My Favorite Easy Dog Treat Recipes
In a world of dog food and dog treat recalls I have found that making my own treats is best, so I thought I would share my top 3 favorite easy dog treat recipes and if you enjoy them I will occasionally post more but you have to let me know!
I like things that are simple and easy to make and where I can control the salt, sugar, spices and other things that my dog eats. There is no reason to add salt, sugar or spices to my dog treats they enjoy them without! And, I like utilizing left overs!
Most dogs can’t resist liver!!!
One package of your Favorite kind of liver (chicken or beef is fine)
First, I boil the liver to cook it thoroughly. Make sure not to use any garlic or onion powder like some recipes recommend; neither garlic nor onion is good for your dog… and let’s face it he doesn’t need extra flavor anyway.
After it has boiled thoroughly (this will depend on the size of the liver), I drain it and cook it in the oven at 250 until it becomes whatever consistency I desire; slightly soft or crispy. Depending on what I am training for or using the treats for depends on how crispy I like them!
Then I freeze or refrigerate for future use.
I like to use leftovers whenever possible. We had a HUGE turkey for Easter this year and there was no way we were going to clean the whole thing, so I like to use what is left to make some jerky. I am sure any lean meat would work well, deer, beef or anything else you have left over.
White meat works best because it is lean and dries out easiest. Dark meat just takes longer and anything that is super fatty like the skin won’t work at all plus it can become rancid if left out too long.
Cut the pieces the size that you desire and place in the oven at 250 and allow to cook until crispy (usually an hour or more).
I also freeze or refrigerate these treats to keep them fresh (I am paranoid about food poisoning so I figure better safe than sorry).
I find that these treats make great “jackpot” treats!
- 2 ½ cups of wheat flour (remember to cook healthy of your dog too!)
- 2 eggs
- ½ can of plain canned pumpkin (make sure there are no spices included *nutmeg can kill dogs)
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350
Whisk ingredients together in a bowl and use a little water to make the dough workable if needed but the dough should be dry and stiff to make good dog biscuits. Roll the dough out to about ½ inch think and cut into ½ inch pieces.
Bake in oven until crisp (about 45 minutes).
Dog biscuits last longer if they are hard and mold if they are moist. If you and your dog prefer moister biscuits refrigerate!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.