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Recipe ideas for quick and healthy homemade dog treats

 Making your own homemade dog treats can be a fun reward for you dog. There are many benefits to making your own dog treats at home.

  • Control what goes into the recipe. You can ensure that your pet is getting a nutritious and wholesome snack. You can also tailor your dog treat recipes to your dog’s taste preferences as well as cater to any dietary restrictions.
  • Prevent unhealthy additives. Many brands of commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives, which help to extend their shelf life. In addition, store bought treats are often made from fillers and byproducts as opposed to natural and high quality ingredients. By creating your own treats at home, you will be able to provide your dog with a healthy snack that is not only nutritious but is also free of unhealthy additives.
  • Tasty alternative. Making your own dog treats allows you to provide your pet with a tasty alternative to his usual doggie biscuit.

Quick dog treat recipe ideas

Here are a few quick and easy recipes for healthy and nutritious dog treats that you can make in the comfort of your home. Your dog will thank you for reading this!

Leftovers trail mix

Combine any of the following leftovers from your refrigerator to create a flavorful trail mix, which you can pack for a hike or after dog park snack

Ingredients:

  • Pieces of meat (if seasoned, make sure to rinse off any flavoring)
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables (no onions)
  • Fruit (no grapes or raisins)

Directions

  • Cut ingredients into ½ inch thick pieces
  • Spray lightly with cooking spray
  • Place in a food dehydrator or into a 200 degree preheated oven until dried

Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats

The perfect snack to cool your pet down after a vigorous play session

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Directions

  • Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl
  • Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter
  • Pour the mixture into cupcake papers
  • Place in the freezer

Some things to watch out for

When preparing homemade dog treats, make sure you take into account any allergies that your pet has to specific ingredients. You will want to avoid adding any ingredient that you know that your pet has reacted poorly to in the past. If you are experimenting with new flavors, feed the treat to your dog in a small amount to see how he reacts to it before distributing an entire treat. Store your homemade dog treats in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. Allow the treat to thaw for 10 – 20 minutes prior to serving to your dog. Treats can last for up to 6 months in the freezer.

We’d love to see a photo of your dog enjoying her favorite treat. You can post it in the comments.

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