Healthy homemade treats for your dog

Healthy homemade treats for dogs

With some good quality ingredients, you can quite easily make healthy treats for your dogs at home to give them a special treat. Just remember though, if you are house sitting, to run this by your homeowners first. Check there aren’t any products your pets are allergic to, and make sure you aren’t upsetting a strict feeding regime.

Then, no matter your dog’s size or breed, we have some different ideas here for preparing mouth-watering bites to impress your pup.

If you've never prepared home-made treats for your dog, it’s definitely something to try. Treats for dogs don’t require many ingredients or complicated cooking procedures. They can be easy to prepare yet delicious for your pup and much more tasty that commercial mass produced shop products.

Even a novice cook can make great dog treats - you just need a few kitchen utensils and everyday ingredients to get started.

Chicken dog treats

I make these treats for training dogs using chicken, but you could make them with any lean meat. If the pet has allergies, you can use a substitute protein like quail or bison.

For this treat, you need a cup of diced chicken, 3 tablespoons of rice flour, half a cup of cooked rice, one egg, and a tablespoon of parsley.

Mix all the ingredients and stir well, then spoon the mixture into silicone molds. Bake the treats for 20 to 30 minutes until the tops become golden brown. Before you remove the treats from the molds, allow them to cool.

You can store these dog treats in the fridge for five days or keep them in the freezer for up to three months.

Peanut butter treats

If your dog loves peanut butter and you’re looking for the best dog treats for large dogs, this recipe could help you. You need ½ cup of peanut butter, 2 cups of flour, and 2 eggs. Mix these ingredients until they combine well. Add water to make the mixture wet so it rolls as a dough. Roll out the dough, and then cut your preferred shapes with cookie cutters. Place onto a baking sheet to cook for 15 minutes.

Warning... while good quality peanut butter is considered safe for dogs, there are some cheaper brands that contain a product called XYLITOL which is a sugar replacement sweetener found in hundreds of products. It is EXTREMELY dangerous for dogs.

Homemade dog treats

For anyone wanting to know how to make easy treats for dogs, then simple homemade dog biscuits are a good option. You need five ingredients for these treats, including beef broth, peanut butter, oats, flaxseed, and wheat flour.

Add the ingredients to the bowl and stir them to mix well. Make sure to add enough beef broth to create thick dough. Form it into balls. Roll them into ¼ inch thickness. You can cut out your desired shape. Bake for 20 minutes. Ensure to flip them halfway to cook all the way through. Before serving, allow them to cool completely. You can store your dog’s treats in an airtight container for up to a week.

Diabetic dog treats

With more dogs suffering from diabetes, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s possible to make homemade treats for diabetic dogs. It can be challenging to find simple treat recipes for a diabetic dog but this one is easy to prepare and requires only 15 minutes to cook. You’ll need two eggs, a half-pound beef liver sliced into small pieces, and a half cup of whole wheat.

 Place the liver into a food processor and pulse it until it’s chopped finely. Add the eggs and flour and process to form a smooth mixture. Spread the mixture in a pan and bake for 15 minutes until the center is firm. Cool the treat and cut into small pieces using a pizza cutter. Store in a sealed container and keep them in the refrigerator.

Gluten-free dog treats

It’s also easy to make a simple grain-free dog treat for your dog. This recipe is ideal for dogs with grain allergies. It needs a couple of bananas, peanut butter, and rice flour. Add the peanut butter to peeled bananas and mash them until smooth.

Pour the flour in and mix to combine the ingredients evenly. Use your hands to form solid balls. Let the balls sit for 20 minutes to help the dough firm. Roll the dough to a ½ inch thickness before cutting out shapes as desired. Transfer the cookies to a parchment baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the treats and let them rest to cool before storing them in an airtight container, which you can keep in the fridge.

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If you were wondering what treats are good for dogs, these recipes could help you quickly prepare healthy treats for your pet. Preparing treats at home helps you control what your dog consumes as you know all the ingredients used. Also, you can adjust the portion size or include recipes the dog loves. Besides, this is a great way to practice baking skills.


Nellie is an avid cook, she loves sharing amazing recipes with the world to make cooking easy and delicious. She shares her recipes via articles and web journals. Cooking is her lifetime passion. Her recipes are great in taste and can be cooked without much hassle.

Last updated on May 18th, 2024