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Let’s dive into the world of DIY dog treat recipes. These aren’t just any treats; they’re little bundles of love and nutrition that you can whip up in your own kitchen, whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the world of baking.

We understand that the health and happiness of your pooch are paramount, so every recipe is carefully curated with dog-friendly ingredients. So, get ready to have as much fun preparing these recipes as your dog will have devouring them.

1. Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Fido’s love for peanut butter is almost a universal truth in the dog world. You can turn this canine favorite into a treat with minimal fuss in the kitchen. Peanut butter dog treats are one of the easiest treats to prepare, don’t require baking, and combine the deliciousness of peanut butter with the health benefits of coconut oil.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (all-natural, with no xylitol)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Small silicone tray mold


  1. Use coconut oil in its liquid form. If it’s solid, gently heat it in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it’s melted.
  2. Add the peanut butter and a dash of cinnamon.
  3. Stir until you achieve a uniform, silky mixture. It should be thick enough to hold its shape but fluid enough to pour.
  4. Pour the mixture into a silicone tray mold. We recommend opting for a paw print silicone mold.
  5. Place the tray in the freezer and wait until it’s completely set and firm to the touch.
  6. Store your peanut butter dog traits in an airtight container.

2. Chicken and Beet Dog Treats

Beets aren’t just for color; they’re a nutrient powerhouse, packed full of Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium that offer great health benefits for your furry friend. Combine them with protein-rich chicken, and you’ve also got a tasty treat. Plus, the natural red hue of these chicken and beat dog treats makes them a festive choice for Valentine’s Day or Christmas.

What you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 cooked beets, diced
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. To make oat flour, pulse the oats in a blender or food processor until fine.
  3. Add the chicken, beets, and egg. Pulse the ingredients until they form a dough ball. If it’s too moist, add more oats. If the mixture is too dry, add water.
  4. Use a rounded tablespoon. Scoop dough balls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten each ball into a cookie shape with the palm of your hand.
  5. Bake the treats for 15 minutes until they’re slightly golden. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.



3. Apple and Carrot Dog Treats

If you’re looking for a fun and healthy way to add more fruit and veggies to your dog’s diet, we’ve got you covered. These apple and carrot dog treats are an excellent choice for pet parents who want to give their dogs the benefits of fresh produce, with the added yumminess of chicken broth.

What you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup red apple, shredded
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth


  1. First things first, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the flour, grated carrots, diced apple, and chicken broth in a large bowl until well combined.
  3. Lightly dust your countertop with a bit of flour to prevent sticking. Then, roll out your dough to about a half-inch thickness.
  4. Grab your favorite cookie cutter—bone-shaped, heart, start, you name it—and start cutting out those biscuits.
  5. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Let the treats cool. Store them in the refrigerator for up to one week.

4. Frozen Apple Dog Treats

When the days get warmer, there’s nothing better than giving our furry friends a refreshing treat. That’s where these frozen apple dog treats come in. They are an easy-to-make, no-bake recipe to keep your pup cool and happy. Apples have vitamins A and C, plus antioxidants, so this treat is also healthy.

What you will need:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Water
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Ice cube tray


  1. Start by slicing the apples into small, bite-sized pieces. Remember to remove the seed and the core (they’re no good for dogs).
  2. In a blender, combine the apple slices, yogurt, and a splash of water. Blend until it reaches a smooth, liquid consistency.
  3. You can also add a dash of cinnamon to the mixture for its anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, and pop the tray into the freezer for a few hours until set.
  5. Keep the frozen apple delights in the freezer. You can give one to Fido whenever he’s being a good boy or girl.

5. Sweet Potato Dog Cookies

These sweet potato dog treats align perfectly with our theme so far: combining health and flavor in every bite. They are packed with ingredients that promote healthy digestion and support a strong immune system. They’re also tasty.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups rolled oats or quick oats
  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Water


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Add oats to your food processor and pulse until you achieve a coarse, flour-like texture.
  4. To the oats, add the cooked sweet potato and the coconut oil. Process the mixture until combined.
  5. Gradually add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough is firm and pliable.
  6. Once the dough reaches the right consistency, tip out the dough and knead it into a ball.
  7. Sprinkle some flour on the countertop and roll the dough to about 3-4 mm thick. Cut the dough using a cookie cutter.
  8. Transfer the cookies to the baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, until they become hard, dry, and slightly golden.
  9. Let the cookies cool completely before giving them to your dog. Store them in an airtight container.

6. Frozen Pumpkin and Yogurt Dog Treat

As the leaves start to turn and the air gets a bit crisper, is there a better way to celebrate fall with your dog than with frozen pumpkin and yogurt treats? They are easy to make, with no baking required, but also healthy and wonderfully refreshing. The pumpkin is great for your dog’s digestion, while the yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • Ice tray


  1. In a bowl, mix the pumpkin puree and yogurt. Aim for a smooth, even consistency.
  2. Distribute the mixture evenly into an ice tray (you may need 2 depending on the size).
  3. Patience is key here. Let the trays sit in the freezer for 24 hours.
  4. Once frozen, pop out the treats and transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. Give these treats to your dog outside, so they don’t make a mess!


7. Homemade Chicken Jerky Treat

Sometimes, simplicity is the key to a dog’s heart. This homemade chicken jerky is the perfect example. This recipe requires just one ingredient (chicken, of course!), making it incredibly easy to prepare. But don’t let the simplicity fool you, these treats are packed with flavor and are sure to make your dog go crazy with delight.

What you will need:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Baking sheet
  • Wire cooling rack


  1. Begin by thinly slicing the chicken breasts, preferably 1/4-inch slices. A handy tip to make slicing easier is to put the chicken breasts in the freezer for 15 minutes before slicing.
  2. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet to dry the chicken evenly.
  3. Lay the chicken slices on the wire rack. Make sure they’re spread out evenly.
  4. Bake for two hours. You’re aiming for dehydrated chicken. The slices should feel dry, like jerky, with no moisture.
  5. Once done, let the jerky cool. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Getting the Best for Your Dog

We always want what’s best for our furry friends, and that includes the treats we give them. By choosing to make your own dog treats, you’re making a conscious decision that’s better for your pet’s health and happiness.

These DIY dog treat recipes are cheaper and healthier than store-bought treats. They don’t contain fillers, preservatives, excess fats, and chemicals. They also allow you to control your dog’s diet better, offering a more personalized way to pamper your pet. Whether your dog has a grain allergy or is lactose intolerant, you can customize recipes to suit them.

In addition, as you prepare these nutritious treats for your furry friend, it might be a good time to think about where you’ll serve the treats. Many of our delicious snacks are frozen and best enjoyed outside. Consider the best fence options for dogs to ensure they have a safe and secure area to enjoy these healthy snacks.

Remember, if you’re ever unsure about which foods are safe for your pet, or if your dog has specific dietary needs or restrictions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local veterinarian for support. These healthy treats make great rewards when practicing commands with your pooch at home. Be sure to show off your dog’s new moves at your next Dog Nanny session.

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By Maria Isabela Reis

Maria Isabela Reis is a writer, psychologist, and plant enthusiast. She is currently doing a PhD in Social Psychology; and can’t help but play with every dog she sees walking down the street.

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