5 Fun, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Did your New Year's resolutions include eating healthier? If so, why not include your favorite canine friend? There are, literally, hundreds of different dog treats on the market, but making healthy dog treats is easy, and, in many cases, is a much healthier option than pre-packaged store-bought treats. We compiled 5 easy, yummy, and healthy dog treat recipes you’ll want to try out with your best furry friend!

**Pro Tip: Make a big batch and put the extra in the freezer. Pull out about a week's worth at a time and always have healthy, preservative-free dog treats on hand!


#1 Sweet Potato Dog Chews

What you will need:

  • sweet potatoes

Yes, you read this correctly, just ONE ingredient! But what you will need is a good bit of patience and time to let sweet potato slices cook and dehydrate. For the full recipe, go here.


#2 Spinach, Apple and Carrot Homemade Dog Treats

This pretty little dog biscuit can be made with ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. 

What you will need:

  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup baby carrots
  • 1.5 cup spinach
  • 1 apple

**Pro Tip: You may want to add extra flour if your dough is too wet.

For the full recipe, go here.


Homemade Dog Treats Cookie

#3 Zucchini Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Have some extra zucchini on hand? Try this easy recipe that only needs three ingredients!

What you will need:

  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • ½ cup peanut butter (make sure it does not contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol - this is toxic to your dog)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour

For the full recipe, go here.


#4 Pumpkin Dog Treats

Does your dog like pumpkin? Try these!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure it does not contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol - this is toxic to your dog)
  • 2.5 - 4 cups oat flour or wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

For the full recipe, go here.


#5 Cranberry, Honey, and Oat Dog Treats

We love that this next treat contains cranberries that are chock full of antioxidants, as well as Greek yogurt that supports digestive health. These yummy treats will be sure to have your pup begging for more!Homemade Dog Treats - Yummy!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed (optional)
  • ⅔ cup oatmeal
  • ¼ cup oatmeal separated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoon water (as needed)

For the full recipe, go here.


*Just a reminder that treats are just that - treats. They are meant to be an occasional way to dote on your dog. Every pet is different, so it’s best to consult your veterinarian if you have any dietary concerns. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here.


This blog post originally appeared on The Drake Center and has been adapted with permission for reposting.



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