Homemade Dog Treats

Pampering your pet can be healthy with these homemade dog treats.

By Leah Zerbe

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Sunflower Treats

These treats are popular with horses, but your dog and cat can enjoy them, too!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups organic flour
  • ½ cup chopped apples
  • ¼ cup carrots, peas, or other vegetables
  • ¼ cup oats, ground to a powder
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup molasses

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 150°F (or use a dehydrator at the same heat).

2. Combine all ingredients but molasses in a large bowl; add the molasses and work in until dough is stiff. Additional oats may be added to make the dough stiff.

3. Roll out the dough and cut into shapes or squares.

4. Dehydrate until done, approximately 4 hours, or bake in the oven for the same time.

Note:

These treats should be very dry, so add time as necessary.

 

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

This super-simple chewy dog treat is packed full of vitamins!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 150°F (or use a dehydrator at the same heat).

2. Thoroughly wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Slice into ¼-inch slices. You can also cut down the middle lengthwise and slice into ¼-inch strips.

3. Dehydrate until done, about 6 to 8 hours for a chewy texture, or bake in the oven for the same time.

Note:

For crunchier treats, dehydrate longer until they have the consistency you like.

 

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

A perfect protein-packed snack your dog absolutely will not refuse!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup Honey Crunch Wheat Germ
  • ½ cup organic oil
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1½ cups water

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 150°F (or use a dehydrator at the same heat).

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, oats, and wheat germ. Stir in the oil, peanut butter, vanilla, and water.

3. Knead until smooth, adding more flour or water as needed. Roll out the dough to about ¼-inch thick.

4. Shape into bars or cut with a bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will enjoy.

5. Dehydrate until done, about 6 to 8 hours, or bake in the oven for the same time.

Note:

These treats should be very dry, so add time as necessary.

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