Fun Treats You Can Make For Your Dog This Spring

  • 22/05/2020

Let's face it – store-bought dog treats aren't always the best option for your pup. Fortunately, you can make different versions at home! From donuts to pizza, there are endless options when it comes to homemade pet snacks. Plus, they tend to be a lot more wholesome, since you can address your animal's health needs.

Take a look at these recipes for yummy treats!

1. Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Who said that only humans could enjoy cupcakes? These "pupcakes" are perfect for your furry friend. With ingredients like pumpkin, applesauce and carrots, this recipe provides a lot of nutrients. A little cream cheese and peanut butter come together to make a tasty frosting. If your dog doesn't have a large appetite, feel free to make mini versions instead!

2. Dog Donuts With Yogurt

It's no secret that dogs adore bacon, so your pup should love these donuts. You won't need to make a run to the store, as this recipe calls for less than 10 ingredients total. Use coconut oil and peanut butter for the base. Then, you'll use a simple mixture of bacon bits and Greek yogurt for the icing. Easy, right? The latter offers many probiotic and calcium benefits as well.

If you don't own a donut pan, you can cut out holes in the dough and try a cookie sheet as an alternative.

3. Pup-Friendly Pizza

Like the rest of us, you've probably fed your dog a slice or two. Often, pizza uses ingredients like garlic and onion, which could harm pets – it's best to choose a pup-friendly version so that we can protect their health. Try a safe crust that includes flour, herbs and chicken broth. As for toppings, you can opt for several low-fat types of meat, like beef or pepperoni.

Don't forget to add a few vegetables on top!

4. Cheddar Bacon Dog Treats

Here's a quick recipe to stock up on so that you don't need to buy treats – ever! These savory bites take 20 minutes to mix and bake, so you won't need to spend hours on them. After you combine each ingredient, you can form the dough into any shape. Feel free to use a cutter to create a traditional bone figure, or try to replicate a homemade pretzel.

5. Frozen Banana Dog Treats

When it's hot outside, we humans can reach for a cold treat. Dogs? Not so much, until now! These frozen banana and peanut butter dog treats use three ingredients, so they're perfect for a quick and easy snack. Plus, they don't require any gluten-based products – which makes them excellent for pups with allergies.

The recipe calls for a pawprint mold, but you can work with whatever's on hand. Keep these treats inside your freezer for those blazing afternoons.

6. Yogurt and Berry Dog Treats

If you want to try a recipe that's healthy and sweet, try these yogurt and berry treats. It calls for strawberries and blueberries, but you can use your dog's favorite fruits. After you combine each ingredient, you'll freeze these overnight with a mold. Then, your pup can enjoy a deliciously wholesome treat. You can store them for up to three months, so they're perfect for summertime.

7. Spoiled Dog Cake

Does your furry friend have a birthday on the horizon? If so, this pup-friendly cake would make a tasty addition to their celebration. Like other recipes, this cake requires ingredients such as peanut butter and Greek yogurt, so you may already have them handy. After you bake each layer, you can assemble them as you would a regular cake.

You can top the cake with treats for extra deliciousness!

8. Fresh Breath Pup Treats

It's not unusual for our dogs to boast smelly breath. Thankfully, you can accomplish two tasks at once! These snacks offer a yummy taste, plus a few elements that improve breath. Herbs like parsley and mint can remedy halitosis – and they're natural, so you don't need to worry about any harmful ingredients. Use a blender to pulse your mixture and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

9. Chicken and Biscuit Dog Treats

Do you have some leftover chicken that you don't know how to use? Try these yummy chicken and biscuit treats! These take less than 30 minutes to make, which means that they're ideal for a last-minute activity. You don't want to combine raw chicken, so be sure to cook any that isn't already. These treats pack a decent amount of protein, too!

You can also add vegetables if your dog needs to up his or her intake.

10. Spinach and Zucchini Dog Treats

Here's a simple recipe for dogs that like their vegetables. Along with peanut butter, you'll use nutritious ingredients like spinach, zucchini and carrots for these tasty treats. These won't take any longer than 25 minutes to bake, so you'll have delicious treats in no time. Feel free to replace the flour with your favorite gluten-free substitute if your dog has allergies.

Try These Simple and Tasty Homemade Dog Treats

If you want to spice up your pup's treat selection, you can't go wrong with any of these options!

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