While there are plenty of puppy treats available on the market, not only are these products often expensive, they also tend to have lots of nasty ingredients that puppies simply don’t need. Therefore, we’ve compiled this list to provide you with some healthy, delicious treats for your puppy that you can make at home with minimal preparation and time.
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Peanut Butter Bites for Puppies
The best part of these Peanut Butter Puppy Treats is that they require no baking. Simply mix the ingredients, refrigerate for an hour, and enjoy. We’re yet to meet a puppy who doesn’t enjoy peanut butter, so this is the perfect treat for hungry puppies. The treats can also be made small so that they are suitable for training.
For these Perfect Peanut Butter Puppy Treats, you will need:
- 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
- ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
- ¼ Cup Milk
- 3 Cups Rolled Oats
- Combine the Milk, Pumpkin Puree, and Peanut Butter with an electric mixer.
- Gradually add 2 ½ cups of rolled oats at low speed.
- Using a spoon and your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 3 centimetres across. You should be able to make about 20.
- Cover and place in the fridge. The treats should be firm and ready in about 1 hour.
Pumpkin Strips for Puppies
Pumpkin is a great, healthy, and vegan treat for young puppies. Many puppies enjoy the taste and consistency of the vegetable much like humans. Not only does it taste great, but it can also help with constipation and diarrhoea by providing much needed dietary fibre.
For this super simple Pumpkin Puppy Treat, you will need:
- 1 Pumpkin (Butternut or Jap work well)
- Preheat the oven to 180° C
- Slice the pumpkin into small pieces for quicker cooking time
- Cook the pumpkin until soft
- Allow the oven to cool to 60° C.
- Puree pumpkin with a stick blender or food processor until smooth
- Spread the pureed pumpkin over a non-stick baking tray and cook for 6-8 hours (until the pumpkin is no longer sticky to touch).
- When the pumpkin leather is cool, cut into treat sized strips.
Cheesy Bone Biscuits for Puppies
Bone shaped puppy treats are probably one of the most popular styles available. The good thing about these biscuits, however, is that they incorporate 4 simple ingredients to make fresh treats your puppy will love.
To make these delicious dog biscuits, you will need:
- 4 Cups of Flour
- 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese
- 1 1/3 Cups of Water
- 2 TBSP of Coconut Oil
- Preheat the oven to 180° C
- Combine the flour and cheese in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in water and oil and mix until well combined. You may need to add more oil to fully combine the dough.
- Once the mix resembles a stiff dough, roll it out onto a cutting board until it is roughly 3.5 centimetres tall.
- Use a cookie cutter to make bone shapes of roughly 1-3 centimetres tall.
- Cook the dough for roughly 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown and semi-firm. The cookies will continue to harden as they cool
Pumpkin, Blueberry and Bacon Pupsicles for Puppies
When the warmer weather hits, it pays to be prepared. Luckily, these tasty popsicles are an all-time summer puppy favourite. This recipe is extremely simple, and you can substitute similar ingredients to cater to your puppy’s particular tastes.
For this refreshing puppy treat, you will need:
- 1 Tin of Pumpkin
- 1 Punnet of Blueberries
- 1-2 Slices of Bacon – trim all fat
- 1 Cup of Water
- Pig ear Puppy Chews for the stick part
- Popsicle Moulds
- Start by cooking the bacon to remove any nasty bacteria remember to trim all fat.
- Next, combine the bacon, pumpkin, and water in a food processor until fairly smooth.
- Pop 3-4 blueberries in the bottom of your puppy Popsicle moulds before adding the pumpkin mix. Leave a small gap at the top.
- Place pig ear chews where the puppy Popsicle sticks would usually be for an extra touch of flair.
Chicken Jerky for Puppies
There are various jerky varieties on the market and your puppy will likely love all of them. Unfortunately, both human-grade and animal-grade jerky varieties are often high in sodium, sugar, and preservatives. As a result, we searched for a better alternative, this is the result.
For this recipe, you will need:
- Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
- Chicken Breasts
- Preheat the oven to 120° C
- Generously grease a wire rack with oil and place it on top of a baking pan or cookie sheet. (The wire rack allows circulation of air and even cooking)
- Trim any visible fat off the chicken
- Slice the chicken into sheets of approximately 5mm or 2.5mm
- Place the chicken slices on the greased rack and cook for 2 hours, checking every half an hour or so.
- Flip the chicken after 2 hours and allow them to dehydrate for a further 45 minutes (or until fully crisp)
* Because this recipe uses no salt or preservatives, it should store for about 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
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