Making your own dog treats can seem like a hassle, especially when you have a busy life. It’s much easier to just feed your dog store-bought treats. However, commercial dog treats are often full of unhealthy ingredients and artificial additives.

These easy DIY recipes for healthy dog treats contain natural ingredients that are much better for your dog than store-bought dog treats. They’re also incredibly simple to make, so your pooch won’t have to wait too long for a tasty snack!

Peanut Butter And Apple Dog Biscuits

This recipe for Peanut Butter And Apple Dog Biscuits make delicious sweet treats for your dog. They are perfect rewards for your pooch after a long walk.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour (can add more if the dough is too sticky)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 apple (diced and cored)
  • 1/2 a banana (for sweetness)

Method

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Dice and core the apple and mash up the banana. 

In a bowl, lightly beat the egg and add in the apple, peanut butter, and banana. Mix until well combined. Gradually add the flour to the mixture. If the dough is too sticky, you can add more flour.

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to a 4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out the biscuits and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Put the biscuits in the oven for around 20 minutes or until they are a golden brown color. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool down completely before serving.

You can store these treats in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Frozen Chicken Stock And Carrot Cubes

If you’re looking for a great snack to feed your dog on a hot summer day, these Frozen Chicken Stock And Carrot Cubes are worth giving a go! They’re incredibly simple to make and help your dog stay hydrated in warm weather.

Ingredients

  • Low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 carrot (can use other dog-friendly veggies like zucchini)

Method

Prepare the chicken stock by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Shred the carrot using a grater.

Pour the chicken stock into ice cube trays and add a couple of pinches of shredded carrot into each one. Wait around 3 hours for the cubes to freeze before serving them to your dog.

Sweet Potato And Rosemary Dog Chews

These Sweet Potato And Rosemary Chews are an ideal snack for dogs as they are nutritious, natural, and have a satisfyingly chewy texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato (washed)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary

Method

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Cut the sweet potato into small slices and sprinkle them with rosemary. Don’t cut the sweet potato slices too thin as they will burn in the oven.

Place the slices of sweet potato in a single layer on the baking sheet and place them in the oven. The chews will take between 2.5 to 3 hours to bake. Make sure you flip the chews over halfway through the cooking time.

The chews will be shriveled up and dried out when they are cooked. Remove them from the oven to cool down before serving them to your pooch.

You can store these sweet potato chews in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Sardine Oatcakes

Full of fishy goodness, these Sardine Oatcakes are sure to have your dog begging for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of sardines in oil
  • 1/2 a cup of whole wheat flour
  • 5/8 a cup of oats

Method

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Open the can of sardines and empty them into a bowl (including the oil). Mash the sardines with a fork and add the whole wheat flour and oats. Mix thoroughly. If the dough is a little dry, you can add a bit of water. 

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to about a 0.5-inch thickness. Cut the dough with cookie cutters and place the shapes onto the prepared baking sheet. Pop the biscuits into the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until they are a golden brown color. When they are cooked, remove them from the oven to cool.

You can store these sardine oatcakes in an airtight container for up to 3 days in a refrigerator or for even longer in the freezer.


About the Author: Annie is a happy dog mom of Kimcho, 8-year old Harlequin Pinscher. She is passionate about dogs and natural, healthy living. She is on a mission to discover and share everything natural and healthy for dogs on her blog Doglovely. Kimcho has suffered a kidney disorder and this made Annie dig deeper into the commercial ingredients and sparkled her curiosity for everything natural for a longer dog’s life.