Choose the right ingredients
The first step in making homemade dog treats is to choose the right ingredients. It’s important to avoid any ingredients that are toxic to dogs, such as chocolate, onions, grapes, and raisins. Instead, opt for dog-friendly ingredients like peanut butter, pumpkin, sweet potato, oats, and whole wheat flour.
Keep it simple with baking dog treats.
Dogs don’t need fancy or complicated treats to be happy. In fact, some of the best dog treats are made with just a few simple ingredients. Plus, the simpler the recipe, the easier it is to make.
Use a recipe
While you can certainly experiment with making your own dog treat recipes, it’s a good idea to start with a tried-and-true recipe. There are plenty of dog treat recipes available online, many of which are free. Look for recipes that use wholesome ingredients and are easy to follow.
Don’t overdo it
Just like with human treats, it’s important not to overdo it with giving your dog treats. While it’s okay to give your dog a treat or two every day, too many treats can lead to weight gain and other health issues. Remember that treats should be a supplement to your dog’s regular diet, not a replacement for it.
Store treats properly
Homemade dog treats don’t have preservatives, so they won’t last as long as store-bought treats. It’s important to store your homemade dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. This will help them last longer and stay fresh.
Here’s a simple recipe to get you started:
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Mash the banana in a bowl.
- Add the peanut butter, flour, and oats to the bowl and mix until well combined.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
- Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Let the treats cool completely before giving them to your dog.