Homemade Dog Treats

How to Make Natural Dog Treats

Doggy treats can be a good way for your pet to keep their teeth clean and their breath smelling fresh. Unfortunately conventional pet treats, like commercially-available dog foods, are often laced with chemical additives, fillers, and other unhealthy ingredients. Let’s renovate your dog’s treat habits by showing you how to create some of your own healthy, natural, homemade dog treats.


Homemade dog treats with an herbal twist

Adding natural herbs to your dog’s treats can help what ails them and may improve their coat, help fend off pests, freshen breath, and more! Here’s a simple, homemade dog biscuit recipe with health herbal additions:

  • 1 cup cashews or almonds
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh herbs, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of leavening agent
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 7 cups whole grain flour
  • 3 cups water

Blend dry ingredients together and add the water until the dough comes together. Roll the dough out on the counter to about 5 mm thickness and cut into biscuit-sized slices. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool complete and serve these crunchy treats to your pooch!


Fruity homemade dog treats

Dogs often enjoy fruits and veggies, so try out this apple-packed natural dog treat for a change:

  • 2 cups whole grain flour
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  •  1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 3/8 cup water, cold

Mix the flours and cornmeal in a small bowl, then in separate bowl combine apple, oil, sugar, egg, and water. Mix dry and wet ingredients together and bring together into a dough. Roll it out to 7/8 inch thickness and cut into treat-sized bites. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven and leave door closed with biscuits inside for another hour to allow treats to become crisp. Cool and serve!

If you haven't already done so, extend this homemade trend to making your own natural homemade dog food. If you wish to learn more about dog food check out Ecolife's "Natural Dog Food" article. 


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