How to Make Homemade Dog Treats for Your Canine Companion

October 26, 2021

When I changed my diet and began eating plant-based, whole foods, it was only natural for me to reconsider what I fed my dog, Benny. He is, after all, my baby, my little guy, my heart. So I modified his diet to include nutritious, whole foods as well, and I prepare his meal alongside mine every day. Benny is a picky eater, so finding biscuits and sweets that were both healthful and appealing to him was a challenge. I decided I needed to learn how to create delicious dog treats for Benny at home.

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Buddy Biscuits Oven-Baked, Healthy Whole-Grain, Crunchy Treats for Dogs, 3.5lb
  • HEALTHY DOG TREATS – Wholesome, oven baked dog biscuits that keep things naturaly simple with natural peanut butter
  • JUST 4 INGREDIENTS – Buddy Biscuits dog treats are made with simple ingredients. No added corn, soy, yeast, sugar, salt, fillers, artificial flavors or additives
  • CRUNCHY DOG TREATS – Great flavor and a satisfying crunch keeps tails wagging. Keep a bag handy for car trips, vet appointments, or neighborhood walks.
  • FOR ALL DOGS – Puppies, adults, large and small dogs of any breed enjoy Buddy Biscuits delicious dog treats
  • DOG TREATS BAKED IN USA ONLY – Baked and boxed in the USA since 1999, Buddy Biscuits are a favorite of dogs everywhere.
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Crafted by Humans Loved by Dogs Portland Pet Food Company Grain-Free & Gluten-Free Biscuit Dog Treats (1-Pack 5 oz) — Pumpkin Flavor — All Natural, Human-Grade, Made in The USA
  • SIMPLE AND PURE: Baked exclusively with wholesome, natural ingredients and never anything artificial. Each recipe offers locally sourced ingredients and a delicious mix of flavors that lets you give even the pickiest dog an easily digestible snack or treat. Our breakable biscuits are light, crunchy, and satisfying for all dogs — from small breed dogs to large breed dogs, and puppies to seniors.
  • HUMAN-GRADE: Made with all-natural ingredients, like 100% natural pumpkin puree and Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour, these biscuits are human grade for a product you can feel great about giving your best friend.
  • FREE FROM: These tasty dog treats contain no gluten, wheat, dairy, or grain. Made with no GMOs, BHA, BHT, preservatives, artificial colorings, or artificial anything.
  • LIMITED INGREDIENTS: All flavors have no more than 7 ingredients and are great for sensitive dogs. Choose from a variety of flavors, offering vegan dog treats, holiday treats, and multipacks. Great for senior, puppies, or sensitive dogs.
  • THOUGHTFULLY MADE: Sourced and baked in the USA from quality ingredients. Portland Pet Food Company donates 5% of their net profits to local non-profit animal shelters and programs.
Happy Howie's 4" Beef Burger 10 Pack Dog Treats. Made in USA with Real Beef and All Natural Ingredients
  • Our All Natural burgers look and smell like real burgers!
  • We make our burgers with real beef for a taste your dog will love.
  • Our beef burgers have a satisfying crunch for dogs that enjoy a chewing challenge.
  • These deli style treats have an irresistable smell and taste that will keep your dog coming back for more!
  • Happy Howie's beef burgers are easy to portion: simply microwave for 5 to 8 seconds before portioning.

There are numerous advantages to producing your own dog treats: you have complete control over the ingredients; you can eliminate all preservatives, additives, fillers, and byproducts; you can accommodate to any of your dog's dietary requirements; and you may select the flavor combinations your dog prefers. With all of the recalls on dog treats these days, there is nothing more reassuring and fulfilling than knowing you are providing your furry friend with treats that are healthy, safe, and, of course, full of love.

Making homemade dog treats is a simple way to show your dog that you care. Just be aware that certain components, such as macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, chocolate, apple seeds, and significant amounts of onion and garlic, may be poisonous to dogs. Because each dog is unique, please consult with your veterinarian to determine which components are appropriate for your dog.

  1. Select a Base
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Crafted by Humans Loved by Dogs Portland Pet Food Company Grain-Free & Gluten-Free Biscuit Dog Treats (1-Pack 5 oz) — Pumpkin Flavor — All Natural, Human-Grade, Made in The USA
  • SIMPLE AND PURE: Baked exclusively with wholesome, natural ingredients and never anything artificial. Each recipe offers locally sourced ingredients and a delicious mix of flavors that lets you give even the pickiest dog an easily digestible snack or treat. Our breakable biscuits are light, crunchy, and satisfying for all dogs — from small breed dogs to large breed dogs, and puppies to seniors.
  • HUMAN-GRADE: Made with all-natural ingredients, like 100% natural pumpkin puree and Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour, these biscuits are human grade for a product you can feel great about giving your best friend.
  • FREE FROM: These tasty dog treats contain no gluten, wheat, dairy, or grain. Made with no GMOs, BHA, BHT, preservatives, artificial colorings, or artificial anything.
  • LIMITED INGREDIENTS: All flavors have no more than 7 ingredients and are great for sensitive dogs. Choose from a variety of flavors, offering vegan dog treats, holiday treats, and multipacks. Great for senior, puppies, or sensitive dogs.
  • THOUGHTFULLY MADE: Sourced and baked in the USA from quality ingredients. Portland Pet Food Company donates 5% of their net profits to local non-profit animal shelters and programs.

Dog biscuits can be made with any flour, so why not choose the healthiest options? Whole-wheat flour and whole-wheat pastry flour are both excellent options. If your dog is allergic to wheat, use gluten-free flours such as chickpea, sorghum, or oat flour. Oatmeal is a great method to add fiber and chewiness to the treats. I use a combination of whole-wheat pastry flour, sorghum flour, almond meal, and rolled oats to make Benny's Peanut Butter Biscuits. I would just replace the whole-wheat flour with extra sorghum flour or high-protein chickpea flour to make them gluten-free. I've discovered that I don't need to add any baking powder, baking soda, or egg replacers to make biscuits with a crunchy surface and a chewy center.

  1. Select Your Flavors
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Buddy Biscuits Oven-Baked, Healthy Whole-Grain, Crunchy Treats for Dogs, 3.5lb
  • HEALTHY DOG TREATS – Wholesome, oven baked dog biscuits that keep things naturaly simple with natural peanut butter
  • JUST 4 INGREDIENTS – Buddy Biscuits dog treats are made with simple ingredients. No added corn, soy, yeast, sugar, salt, fillers, artificial flavors or additives
  • CRUNCHY DOG TREATS – Great flavor and a satisfying crunch keeps tails wagging. Keep a bag handy for car trips, vet appointments, or neighborhood walks.
  • FOR ALL DOGS – Puppies, adults, large and small dogs of any breed enjoy Buddy Biscuits delicious dog treats
  • DOG TREATS BAKED IN USA ONLY – Baked and boxed in the USA since 1999, Buddy Biscuits are a favorite of dogs everywhere.

You may make homemade biscuits with any mix of healthful foods you like. Apples, bananas, berries, broccoli, carrots, celery, citrus (without the seeds), eggplant, green beans, kale, melons (without the seeds), potatoes, spinach, squash, tomatoes, watermelon (without the seeds), and zucchini are all safe. Peanut butter is a popular choice for dogs since they enjoy it and it is naturally sweet. Dogs cannot consume chocolate, but they can consume carob, which has a similar flavor. Carob powder is available, or you can add carob chips to your cookies. For added taste, sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Whole grains like oats and brown rice are excellent additions. Put a spoon or two of your dog's favorite prepared dog food in your biscuit mix for a simple way to add tastes she already enjoys. The variety of goodies you may make by combining and combining components is limitless.

  1. Is it sweet or savory?
Three Dog Bakery Lick'n Crunch Sandwich Cookies Premium Dog Treats with No Artificial Flavors, Golden & Vanilla Flavor, 13 Ounces (Pack of 1)
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  • Taste Of The Bakery: Baked Slowly To Preserve The Delicious Flavor, Our Crème-Filled Cookies Have An Irresistible Aroma That Dogs Drool Over. Praise Your Pup With A Cookie With A Crunch That They’Ll Wolf Down Right Away
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Dog biscuits can be sweet, savory, or a combination of the two. When I make sweet Benny biscuits, I add a small quantity of molasses or maple syrup and a dash of pure vanilla flavor. These components pair well with his favorite flavors, carob and peanut butter. He also like savory biscuits with sweet potato, carrots, spinach, or kale filling. For an even more enticing fragrance and taste, I use vegan "beef" or "chicken" flavored broth instead of water when making these more savory goodies. Of course, you can use your imagination to create unique treats that delight your dog's sweet and savory taste sensibilities by combining carrots and peanut butter or spinach and banana.

  1. In the Oven Lovin'
Confetti Bones, Coconut and Peanut Butter Gourmet Organic and Vegan Dog Treats - Gluten Free, Grain Free
  • Organic ♥️ Vegan ♥️ Made in the USA ♥️ Gourmet ♥️ Healthy dog treats ♥️ Palm oil free ♥️ No grain, gluten, corn or soy. INGREDIENTS: Organic coconut flour, organic garbanzo flour, organic coconut milk, organic peanut butter, organic coconut flakes, organic sprouted buckwheat, organic black carrot juice, organic apple, organic beets, turmeric powder
  • Plant-based biscuits made with love, from scratch, by people with disabilities.
  • DID YOU KNOW? Most peanut butter used for commercial dog treats has hidden ingredients such as added salt, sugar and oil (often palm oil). Our 1-ingredient peanut butter is 100% organic peanuts!
  • Fun superfood colors! Never any chemicals, unnatural preservatives or fillers. Great for dogs with allergies and other food sensitivities. We are a clean protein, no mystery meat, recall-free company with a compassionate business model in place.
  • Treat your pup to this peanut butter goodness! May we all be well treated.♥️

The real pleasure begins once the dough for the unique delicacies is mixed. That's when I pull out my cookie cutters and cut out colorful shapes for the biscuits. I know you're thinking that's more for me than for Benny, but I'm sure he enjoys cookies in fun forms like bones, hearts, and kitty cats. To make things easier, roll the dough out on a flat baking sheet and cut it into pieces using a knife before baking. I bake the biscuits, which are small 2-inch cookies, at 400 degrees for 18 minutes, or until they are firm and crisp. Larger biscuits will take a little longer to bake. Alternatively, they can be crisped on the stovetop in a dry pan over medium-low heat. Keep them in a covered food container and, if they have icing, in the refrigerator.

  1. Icing Decorations
Happy Howie's 4" Beef Burger 10 Pack Dog Treats. Made in USA with Real Beef and All Natural Ingredients
  • Our All Natural burgers look and smell like real burgers!
  • We make our burgers with real beef for a taste your dog will love.
  • Our beef burgers have a satisfying crunch for dogs that enjoy a chewing challenge.
  • These deli style treats have an irresistable smell and taste that will keep your dog coming back for more!
  • Happy Howie's beef burgers are easy to portion: simply microwave for 5 to 8 seconds before portioning.

While the decorations and designs are for us, our dogs enjoy the flavor of the frosting or icing. Of course, we don't want our dogs to eat too many sweets, but a small amount as a treat is acceptable. Nondairy yogurt, vegan cream cheese, carob, banana, peanut butter, pureed fruits and vegetables, and even mashed potatoes can be used to produce icing. Mixing yogurt with peanut butter or cream cheese is a simple recipe. If it's too thin, add a spoonful of flour at a time until it's the right consistency. To enhance the flavors and colors, add vanilla, cinnamon, carob, or parsley. When the frosting is ready, spread it on the cooled biscuits with a flat knife or a pastry bag. If you don't have a pastry bag, spoon the icing into a plastic baggie, snip the tip off the end, and squeeze the icing out however you wish to decorate.

Making dog treats at home is a fun and caring activity for your four-legged best friend. Once you've mastered the technique of cutting out adorable shapes and icing them, you may make unique gifts for your dog's birthday or "gotcha" day. Before you know it, you'll be handing out handmade dog treats to all of your friends, and tails will be wagging all over the place. Oh, and because they're created with real ingredients, your dog might be willing to share one with you. Woof!

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