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Recipes for Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Updated on February 19, 2015

Why Make Your Dog Homemade Treats?

One of my favorite ways to show my dog (Chew Barka) my love is by making healthy home made dog treats which I know he is bound to enjoy. Not only does my dog love these treats, but I feel better knowing that they are made with love, from natural ingredients. Treats you buy in the store are so full of chemicals to extend shelf life or alter the smell that they just aren't that good for your dog.

Now, both myself and Chew Barka would like to share our favorite recipes with you!

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Peanut Butter Doggie Cookies

My dog LOVES peanut butter, and I bet your dog does too. I began making my dog these peanut butter treats for our walks at the park, and would also give them away to other dog owners. Soon everybody wanted me to make extra treats I could sell to them. The other dog owners kept asking how much I would charge for the recipe. I'll occasionally sell some of the treats, when I'm not too busy, but I do give out this recipe freely. Fellow pet owners really appreciate it, and I think you and your dog will too!

Note: These cookies also include fish oil, which is a great way to sneak some nutritious items into your dogs diet. Fish oil will help make your dog's coat healthier, leaving it soft and shiny.

When you buy peanut butter for this recipe, I highly recommend getting the organic peanut butter. If you are near a store that allows you to grind the peanut butter yourself, this should be your choice, or use a food processor. Many shelf brands contain unhealthy additives and oils.


Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour or Oat Flour
  • 1 Ripe Banana, Peeled and Mashed
  • 1.2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Fish Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 1/4 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Preaheat oven to 300 Degrees
  2. Mash Banana in a large bowl
  3. Add flour, oats, peanut butter, egg, water and fIsh oil. Stir well
  4. Once dough has formed, roll into balls approximately the size of 1 T.
  5. Transfer rolled dough to parchment lined cookie sheet, and use the bottom of a glass to lightly press down on each cookie, forming a small coin.
  6. Bake approximately 20 minutes and turn,then bake for another 20 - 25 minutes.
  7. To extend shelf-life, store in an airtight container and place in the fridge or freezer.
4.3 stars from 10 ratings of homemade dog treats

Chicken Jerky

These are a great alternative to store-bought rawhide chews. The jerky made from this recipe comes out really tough and a little chewy, which is great for your dog's teeth - and gives them something to entertain themselves with. The high protein content of chicken is great for your dog's muscles.

Ingredients

2 - 4 Chicken Breasts

(I suggest organic, free-range chicken breast)

Directions

Place your oven on a low temperature (200 degrees is good)

Trim the chicken breasts of any excess fat.

If the chicken meat is thick, turn chicken on side and cut down the center to make 1/8 inch thick.

Slice into strips.

Set strips on baking sheet and bake for 2 hours.

Chicken is done when nit is dry and hard - should not be soft or chewy.

Allow to cool before serving.

Dog Treat Recipe Books

In addition, I have found these recipe books to be wonderful! I highly suggest investing in a good recipe book if you are planning on making treats on a consistent basis - or if you would like to sell your treats. Hey, following these recipes you may end up accidentally becoming a doggie treat baker!

The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook

This cookbook is one of my favorites because these recipes are all veterinarian approved - so I know I am not feeding my dog something that could potentially harm him. Plus the names of some of the dishes are so cute - "Blueberry Pupcakes" for example!


You Bake Em Dog Biscuits Cookbook

The You Bake 'em Dog Biscuits Cookbook is another one of my favorite cookbooks ( I have about 12 cookbooks and only 4-5 must-haves).

You will also crack up over the graphics in this book - trust me, you just have to see it! All of the ingredients in this book can be easily obtained at your local grocery store - which is great if you are in the mood to bake and don't want to travel far.



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      lesliebyars 

      4 years ago

      I voted up and useful on this hub. Thank you for sharing!!

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      Alexandra Vasiliu 

      4 years ago from Timisoara, Romania

      The chicken jerky recipe is brilliant! Thanks :)

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      cjarosz 

      4 years ago

      Amazing!!! Will be passing along!!

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      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      I never thought to make chicken jerky. My dogs would be thrilled! I make a homemade dog biscuit, but those cookies pictured above are so cute!

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      Dr. John Anderson 

      4 years ago from Australia on Planet Water

      Nice recipes, I sure my two dogs will love them.

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      vibesites 

      4 years ago from United States

      Wanna buy those dog food cookbooks! I haven't seen them on the usual bookstores I go to. Thanks for posting :)

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      Halcyone 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the compliment! Creating these hubs is going to get addicting :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always interesting to see a writer's first Hub....you did a very good job with this one...informative and pleasing to the eye. Well done and welcome to HP.

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