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Homemade Dog Treat Recipes. Easy Dog Biscuits Your Pooch Will Love

Updated on February 4, 2012
My pug Monster and his friend Yazmin
My pug Monster and his friend Yazmin

A Kids Business

Several months ago my new neighbors knocked on my front door and asked if I would buy some of their homemade dog biscuits. A smiling 10 year old Dylan and his cherubic 6 year old sister explained that they wanted a trampoline and their parents said that they had to earn the money for it themselves. The children's grandmother offered to give the two mini entrepreneurs her super secret dog biscuit recipe and their door to door dog treat selling business was born.

For $1 you could purchase a Ziploc bag filled with 10 bone shaped peanut butter or chicken flavored treats. They also had special "flea repellant" biscuits that the kids guaranteed would keep the parasites away from your dog. We purchased multiple bags of biscuits from Dylan and his sister over the past few months and I have to say my dogs loved them.

They loved the homemade treats so much I started looking for articles on dog nutrition so I could create my own "healthy" recipes. I've included a few of the recipes my dogs have given 2 paws up in this hub-we all hope you will try them yourselves.

Saturday Morning Specials-NEW RECIPE

It's Saturday morning and my husband wanted bacon and eggs for breakfast. I decided to make my dogs some treats using the leftover bacon grease and egg shells.Why eggs shells you may ask? Egg shells are a good source of calcium and when ground make a wonderful ingredient for treats and natural dog foods. I purchased organic eggs from one of the students in my class and used Rhode Island Reds in this recipe. Be sure to wash the eggs before you crack them open for your omlet then set them aside to be ground up and used later.

  • bacon grease
  • egg shells
  • oatmeal
  • ground flax seed
  • wheat flour
  • peanut butter
  • shaved carrots
  • vitamin boost
  • 1C hot water

The only thing I measured for this recipe was the water. Everything else I just ad libbed as I went along. I also added a vitamin boost that included echinacea, b-12, vitamn D-C-and E. Add enough flour and oatmeal to make a stiff dough-roll the dough out and cut it with a pizza cutter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

My dogs LOVED these biscuits.

My great dane puppy Hank after he tried to help me bake my last batch of treats.
My great dane puppy Hank after he tried to help me bake my last batch of treats.

Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits

I feed my dogs raw carrots all the time so I decided to incorporate the vegetable into a treat recipe for them.

  • 1 large shredded apple
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the carrots, shredded apple, and honey in a bowl. Add to the whole wheat flour and enough water to make a soft dough. Roll out the dough and use a bone shaped cookie cutter to cut out the treats. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. These biscuits will keep for up to 5 days.

Beefy Dog Treats

Flax seed is a great source of the fatty acid that is good for a dogs coat and skin. You can buy it in the ground form in the baking section of your local supermarket.

  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup of wheat flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • hot water

Dissolve the 2 bouillon cubes in 1 cup of hot water. Combine the chopped green beans, flax seed, wheat flour and rolled oats in a large bowl. Add the beef bouillon liquid and stir well. Add up to an additional cup of hot water to make a dough pliable. Roll the out the dough and cut into squares using a pizza cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes then turn off the oven and let the treats dry out overnight. These crunchy treats will store for up to 2 weeks.

If your pet doesn't like green beans substitute shredded carrots or shredded sweet potatoes.

Buddy gives these treats two paws up.
Buddy gives these treats two paws up.

Peanut Butter Doggy Biscuits

Dogs love peanut butter. You can store these tasty oven baked treats for about 4 days-or leave them in the oven overnight to make crunch treats that will store for about a week.

  • 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 2 T oil
  • up to 1 cup warm water

Combine the peanut butter and oil with the powdered milk. Set aside. Combine the dry ingedients. Mix the dry ingredients with the peanut butter mixture. Add enough water to make a pliable dough. Roll out the dough and cut out biscuits with a cookie cutter. Bake the biscuits in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

My chihuahua loves these treats so it I it's easy for me to make these biscuits in a size appropriate for her.

Dog Biscuit Recipe Books

You can find recipe books that are dedicated specifically to dog treats on Amazon.

  • The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook by Troy Cummings contains 50 canine approved recipes for your favorite pooch. The recipes are veterinarian approved and the book even include recipes for pets with special nutritional needs. Recipes include: Frozen Magic Meatballs, Birthday Blueberry Pupcakes, and Taco Treats. People who have bought the book love the easy to follow recipes and color illustrations.
  • Three Dog Bakery Cookbook by Mark Beckloff contains six chapters of yummy appetizers, entrees, snacks, and holiday specialties especially for your furry four legged friend. The recipes are based upon the recipes that are made and sold at Three Dog Bakeries around the country. Recipes include Banana Mutt Cookies, Barkin Bread, Poodle Noodles, and Labrador Lasagna.
  • You Bake-em Dog Biscuits Cookbook by Janine Adams is filled with 50 recipes for dog cookies as well as expert canine advice and nutritional information. The book even contains low fat treat recipes for pets who carry excess weight as well as treats for pets with special needs. Recipes include: Pumpkin Pie Biscuits, Pup's Pizza, and Apple Bran Muffins.


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      Joan 5 years ago

      I woke up one day and said "I sure would like to make my 2 dogs some cookies today" I got to thinking, I love to cook , wouldn't mind it one bit if I made cookies all the time for dogs. So I found out that its not under the cottage food law in florida that I in fact do have to get a license. Which is fine. Then I came across your site and I said you know I would love to do this, maybe quit my job and do this full time instead. You are really inspiring me with you advise and I can't wait to get started. Thanks for this website. Any additional info would be helpful and appreciated since I starting from the very bottom . . . but that doesn't scare me I'm very driven

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      viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      oh wow! going to have to try these! awesome!

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      umarrashid 5 years ago from Dubai

      ooooooooooo beautiful puppy :* and u too so cute :)

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      Howard Young 5 years ago from California

      Excellent recipe. I'll have my 3 dachshunds try them out!