by the back door for my husband to come home.

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A Labrador Retriever posing for a picture

Tucker, our Lab is the baby. He totally thinks he’s human and can’t seem to give us enough love. He’s just a big sweetheart.

Bella, our white poodle is affectionately known as our “cat”. I often feel like we are just taking up space in “her” house. She loves us by letting us live here. She’s “my” dog and the one we’ve had the longest and she really is sweet as can be.

Finally we have Louie. Oh, Louie. What can I say, he.is.a.handful.

If there is a such thing as “small-dog syndrome”, Louie has got it.

A girl posing with a miniature poodle

It’s funny how each of their personalities are so different.

Because I love these guys and because they are a big part of our family, I wanted to make them their own special treats and these homemade dog treats sure are special.

I love that these treats are made from real ingredients, nothing artificial added.

Bone shaped dog treats scattered on a beige cloth napkin on a metal tray

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

The best part of these homemade dog treats is that they’re so easy to make.

Just a few ingredients – whole wheat flour, oats, peanut butter, an egg, chicken broth, a banana, and nonfat dry milk.

These bone-shaped cookie cutters are so cute to use too!  I love that they come in different sizes, perfect for the three sizes of my own dogs.

A jar of dog treats, bone shaped cookie cutters, and treats scattered all on a metal cooling rack next to a dog leash

These homemade dog treats would make great gifts to give other dog lovers in your life.

They keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Enjoy!

The ingredients in these dog treats are all approved by our veterinarian as being safe for dogs.  If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your veterinarian.  If your dog has a wheat allergy, substitute all purpose flour for wheat flour in the recipe.

Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

Homemade Dog Treats

Easy to make, all natural Homemade Dog Treats – healthy, tasty and ones your dogs will surely love! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 1
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (Substitute all-purpose flour if your dog is allergic to wheat)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 whole egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana, mashed – about 1/4 cup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix together the flour, oats and nonfat dry milk in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, egg and peanut butter.
  • Fold in the banana.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. If the dough is too sticky, add an additional 1/4 cup flour until the dough is easier to handle. Use your hands to work in the flour.
  • Flatten the dough with a floured rolling pin to about 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Cut with cookie cutters or cut into slices and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before giving to your dog.

Notes

The ingredients in these dog treats are all approved by our veterinarian as being safe for dogs.  If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your veterinarian.  If your dog has a wheat allergy, substitute all purpose flour for whole wheat flour in the recipe.
These dog treats will be slightly soft.  If you leave them in the oven longer than the 15 minutes baking time, they will get harder – just be sure to keep a close eye on them so that they don’t burn.

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25 thoughts on “Homemade Dog Treats”

  1. Yum! These look so good! I am always concerned about all the ingredients in store bought treats! Gonna have to give these a shot!

  2. These look great!I can’t wait to try your recipe — my family adopted a little Shih Tzu puppy about a week ago. Your dogs are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks so much, Lauren! They all have their very different personalities, for sure! My daughter has a Shih Tzu named Quincy and he is adorable. I hope your new puppy enjoys the treats!

    1. Hi Joan,

      The dog bones keep well in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or you can keep them at room temperature for up to a week.

  3. Jen @ The Weary Chef

    This is a great idea! I don't have a dog but I have friends who will surely love this as my gift to their pets! 😀

  4. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    I love the idea of making homemade dog treats. It's got to be so much better for them! And I'm sure they're extra delicious!!

  5. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    Your four legged friends are adorable! Mine is currently laying in my lap (despite the fact that she is too large to be a lap dog-she refuses to believe it). She would love these treats!

    1. Hi Debra, I'm sorry for my delay in responding to your question. The oven temperature should be 350 degrees F. The treats are more on the soft side – however if you leave them in the oven a little longer, they will get harder. I take them out of the oven after 15 minutes of cooking time and are slightly soft.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you. They did come out slightly soft. Second batch was a little harder. Baked them for 23 mins. My dog waited by the oven as they cooked. He loves them!
        Thanks for the recipe. It's a keeper.

  6. 5 stars
    Our three dogs would love these delicious looking treats! My daughter has a pet sitting business this would be a nice touch for her clients too.

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