With the costs of quality dog food often being quite high, many people choose to try their hand at making treats for their furry friends. Fortunately, almost anyone can do it – and most find it to be fun, easy and rewarding. There are often numerous benefits that can come with making doggy snacks and since there are so many simple recipes out there, you’re likely to find that you’ll be able to make quick and tasty treats in next to no time.
Why make dog treats from home?
There are several reasons why making your little one snacks from home can be a good idea; from saving yourself money by choosing a cheaper alternative to premium dog treats, to being able to make something completely healthy and tasty for your pup.
Another bonus is that there are plenty of recipe ideas online too, so in most cases, all you’ll need to do is follow the instructions laid out by another pet owner. You’ll also know what goes into your treats if you make them yourself, which is a benefit you may not have when buying commercial pet foods.
Not the best cook in the world? Don’t worry too much, as your furry friend is likely to enjoy the treats even if they’re not perfect!
Homemade peanut butter dog treats
Want to try your hand at making your furry friend some tasty snacks, but want to start simple? Then a batch of peanut butter treats might be just right. Almost all dogs love peanut butter, so there’s a good chance that your biscuits will be a hit – and since most find this recipe to be easy to make, it can be the perfect treat for beginners.
How to make them
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 and a quarter cups of hot water
- 1 cup of oats
- Half a cup of smooth peanut butter
Steps for making these biscuits:
- Preheat your oven to around 180°C
- Mix the oats and hot water in a bowl and stir until it looks similar to oatmeal
- Mix the peanut butter and then (slowly) add the flour
- The dough should be sticky, but after letting it cool and sit for a few minutes, it should become more workable
- Mix it together with your hands, then start shaping the treats (you could continue to use your hands or invest in some cookie cutters)
- Cook them for 40 minutes – by this point, they should have dried out
- Make sure to let them cool down before feeding them to your pup
Another reason why many find this to be a good starting point when making dog treats is because it can easily be modified. From adding new ingredients, to making smaller or bigger batches; peanut butter biscuits can generally have countless options for different variations.
Aside from this base recipe, there are many more out there that you could try. For example, you may want to have a go at making some homemade grain free dog treats – there is plenty of information online and in dedicated recipe books that can help you to expand your skills.
How to make dog treats
In general, it’s as simple as getting the right ingredients and following a recipe.
You could experiment with your own ideas; just make sure that all the ingredients you use are safe for dogs to eat. If you’re unsure, it may be a good idea to do some research until you find something that works for you and canine.
Homemade dog treat recipes
In most cases, you’ll have a number of things to consider when making food for you pup; from their personal preferences, to their dietary needs. As a result, there may be special requirements to consider, so you may want to make some homemade dog treats without flour, or try a recipe suitable for diabetic canines.
There are also countless easy recipes to make 3 ingredient dog treats, some of which may not even require any baking. These might be perfect for someone who doesn’t consider themselves a good cook.
Ingredients matter too – and a few that you might want to consider are peanut butter, banana, bacon and pumpkin, but there are many more. Oats tend to be quite popular too, which is why there are numerous guides out