If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’ve a little furry friend at home – maybe even two. Of course, they’re not just something you ‘own’, on the contrary: they’re part of your family. As such you want to treat them like family and feed them like family!
You take care of what you put into your body. As a loving dog mom or dad you want to extend the same care to your four-legged family member and spoil them with home made dog cookies and treats. Don’t worry if you’re unsure of where to start. Here are our favorite 6 easy dog treat recipes to spoil your dog crazy that are filled with goodness and yet are so easy to make that anyone, really, can master these treats.
1. Breakfast Dog Biscuits
Breakfast in bed anyone? These bone shaped biscuits from Love + Cupcakes are big enough to make a whole meal for your dog rather than a little treat. They’re packed with flavor with bacon and cheese and have added goodness with carrots and flax seeds – so you can rest assured that you’re nourishing your fur babies as well. So treat them to something different to their usual dog food. Whether you want to serve your dog in bed – up to you.
2. A Seasonal Favorite
We all know how good pumpkin is for us humans and same applies to dogs! So extend your autumn favorite to your loving family pooch with this recipe from White On Rice Couple. If you want to go extra healthy, omit the sugar and replace the wheat flour with chickpea flour for a no-grain option. Your dog will start loving autumn as much as you do, guaranteed.
3. A Meaty Option – Beef and Cheddar Biscuits
With a total preparation time of 1 hour, this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker is easy to follow and prepare at home. Make them for a special birthday treat or make them in batches and keep them in a jar for a little treat here and there. Of course these are pretty in bone shapes but if they’re for regular use, you’d be forgiven to shortcut and just form round cookies.
4. Apple Cheddar Biscuits Almost Too Pretty To Eat
You’d be forgiven to think that these are actually for humans, they’re so pretty – can you see, these are actually little paw prints! Looking at the ingredients of this recipe there is nothing suggesting that these wouldn’t actually be tasty for our taste buds also. Love + Cupcakes certainly knows how to spoil a dog!
5. Four Ingredients Only Oat Biscuits
OK, so this recipe actually consists of four ingredients only – oats, eggs, broth and a bit of salt. Plus they only take 30 minutes to make. Add A Pinch is showing us how easy it can be to make home made treats for your dog. With only ingredients your dog goes crazy for anyways, these are sure to be a winner both for your dog (for taste) and for you (for ease of making).
6. Blueberry Treats
Lola the Pitty is a blog solely focused on dogs, including great recipes for healthy treats. This blueberry number is using almond flour, rice flour, olive oil, egg and of course blueberries. With that, they’re technically gluten free. Added bonus: the antioxidant qualities of the blueberries. They’re not only good for humans but have the same effect on our dogs, protecting cells against free radicals.
This is just a list to get you started and really the sky is the limit! You can get creative with ingredients and shapes depending on what your dog likes and if everything else fails, there is always the option to let somebody else do the work and order in home made dog treats.
Featured photo credit: Maude Enjoys Her Treat 2/Tricia via flickr.com