For most dogs using treats during training is key to being successful. Nothing quite motivates our husky Aura quite like a delicious treat does!
We’ve already covered the best healthy dog treats that can be purchased in stores. However, even the best store bought dog treats come with risk of contaminants. To avoid this and possibly cut down on our dog treat budget I started looking into easy homemade dog treat recipes.
First we’ll discuss the issues with store-bought treats, then the advantages of homemade dog treats, and finally we will go over a few great healthy recipes for you to try out.
The Problem With Purchasing Treats
The biggest problem with purchasing store-bought treats is that many treats are made to be marketed to humans and don’t take a dog’s diet into consideration. There are countless products that use chemical preservatives and dyes which are not good for long term consumption by your pet. The preservatives make the treats last longer but could make your dog sick. Your dog doesn’t care what color their treats are, just that they taste good, so adding dyes is pointless and potentially harmful.
Additionally, because these products are marketed towards humans for they have a markup in their price tags which can add up really quickly depending on how fast your dog goes through treats.
Just like humans dogs can become overweight very easily if their diet is filled with sugar and empty carbs which is what many store bought dog treats are packed with. If you are going to purchase dog treats from a store consider going with one of our recommendations.
The Advantages of Homemade Dog Treats
There are so many advantages to making dog treats at home. The best and most obvious one is that you can control exactly what is going into your pet’s body.
You not only avoid any toxic chemicals making their way into your pet’s snacks by mistake, but you can control how healthy they are as well. No more added sugar! With a more healthy snack for your pet, achieved through healthy ingredients and portion control, you can feed them more of it and possibly extend training sessions.
Making treats yourself is also much more cost effective than purchasing pre-made treats. You’ll often get more out of your batches as well. With the money you’ll save you can afford to purchase more high end ingredients for additional homemade dog treats.
Making treats at home for your pup is also another great way to show your love for them! Let your pup hang out with you and lick up unused ingredients to make it a great bonding experience. Plus unlike people your dog is always going to love your cooking.
Healthy Recipe Ideas
Here is a list of healthy homemade dog treat recipes.
- Single Ingredient Meat Treats – this one is as simple as selecting a meat and cooking it into little cubes for your pet.
- Almond Oatmeal Dog Treats – feel free to switch out the almond butter with peanut butter in this recipe.
- DIY Doggie Breath Mints – not only will they taste great but they’ll also freshen up your pet’s breath.
- Diabetic Dog Treats – even dogs without diabetes can enjoy these.
- DIY Frozen Apple Dog Treats – only a few ingredients and very simple to make.
- Basic Dog Biscuits – very basic dog biscuit recipe to play around with.
The Secret Ingredient
Hopefully by now you understand that store bought dog treats come with convenience and the possibility of being contaminated with harmful chemicals and ingredients. By sourcing your own high quality ingredients you can make healthier, tastier options for your favorite canine friend to enjoy without fear of obesity or getting sick. Be sure to keep in mind that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet with the rest coming from other sources like kibble.
The only downside to homemade treats are that they often don’t last as long as the store bought treats. You can make them last as long as possible by sealing them in an airtight container and leaving in the freezer for storage.
If you try one of these recipes you’ll need a secret ingredient, love. The fact that you have found yourself here indicates that you already have plenty of that for your dog so this shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Is there a healthy recipe that your dog loves but isn’t here on our recommendations? Leave us a comment and let me know about it. If you try one of these recipes be sure to let us know how your experience was and if your pooch loved the things you made!