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How to Make Homemade Dog Treats for Medium and Large Dogs

Updated on January 26, 2013

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.

Ingredients for Pumpkin/Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Ingredients for Pumpkin/Peanut Butter Dog Treats | Source

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Apx. 30 medium dog treats

Ingredients

  • 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 Treats

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all the ingredients go in one bowlit's easier to mix it with your hands than use a spoon or mixerroll out if cutting into shapescut dog treatsbake in the oven
all the ingredients go in one bowl
all the ingredients go in one bowl | Source
it's easier to mix it with your hands than use a spoon or mixer
it's easier to mix it with your hands than use a spoon or mixer | Source
roll out if cutting into shapes
roll out if cutting into shapes | Source
cut dog treats
cut dog treats | Source
bake in the oven
bake in the oven | Source
3.3 stars from 9 ratings of Pumpkin/Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Instructions

  1. put all the ingredients in one bowl
  2. mix with your hands until you can form a nice round ball with the dough
  3. the dough should be dry but if it is too dry and cracking add a little bit of water to the dough
  4. 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)
  5. Place small balls or cut out pieces on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. cool treats completely before serving to your dog
  7. 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 Dogs

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Our mutt, Charlie, was adopted 2 years agoOur black lab, Sophie, was adopted 6 years agoOur 14 yr. old chocolate lab, Scooby,  was purchased from a pet store that dealt with breeders, since then (for personal reasons) we have committed to rescuing shelter dogs instead of buying purebreds
Our mutt, Charlie, was adopted 2 years ago
Our mutt, Charlie, was adopted 2 years ago | Source
Our black lab, Sophie, was adopted 6 years ago
Our black lab, Sophie, was adopted 6 years ago | Source
Our 14 yr. old chocolate lab, Scooby,  was purchased from a pet store that dealt with breeders, since then (for personal reasons) we have committed to rescuing shelter dogs instead of buying purebreds
Our 14 yr. old chocolate lab, Scooby, was purchased from a pet store that dealt with breeders, since then (for personal reasons) we have committed to rescuing shelter dogs instead of buying purebreds | Source

Not sure what to name your newly adopted dog? Check out these hubs based on various dog breeds and colors:

Newfoundland Giant Breed Dogs

Black Dog Names

Names for Chihuahuas

Names for Golden Retrievers

Names for Wire Haired Fox Terrier

Adopting a New Dog from a Shelter?

Here are 5 tips for dealing with a newly adopted dog:

  1. Bathe well prior to introducing it to other animals in your home since it may have fleas (see more about fleas below)
  2. If changing its diet, do so by mixing the old and new food so that the dog does not get an upset stomach
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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

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.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had to laugh when you were talking about Scooby, Sophie and Charlie getting into and eating all sorts of stuff. I had left 1/2 large chocolate cake on the counter one day. I'd forgotten to put it out of reach from the dogs. When I went back into the kitchen the plate was nice and clean. Dogs everywhere are always eating stuff they shouldn't.

      I'll be making your dog treats for Maggie and Bruce soon. Thanks for the recipe and I love the pics of your three.

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Susan. Even the kids have learned to push their food back, they both have had meals eaten while they got up to go get a drink or napkin. Our dogs are fairly well trained but they really just love to eat!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Clever you! Speechless...great fun hub and so economic. Adore your doggy pictures (nice shiny nose...no vampire spooked him!)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Chrissie,

      What an enjoyable hub! My family owns four dogs, and they actually eat a lot of the meals we eat! LOL They are perfectly healthy dogs as well, so i agree with your introduction. Also, these homemade dog treats look awesome; I will definitely share this with my family!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted Up, Interesting, and Useful!!! I don't own a dog, however those that do own one would definitely find this Hub helpful!!!

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Patty it might be time to adopt one so you can make these treats:)

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Josh- I did mention to my kids they could eat them too if the wanted...but they weren't interested...LOL!

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      GL- I have been trying to find ways to save money over the last year because my husband's company gave everyone a 10% pay cut. I make homemade cleaners and I keep thinking of all these things I can make cheaper homemade....dog treats came to mind. With 3 dogs I was constantly buying treats. In one evening my son and I made 300 treats and we had fun doing it. Now the kids are talking about starting a business...not sure I'm ready to take that jump!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Thanks for the recipe. This is a great idea and looks like fun too! Maybe the homemade treats are better than some of the store bought ones?

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      My dogs love them and so have the other dogs we have given them to.

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      Deonne Anderson 3 years ago from Florence, SC

      Chrissie,

      My youngest dog, Gypsie, a Red Nosed Pit, started scooting on her butt on last week. I tried getting her to eat pumpkin. She refused to eat it though I mixed it in with her food. I remember scanning your hub about home made dog treats and decided to give it a try. The recipe was easy to follow. Both my dogs love the treats. I added a bit more peanut butter as they both love it and it is a big hit! Thanks so much. Hope you share more recipes with us.

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      chrissieklinger 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      That is awesome news! I just got a new puppy, so I may try some new recipes and share them.

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 2 years ago from Nevada

      This is a great idea - I'll be telling my friend about this. Thanks for an awesome post!

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