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5 DIY Dog Treats Your Dog Will Love

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Decades ago, most dogs ate the same meals as the family – leftover meatloaf, some stewed chicken – whatever was being served wound up in Fido’s bowl. Things like gravy or seasonings probably weren’t the best choices for a healthy and fit canine, but those dogs weren’t complaining.

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Today’s dog doesn’t have the same exposure to table food (aside from those occasional counter-surfing success stories). But it can be fun, and nutritious, to cook up something special for your pup. By selecting wholesome, organic ingredients, your treat is often healthier, and less expensive, than its store bought lookalike.

But the best part is, it’s a fun way to spread some lovin’ to your furry companion.

1. Sweet Potato Dog Snacks

Sweet potato dog treats

If you’ve ever bought a package of dehydrated sweet potatoes in the pet store, you know they can be pricey. Sweet potato dog snacks are super easy to whip up at home, so say good bye to high price tags. You can try dehydrating other thick-fleshed produce in a similar manner, such as apple, squash or pumpkin.

2. Peanut Butter Cookies

peanut butter dog cookies

No need to stress if you don’t have a cute doggie cookie cutter like the one in the recipe. To make peanut butter cookies for your pup, just roll out the dough and cut it into bit-sized strips. Dicing up your own sizes is a great way to help keep your pup’s overall treat intake under control.

3. TV Dinner Dog Treats

tv dinner

What’s your dog’s favorite flavor? These versatile TV dinner dog treats can be changed up depending on what ingredients you have on hand, or what your dog likes best. Go ahead and experiment. You’re sure to get a wag, no matter the outcome.

4. Apple Crunch Pupcakes

apple crunch

It’s fun to spoil your dog on his birthday or adoption day – or any time you feel like celebrating! These apple crunch pupcakes are healthy and lots of fun to share. Freeze the extras individually or in sandwich bags to pull out a special treat anytime.

5. Peanut Butter Pupcakes

peanutbutter pupcakes

Whether special occasion or freezer stand by, these peanut buttery pupcakes are full of nutritious ingredients and look great too. Just don’t leave them unattended; human family members may wander in and help themselves.

Don’t work too hard trying to craft the perfect shape for your dog’s treats. He will be a grateful recipient no matter the outcome – lopsided, too large or small, broken, even slightly overdone – he won’t complain! Next time you have a lazy weekend, try your hand at some canine baking.


unnamed Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer, published in numerous national and local outlets. An avid vegetarian, animal lover and reader, she loves learning about healthy eating and finding natural cures for everyday ailments.


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