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How to make your own homemade dog treats

Homemade dog treats
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Making homemade dog treats can be a fun weekend activity that creates new and tasty snacks for your canine companion, they could also be the perfect gift for a pet-loving friend. Homemade treats give you complete control over the ingredients and can be a fun way to get kids involved in caring for a pet. 

All of these treats can be made in a few simple steps with just a handful of healthy everyday ingredients. With the help of silicone moulds and some quick decoration, you’ll have impressive-looking snacks ready to go in as little as an hour.

If you don't have the time for homemade treats, then take a look at our round-up of the best dog treats.

Apple carrot treats

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Apple carrot treats

Prep time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 15-18 minutes

Makes 90 nibbles or 22 doughnuts

Ingredients
• 1 large carrot, grated (approx. 4oz)
• ½ apple, grated
• 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
• ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
• 1 egg
• Plain natural yoghurt (optional)
• Ground cinnamon (optional)

Method
• Add ingredients to a bowl and mix to form a dough
• Wrap dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for an hour or two
• Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line two large baking trays with parchment
• For small ‘nibbles’, roll a teaspoon of mixture between your palms, place on a baking tray and press down gently with the back of a fork. For doughnuts, scoop a tablespoon of mixture, roll between your palms, press down on a baking tray and make a hole in the centre with the end of a paintbrush or teaspoon
• Bake nibbles for 15 minutes, doughnuts for 18 minutes

Optional steps
• Dip doughnuts in plain yoghurt to create ‘frosting’ and sprinkle with a small pinch of ground cinnamon
• Place in freezer for 20 minutes to allow the yoghurt to set

Tip
Don’t be surprised if the dough is wet and sticky, but you can add a few more tablespoons of flour if it’s really unmanageable. If you’re after more of a biscuit texture, try squeezing some of the moisture out of the grated carrot and apple before adding to the mixture. 

These can be kept in a refrigerator for up to a week.

Chicken and rice bones

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Chicken and rice bones

Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes

Makes 22-24 bones

Ingredients
• 7oz raw chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
• 500ml chicken stock
• ½ cup cooked rice (white and wild rice mix)
• 1 ½ cups wholewheat flour
• 1 egg

Method
• Add chicken breast and stock to a pan and boil until chicken is cooked – about 10 minutes
• Remove chicken from stock and leave both to cool
• Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C
• Add rice, chicken and ⅓ cup chicken stock to a food processor and blend to a paste
• Add chicken paste, flour and egg to a bowl and mix to form a dough
• Add a tablespoon of dough to each well of a silicon mould and press down until evenly spread
• Bake for 25 minutes until light brown
• Allow to cool down and firm up before removing from the mould

Tips
If you don’t have a silicone mould, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out with a cookie-cutter, or roll a tablespoon of dough between your palms and press down slightly on the tray. 

Rice is a great treat option for older dogs or dogs with easily upset stomachs – it’s nutritious but bland enough for their digestive systems to handle. 

These can be kept in a refrigerator for up to a week.

Peanut butter banana bites

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Peanut butter banana bites

Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 12-15 minutes

Makes about 24 bites

Ingredients
• 1 large or 2 medium bananas
• ½ cup natural unsweetened peanut butter (xylitol free)
• 1 ¼ cup rolled oats

Methods
• Mash banana(s) in a bowl
• Add peanut butter and stir well
• Whizz oats in a food processor until it looks like flour
• Add oat flour to bowl and mix to form a dough
• Wrap dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for an hour
• Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line two large baking trays with parchment
• Roll a tablespoon of mixture between your palms, place on a baking tray and press down slightly – leave about ¼ inch between each biscuit
• Use the end of a paintbrush (or the tip of your little finger) to press a paw shape into each biscuit
• Bake for 12-15 minutes until the bottoms are light brown
• Leave to cool down before giving to your dog or storing in an airtight container 

Tip
These can easily be made into bite-sized treats instead of biscuits – just measure out a teaspoon of mix for each one rather than a tablespoon. In their mini form, these irresistible peanut butter treats make perfect training rewards.

These can be kept in a refrigerator for up to a week.

Blueberry pupsicles

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Blueberry pupsicles

Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Freeze time: 5+ hours

Makes 8 pupsicles

Ingredients
• 2.5oz plain natural yoghurt
• 2.5oz water
• 2.5oz unsweetened frozen blueberries

Method
• Blend yoghurt, blueberries and water in a food processor
• (Optional step) Fill paw pads of silicone with some plain yoghurt
• Pour blueberry yoghurt mix into moulds until almost full (the pupsicles will expand as they freeze)
• Freeze for at least five hours

Tips
This recipe can be adapted endlessly – try using frozen strawberries or watermelon instead of blueberries, adding the blueberries whole instead of blending them, or adding peanut butter to the watery yoghurt mix. 

If you need to keep the calories down, use a little less yoghurt and make up the weight with extra water. 

yoghurt covered apple carrot doughnut dog treats

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Get creative

All these recipes are human-friendly, so no need to worry if little hands find their way into the dog-treat jar. They’re forgiving and adaptable recipes too, so you can alter the contents and quantities to suit your dog’s preferences and dietary needs – just remember to make sure any ingredients you’re planning on adding are safe for canine consumption.