Making Your Own Organic Dog Treats (Recipes Included)
We all know how easy it is to go through a lot of dog treats! Training your English Cream Golden Retriever pup to sit, stay, come & down is a lot easier to do with an immediate reward on hand. Consistency and positive reinforcement will be the easiest way to teach your ball of fluff any of the basic commands. Dogs who are used in agility, the police force, or who are involved in rehabilitation for the elderly have most likely been trained with the treat reward system.
Making your own dog treats is actually quite easy to do. It can very simple & this comes with many health benefits. Not only can you save money, but switching over to USDA ORGANIC treats can help your dog have a reduced chance in obesity, skin ailments, digestive issues, & allergies. Feeding your pets an organic diet has been proven to increase the longevity of life! So, not only is it a smart choice to switch to organic treats, but it is also something to think about when choosing your pets diet with regular meals. Remember, food is the main source of our nutrition. What your puppy intakes will affect how well their bodies will function throughout their entire life. Never forget, genetically modified foods (GMO’s) is terrible for humans as well as for our beloved furry pets.
Organic dog food & treats provides better quality sources of nutritional substances than even the non-organic, premium brands. It is more digestible for dogs. One final, key factor is that because it is more digestible, dogs are likely to absorb rather than eliminate more of the nutrients they require to maintain a healthy immune system. Boosting your dog’s immunity can help prevent costly infections and illnesses that require veterinarian care. We have compiled a few simple to make organic dog treat recipes that will sure to be the bark of the pantry! And most homemade dog treats keep for a week or more, and you can freeze them so you always have some cheap, healthy alternatives on hand for your pup.
Frozen Yogurt Pop Dog Treats
If your dog loves to chase ice cubes around the kitchen, then he’ll love these frozen treats. They’re made from human grade ingredients and include fruit juice and carrots, which give your pup an added vitamin boost. Yogurt has calcium and protein, and can help your dog digest food.
Note that this recipe calls for non-fat yogurt, which is a much healthier alternative to other types of yogurt, especially if your dog is overweight.
- 6 oz. container of plain, non-fat frozen yogurt
- 1 cup of no-sugar added fruit juice
- 1/2 cup of carrots, minced
- Add the yogurt, fruit juice, and carrots into a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the ingredients are smooth and well-blended.
- Drop the mixture into the ice cube trays by spoonful.
- Freeze until the ingredients are solid.
Pro Tip: Use hard plastic trays instead of the softer rubber ones to make the treats. The treats are easier to remove from a hard tray.
Easy Peanut Butter Dogs Treats Recipe
- 2 tablespoons of your favorite cooking oil (we suggest liquefied coconut oil or an unsweetened organic applesauce can also be used)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter (natural is best–no sugar!)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 3 cups organic flour (find easily digestible sprouted flour here)
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl – Using your hands is helpful because it’s pretty thick. Grease a cookie sheet (we used olive oil) and smush the dough onto the sheet. Cut dough into desired shapes before baking. (We use fun shaped cookie cutters) Bake for 20 minutes at 350°, cool, break apart and serve! The recipe is simple, and costs only about $0.40 for a month’s worth (this is for two dogs)! You can also freeze them in separate batches (a weeks worth) so the treats stay fresh longer.
Beef and Vegetable Ball Dog Treats
Some dogs prefer meaty treats over sweet ones. These treats have a hearty meat flavor and good aroma that all dogs love.
- 2 6-ounce jars of organic beef and vegetable baby food
- 1 cup of whole-wheat flour (or white substitute)
- 2 cups of dry milk
- 1 cup of water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Drop the mixture onto a baking sheet in large spoonfuls.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
- Allow to the treats to cool completely. Store leftover beef and vegetable balls in the fridge for up to five days.
Pro Tip: These treats do not keep as well as others. Try cutting the recipe in half if you only have one dog.