If you have a pet, chances are you’ve purchased expensive treats from the pet store that you could easily make yourself. It’s great to spoil your pets but it doesn’t need to be so costly! In fact, you’ve probably already got most of the ingredients to make homemade dog treats in your human kitchen cupboards. If you’d like some ideas, the people at Rover.com have shared their favourite treats to make four-legged friends so I thought I’d share these recipes with you today.
Peanut Butter Everywhere
Don’t be scared – this treat is peanut butter-y, but it won’t really be everywhere when you feed these to your dog. But you can’t just give your pet ANY old peanut butter. First rule of thumb: Make sure you have peanut butter with only peanuts and salt, or just peanuts. Xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener that could be deadly to dogs, can be found in some peanut butter. If it’s just good old fashioned sugar, though, that’s safe for dogs to eat. You can make many different treats with peanut butter–here’s a quick recipe.
You’ll need: 2 cups wheat flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 1 cup hot water, ⅓ cup peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour and baking powder
- In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter and hot water until smooth
- Slowly add dry mixture to wet and mix well. Add more water if the mix is too dry.
- Roll out the dough to your preferred thickness and cut out shapes.
- Bake 20 minutes, or until lightly brown
Eat Your Veggies
If you’re strapped for time or simply don’t want to turn the oven on in the summer, feed your dog fruits and veggies! Some fruits and veggies aren’t safe for pets but many are. Many dogs love carrots and apples, but have you tried green beans? Dogs love the fun “crunch!” Affordable and nutritious, see if your dog loves any of these:
Blueberries, green beans, apples, bananas, watermelon (remove rind and seeds), carrots, celery, cranberries, cantaloupe (in moderation due to sugar content), raspberries, strawberries, and spinach.
Pumpkin for your little pumpkin
Pumpkin is an excellent source of fibre, making it a great food for your dog year-round. It helps with digestive health, as well as for weight management if your dog has a few too many treats every day. You can feed your dog raw pumpkin (make sure that’s the only ingredient), or make these fun treats with pumpkin.
You’ll need: 2 ½ cups wheat flour, 2 eggs, ¾ can of pumpkin puree, 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix all ingredients together
- Roll out dough and cut into shapes
- Bake 30 minutes
If you’re still searching for that perfect dog-treat recipe, check this article out. It is loaded with ideas to treat your dog with all things peanut butter. We really can’t get enough of it, and neither can the dogs! Of course, you know your own dog better than anyone so only feed them with treats that you know they’ll be able to eat and avoid making anything that might irritate any allergies or food intolerances they have. Let me know if you have any other tips for bake-your-own pet treats by leaving me a comment below 🙂