Not only are homemade dog treats often cheaper than store-bought ones, but they can also be fun to make. Homemade treats offer some variety for your dogs, rather than the standard treats you find in local stores. They can also be perfect for dogs with health problems, or those on strict diets, because you can add in supplements, or avoid certain foodstuffs. Here are the best homemade treats to whip up for your pooch!
Homemade ice cream is a perfect treat for dogs on a hot day. You can make it with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, or even meat if you’re feeling adventurous. Whatever you make it with, it’s guaranteed to be a big hit with your pup. For the most part, all you have to do is blend a few ingredients and freeze it in a tub or even shaped ice cube trays, and voila - you’ve got yourself some dog ice cream!
Chicken And Rice Bones
Prepare and cook some boneless chicken breast and wild rice, then blend it together with chicken stock, a pinch of salt, egg, and flour. Roll the dough out, and using some fun shaped cookie cutters, create your treats. Once they’re cooked and cooled down, your dog will simply adore the meaty treat. You could feed them slightly warm, cold, or even defrosted from the freezer on a hot day.
Popsicles for dogs are best made with a combination of peanut butter, yogurt, coconut oil, and banana. Blend the ingredients, and freeze on a store-bought, or homemade, bone or treat as the stick. They’re super simple to make, and your dogs will love them. Let them soften a bit if your dog is likely to eat it all at once. However, for slower, more patient dogs, hold the stick while they lick and nibble at the treat. It’s tasty and great fun!
This refreshing treat is one of the easiest to make and can be made with a range of your dog’s favorite fruits. Mix watermelon, or another safe food, with coconut milk, then freeze it - simple! For added fun, get shaped ice cube trays, so your dog can have an actual bone-shaped treat, or hearts, or stars, instead of standard cubes. They’re a perfect, tasty treat for the heat of summer, and so easy and quick to create.
Breath Freshening Bones
Made with a whole bunch of healthy and natural ingredients - and minus grains, which are a common allergen for dogs - homemade dental bones are a great treat you can make yourself. The treats are made from mint, parsley, egg, organic coconut oil, and water. The bones can help your dog’s oral health, and make their breath smell much nicer - perfect for any dog that loves giving kisses.
While popping to the store for some treats is definitely a quicker and easier option, where is the fun in that? Homemade treats can be tailor-made for your dog’s needs, and you can add or remove ingredients they do or don’t like, or are intolerant to. You can even adapt them to be suitable for other pets, like cats, horses, and rabbits, too.