Make healthy dog treats

Recipes, Tips, & Tricks For Delicious DIY Treats

When your dog has a restrictive diet or is a picky eater, it can be tough finding yummy treats that are inexpensive. Thankfully, almost anyone can make homemade dog treats from the comforts of their kitchens, including the popular “pyramid” dog treats that make lots of tiny treats in one batch.

Homemade dog treats have benefits beyond being budget-friendly. With DIY treats, you know exactly what foods your dog is eating. Along with being free from harmful ingredients, homemade treats can make an ideal training tool, especially when made in smaller sizes. But before whipping out your cookie sheet and mixer, be sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure your dog has no allergies to any ingredients.

For owners interested in making homemade dog treats, we’ve put together some of our favorite baking accessories, tips, and must-try recipes.

Homemade Pyramid Dog Treats

“Pyramid dog treats” are homemade dog treats that are made with a silicone “pyramid” baking sheet. While these easy-to-clean silicone baking sheets weren’t originally made for dog treats, they’ve become popular among dog lovers because they can make big batches of small treats appropriate for training sessions. The recipes for these kinds of treats usually call for tapioca flour, which helps the treats stay together without crumbling, and is an ingredient that agrees with most dogs.

When you flip over the baking sheet, you can fill it with a range of recipes that will easily pop out from the silicone sheet once you’re finished. Some molds can make up to 500 treats in one batch! Along with the basic “pyramid” mold, there are also a lot of fun different shapes of silicone sheet molds to try. Here are some baking sheets to try out.

Silicone Pyramid Pan

This simple pyramid-shaped mat will make about 500 treats that pop out easily and clean up quickly.

Mini Dog Bones

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, these mini dog bones are perfect for DIY dog treats.

Mini Dog Paws

These mini-paw molds are microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and small enough for any breed.

Hearts, Stars, and Shells

Want to have a lot of fun shapes and sizes? This pack comes with a range of molds including hearts, bears, stars, and shells.

Key Ingredients for Homemade Dog Treats

Another great thing about making homemade dog treats is that you probably already have most of the key ingredients in your house. Many recipes require things such as oatmeal, eggs, flour, water, or broth. Add some flavor — as well as vitamins, protein, and fiber — with peanut butter (free of artificial sweeteners like xylitol), pureed pumpkin, apples, carrots, sweet potato, and cheese to create delicious cookies any dog would love.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Once you order a pan, try out some of these popular recipes. From bacon treats to peanut butter, here are some popular pyramid dog treat recipes for beginners to try.

Bacon Pyramid Pan Treats

Does your pup love bacon? Try this simple bacon dog treats recipe by Michelle Taylor. With just four ingredients, this is a great homemade treat for beginners, and one that your dog is sure to love.


  • ½ package of bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 grams of gluten-free flour
  • Water to thin


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Blend the bacon and eggs.
  3. Add flour. Stir in water if the batter needs to thin.
  4. Smooth the batter over the baking mat and bake for eight minutes.
  5. Once cooled, cut the treats into bite-sized pieces or dump out.

Baked Chicken Treats

For an easy, no-fuss recipe, try these baked chicken homemade dog treats from Eileen Anderson. If you use a basic pyramid pan, this recipe can make about 500 small treats that your dog will love. Once baked, you can refrigerate or freeze the treats.


  • 1 10-ounce can of chicken, including liquid
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup of white flour
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Blend chicken and eggs in a food processor.
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl, and stir in flour and oil. This batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter, but still pourable.
  4. Spread the batter onto the silicone mold on a cookie sheet, making sure it’s in the holes, and then scrape it off the dividers.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Once cooled, turn over the mold and dump the treats out.
  7. You can bag up the treats and refrigerate or freeze.

Peanut Butter Treats

Peanut butter is a favorite for many dogs, and a common, tasty ingredient in homemade dog treats. If your dog loves that nutty flavor, give these peanut butter treats from Eileen Anderson a try.


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cup peanut butter powder
  • ½ cup white flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pan.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes or until the treats are soft, but still drawing away from the side of the pan.
  5. Once cooled, stretch the pan and dump the treats out.

Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits

To make something a little different and mix in some unique ingredients, take a look at this recipe for apple-cheddar dog biscuits from Martha Stewart.


  • 2 cups barley flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and about 3 tablespoons water to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thick. Remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with a 3 1/2-inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
  3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
  4. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off the oven and place biscuits on a wire rack in the oven overnight. Remove from oven and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Cheese and Sardine Pyramid Pan Dog Treats

These tasty dog treats by Michelle Taylor only have a handful of ingredients and are easy to make. Sardines are a great single-ingredient source of protein, and many dogs can’t resist cheese. It’s a win-win.


• 1 can of sardines
• 2 eggs
• 150 grams of grated Parmesan cheese
• A handful of roasted vegetables
• 75 grams of tapioca flour (or plain flour)
• Water


1. Preheat oven to 320ºF.
2. Blend all the ingredients in a blender to make a thick batter. Add water as needed to make thicker.
3. Smooth the mixture over the baking mat and bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy.
4. Once cooled, cut into small pieces.

Remember, you should always check with your vet before giving your dog anything other than dog food, commercial treats, and prescribed medication. Once you’re in the clear, purchase a fun baking sheet, try a recipe, and rest easy knowing exactly what you’re feeding your dog.

Easy Healthy Homemade Dog Treats Recipes

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These homemade dog treats are going to be your pup’s new obsession. They’re super easy to throw together and full of healthy ingredients!

Recipes like this are the perfect activity for the family. Have bored kids at home? Try making ice cream in a bag, fruit leathers, or caramel apples!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

I am so excited for the first dog-friendly recipe to be up on the blog! We humans get so many tasty baked goods, it’s time that our pups do, too! It’s hard to know what dog treats are healthy or not. Unfortunately, so many prepackaged treats are loaded with fillers and preservatives. Today, we’re making dog treats with just a few simple ingredients. Pumpkin purée, peanut butter, eggs, whole-wheat flour, and cinnamon are all you need! Honestly, it’s a relief knowing what exactly goes into these dog treats so we don’t have to worry! My girls are obsessed with making these. It’s a fun activity for all of us! And most importantly, our Portuguese Water Dog, Leia, gives them a 10/10.

The foundation of these treats is a mix of peanut butter and pumpkin purée. Peanut butter, in moderation, is a great source of healthy fats and protein for your dog! Similarly, a pumpkin is great for regulating your dog’s digestive system. It’s full of fiber! Eggs, whole-wheat flour, and cinnamon are all completely healthy for dogs to consume, and create the cookie-like texture of the treat once baked. Heads up: these are also safe for humans to consume. I’m not going to judge if you munch on a couple! They are essentially a pumpkin spice biscuit.

Homemade Dog Treat Ingredients

Only 5 human-grade ingredients are needed for these cute little treats! All are easy on your dog’s stomach. I tested these treats on a few of our family’s dogs with flying colors. Yours will love them, too!

  • Pumpkin Purée: Adding pumpkin purée helps these treats to be easily digestible!
  • Peanut Butter: What dog doesn’t like peanut butter? It is full of proteins and healthy fats for your pup. Just make sure there isn’t any xylitol in the brand you choose. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
  • Eggs: Used as a binding agent to give these treats their cookie-like form!
  • Whole-Wheat Flour: I like to use whole-wheat flour for its health benefits. If your dog has a gluten intolerance, opt for a gluten-free flour!
  • Cinnamon: In small quantities, cinnamon is a perfectly safe ingredient for dog treats. It will add extra flavor!

How to Make Dog Treats at Home

Making treats for your dogs at home is a cinch. It’s fun, too! You can use any shape of cookie cutter you like! With Halloween coming up, some spooky dog treats would make an awesome gift for your loved ones with furry friends!

  1. Preheat Oven, Prep Baking Sheet: To start, preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In the bowl of a mixer, use the paddle attachment to combine the pumpkin, peanut butter and eggs on medium high speed.
  3. Add Flour and Cinnamon: Next, add in the flour and cinnamon and mix until a stiff dough has formed.
  4. Roll Out Dough and Cut: Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thick. Then, use cookie cutters to cut your desired shapes!
  5. Bake: Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Serve: Your treats are ready for your favorite pups!

Tips for Successful Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats have to be made with the right ingredients to avoid feeding your furry friend something that could potentially make them sick. This recipe is pretty simple, but there are a few tips to help you make these perfectly canine-friendly!

  • Natural Peanut Butter: Quite a few peanut butters contain xylitol as a sugar substitute. It’s perfectly fine for human consumption, but it’s very poisonous for dogs! Be sure to check the ingredients on your peanut butter before using it in this recipe. I prefer an all natural peanut butter that doesn’t contain any sweetener at all.
  • Whole-Wheat Flour: Whole wheat has more nutrients in it and is more beneficial for your dog, but if you don’t have whole wheat flour you can substitute all-purpose flour instead.
  • NO Nutmeg: If you want to get creative and add a few spices to the recipe, be sure not to add nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs and should not be included in this recipe. This includes any sort of pumpkin pie spice since it almost always has nutmeg in it.

Storing Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats are free of all the preservatives you find in store-bought dog treats. The only downside to them is their shelf-life being shorter than typical treats. By storing them in the fridge or freezer instead of at room temperature, you can extend their shelf life!

  • At Room Temperature: Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for up to 7 days.
  • In the Refrigerator: Your dog treats will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag for best results!
  • In the Freezer: When stored in a resealable freezer bag, your treats will last 3 months. Allow to thaw before serving to your pup.
  • ▢ 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ▢ 1/3 Cup Peanut Butter No Xylitol
  • ▢ 2 large Eggs
  • ▢ 2 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • ▢ ¾ Teaspoon Cinnamon

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In the bowl of a mixer use the paddle attachment to combine the pumpkin, peanut butter, and eggs at medium-high speed.

  • Add in the flour and cinnamon and mix until a stiff dough has formed.

  • Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut your desired shapes.

  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Allow cooling completely.

Serves: 24

Calories73kcal (4%)Carbohydrates11g (4%)Protein3g (6%)Fat3g (5%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gMonounsaturated Fat1gTrans Fat1gCholesterol16mg (5%)Sodium23mg (1%)Potassium96mg (3%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A1613IU (32%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium11mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Snack

Cuisine American

Keyword dog treats, homemade dog treats

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Do-it-yourself dog treats

by admin, 07. 07.2017

We make our own training treats! These are easy homemade recipes!

  1. Choosing the base for the treat.
  2. Let's find out what the essence of homemade delicacies is.
  3. Choosing a homemade treat recipe.

All meats can be used as a base for treats you make at home.

What do we take as a basis for hand-made delicacies?

  • Liver
  • Meat
  • Chicken fillet
  • Turkey
  • Light

To make a dog treat, you can use a combination or you can use each element separately. The most important thing is that your dog likes the delicacy that you make with your own hands, and she ate it in ordinary life with pleasure, and she did not have allergic reactions, frustration and vomiting to this delicacy.

What is the essence of homemade delicacies?

In the delicacy that we make at home - we make it from a meat base and a substance that will hold its shape. To do this, we add either bran, or ground oatmeal, or wholemeal flour to the delicacy, i.e. something that will remove the liquid and help us glue the meat into something similar to dough. Also, add an egg to it. Plus, we can add some vegetables or herbs, and sprinkle a little oil, this is up to you. Most importantly, don't get carried away with too many elements. Do-it-yourself treats should be as simple as possible!

I think homemade treats are better than those you can buy in the store.

First, you know what it consists of. This is a huge plus. After all, you understand: what products were put, what quality, in what quantity, and you understand that the dog will not have allergies or any problems with digestion. On the contrary, a pet store delicacy is not clear from what it is made, you do not know what lies there: good meat or bad, or something that did not pass at the market.

You don't know how it was processed to keep it for half a year - a year, and you also don't understand how the dog's body will react to it. At the moment, the dog can perceive normally. But there is such a thing as a cumulative allergy, and with this allergy, the dog eats a treat for a month and a half, and then the allergy sharply manifests itself: hair falls out, eczema appears. In my opinion, store-bought treats should be given only in extreme cases.

- The second point, homemade treats can be given a lot. After all, it can be made from those things that a dog usually eats. It can be: lung, heart, liver, udder, meat, fillet, that is, any ingredient that you take, you can turn into a delicacy by grinding it in a meat grinder or in a blender with garlic, with onions, with some minimal spices and drizzled with olive oil. In a dog, this delicacy will arouse great interest.

You can add a small amount of celery root there, that is, it will enhance the taste. And all this is baked in the oven. Of course, you can add an egg there, you can add bran there, that is, you look so that it bakes easily. Then you cut it into plates or small pieces and give it to your pet during training.

That is, you make a treat specifically for your dog, or small pieces or long pieces that the dog would bite off, choose for yourself. This will not work with a store-bought treat, because it is already in long pieces or small pieces, it breaks, the dog chews it for a long time, the dog often starts to choke on this treat, she wants to drink, because it is just dry, unlike homemade. In my opinion, it is best to make homemade treats that you are sure of.

Let's take a closer look at the different ingredients for do-it-yourself treats. And the simplest and best recipes for homemade treats for training.

Liver is the basis of most handmade delicacies. It is convenient to prepare and affordable)

Before using the liver as part of a homemade treat, you must soak it and boil it.

First we soak the liver in water for 2-3 hours, during which we change the water a couple of times. In this case, the toxins will go into the water. And then boil and use in delicious delicacies.

Take any meat .

Meat, or liver (or lung), which you have chosen as the basis of a delicacy with your own hands, grind in a meat grinder or blender until smooth. There you add, at your discretion, garlic, carrots, pumpkin, or whatever you want in a small amount.

When you get a porridge (this is the basis of do-it-yourself delicacies), you add bran there, for example, a glass of bran goes to 400-500 grams of liver, or half a glass of ground oatmeal. This is instead of flour. Or take wholemeal flour. Then add one egg there (if the dog is not allergic to eggs). Knead and make meatballs, put on a baking sheet, on baking paper and put in the oven on a small fire.

Many people add honey or some kind of fruit to treats. In my opinion, this is redundant. After all, many elements can not be combined with each other and can cause allergies. Therefore, the simpler the treat that you make yourself, the better for your dog.

The easiest do-it-yourself treat recipes?

And also, the simplest treat for dogs that I cook is just boiled meat that has dried in the oven to the state of crackers.

The degree of dryness is up to you, depending on what your dog likes. Usually, I

choose semi-rubber croutons, which are dried on top, but inside they are soft. Dogs like this option the most. Also, you can cook such crackers for yourself. They are healthy and tasty. Just add spices and you get a delicious, natural dish.

Another delicacy that we prepare from the liver is simply dried liver. I remind you that the liver is the filter of the body. Therefore, we take the liver, cut off excess fat, soak it in water for 3-4 hours, periodically changing the water, take it out, cut it into long pieces, like pasta - this is the most convenient option for a dog. I boil first and then cut. Here you see how it is more convenient for you and then I throw the half-boiled liver on a baking sheet, on parchment and put it in the oven for 20 minutes, on a small fire. And I look for it to be dried, so that there is a crust on top, and inside there is a delicious and tender liver. Then I divide it into portions, freeze some, take some immediately to class.

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We make our own dog treats

Probably, each of us has seen different treats for dogs in supermarkets or specialized veterinary shops many times. They perfectly motivate the animal to work, help to learn several commands, activate the pet's mental abilities, and show the approval of the owner.

But it's not really necessary to buy dog ​​snacks from the store, you can easily make your own using normal "human" products. In this case, you will know exactly what is hidden in the composition of the delicious, and you will be able to ensure that only healthy ingredients are used.

Turkey and chicken

Cheaper chicken. And you can totally take it. The exception is an allergy in an animal. In this case, you need to replace the chicken with a turkey. You need to take the breast, juicy, tasty, and most importantly - completely fat-free. You need to cut the meat into cubes or slices. Pieces should be such that it is convenient to give them to the pet. You can use different processing methods, but it is best to bake the product.

Roast the breasts until they are sufficiently dry but not burnt. They will turn out solid, it will be convenient to give them to your dog, they will not smear your hands. If the dog is picky and refuses meat in its usual form, a small amount of salt is allowed.

If you need a tasty treat right now, but you don't have time, you can simply pour boiling water over the breast. Such a product is not stored for a long time, therefore, the amount “at a time” is used.

Bread Crumbs

It may be hard to believe, but most dogs love bread crumbs. It is best for them to use grain bread. Spend money on your pet, he does not need a lot of delicacies. 1/5 of the roll is enough for a lesson. The bread is cut into cubes and placed in a preheated oven and warmed up there for about 10 minutes. During this time, the pieces manage to become crispy, and the middle remains soft.

After the crackers have cooled, they are poured into a jar or a bag, and for the attractiveness of the aroma, a piece of sausage can be added to the crackers. Bread is very quickly saturated with aroma, causing appetite in the animal.

Beef tripe

Perhaps not the most pleasant dish for a person, but causing genuine delight in an animal. Easy to prepare - boil for an hour and cut. You don’t need to cook longer, the dog likes to gnaw on this yummy. After the scar has cooled, it is cut into cubes and divided into portions. Portions are laid out in bags and put in the freezer. One scar is enough for a long time.

Beef liver

It is used in two versions: boiled and dried. But before using this product, try giving a small amount first to make sure your dog doesn't get an upset stomach. Another disadvantage is that she smears her hands, it is not always convenient to work with her. And finally, it is very high in calories, so you should not give a lot.

But the dogs really like it and it's easy to cook. It is enough to boil the liver for 30 minutes, cut into pieces and arrange in portioned bags in the freezer. But it will be even tastier if you dry the liver in the oven at a temperature of about 80 degrees for 4-6 hours. From the liver, very tasty crackers are obtained, which do not have to be stored in the freezer, they are perfectly stored in the refrigerator. It is convenient to use such delicacies, as they do not smear the hands.

Beef heart

Heart is low in fat and calories and easy to cook. Boil for half an hour, change the water and cook for another half an hour. Cool, cut, pack in bags and put in the freezer. Heart pieces do not stain hands and clothes.


Light You can take beef or lamb. It is best to cook chips from it. First, cook the product for 20 minutes, cut into small pieces, taking into account shrinkage. Then spread the pieces on a baking sheet, set the temperature to about 60-80 degrees and dry for about 5 hours. Such a delicacy costs a penny, does not cause allergies, almost all dogs like it.

Homemade biscuits

Many dog ​​owners say that absolutely any dog ​​likes this delicacy. In addition, it is very convenient to use it, as it does not get your hands dirty and is stored for a long time. There can be many recipes. Let's share a few of them: