Homemade, All-Natural Dog Treats: Try These Recipes from Dog Owners Around the Web

Why should you have all the fun when it comes to treats? Your four-legged friend may appreciate the snacks he gets on his rounds through town, but nothing says loving like homemade. The preservatives and chemicals in store-bought dog treats tend to contain a lot of fat and calories: if you like to reward your pet with lots of treats, you may find your dog ends up with a weight problem. Try these homemade dog treats that pet lovers have developed and shared online, and see what a difference it makes when you custom cater for your canine.

Bake Your Own Pet Cookies for a Healthier, Happier Pooch

Many store-bought treats are full of ash and filler. These chemicals can even cause bad behaviour and grumpiness. You can trust that the all-natural ingredients of these pet cookies will leave your dog smiling. For this pet-cookie recipe, you'll be using strained chicken baby food from jars, together with 2 tablespoons of wheat germ and a splash of water. Mix all of the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl, then form dough and roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet on top of waxed paper, and flatten with a fork the way you would classic peanut butter cookies. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. You might want to label these before putting them in the cupboard so that nobody in your family comes in for a surprise!

Whip Up Some Yummy Birthday Bones

While you might want to celebrate the arrival of your furry best friend with a cake and candles, dogs should generally not be given cake, and chocolate is definitely forbidden. Instead, try these handcrafted baked bones made from 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of rice flour and a teaspoon of baking powder. These are knead-and-roll cookies, so set yourself up with a generous floured surface. You'll need a bone-shaped cookie cutter to make the shapes before popping them in a 375-degree oven for 20 minutes. The sweet shapes and nice texture makes them easy to pack and store.

Super Simple, Super Sweet Potato Bites

Who knew that dogs would eat sweet potatoes? This popular recipe for doggie bites calls for 1 cup of sweet potato, cooked and mashed, together with 2 ½ cups of whole-wheat flour and ¼ cup of applesauce. Add two eggs, mixing steadily, until you have well-formed dough. Then, as with the Birthday Bones, knead and roll on a floured surface. If you don't have cookie cutters on hand, just use a glass tumbler to press out rounds. These need a longer cook time, at 45 minutes on 350 degrees. Baked goodies aren’t just for the kids. Homemade dog treats are a great way to show your pooch how much you care. They also make a nice and portable snack: slip a couple in your pocket on the way out the door and you have all the incentive you need for Fluffy to outshine himself at the dog park. With wholesome ingredients and a healthy dose of love, these tasty treats far outdo the bland offerings in the grocery store.

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