Any time you’re bringing a new pet into your home, it’s important to consider what that new dog, cat, or other type of critter needs to be happy and healthy. A major event like adopting a dog can be incredibly exciting, but it can also be overwhelming, scary, and disorienting. Something like homemade dog treats can be very low on your list when there are new schedules to consider, and new products to sort through. With purchases like dog perfume, dog strollers, and puppy harnesses to consider, it can be hard to know what’s important and what’s not — and what works for your budget. But the reality is that homemade dog treats can be great for training, healthier for your pup, and more affordable than store-bought treats.
You could even add these DIY treats as part of your weekly meal prep for the rest of your family. That way, your pup has a fresh batch each and every week and making them is as much a part of your usual routine as cooking for the rest of your human family is. It can seem complicated in theory, but homemade dog treats can be incredibly simple, delicious (for your dogs, of course), and budget-friendly. Here are 25 of the best homemade dog treat recipes to consider.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats
It doesn't get simpler than peanut butter and oatmeal. Any dog is sure to devour these simple treats (honestly, they sound pretty good to humans, too).
Get the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats recipe at Sunny Day Family.
Peanut Butter and Bacon Glazed Dog Treats
With the help of a little pumpkin, a little peanut butter, and a little whole wheat flour (plus a few other ingredients), you can make some bacon-glazed goodies for your furry friend.
Get the Peanut Butter and Bacon Glazed Dog Treats recipe at Pinch of Yum.
Chicken and Beet Dog Treats
Beets contain vitamins and minerals such as: vitamin C, fiber, folate, manganese, and potassium, which is what makes these colorful cookies such a great choice for a pup.
Get the Chicken and Beet Dog Treats recipe at Three Little Ferns.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Combining flour, peanut butter, chicken broth, and Parmesan cheese, these dog treats are dog-shaped and entirely delectable. What's not to love?
Get the Peanut Butter Dog Treats recipe at CommuniKait.
No Bake Pumpkin Dog Treats
You can put together these no-bake treats with only three ingredients: coconut oil, fiber-packed pumpkin puree, and stomach-settling ground ginger.
Get the No Bake Pumpkin Dog Treats recipe at Sunny Day Family.
Frozen Pumpkin and Yogurt Dog Treats
All you need is pure pumpkin puree, plain yogurt, and an ice tray to make these yummy frozen goodies.
Get the Frozen Pumpkin and Yogurt Dog Treats recipe at CommuniKait.
Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Dog Treats
This recipe uses flour, eggs, sweet potato, peanut butter, and salt, and are an incredible source of fiber for your dog. Plus, there are a ton of vitamins in sweet potato that will add extra nutrients to their daily food intake.
Get the Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Dog Treats recipe at Momma Lew.
Blueberry, Oats, and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
If you have blueberries, oats, flour, eggs, peanut butter, and cinnamon on hand, then you can make your pup a treat that will have their tail wagging for days.
Get the Blueberry, Oats, and Peanut Butter Dog Treats recipe at Southern Bytes.
Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats
Made with drool-worthy bacon and peanut butter (as well as milk, applesauce, flour, baking powder, and oats), your dog will perform just about any trick to get their paws on one of these treats.
Get the Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
For a fall-themed treat, these pumpkin-puree based treats are an excellent choice. You can even add cinnamon if you want. Either way, the peanut butter will make your dogs go crazy for these biscuits!
Get the Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats recipe at Mom On Timeout.
Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
Made with peanut butter, banana, and oats, these 3-ingredient dog treats are so simple that you could probably train Fido to make them on his own.
Get the Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats recipe at Flora & Vino.
Chicken and Wild Rice Dog Treats
If you're looking for a treat that basically doubles as a full meal, then you'll want to try out these chicken and wild rice treats, which are made with chicken breast, wild rice, chicken stock, flour, salt, and eggs.
Get the Chicken and Wild Rice Dog Treats recipe at Carrie's Experimental Kitchen.
Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Dog Treats
With the help of some peanut butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, and a silicone paw print tray, you can put together easy DIY treats that your dog won't believe you made yourself.
Get the Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Dog Treats recipe at Live Laugh Rowe.
Apple Carrot Dog Treats
Peanut Butter and Chicken Dog Treats
If you have some extra bananas in your pantry, use the last of them for these dog treats, which combine chicken broth, bananas, eggs, peanut butter, and other simple ingredients you probably already have handy.
Get the Peanut Butter and Chicken Dog Treats recipe at One Dish Kitchen.
Sweet Potato Dog Treats
If you have a little one at home and have some leftover sweet potato baby food, then these small bites (which also include flour, oats, honey, and eggs) are the perfect way to treat your dog.
Get the Sweet Potato Dog Treats recipe at The Little Epicurean.
Calming Dog Treats
Hyper dog stressing you out at home? Help them mellow out with these all-natural homemade biscuits. Filled with lavender or chamomile, your canine will go from running laps around the kitchen to laying on your lap in no time.
Get the Calming Dog Treats recipe at NellieBellie.
Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats
These treats look like tiny savory pretzels, but they're actually made mostly of oats, flour, and applesauce.
Get the Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats recipe at The Cookie Rookie.
Flea Prevention Dog Treats
Keep your canine flea-free (without the use of toxic collars and shampoos) by whipping up these treats made with brewer's yeast, which aids with flea and tick control, and coconut oil, a natural pest repellant.
Get the Flea Prevention Dog Treats recipe at Health Starts in the Kitchen.
Corinne Sullivan is an Editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers a variety of beats, including lifestyle, entertainment, relationships, shopping, and more. She can tell you everything you need to know about the love lives of A-listers, the coziest bedsheets, and the sex toys actually worth your $$$. She is also the author of the 2018 novel Indecent. Follow her on Instagram for cute pics of her pup and bébé.
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