Howdy pet lovers! Today we’re dishing out some amazing homemade dog treat recipes you’ll want to make for your dog. We’ve collected a great list for any occasion, including everyday treats, special occasion treats (because how fun is it to celebrate your dog’s birthday!), treats for those grueling dog days of summer, and treats for dogs with grain sensitivities.
Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
Why make your own dog treats?
There are so many reasons why we like to make our own dog treats. For one thing, we just really like to know what is actually going into the food we give our pets. When we make our own treats, we have complete control over the ingredients we’re using, we know how fresh the food is, and we can be sure there aren’t any hidden allergens we aren’t aware of.
Also, some of these recipes are so easy and inexpensive, it actually just makes more sense to make your own at home. Did you know you can make a simple 1-ingredient treat for your dog that he will absolutely love? Yes! Checkout the sweet potato treats and the chicken jerky treats below to see how easy they are.
Finally, making your own dog treats can be super-fun. Letting your dog know that you are making something especially for him will surely get his tail wagging. We all know that some of the best bonding takes place over food, and this is also true for pets. Sharing some love with a healthy treat and some ear rubs and booty scratches (how many folks out there have a booty-scratch loving dog?) is a wonderful way to bond with your pet.
We’re sharing a load of 22 treat recipes today and I encourage you to check them all out to see which ones are your favorite. In this post, you’ll find these homemade dog treats:
- Grain Free Dog Treat Recipes
- Healthy Dog Treat Recipes
- Special Occasion Treats
- Frozen Dog Treats
- List of ingredients you can and can’t use for homemade dog treats
Grain Free Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
If you have a little guy with allergies, you know how important it is to keep a close eye on what he eats. My little terrier rescue had vicious sores and bald spots on his paws when we adopted him, and it wasn’t until we switched him to a grain-free dog food that his sores cleared up. If your dog is on a grain-free diet, you’ll want to check out these ideas for grain-free dog treats.
1. Make Homemade Chicken Jerky
You might be surprised by how easy it is to make homemade jerky treats for your dog. This is a great homemade dog treat idea since it’s a simple ingredient list of food you know your dog will. Check out how to make homemade chicken jerky from Puppy Tales Studio
2. Grain Free Baked Dog Treats
These baked grain-free dog treats use ingredients such as canned pumpkin and tapioca flour to create a delicious treat for dogs. Recipe at Brown-Eyed Baker.
3. Simple Sweet Potato Treats
Here is another simple, one-ingredient dog treat that you dog might enjoy. Check out these simple sweet potato treats from Kim’s Healthy Eats
4.Grain-Free Blueberry and Banana Dog Treats Recipe
This healthy grain free homemade dog treat recipe from Divinity has only 5 ingredients (plus water) and is easy to make.
5. 5-Ingredient Grain-Free Dog Treats
Here’s another simple grain free dog treat recipe with only 5 ingredients, although there are a few suggested add-ins for those who want to add a little extra for their pup. Recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Healthy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
6. Homemade Breath Biscuits for Dogs
Keep bad breath away with DogVill’s homemade breath biscuits
7. Carrot and Oats Homemade Dog Biscuits
These simple dog treats are made with carrots, oats, and applesauce from Baking Mischief.
8. Banana Carrot Dog Treat Recipe
Try this banana and carrot dog treat recipe from Homemade Dog Treats Now
9. Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
One Sweet Appetite shows how to make delicious pumpkin dog treats.
10. Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe
Don’t these little bone-shaped dog biscuits look so perfect!? You can find these homemade peanut butter dog treats at Damn Delicious.
11. Healthy Vegetable Dog Treat Recipe
Add some veggies to your dog’s treats with this spinach, carrot, and zucchini dog treat recipe from Damn Delicious
Homemade Dog Treat Recipes: Special Occasion Treats for Dogs
Healthy treats are always best, but these treats are seriously so fun, plus – bacon! We can indulge our pups a little, right? For special occasions? Please?! Ok, so definitely put these on your homemade dog treats recipe list for treats at your next puppy party because they will definitely go over well with the guests.
12. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Make these special cupcakes for dogs when you really want to celebrate big. Recipe from Will Cook for Friends.
13. Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats with Bacon
These homemade dog treats from Sally’s Baking Addiction include nearly every dog’s favorite ingredients: peanut butter and bacon!
14. Buttery Cheese Dog Biscuit Recipe
I’m sure these cheesy dog biscuits from Bake at Midnight are a huge hit with dogs.
15. Bacon Cheddar Homemade Dog Treats
Make these bacon and cheddar dog treats from Munchkins and Military and I guarantee you dog will love you forever.
16. Easy Cheesy Cheddar Dog Biscuit Recipe
Here is another cheesy dog treat recipe, but with a fluffier texture. These actually remind me of the Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster! But hey, you can’t go wrong with a cheese biscuit for dogs. There’s a reason so many people use cheese to sneak in medicine. Visit DogVills for recipe.
17. Apple Bacon Dog Treats
A little icing never hurt anyone. Go ahead and celebrate something special with your dog and make these Apple Bacon Dog Treats from Munchin with Munchkin .
Frozen Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
On a hot summer day, dogs love a cool treat. These can be messy as they melt, so in my experience is best to offer frozen dog treats on a patio, or even inside an empty plastic kiddie pool to help contain the mess. For more fun, use interesting shapes and molds to shape your dog’s homemade popsicle treat.
18. Frozen Blueberry Dog Treats
Aren’t these skull-shaped dog treats the best! You can obviously use any silicone mold you have on hand to make these frozen dog treats, but if why not have a little fun and use something that makes you smile. Recipe from Golden Daily Scoop
19. Peanut Butter and Banana Yogurt Smoothie Frozen Dog Treats
Create a truly tasty frozen treat for your dog with these Yogurt, PB, & Banana frozen treats from 17Apart.
20. Apple and Chicken Frozen Pup Pops
Here’s a sweet frozen dog treat with a little bit of protein thrown in. Recipe from Frugal Coupon Living.
21. Pumpkin Banana Frozen Pup Pops
Here’s a smooth and tasty homemade frozen dog treat recipe from DogVills.
22. Strawberry Banana Frozen Dog Treats
When strawberry season comes around this year, you might find yourself looking for a way to use up some leftover strawberries before they go bad. Go ahead and use them to make these strawberry banana frozen dog treats from The Cottage Market.
Homemade Dog Treat Supplies
Most of the homemade dog treat recipes on this list can be made using items you already have in your kitchen. In fact, you can use regular cookie cutters and whatever silicone molds you happen to have on hand. But, why not go all in for your special pup and use some of these dog treat making supplies for really fun dog cookies and treats. (Disclosure: I use affiliate links in many of my posts, including this one. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. It costs you nothing extra, and it helps support this blog. Thanks!)
Silicone Dog Treat Molds
Dog Treat Cookie Cutters
Jerky Dehydrator Kit
Tips for Making Your Own Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
Making your own homemade treats for your dogs will be cheaper and healthier than buying them pre-packaged from the store, but there are some really important things you need to keep in mind if you want to start creating your own recipes. Some foods that are ok for us to eat won’t sit well in your dogs stomach, and some ingredients can be harmful to your pooch. Refer to the infographic below:
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