These dog treat recipes are the way to your dog’s heart. Your dog loves treats almost as much as he loves you. Finding ready-made natural, raw, healthy treats can be tough, but making them yourself can be quick and easy! We’ve put together a list of some of the best dog treat recipes that are both safe and healthy.
1. Frozen Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Dog Treats from The Cottage Market
* This recipe includes skim milk, but since cow’s milk isn’t great for a lot of dogs we recommend switching that out for raw goat milk or unsweetened kefir. You may also want to use kefir instead of the Greek yogurt.
2. Pumpkin Banana Frozen Pup Pops from Dogvills
This recipe uses 4 simple ingredients and how cute are those star shapes? You could also switch out the yogurt for kefir in this recipe.
3. Watermelon Dog Treats from The Huffington Post and Gone To The Snow Dogs
These pups are so patient waiting for their treats to freeze!
4. Frozen Coconut Oil and Blueberry Dog Treats from Hello Nature
This is great because your dog is getting his healthy fats and is refreshed at the same time. There’s no leftover oil residue in his dish either! The recipe shows the treat on top of a bowl of kibble, which we don’t advocate … but of course you can serve it with your dog’s raw meal too!
5. DIY Organ Meat Dog Treats from Kol’s Notes
You can make this one in your oven on its very lowest setting if you don’t have a dehydrator.
6. Doggylicious Christmas Pudding Recipe from Tanya Arnold
This nourishing Christmas recipe isn’t just for the holidays. Your dog will love this delicious combination all year round.
7. Frozen Chicken Broth and Apple Treats from Savor + Savvy
*This recipe calls for disposable containers but you could freeze in an ice cube tray and pop them out as you give them to your dog. If you use whole apples instead of pre-sliced, just core and chop them before using.
8. Doughnut Pupcake Recipe from Tanya Arnold
9. Dog Friendly Easter Eggs from Tanya Arnold
Makes 20 mini Easter eggs for your dog and can freeze for up to a month.
Ingredients To Avoid In Your Own Dog Treat Recipes
We’re all about making healthy, natural treats for our dogs, but far too often the recipes we come across feature ingredients that we shouldn’t be giving to our dogs. Just because you’re making those treats at home and know exactly what’s going into them, doesn’t always mean they’re healthy.
Avoid these ingredients in your own dog treat recipes:
- Peanut butter. You may be surprised to see peanut butter at the top of the list since so many commercial treats are peanut butter flavored, but peanut butter is actually really bad for your dog. It contains aflatoxin, a naturally occurring mycotoxin. Mycotoxins are one of the most carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances. Most peanut butters also contain harmful fats and tons of sugar.
Peanut butter isn’t the ingredient you think it is … [Find out here!]
- Peas or beans. These are starchy vegetables and they commonly contain anti-nutrients, or substances that can rob your dog of valuable nutrition. Nuts are also a source of anti-nutrients so keep them out of your treats too.
- Carbohydrates and starch (potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, cereal grains). Carbs serve no purpose in your dog’s diet and they can actually feed the harmful bacteria in your dog’s stomach!
Find out why carbohydrates are so dangerous. [Check out this post]
- Sugars. Your dog’s already sweet enough (and he doesn’t need you to add any sugars … seriously, they’re no good). White sugar just feeds all the things we try to keep our dog safe from: yeast, parasites and harmful bacteria. It can cause diabetes, allergies, and even inflammation. It also feeds cancer cells. Just say no to sugar.
If you’re looking for a way to share the love with a yummy treat for your dog that’s also healthy, try one of these and see him jump for joy!
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