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  • 5 Delicious Homemade Dog Recipes Perfect for Training

    by Emily Bergquist

    When you go to the store to buy a new bag of training treats for your furry friend, you may notice the staggering amount of products available. It’s easy to get stressed or confused with so many options to choose from, whether shape, size, flavor, or brand. With homemade dog recipes, you have control over the choices you make. 

    You may also notice the lengthy list of confusing ingredients on each package of store-bought dog treats. What is vegetable glycerin, and does your dog need it? Unlike kibble, making homemade training treats is easy, and comes with plenty of perks. 

    A beagle lays on floor wagging tail

    Baking dog treats at home gives you the ability to cut out any unnecessary or harmful ingredients that mass-produced products may use. 

    Not to mention, purchasing treats every week or month can rake up a bill over time, whereas making some at home cuts down on costs. Ultimately, what you get when you make training treats at home is full control. You determine how much you pay, what ingredients you use, and what kind of treat you make. 

    For more of an idea on where to go once you decide to make your treats from scratch, take a look at these five delicious homemade dog recipes perfect for training. 

    5 Training Treat Recipes

    So, you’ve decided to make your training treats. Where do you go from there? We’ve compiled a list of delicious dog recipes that will have your pup perfecting tricks on its first try.

    1. Apple Pretzels

    Pretzels may seem like a complicated recipe for a simple training treat, but this recipe is easy with just three ingredients you can purchase from any grocery: almond flour, apple sauce, and egg. While pretzels are renowned for their twisted shape, you can cut, curl, and design your treats whatever way you want. 

    You can skip the classic pretzel twisting and keep your dough small and bitesize; the ideal size for repetitive exercises, and maximizes your yield. Read below for the ingredient list and step-by-step instructions:

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups of almond flour
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce

    How-to:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or other non-stick surface and set it aside.
    3. Crack the egg into a small bowl, beat, and set aside.
    4. In another large bowl, mix the almond flour and applesauce.
    5. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the egg into a separate bowl and pour the majority left into the flour mixture.
    6. Stir the mixture until it reaches a dough consistency.
    7. Take a 2 tablespoon size ball of dough and roll it into a tube.
    8. Twist the dough into a pretzel shape, but you can instead shape it depending on your training treat standards. 
    9. Place your shapes on the baking sheet and lightly brush with the reserved egg wash.
    10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm.
    11. Let cool and let your dog enjoy.

    2. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Biscuits

    Peanut butter and pumpkin biscuits, two ingredients that dogs love, will provide your four-legged friend a rewarding treat after rounds of monotonous training. While peanut butter is a beloved dog snack, pumpkin is a premium source of fiber and nutrients. However, steer clear of low-calorie peanut butter as it contains xylitol; it’s toxic for dogs. 

    With only three ingredients needed, this homemade dog recipe is easy, fast, and customizable. You can shape or size your dough however you want to create the perfect training treats, and you can find the ingredients wherever you buy groceries, not foreign substances here. Read on for directions and quantities:

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
    • ⅓ cup of peanut butter
    • ½ cup of pumpkin puree 

    How-to:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or other non-stick material and set it aside.
    3. Add and mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
    4. Place a sheet of parchment paper out on your counter, place your dough on it and then apply another parchment paper sheet on top. 
    5. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness.
    6. Using a knife or cookie cutters, cut the flattened dough to your desired shape.
    7. Place your shapes on the parchment-lined sheet and bake between 20 and 35 minutes, depending on your desired crispness. 
    8. Let them cool and get to training.

    3. Cranberry, Honey and Oat Treats

    Your dog will love these treats almost as much as a human would. The natural ingredients are not only tasty, but cranberries are packed with antioxidants to benefit your dog’s health, unlike other treats that contain fats, processed sugars, and chemical flavoring. 

    While the recipe for cranberry, honey, and oat treats is a little more intensive than the two previous recipes, you can shape the dough into whatever shape you want for your training needs. Read below for the ingredients you’ll need and how to make these sweet training bites.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (or any berry substitute)
    • ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
    • ¼ cup of ground flaxseed (optional)
    • 1 cup of oatmeal
    • 1 tablespoon of honey
    • 3 tablespoons of water

    How-to:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
    2. Scoop out ¼ cup of oatmeal into a separate bowl.
    3. Process the remaining oatmeal in a food processor until it reaches flour consistency and dump into a large bowl.
    4. Process the cranberries in the food processor next until they reach a puree consistency unless they’re frozen, then you’ll process them into smaller bits and pieces.
    5. Add the cranberries and remaining ingredients, including the whole oatmeal, into the large bowl and mix into a dough.
    6. Sift flour onto your countertop, a cutting board, or place a sheet of parchment paper down. Dump the dough out on top of the area and roll out to your desired thickness.
    7. Cut the dough into your desired shape and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    8. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
    9. Let cool and serve or store in an airtight container for up to a month.

    4. Peanut Butter and Zucchini Biscuits

    Zucchini in dog treats? Yes. These zucchini dog biscuits, paired with peanut butter, are tasty rewards your dog will seek after performing its training tasks. The recipe is also quite simple, so you can whip up a quick batch whenever you need it without strenuous preparation or stressing over your low supply. 

    You can cut these biscuits into tiny, bite-size bits or larger cookie sizes for the ultimate training reward. Either way, read below for the ingredients and step-by-step instructions for peanut butter and zucchini biscuits. 

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup of grated zucchini
    • ½ cup of peanut butter
    • ½ tsp of cinnamon
    • ½ cup of whole wheat flour

    How-to:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
    3. Dump and mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until a dough forms.
    4. Sprinkle flour onto the counter or place down a parchment paper sheet, then set the dough on top and roll it out to your desired thickness.
    5. With a knife or cookie cutter, cut the dough into your desired shapes.
    6. Place cut dough onto the parchment-lined sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
    7. Remove, cool and serve or refrigerate. 

    5. Chicken, Oats and Peanut Butter Biscuits

    While chicken and peanut butter may not appeal to humans, it sure does make a dog’s mouth water. This recipe combines dogs’ favorite flavors into a tiny, bitesize training treat with minimal work. The ingredients are accessible, and the step-by-step directions are easy to follow. Read on for more information about chicken, oats, and peanut butter biscuits. 

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups of flour
    • ½ cup of oats
    • ½ cup of water
    • ½ cup of peanut butter
    • ½ cup of low sodium chicken broth
    • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

    How-to:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl first.
    3. Pour the other ingredients into another bowl and heat in the microwave until softened and then mix.
    4. Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and knead together until a dough forms.
    5. Roll out the dough on parchment paper or flour-dusted countertop to your desired thickness and cut into shapes.
    6. Place the cut dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    7. Bake for 10 minutes.
    8. Remove from oven, let cool and get your training started.
    Two Schnauzer dogs being fed treats in the kitchen.

    Start Cookin’! 

    You want the best for your pup, whether it’s treats or scouring the internet for the best dog food. Your dog is sure to watch to gobble up any of these delicious recipes, so it’s time to start baking!

    About the Author

    Mark Webster is the founder and chief editor at DogFoodHeaven.com. His aim? Simple. Cut through the jargon and help you make the right decisions for your furry four legged friends.

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