My Favorite Easy Dog Treat Recipes

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Your Pets Love Being Cooked For!

Your Pets Love Being Cooked For!

In a world of dog food and dog treat recalls I have found that making my own treats is best, so I thought I would share my top 3 favorite easy dog treat recipes and if you enjoy them I will occasionally post more but you have to let me know!

I like things that are simple and easy to make and where I can control the salt, sugar, spices and other things that my dog eats.  There is no reason to add salt, sugar or spices to my dog treats they enjoy them without! And, I like utilizing left overs!

Homemade Liver Treats  My favorite (and my dog’s favorite)liver treat 11

Most dogs can’t resist liver!!!

One package of your Favorite kind of liver  (chicken or beef is fine)

First, I boil the liver to cook it thoroughly.  Make sure not to use any garlic or onion powder like some recipes recommend; neither garlic nor onion is good for your dog… and let’s face it he doesn’t need extra flavor anyway.

After it has boiled thoroughly (this will depend on the size of the liver), I drain it and cook it in the oven at 250 until it becomes whatever consistency I desire; slightly soft or crispy.  Depending on what I am training for or using the treats for depends on how crispy I like them!

Then I freeze or refrigerate for future use.

chicken jerkyChicken/Turkey Jerky

I like to use leftovers whenever possible.  We had a HUGE turkey for Easter this year and there was no way we were going to clean the whole thing, so I like to use what is left to make some jerky.  I am sure any lean meat would work well, deer, beef or anything else you have left over.

White meat works best because it is lean and dries out easiest.  Dark meat just takes longer and anything that is super fatty like the skin won’t work at all plus it can become rancid if left out too long.

Cut the pieces the size that you desire and place in the oven at 250 and allow to cook until crispy (usually an hour or more).

I also freeze or refrigerate these treats to keep them fresh (I am paranoid about food poisoning so I figure better safe than sorry).

I find that these treats make great “jackpot” treats!

Pumpkin/Peanut Butter Treatspumpkin

  • 2 ½ cups of wheat flour (remember to cook healthy of your dog too!)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ can of plain canned pumpkin (make sure there are no spices included *nutmeg can kill dogs)
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl and use a little water to make the dough workable if needed but the dough should be dry and stiff to make good dog biscuits. Roll the dough out to about ½ inch think and cut into ½ inch pieces.

Bake in oven until crisp (about 45 minutes).

Dog biscuits last longer if they are hard and mold if they are moist.  If you and your dog prefer moister biscuits refrigerate!

There are 54 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    These are great ideas. I make my dog’s treats and dog food, but hadn’t thought of liver or jerky. I know he’ll love that. Thanks.

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  2. Maggi MacGregor says:

    Hi Minette, great recipes! One question…..are your oven temp’s centigrade or fahrenheit? :-)

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    Wendy Reply:

    Would have to be Fahrenheit. 350 Celsius would produce charcoal.

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    Linda Reply:

    Terrific, but wil have to leave out the peanut butter due to allergies.

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    Minette Reply:

    Fahrenheit you know us crazy Americans cant convert like the rest of the world 😉

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    Maggu MAcGregor Reply:

    Thanks Minette, us Scots don’t even know what scale we use!! well at least this one doesn’t!! 😉

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  3. Barb says:

    Great Recipes

    The following recipe my dogs love and it is so simple.

    1 Cup melted peanut butter
    3 Cups of plain or vanila yogurt

    Mix Well together. Put in containers to freeze (I use Ice cube trays). When frozen I put in a plastic bag and give to them as treats.

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  4. mike griffin says:

    Hi Minette, and thank you for the ideas. I have a question about the liver treats. When, in the process do you cut the beef liver to size, after boiling or baking?

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    Minette Reply:

    I usually cut them after boiling this helps them dry out faster

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  5. shell says:

    Sweet potato treats: slice raw potato into 1/4 in slices place on baking sheet in 250 degree F oven for 1 1/2 hrs. turn over and cook for another 1 1/2 hrs. cool. store in fridge. The dogs absolutely love these and since all sweet potato chips are from China they dont need to miss out.

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    Nancy Reply:

    Sounds like a good treat for humans as well!

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  6. Theresa says:

    Thanks so much for these recipies. I, too, was concerned about the recalls. An added benefit is that these are less expensive than bought treats.
    BUT For the Jerky, do you use raw or leftover cooked meat?

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    Minette Reply:

    You can use either for the jerky, raw just takes longer to cook and leftover meat dries out faster :)

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  7. Joyce says:

    Thanks for those great dog treats

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  8. Barbara says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. I’m writing them down now! It’s great to find wholesome,, easy recipes for my. girls

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  9. karen says:

    I have made liver cookies for my dogs and they love them. I put olive oil and eggs ,beef liver pureed with wholemeal flour and wheatgerm.

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    Patricia McCale Reply:

    buy dog food without wheat as my dogs have allergies to wheat.

    So if I make treats, I would never put wheat in them. How much sugar is in peanut butter?

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    Minette Reply:

    That would depend on the peanut butter you use, there are many more holistic peanut butters on the market.

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  10. Linda says:

    Great recipes, had to throw out her liver treats as she was choking on them. Will bake my own today. My dog is allergic to peanut butter though.

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  11. Sharon says:

    Thank you for tasty and easy resipes will most deffinatly try
    them.

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  12. Jack McGill says:

    I’d like to be able to print these recipes, where is the word “print”?

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  13. Joyce says:

    For the biscuits grind up oats into flour instead of using wheat flour ‘cuz dogs can have trouble with wheat like people.

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  14. Barbara says:

    I found a great recipe for DIABETIC DOG TREATS by Barb Maxwell on allrecipes.com which my diabetic dog goes crazy for and all your dogs will too.
    1-1/2 pounds of beef liver, cut into large pieces
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    Place liver into a food process, pulse until finely chopped. Add eggs and pulse again. Add flour a little at a time until all is mixed into liver.
    Spread evenly into a prepared baking pan.
    Bake 15 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven until center if firm.
    Cool and cut into squares using a pizza cutter. Treats have consistency similar to a sponge. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

    Additional notes: I have made these treats so many times because my diabetic dog goes crazy for them and I have tweeked the recipe a bit for even better results. . . .I do a half recipe at a time with usually a bit more than 3/4 pound, 1 egg, and I add almost 1/2 cup of flour (I use soy flour) and bake for almost 30 minutes until the edges are dry and crispy and have shrunk from the sides of the pan. Also I line a broiler pan with the new Reynolds Wrap heavy duty non-stick foil. After cutting into squares, I turn the squares upside down and allow to dry more thoroughly for at least an hour or so.

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  15. nancy keenan says:

    liver treats mix 1c.flour,1c.pureed raw liver,1c.cornmeal,1c. water. mix well and fold onto a well greased cookie sheet. bake at 300 for about 15 min. or until rubbery. cut into squares and refrigerate. dogs love these!!

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  16. nancy keenan says:

    the recipe for liver treats should read 2c.or 1 lb. of liver,not 1c. sorry about the mistake. hope you try this recipe!

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    k9mom Reply:

    Nancy,
    I make this recipe and you are right…the dogs love it. I replace the cornmeal with oat bran…corn meal is not really digested all that well by dogs.

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  17. Christina says:

    I have always sliced and microwaved liver for dog treats, is there an alternative to flour in cookies, as my girl SKYE is allergic to wheat,so I am looking for alternatves to wheat flour, thankfully she loves rice and all vegetables,

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    Anne Reply:

    What about organic Spelt flour, oat flour, barley flour?

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  18. Leanne says:

    Can anyone suggest what can be used in the biscuits other than peanut butter?

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    Anne Reply:

    How about grated cheddar cheese?

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  19. Funlayo says:

    Thanks for the recipe will try them out today. You mentioned nutmeg is poisonous for Dogs. I know of onions but what other food and spices are dangerous to dogs. I own a Rott and a GSD, both 6 months old.

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    Anita Reply:

    Avocados and grapes/raisins, as well as chocolate – not good for dogs at all.

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  20. Sko says:

    These look wonderful! I wonder about the chicken/turkey jerky, the crispy ones seem too hard and splintery (judging from what I’ve seen at the store). I wonder if you could cook them for a shorter time to the point where they would be chewy rather than crispy?
    Will be fun to try out on my two labs who would probably eat cardboard if it smelled like liver! :)

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  21. lynda says:

    thank you..will try ALL of these..for the pumking/peanut butter cookies you say 1/2 can, could you tell me the exact measure because im not sure what size can your suggesting. would it be one cup?

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  22. michelle says:

    I bouhgt some sweetpotatoe treats for my dog the other day she loved them but unforturenetly ther really exspesive. I desided i could do this so i have. i sliced the sweetpotatoe long way in very thin slices. put the oven on 195 degrees and bakeds then for four hours. my ruby loves them. funny she would not eat the sweetpotatoe raw. but she sure ate them dryed.

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  23. bnygren says:

    Hi. I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pit, Lab mix. Sometimes when I go outside he jumps on me and grabs my arms with his mouth and growls.He barks at me too! He hasn’t made me bleed- yet. I have been trying to stop this for a while but he is getting stronger(he will be 1 soon)! I am worried he might hurt someone. He is a sweetie half of the time. I have tried the shaker can- didn’t work. It just got him mad. I have tried water- doesn’t work because he loves water. I have tried to hold me down and try to calm him down- it worked when he wasn’t as strong. I don’t think he is trying to be really aggressive. I think he is just playing way to hard!

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    Minette Reply:

    He needs obedience training I suggest you check out our training programs at the http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com and get the one that fits you best! And get started with obedience training ASAP

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  24. Lady Gem says:

    My two boys love getting banana chips as treats. Their tail wag a mile a minute. I can get the to do just about anything when they see a handful of banana chips. They also love raw carrot chips, apples and even sliced tomatoes.

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  25. Sephie says:

    I can’t wait to try out these recipies, but I have a question on the pumpkin peanut butter one. I know you can buy two sizes of cans in pumpkin, are you talking about 1/2 a can of the small can? Or 1/2 a can of the large one?

    Lately I’ve been wanting to try new, healthier things for my dogs, so we had switched dog foods to an organic one, and my dogs ended up getting giradia from it! We were so mad, my vet sent a sample of the food to lad and had it tested, and sure enough, that was the culpret, so we have been erie of new things for them. We’d love to feed organically, but when a brand of dog food gets them sick, you wonder just how safe it really is.

    We eventually want to begin feeding raw, but when you have 19 dogs, it gets a bit pricey. :) So we’ll just start with organic and wholesome treats, where I know whats put in there. I can’t thank you guys enough for all the recipies, I’ve written them all down in my doggie cookbook. Hope they love them as much as I love the idea! :)

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  26. Jeannine says:

    I picked up some organic liver and banana treats that my dogs l oved. Will probably try the liver and add ripe bananas (the ones I didn’t get around to eating!). Thanks for the recipes. I love making dog treats!

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  27. Lee says:

    Hi
    You need to be careful with banana chips, they taste so good because of the natural sugar content, too many are not good for your or our dogs teeth… Carrots probably better 😊

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  28. Ron says:

    I make the biscuits with gluten free rice flour. Great if your dog as skin allergies.
    I also make all of my dogs food, seems like I cook a lot, but worth every minute. Both my girls get their meals with a multi-vitamin and are near perfect weight, healthy and active. And they love their meal time. Two 66 lb yellow lab/golden mix. I feed them 1 1/2 cups every morning and evening.

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  29. Ron says:

    Christine, my dogs are the same and I use rice flour for anything that calls for wheat. Skin irritations gone.

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  30. Margie says:

    I know for a fact that wheat and soy are not good for many humans as well as dogs. Try rice flour, tapioca flour, and Pocono 100% organic, fat free, sodium free, wheat free,& gluten free, USA Organic—This is on my restricted diet because of Leaky Gut Syndrome—-which can kill you if you eat too much bad processed foods. The Pocono Cream of Buckwheat is delicious, and could be used to help keep the other ingredients together in some of the above recipes. Quinoa Flakes are much the same and a good substitute for flour in recipes–Ancient Harvest is my choice–you may need to go to a reputable good health grocery store, but they are worth it, aren’t they? Always keep an eye on the expirations dates of these items, and pure plain pumpkin can be substituted for peanut butter..DO NOT use Almond butter, almonds are toxic to dogs and cats! IN MEMORIUM FOR MY LITTLE FOSTERED/ADOPED SWEET DOGGIE GODLIE, WHO DIED IN MY ARMS ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 FROM ALL THE ABUSE AND NEGLECT I TRIED FOR TWO YEARS
    TO REVERSE. SHE WAS A HAPPY PUPPY FOR TWO YEARS, THENA BAD BLADDER INFECTION TOOK HER OUT-THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO-DID EVRYTHING THEY COULD. LOVE YOU, GOLDIE GIRL!

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  31. Margie says:

    TWO MISTAKES IN MY EARLIER COMMENT—HER NAME WAS GOLDIE, AND I FOSTERED AND FELL IN LOVE AND ADOPTED HER. SHE WAS THE SWEETEST THING AND LOVED ATTENTION, AND HER BIG POOFY BED THAT “DAD”, MY HUSBAND, BOUGHT HER AND REFILLED WITH TEMPERPEDIC FILL. SHE LOVED SLEEPING IN THE SUNLIGHT OF OUR BIG, GLASS DOORWAY. REST IN PEACE, BABY GIRL. MOM.

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  32. Tricia Gaitan says:

    Hello Minette! Thanks so much for these recipes! My dog Stu loves chicken and turkey so i think i just might make him some chicken or turkey jerky for Christmas! I am looking for a special treat to make him and i think that this recipe will be perfect.

    Thanks so much! I love all your articles!

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  33. Rick Doyal says:

    How do I find a book on your making the stuff that was on here. Also a book on what’s bad for Dogs

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    Minette Reply:

    You can search the internet for both. The Humane Society often has a very good list of what is toxic for pets.

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  34. edwin says:

    Love the idea of creating a controled
    Diet! I have a great Dane 6 month old puppy that gets diarrhea any time I introduce anything outside of her regular diet. I feel bad that I can’t give her a treat . Any

    Suggestions ? I too am a Scott!

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  35. Barbara says:

    Jack, copy & paste on a blank “word” sheet and then save.

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  36. William says:

    Agreed. Our dogs get slices of raw carrots. They love them, never tire of them, and there is no fuss, no muss.

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  37. VK Massara says:

    Be careful the peanut butter does not contain Xilitol, which is also poisonous for dogs.

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  38. Ann Spear says:

    Good recipes! But if your dog is allergic to wheat (or even if they’re not) you can substitute rice flour for the whole wheat.

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  39. Wanda says:

    Buy Crazy Richards peanut butter, it only has peanuts in it and you can buy it at Walmart.

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