In our efforts to promote proper dog care and nutrition, we not only wanted to educate our fellow dog owners on how to choose the best dog food for their pup, but we’d also like to share some of the healthiest homemade dog treat recipes for you to try at home!
These pet owners have worked hard to come up with quick, easy to make, dog treat recipes while keeping in mind the importance of healthy diet. When compared to other homemade healthy dog treats, their recipes stood out as they consisted of some of the best ingredients for dogs.
As part of our initiative, we would like to recognize others who offer healthy dog food solutions. Here are our Top 5 Best Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for 2012!
#1 Slammin’ Salmon Dog Cookies
This recipe is brought to you by our friends at Dog Time.
Fish is one of the best things you can give to your dog. We mention the benefits of fish in our Choose The Best Dog Food Article, as it is a great source of protein. Salmon contains high levels of Omega-3, which is beneficial to a dog’s skin, coat, joints and cardio system. Salmon is also very low in fat and offers great nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, B6 and B12.
Today, many pet owners are trying to find ways of adding more fish into their dog’s diet. Some people like to add salmon oil to their dog’s food for moisture and extra nutrients. Instead of changing your dog’s already healthy food, you can just add these delicious Salmon Dog cookies to their diet by following this recipe:
- 1 Small Can of Salmon Meat
- 1/3 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
- 1 Cup Oatmeal, ground into coarse flour
- ¼ tsp Baking Powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add salmon and water to food processor, and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and pulse for a minute or two, until it forms a ball.
- Knead the mixture on floured surface until it forms a soft ball of dough. Roll out to a 1/8″ to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
- Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Let cool before serving.
That’s it! You’re done! And your dog’s mouth will be watering.
#2 Homemade Chicken Dog Bones
Our friends at Best Dog Treat Recipes came up with this recipe!
Are you in the process of training your dog? These Homemade Chicken Dog Bones are great rewards for excellent behavior!
This recipe came in at #2 on our list because Chicken is great for dogs. Chicken is an excellent source of protein and Chicken broth is a good ingredient to use for those of you who are on a budget. Many pet owners add Chicken broth to their dog’s dry food to add flavoring, nutrients and moisture. This recipe is easy to follow and you can even take it a step further by adding extra pieces of Chicken to increase the amount of protein!
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 1 ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 ½ Cup Unbleached Flour
- 1 ½ t Dry Yeast
- ¼ Cup Oat Bran (can use Oat Bran Cereal)
- 2 t Chicken Bouillon
- Place all ingredients in your bread maker in the order that the manufacturer suggests.
- Set the breadmaker for “dough”.
- When the dough is ready, remove it and divide it into 3 equal portions.
- Roll into sheets (with a rolling pin) that are 1/8″thick for small (1inch) bones, ¼” thick for 3″ bones and ½” thick for 5 or 6 inch bones.
- Cut out your bones, making sure that your cookie cutter has lots of flour on it so it doesn’t stick.
- Bake the bones at 275 degrees F. The little bones will only take a few minutes (perhaps 10); the 3″ bones should bake for about an hour. And the large bones should bake for at least an hour and 15 minutes.
- Turn the oven off and let the bones sit in the oven for several hours or overnight. The large bones will take quite a bit longer than the others. When they are dry, the treats will be hard and crisp, with no “give” to them.
- Chicken Bones can be stored at room temperature for a couple of weeks—if they have been dried properly.
- If you plan to keep them longer, or you are not sure that they are dry enough, put your dog bone treats in the refrigerator or freezer in a plastic container.
#3 Mango Chicken Treats
Doggy Dessert Chef came up with this wonderful recipe!
Mango is a non-toxic fruit that is a great source of fiber and is good for dogs on occasion. The only thing you have to watch out for is to not let your dog eat the pit of a mango! While you’re cooking, don’t let your dog jump on the counter and grab one, as this can cause digestive problems.
Another key ingredient in this recipe is Cinnamon, which helps to regulate your dog’s blood sugar and cholesterol levels. If your dog suffers from arthritis or diabetes, Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory that may help your dog’s condition.
Many dessert-like treats have harmful ingredients that can lead to canine obesity or other health conditions. This recipe lets you give your dog a delicious mango dessert, while keeping him on track with his diet!
- 1 Chicken Breast, Cooked and Chopped
- 1 Cup Chopped Mango
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ Cup Oats
- ¾ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone-baking mat.
- In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.
- Knead dough into ball and roll onto a heavily floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.
- Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. Makes 2 to 3 dozen hearts.
#4 Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
As our friends at I Love Dogs know, dogs love peanut butter!
These Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits stood out to us, as Peanut Butter is good for dogs in moderation. Peanut Butter is fairly high in protein and contains Vitamins E, K and B3. It also includes minerals such as Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and other dietary fibers. While Peanut Butter shouldn’t be in your dog’s every day diet, tossing him one of these biscuits every once in a while is a great way to give him some extra nutrients in a tasty way!
- 1 Cup Flour
- ½ Cup Milk
- 2 Tbs Peanut Butter
- ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Egg White
- 1 Tbs Chicken Broth
- Mix flour and milk until lumpy.
- Add peanut butter and broth.
- Mix parmesan cheese with first 4 ingredients.
- Add egg white.
- Mix well or until it has the consistency of pancake batter.
- Add baking powder.
- Pour onto greased cookie sheet, making 2″ drops.
- Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool.
#5 Pumpkin Carob Drop Dog Treats
We had to include a seasonal treat in our list, thanks to Dog Treat Recipe Exchange!
Pure Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and Beta Carotene (Vitamin A). We especially liked this recipe as it includes Unsweetened Carob Chips. We all know dogs can’t have Chocolate, well this is the next best thing! Unsweetened Carob Chips are made from Carob Powder. They look like chocolate chips, but they’re different, as they do not contain caffeine or Theo bromine. It’s just a naturally sweet substance that’s low in fat!
- 1 15oz Can Mashed Pure Pumpkin (Do not use Spiced Pie Filling)
- ¾ Cup Cream of Wheat (or rice cereal if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
- ½ Cup Dry Powdered Milk
- Unsweetened Carob Chips
- Preheat oven to 300 F. Mix all ingredients together.
- Using an inexpensive pastry bag (available at your grocery store), make 1-1/2 to 2 inch swirls or rosettes onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. In the center of each swirl drop a carob chip.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
- Treats come out soft and slightly chewy.
There you have it! Our Top 5 Best Healthy Dog Treats. Go out to your local grocery store today and try one at home! I’m sure your dog will love a homemade treat!
We’re one step closer to providing proper nutrition to dogs everywhere. Remember, dogs are not just pets, they’re family members!