If you own a dog, you probably find it hard to resist giving your dog scraps from the dinner table when they give you those “puppy dog eyes.” However, let’s face it - appeasing your dog’s begging can encourage bad behavior. What’s more, not everything you’re eating is good or safe for your dog. But, what do you do when you want to give your dog the high-quality snack they deserve? Luckily, your pup can safely and healthily take a break from their normal kibble and enjoy tasty treats with the homemade recipes below.
It is important to note that dog’s nutritional needs may vary on an individual basis. Please consult with your vet if you are unsure if any of these treats are good for your furry friend.
Looking for a simple and easy way to treat your dog to a healthy and delicious snack? These peanut butter and pumpkin balls are sure to quickly become one of your dog’s favorites.
● 1 cup of organic pumpkin
● 3 tablespoons of honey
● 2 ½ cups of oats
● ½ cup of peanut butter. (Make sure the peanut butter is xylitol-free, as xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs.)
Mix the ingredients together until the ingredients mesh together. Roll the mixture into balls into a size that you prefer, then store in the refrigerator until the treats harden. After a couple of hours, these treats are ready to be enjoyed by your dog!
Does your dog seem to chew anything in their sight? This sweet potato dog chew recipe is an easy fix.
● Sweet potatoes - that’s it!
First, preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Simply slice your sweet potatoes into thin strips lengthwise. Then, place the strips on a baking sheet and let them bake for three hours. Be sure to flip them over halfway through, at the 1.5-hour mark. These strips are tasty and a great way for your dog to satisfy their love of chewing.
On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot like an ice-cold popsicle. While you’re enjoying your refreshing treat, there is no reason why your dog should be left out! These watermelon popsicles are safe for dogs and something they’re sure to enjoy.
● A quarter of a seedless watermelon
● One can of coconut milk
● Ice cube tray
Scoop out about ¼ of the watermelon and blend it together with the can of coconut milk. If you want the popsicles to be a darker pink color, add more watermelon until you get your desired result. Then, pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and put it in the freezer. Wait until frozen, and then these treats are ready for your dog to enjoy!
You can’t go wrong with these peanut butter and coconut oil treats for your dog! Not only are they tasty, but the coconut oil offers your dog multiple health benefits, including increased energy levels and improved digestion.
● 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
● 1 cup coconut oil
● 1 teaspoon cinnamon
● Ice cube tray
Pour the cup of coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir the coconut oil until it becomes liquid. Then, add in peanut butter and cinnamon gradually and continue to stir until the mixture becomes combined. The mixture should be the consistency of a soup.
Then, pour the mixture into the ice cube mold trays and refrigerate or freeze until they become solid. This should take about 2-4 hours.
If your dog is like many dogs, they probably love bananas. Luckily, bananas are a very healthy and safe snack for your pup to have! These banana oatmeal dog treats are an easy treat to make for your dog.
● 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
● 1 cup rolled oats
● 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
● 1 1/3 cups very ripe bananas, mashed (approximately 3 bananas)
● 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
● 4-5 tablespoons water
First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Then, stir all of the ingredients except for water in a large bowl. Gradually stir in the water when the dough starts becoming stiff. Roll out the dough until it is about ½-inch thick and cut the dough into any shapes using cookie cutters or a drinking glass. Once finished, bake the biscuits for about 25-35 minutes or until the biscuits become golden brown. After letting them cool, these treats are ready to be enjoyed by your furry friend!
Your dog deserves nothing other than the best. Feeding your dog great tasting treats made with high-quality ingredients is one way to pamper them. Want other ways to spoil your dog? What about a personalized dog collar and other accessories that reflect your dog’s individuality? Mimi Green creates handcrafted personalized dog collars, leashes, bandanas, and more that are of the utmost quality. To ensure your dog turns heads next time you go to the dog park, learn more about our collars and other accessories on our website.
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia