How to Make Homemade Dog Treats for Medium and Large Dogs
Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats
- Saves you money
- Can improve the overall health of your dog
What to know BEFORE you make homemade dog treats!
I have two Labrador Retrievers, ages 6 and 14 (as well as a mutt that is 50 lbs.) and they have eaten all kinds of things and survived. I have heard that chocolate, grapes, garlic, and many other foods kill dogs. I am sure in the wrong quantities that can be true. However, I will say my very healthy 14 year old lab has managed to get onto the kitchen counter, into the garbage can, and cabinets and has eaten many packs of Oreo cookies, batches of brownies, and whole bags of Halloween candy and he is still going strong. So when it came to making homemade dog treats for my labs, I was not one bit worried about the ingredients. However, after doing some research I did learn that you need to me more careful with homemade dog treats when it comes to smaller dogs or dogs with pre-existing health conditions. The recipe below should be used with healthy dogs over 40 lbs. and you should have them eat two treats and then wait a day to make sure they do not have an allergic reaction.
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats Cook Time
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned or fresh pumpkin
- 3 TBS peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp salt, (optional)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Steps to Making Homemade Dog TreatsClick thumbnail to view full-size
- put all the ingredients in one bowl
- mix with your hands until you can form a nice round ball with the dough
- the dough should be dry but if it is too dry and cracking add a little bit of water to the dough
- break off small pieces and form into balls or roll out the dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters, (the treats should not be any thicker than a 1/2 inch)
- Place small balls or cut out pieces on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- cool treats completely before serving to your dog
- store treats in an airtight container, they will be fresh for several weeks, (however they will likely be eaten within a week by your dog)
Photos of Our Medium and Large DogsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Adopting a New Dog from a Shelter?
Here are 5 tips for dealing with a newly adopted dog:
- Bathe well prior to introducing it to other animals in your home since it may have fleas (see more about fleas below)
- If changing its diet, do so by mixing the old and new food so that the dog does not get an upset stomach
- Choose a name that fits the dog well (see related articles to the right for ideas), you can wait a day or two and determine the personality of you new dog before giving it a permanent name
- Make sure your dog is always wearing a collar with id tags and that you get a dog license if it is required in your area
- Develop a routine and stick with it. Feed your dog at the same time every day and take them for a walk at a consistent time as well
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Dog Treats that Repel Fleas (and Vampires)
Whether you are looking to repel fleas or vampires, dog treats made with garlic and brewer's yeast will keep both away. I strongly recommend using garlic powder and not fresh garlic. Also, only brewer's yeast repels fleas, using other types of yeast will not have the same effect. Consider making homemade garlic dog treats so that you can adjust the garlic and yeast levels yourself.
Before your give your dog flea repellent dog treats, comb your dog with a flea comb, bathe them thoroughly, and clean their bedding, carpet and floors with Borax. This will help kill all fleas and eggs and then the treats will continue to help repel fleas and prevent a re-infestation. For a complete guide on getting rid of fleas without using chemicals, visit my related article that covers natural ways to get rid of fleas.