Homemade Dog Treats

LAST UPDATED 8 NOVEMBER 2022

This article is written by Pet Circle veterinarian, Dr Lacey Kelly BVSc (hons)

Healthy homemade dog treats are a great way to reward your dog and get tails wagging without the guilt factor. They are easy, inexpensive and you know exactly what goes into them, so you don't have to worry about any unnecessary additives or nasties.

The yummy treats below are made with healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. Nothing beats a homemade treat so scroll through, pick your favourite and whip up a little indulgence for your furry friend. Don't forget to include the secret ingredient: love!

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Stuffing Ideas for slow feeders/toys:

  • Frozen Banana
  • Apple Slices
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Frozen Coconut Milk (unsweetened and free of stabilizers like xanthan gum carrageenan)
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Treats such as KONG , Nature’s Cuts, and SavourLife
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Cucumber
  • Cooked Steak or Chicken

Home Baked Goodies

Quick and Easy Baby Food Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Flour of Choice (plain flour, oat flour, chickpea flour)
  • 110gram Jar of Baby Food (make sure it contains no hidden nasties like onion)
  • 1/4 Cup Bone Broth (If you don't have any broth you can use some water in place)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Combine baby food and flour in a bowl, mix until combined
  3. Add in broth a small amount at a time, mixing until the cookie batter reaches a slightly sticky consistency that holds together well.
  4. Roll into balls and place on a lined baking tray. Flatten the balls a little with your thumb
  5. Bake in oven for 15-20mins
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 2weeks

Beef & Brown Rice Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 200 Grams Lean Beef Mince; cooked and cooled, any excess oil removed
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Rice, cooled
  • 1/4 Cup Bone Broth (if you don't have bone broth a salt reduced beef stock will work)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 & 1/2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Combine beef, rice and broth in blender and blend it into a paste
  3. Pour the paste into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, combining until a dough forms
  4. Sprinkle some flour on your work bench and knead the dough until it is no longer sticky
  5. Roll the dough to about 2cm thickness
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place on a lined baking tray
  7. Bake for 25-30mins until lightly golden, cool before serving
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 1week

Tuna Pupsicles

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a whisk or blender to combine the greek yoghurt and tuna in springwater
  2. Place 1-2 treats or pieces of kibble into each section of an ice cube tray
  3. Top with the tuna & yoghurt mix
  4. Freeze until solid for your pup to enjoy. You can place the frozen cube in a Kong or slow feeder for an extra challenge

Chicken Jerky

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (skinless)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 100°C
  2. Remove excess fat from chicken and slice into thin 4-5mm strips
  3. Place the chicken strips on a lined baking tray and bake for 2hours
  4. Check to see if the slices are dry; if not continue cooking in 30min intervals until they are very dry
  5. Remove from the oven and cool before feeding to your pal
  6. Once cooled store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week

Must Have Baking Goods

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*These recipes and treats are not complete and balanced and are not designed to replace your pet's regular diet. Treats should only be fed in conjunction with a complete and balanced diet. For more information on what to feed your pet please contact our vets Discover Page. Check with your vet first to ensure that these treats are suitable for your pet.

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