You can always buy training treats from online and offline stores, but have you considered making them? Homemade treats are better options for your fur babies because they don’t contain the same amount of chemicals, preservatives, and fats as store-bought ones.
Additionally, homemade dog training treats are easy to make — you don’t have to be a pro in the kitchen to delight your fur babies! Homemade dog training treats use simple ingredients, and you’ll only need a few minutes to make them from scratch.
Don’t believe us? Here are seven easy-to-make homemade dog training treats:
Peanut Butter Treats
For this dog treats recipe, you can use regular peanut butter you probably already have in your home. Just make sure that it’s free from xylitol, as this ingredient is toxic to dogs.
To make peanut butter treats, mix 2 cups of flour, 2 eggs, and ½ cup of peanut butter. Gradually add water as you’re mixing until it becomes wet enough. Roll out as a dough, form into cookies (or other shapes if you have molds), and bake for 15 minutes.
Best for: Teaching your dog how to recognize their name. This should be the first thing you teach your pet, as it instills discipline. Moreover, it’ll be easier for you to teach other dog commands if your pet knows their name.
Chicken Dog Treats
Almost every dog loves chicken — so why not make the best puppy training treats using the same ingredient? Another thing that makes this recipe worth trying is it’s highly versatile: you can serve it hot or cold.
The ingredients for this homemade dog training treat include diced chicken, cooked rice, rice flour, parsley, and an egg. Mix everything until fully combined and bake for about 30 minutes.
To serve some cold treats, mix honey, diced chicken, rice, and chicken broth. You can put the ingredients in a food processor or blender if you want the chicken to be finer. Spoon the mixture into molds and freeze until it becomes solid.
Best for: Training your dogs with the “leave it” or “no” command. This command is extremely helpful in preventing your dog from eating anything toxic. It also helps teaches your dog to behave properly, especially when you’re out in public.
Two-Ingredient Dog Treats
Who says you need a full pantry to prepare the best puppy training treats at home? This recipe only requires two ingredients — and these ingredients are cheap and found almost anywhere.
Mix two cups of organic whole-leaf flour with two jars of pureed baby food. Put the mixture in molds, let it freeze for a couple of hours or overnight, and you’re ready to serve.
Pureed baby food comes in a wide variety of flavors, so make sure to try some to determine which one your pet loves best. We recommend giving your fur baby blueberry- and sweet potato-flavored purees.
Best for: Teaching your dog to come back to you when called. You can start teaching your fur baby this basic dog command by walking a few feet away from them. Let them “come” to you and reward them with treats once they respond.
Homemade Dog Biscuits
Biscuits are a staple in every home as they’re filling and convenient to eat. But instead of sharing your biscuits, why not prepare homemade puppy biscuit for your dogs as treats? Keep in mind that biscuits humans can safely eat isn’t always safe for canines.
To make dog biscuits at home, you’ll need whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseeds, beef broth, and peanut butter. Mix all of the ingredients, roll to about ¼” thickness, and cut into your desired shape. Bake for about 20 minutes, and you’re good to go!
Best for: Teaching your dog the “watch me” or “look” command. Once your dog masters this command, they can easily focus on you. This teaches your dog discipline even when they’re in a highly stimulating environment.
Sweet Potato Fries
Canines also need vegetables to stay active and healthy. Fortunately, sweet potatoes are safe and one of the most nutritious treats for dogs, so you can add them to their diets.
This recipe only requires three ingredients: sweet potatoes, coconut oil, and cinnamon. After washing the sweet potatoes, peel the skin and cut them into evenly sized long skinny fries. Coat the potatoes with oil and cinnamon by placing them inside a Ziploc bag and bake them for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to flip over the fries for even baking!
Best for: Teaching your dog the “drop it” command. Canines are naturally curious and would usually eat everything they find around them (even when they’re not digestible), which is why it’s important to teach them this command.
Frozen Apple Dog Treats
Does your dog love to nibble anything that’s cold? If you answered “yes,” then this frozen apple dog treat is perfect! Plus, this dog treat recipe is so simple that you don’t have to “cook” anything!
To start, blend apples (make sure to deseed first), Greek non-fat plain yogurt, and water together. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours or overnight. Remove the treats from the ice cube tray and place them in your dog’s bowl for them to enjoy!
Best for: Teaching your dog to sit and stay at home. This treat melts fast, so make sure to train them how to sit and stay on cue at home. These are two of the most dog basic commands you should teach your fur baby when they’re still young.
Cheesy Bone Treats
Making these high value dog treats will make your kitchen smell so good, you’ll have a hard time keeping your dog off the counter. This treat is an excellent option for fur babies who love eating cheese.
You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this treat: flour, shredded cheese, oil, and water. Combine the ingredients together, roll on floured cutting board, and cut with a bone-shaped cutter (or any shaped mold will do). Bake at 250-350 degrees until thoroughly dry.
Best for: Training your dog on how to wait. This command is also essential to prevent your dog from moving or wandering around. Once your dog masters this command, they’ll stay in place and wait for you until you come back.
Try Out These Dog Treat Recipes
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