Puppy treats are like snack foods for humans. They are fun to eat, but they must be consumed in moderation. Since treats are looked forward to, they must be made with healthy ingredients so your pup won’t put on extra weight. Conventional, store-bought treats may contain additives, preservatives and coloring that has no nutrition. You can opt for all-natural treats made with real ingredients, but they can be very expensive.
Making your own homemade puppy treats is the inexpensive way to make your pup enjoy eating while keeping their health in line. Through that, you can control what exactly your pet consumes, and you can easily adjust the portion size. And even if it doesn’t turn out picture-perfect, your dog will love it just the same. Here are some examples of puppy treats you can give your dog:
1. Peanut butter treats
A lot of dogs love peanut butter, and if your pup does too, there are a number of peanut butter treats you can do. One easy way for your pup to enjoy peanut butter is to freeze it. Mix peanut butter and vanilla yogurt, pour the mixture in molds and freeze it until frozen. You may also add banana, if you like.
You can also bake some peanut butter when you make a dough out of it. Mix 2 cups of flour with ½ cup peanut butter and 2 eggs. Combine ingredients well and add water until wet enough to be rolled out as a dough. Form it into your desired shapes and cook the dough into the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Baked treats
Baked treats like cookies, cupcakes and biscuits are dog treats perfect for training because dogs would love sniffing them, besides enjoying the taste. You can make flavored goodies featuring cranberry, apples, pumpkin, oats or even meat like bacon. You can find a lot of recipes online, but here’s something you must keep in mind: baked treats for dogs must be more dehydrated than those we used to eat. To achieve this, lower your temperature and bake the cookie longer than usual. Also, you can also use healthier alternatives to white flour such as oat, cornmeal, buckwheat, coconut flour and rye. Don’t overwhelm the dog by mixing a lot of ingredients in the treat, and remember not to mix ingredients that are harmful for dogs like milk, raisins and chocolates.
3. Sweet potato
We love fried potato stuff as snacks, but it’s too salty and oily for dogs. If your pup is a chewer, he’ll go crazy for yummy treats made with sweet potatoes. Treat it like the usual potato we enjoy. You can slice them thinly like mojos, or into strips like fries. Bake them in a low temperature until they are tough and chewy. If you want it fried, you can fry it in coconut oil.
4. Frozen treats
During the summer, dogs need refreshment just like us. While you may be tempted to share your ice cream with your puppy, they are not good for your puppy’s tummy. Make a special frozen refreshment for them, which are all very easy to do. Use freezable bases like water, fruit juice or yogurt and add one or two fruits your dog can eat like watermelon, apples, berries and banana. You may also add peanut butter or pumpkin. And for dogs, meat in frozen pops is very appealing. You can freeze bacon strips or chopped chicken frozen in water or low-sodium broth. Stick some chow sticks to make a meaty popsicle.
5. Meat jerky
Meat is essential in a dog’s diet. Puppies would surely love it whenever you reward them with meaty treats after they have been a “good dog.” Simply cut thin beef strips, dehydrate them and you’re done. If you want to use chicken or salmon, rub the thinly cut meat with herbs, and then dehydrate it. Fried bacon is well-loved by dogs as well, but give them only in moderation.