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Homemade Dog Treats: Recipes That Will Make Your Dog Flip!

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Grrreat-Tasting Homemade Dog Treats Recipes

"Homemade dog treats" are much more than dry, bone-shaped dog biscuits. There are treats you can make that are not only healthy ... but they'll have your beloved pooch doing back-flips and cart-wheels.

If you're looking for homemade dog treat recipes, you won't be disappointed here. Take the time to go through these suggestions and don't be afraid to give your pet something new.

But remember . . . dogs, like people, have different preferences and varying abilities to digest certain foods. So the first time you present something homemade, keep the portions small and see what happens.

Are you ready to banish ho-hum treats and make your own great-tasting creations? Here are several easy recipes for homemade dog treats you might want to make . . . starting today!

Dog Treat Recipe #1: Bow-Wow "Brownies" - Canine-Safe . . . No Chocolate!

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In case you didn't know . . . chocolate contains a substance that is toxic to dogs. But that shouldn't keep you from whipping up a batch of bark-a-licious homemade dog treat brownies. Carob, available in health food stores, is a tasty alternative which also provides calcium and fiber.

Tools/Equipment:

  • Medium bowl
  • Wooden mixing spoon
  • 15 inch X 10 inch baking sheet or pan

Brownie Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup carob chips
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces fat-free cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, blend the honey and oil thoroughly using a wooden spoon. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Spread batter evenly on greased baking sheet or pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool and frost (if desired) before cutting nto bite-sized pieces.
  • Note:
  • You can store any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
  • For frosting:
  • blend the cream cheese, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Dog Treat Recipe #2: "Healthy Lil' Carrot Cakes" - A Great Recipe You Can Substitute With Your Pooch's Favorite Veggie or Fruit!

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If your four-legged 'Sweetie' loves carrots, she'll love these wholesome little homemade dog treat muffin-cakes. The great part about this versatile recipe is that you can replace the carrots with your dog's favorite fruit or veggie (e.g., apples, zucchini).

Tools/Equipment:

  • Miniature muffin pan (or regular muffin pan if you have a large dog)
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Mixing spoon (or whisk)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, oats, oat bran, sunflower seeds and carrots. In a small bowl, beat the egg together with the oil, milk and maple syrup. Now, pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour mixture into greased muffin pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes (for miniature muffins) or bake 25 to 30 minutes (for regular-sized muffins).
  • Tip:
  • When a cake tester (or toothpick) comes out clean, turn off the heat and leave muffins in oven until completley cooled. You can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Dog Treat Recipe #3: "Garlic Parmesan Pleasers"

A Savory Cheese-y Snack!

Here's a savory homemade dog treat for the dog that loves italian seasonings. . .

Tools/Equipment:

  • Blender (or food processor)
  • Rolling pin
  • 15 inch X 10 inch cookie sheet or pan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (or Romano) cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the food processor, thoroughly blend all ingredients. Add just enough watter to form a stiff doughy consistency. Use a wooden roling pin dusted with flour to roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Place the dough on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. For doughy treats, remove from oven right away.
  • Tip:
  • For crunchier treats, turn off the oven and leave in for another hour. Allow to cool before breaking into bite-sized pieces.
  • Note:
  • You can store in plastic container (or resealable plastic bags) in the refrigerator.

Dog Treat #4: Snickerpoodles Dog Treats - They're Like Snickerdoodles . . . Only for Dogs

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Photo courtesy of: smiteme, on Flickr

Tools/Equipment

  • 2 Bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuriing spoons
  • Mixing Spoon or whisk
  • Cookie sheet

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups white flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix vegetable oil, shortening and honey together until smooth. Add eggs and beat well. Blend in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Knead dough until mixed well. Shape dough by rounded teaspoons into balls.
  • Mix the cornmeal and cinnamon together in a bowl and roll balls in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with a nonstick spray. Press the balls down with a fork twice going in 2 different directions or press with your favorite stamp.
  • Bake approximately 8 minutes at 400 degrees . Remove from baking sheet and cool on a rack.

Is Your Pooch Allergic to Wheat? - Wheat-Free Homemade Dog Treats Recipes

Homemade Dog Treats . . . What A Gift!

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Photo courtesy of: freakgirl, on Flickr

Do you make homemade dog treats for your pooch?

Donna Cook on May 30, 2014:

Great lens! Absolutely-liver treats in the oven right now.

astevn816 lm on May 01, 2014:

my dogs will love these treats

MyHealthyDog on December 15, 2013:

Great Lens, Thanks for sharing! The Snickerpoodles Dog Treats looks really good:) Should be a good motivating factor for a day out in the park...For even more ideas, i recommend dietfordogs.net

ProTrainerHelp on November 04, 2013:

Great treats. My hunting Labs love snickerpoodles treats! They eat a complete raw food diet, its helped them in many ways. They wanted me to THANK YOU for the recipes!!!!

Dee Gallemore (author) on April 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Tipi, thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments. You are right, the recipe module would be helpful . . . but I created this lens long before we had such a useful tool. I'll be sure to put this task on my Squidoo To-Do list ;-)

anonymous on April 21, 2013:

I have to agree, anyone making these treats for the dog is going to be dipping into the tree jar themselves for sure and now I want a dog even more to have an excuse for making up a batch of each. They look delicious to me! I'm wondering if you've thought of using the recipe module so folks can get a printable version of these tasty treats.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 24, 2013:

To heck with the puppy those brownies have me drooling for a bite. Your homemade dog treat recipes look fabulous and I am sure that there are at least a dozen dogs thanking you for creating this article lol.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on January 12, 2013:

Hi nDee,

The wait is over I have published my new lens. The URL is

https://hubpages.com/animals/how-to-raise-healthy-... I hope you can stop by sometime.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on January 11, 2013:

Hi nDee!

I am writing a new lens about raising healthy dogs and I would like to feature this lens on it. I will let you know when I publish it. I would appreciate it if you could give me some feedback on what you think of the new lens.

TonyB

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on December 19, 2012:

Not so far. These are some great ideas.

TonyB

Amy Trumpeter from Oxford on December 19, 2012:

I have two books with recipes, this has inspired me to use them. I think that Milo would love the Bow-Wow Brownies!

missmary1960 on December 05, 2012:

This is great info, I never made any before so I may try the recipes soon :)

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on August 31, 2012:

They are a favorite at our house! I always bake homemade dog treats for our dog and the neighbors' dogs at holiday time. I'm anxious to try your recipes featured here!

thegrowlinggour on July 16, 2012:

Yes, I've made healthy dog treats for my girls for 8 years. I love baking and they love eating them!

OrlandoTipster on July 15, 2012:

Dogs loved treat suggestion from your other lens.

Thanks

floppypoppygift1 on July 09, 2012:

Adorable ideas for those 4 legged babies we have! Cheers~cb

Ninche on May 30, 2012:

No, but will start now. Great lens!

Susan300 on December 01, 2011:

Those "brownies" look yummy enough for me to want one! :)

BirdcageLove on November 16, 2011:

I love homemade dog treats :) I good way to know what is in my furry friend's treats! :)

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 16, 2011:

These treat ideas and recipes look like real winners. I'll have to whip some up for my favorite canine children. Thanks!

JenaleeMortensen on March 09, 2011:

Thanks for the recipes for dog treats. I've been thinking of trying to make some treats, so I really appreciate the recipes.

infiniti99 lm on December 12, 2010:

Dog Treat Recipe #2: "Healthy Lil' Carrot Cakes"These were quick and easy to make and Finnigann loved them.I'll be back to grab a few more recipe's so I say thank you.

enabdesigns on November 13, 2010:

I make my dog food and treats. He favorite treats are sweet potato slices that I bake until they're chewy.

anonymous on October 21, 2010:

I do not make my own treats, because I can't find a good recipe for without wheat, my dog is allergic to wheat. I make all her food though. Love the lens, and have lens rolled it to my Raising a Natural Dog.

tssfacts on October 21, 2010:

Great recipes. Lensrolled to my organic pet food lens.

Mona from Iowa on October 19, 2010:

I have to say these look good enough for me to eat. And I probably would. :)

Othercatt on September 27, 2010:

These look yummy!

religions7 on April 11, 2009:

Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)