05 Feb Guest Blog Post — 5 DIY Dog Treats
We all know just how much dogs love their treats but it can end up playing havoc with our purse strings as they do not come cheap – so how about making some yourself in your own kitchen?
If you like the idea but don’t know where to start or what to use to make perfect doggy treats, then check out our top five ideas for dog treats which will show your dog just how much you love him!
The team of Time for Paws says making these treats at home is simple and far cheaper than buying treats in the shops. Plus being hand-made they are going to be much tastier and better for your dog then the processed bought treats too.
- Red dog muffins
- One and a half cups of flour
- One teaspoon of baking soda
- One teaspoon of cinnamon
- Half a cup of oatmeal
- One teaspoon of baking powder
- One and a half cups of finely chopped raw beets
- Two eggs
- Half a cup of apple sauce
- A quarter of a cup of strawberries
- Half a cup of yoghurt
Once you have all your ingredients you will need to preheat your oven and grease your muffin tins. Mix all of the wet ingredients together in a food processor until well blended. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then start to add them into the food processor wet mix gradually, pulsing the blender to ensure everything is well mixed together.
Scoop the mixture into the muffin tray and bake for around 20 minutes until the cakes are ready. Allow them to cool before feeding to your dog.
- Chicken dog biscuits
If your dog prefers savoury treats to sweet ones then try out making these using left over chicken from your Sunday roast – quick and easy and your dog will go crazy for them. You can shape them using moulds or just cut them into round biscuits.
- Cooked, finely chopped chicken (a cup)
- Half a cup of cooked, mashed up rice
- Three tbsp. of rice flour
- One tbsp. of parsley
- One egg
You need to preheat the oven, then mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, before scooping into cake moulds, or shaping into circles on a baking tray. Bake these for around 25 minutes before leaving to cool. You can freeze them for around three months or keep in the fridge for about a week.
- Frozen dog treats
For a yummy treat which will cool your dog down on a hot day as well, try mixing together a number of common ingredients which you will no doubt already have in your kitchen – the good news is you can also enjoy these frozen treats!
You will need Greek yoghurt, banana, honey and peanut butter. Just mix them all together in a big bowl and then put the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. Just like that you have some amazing cooling summer treats which you and your dog can share.
- Dog cookies
These yummy dog cookies always go down a treat with any dog and by adding garlic they help to ward off fleas so even better! To make these cookies you need to find the following household ingredients:
- beef bouillon
- brewers’ yeast
- garlic powder
- egg yolks
Then all you need to do is mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl to form dough before using cookie cutters to cut out cookie size shapes and then bake them on an oven tray for around 20 minutes. Let them cool before giving one to your dog.
- Peanut butter cupcakes
Dogs will love these cupcakes which include carrots and cinnamon and are full of protein thanks to the peanut butter. Here are the ingredients you will need to make the cupcakes:
- Half a cup of rolled oat flour
- A quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon
- A teaspoon of baking powder
- A grated carrot
- Half a cup of apple sauce
- A quarter of a cup of peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol)
- An egg
First you need to preheat the oven before adding all the dry ingredients into a blender and pulverise the mixture. Then add the wet ingredients but leave the grated carrot until last. With the carrot, pulse the blender to combine it but not completely pulverise it.
Spoon the mixture into cookie shapes on a baking tray or into muffin trays and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes. Allow to cool before giving to your dog.
Making dog treats at home is quick, easy and affordable and will provide your dog with some yummy and nutritious home-made treats rather than the processed items he is used to from the shop so why not try them out?
Guest writer — Jane Aldridge.
Jane Aldridge is a freelance writer for Time for Paws. She splits her time between her writing career and hosting open mics in local comedy clubs. She also has a pet terrier named Sushi.