Everyone loves delicious, homemade treats, and your canine pal is no different. Why not spoil them with some wooflicious dog biscuits these Holidays? You’re in the kitchen anyway and besides, they deserve it.
Baking your own dog treats is a great way for kids to hone their kitchen skills. It’s an opportunity for family time too, since you can get cracking on the Christmas cake, while the youngsters make biscuits for Fido. It will also save you money, which is always nice.
WHY STORE-BOUGHT DOG TREATS AREN’T A GOOD IDEA
There’s another, even more compelling reason for baking from scratch for Fido. Store bought dog treats aren’t always safe for your dog to eat. The FDA polices the pet food industry retroactively, which means it will only investigate a brand once a complaint has been made.
The dark truth behind these seemingly harmless treats is sobering to say the least. Earlier this year four pet food brands were recalled after dogs and cats fell ill and died. Last year the FDA issued a warning saying that store-bought dog bones could be fatal.
Fortunately, not all dog treats are toxic. The Spruce Pets put together their top pick of healthy dog treats for 2018 that they claim are nutritious and delicious. Their review process is thorough, so you can rest assured you’re buying the best.
Bottom line: if you are going to buy dog treats, make sure you know what they’re made of. These guidelines from Healthy Pet offer some insight into what you should look out for. But if you have the time, making your own is first prize for Fido.
DOG BISCUIT RECIPES
The recipes outlined below are easy to make and you’ll find you probably have most (if not all) of the ingredients on hand already. The one thing you might not have is a dog bone cookie cutter set, which (IMHO) every self-respecting doggie biscuit chef needs.
Disclaimer: A lot of these recipes sound similar, but the pooches featured in the post photos were so adorable I couldn‘t resist including them all.
1. Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats / Eating Bird Food
Taste-tested by Olive, the cutest pup ever, these four-ingredient treats take only half an hour to make (including bake time). Check out the video to see how to make them (and meet Olive).
2. Apple Oatmeal Homemade Dog Treats / Brownie Bites
Hounds Dexter and Dewey gave these fruity biscuits two paws up. Using only six ingredients (one of which is water), these chewy treats sound like something I’d happily dip in my morning coffee.
3. Homemade Frozen Pupsicle Treats / Good Housekeeping
Frozen pupsicles aren’t biscuits, but they’re still a treat. All you need is yoghurt, banana and peanut butter and some human grade dog treats to use for sticks.
4. Mega Healthy Dog Biscuits / The Daring Gourmet
These mega-healthy dog biscuits sound mega-delicious, too. The ingredient list is slightly longer, but the recipe is pretty straightforward. You’ll still be done in under and hour, including bake time.
5. Apple Crunch Pupcakes / Miss Candiquik
If I had a dog, I’d make these just because of the name. I mean, pupcakes, right!? Adding the icing decorations is obviously more for you than your pooch, but it’s still a nice touch. I’m sure Lola and her office pals appreciated the effort.
6. Sweet Potato Fries for Dogs / Beagles and Bargains
Also not biscuits, but who doesn’t like sweet potato fries? Nobody, that’s who. The recipe is super simple, and your dog is guaranteed to love them. Why? ‘Cos Luna pup says so, and she should know.
7. Banana Almond Puppy Treats / Pretty Fluffy
Four ingredients and a grand total of five minutes in the oven and you’ve got the happiest puppy ever. What’s not to love? The only problem I can foresee is stopping yourself from eating them.
8. Homemade Dog Treats / Pinch of Yum
These holiday pup treats are smothered in a bacon PB glaze which you may want to rejig, if your pooch is vegan (or on a health kick). Check out the video to see how to make them (and watch Sage devouring a biscuit):
9. Healthy Homemade Dog Treats / Bren Did
Okay, so these are also just one-ingredient sweet potato treats, but the photos of Gus snacking on them are so sweet. Also, the post includes a link to an upcycled dog treat jar tutorial. What dog wouldn’t love to find one of those under the Christmas tree?
10. Homemade Dog Treats / Love from the Oven
Jack’s human reckons he’s a big fan of her homemade dog treats, and if the photos are anything to go by, she’s absolutely right. This seven-ingredient recipe is kindergarten easy and includes peanut butter. Yum.
11. DIY Pumpkin Oatmeal Dog Treats / Good Housekeeping
It’s that time of year where pumpkin features in just about everything, so why not your furry best friend’s treats as well? I’m sure I was a dog in my previous life, because these sound really delicious. There’s also a how-to video featuring a fluffy mutt.
12. Ginger Apple Dog Treats from Lola the Pitty
Combining brown rice flour, apples, Greek yoghurt, ginger and coconut oil impressed the heck out of Lola and Rio, so chances are these treats will have a similar effect on your canine pal, too. They sound so good, I think I’ll make a vegan version for myself.
13. Simple Pumpkin Cookies / My GBGV Life
Staying with the pumpkin theme, Emma the French Scent Hound shows us how whip up some simple (yet clearly tasty) pumpkin cookies. Click here for the actual recipe. Be sure to check out her YouTube channel as well.
14. Pumpkin Carrot Bites / Pawsitively Pets
Hopefully you’re not ‘pumpikinned’ out just yet, because this recipe is super simple. Mix up the four ingredients, roll into small balls and bake for 30-35 minutes. You’ll end up with four dozen crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-in-the-middle treats for Fido.
15. Pumpkin Squeaks / Care2
We’re on a roll, so let’s end off with one final pumpkin-inspired recipe to wow your pooch. These cinnamon-infused treats have loads of peanut butter that’s sure to have your hound howling for more.
There you have it, a bunch of tail-wagging dog biscuit recipes that are sure to keep Fido coming back for more. When you’re done snacking, you can work off those extra holiday pounds together.