Easy Homemade Dog Treats - For Busy Dog Owners!

My easy homemade dog treats are just that....easy.  I don't know about you, but I start to glaze over when a recipe calls for a long list of ingredients that I've got to buy, assemble, chop, dice and measure.  Let alone one that calls for any kneading, blanching or sautéing.  Forget that, sometimes I just want to keep it simple to make.  That's why I've put together these easy homemade dog treats that focus on limited ingredients, minimal preparation, and let's not forget, easy to clean up.

Dog eating a healthy treat

There's a variety of easy homemade dog teats that you can make, that are going to be more cost effective. Everyone likes to save money, I certainly do! By making your treats at home, this allows you have the freedom to make quick and simple treats or go the extra mile and get creative with the ingredients. Many dog owners hear 'Homemade Dog Treats' and think it is going to include a lot of work, time and money - when actually it is the complete opposite.

If you have a dog that has allergies, diabetes or other health problems where you have to look at the ingredients before buying treats - then homemade is the way forward. You can make easy homemade dog treats that don't contain any ingredients that are going to upset your furry companion. All of the recipes on my website can be adapted to suit any dog that has health problems. 

What Is The Average Cost To Make A Homemade Dog Treat?

Many dog owners think that by making easy homemade dog treats at home is going to be expensive, but this is not true. You don't need to spend a lot to make a healthy, great tasting dog treat. The average cost to make a easy homemade dog treats depends on the type of dog treat your thinking of making. If your making a meaty treat, then you will find that the price all depends on the type of meat your purchase in your local store.

I recommend buying organic meat for reassurance that it is free from pesticides, herbicides, sewage sludge or radiation, but you can certainly purchase cheaper meats or even use what you already have in the freezer. I always look out for discounts on meat in my local store and then freeze them when I get home. You can get some really good deals on high quality meats. Many homemade dog treats can cost a few dollars, while others featuring high quality ingredients can cost more money. Overall, homemade made dog treats cost less to make and are healthier then store bought dog treats. 

What Are The Benefits Of Making Your Own Dog Treats

Making your own easy homemade dog treats is very fun and rewarding for you and your dog. There are three main benefits to making homemade dog treats:

  1. It allows you to control what goes into the recipe. You can ensure that your dog is getting a high value nutritious and wholesome treat. Easy homemade dog treats can be tailored to suit your dogs taste preferences as well as cater for any dietary restrictions that your dog may have.
  2. Many store bought dog treats contain unhealthy additives and preservatives, which help extend their shelf life in the store. Not to mention the amount of fillers and byproducts they can include.
  3. Homemade dog treats are an exciting and tasty alternative for your dog. I couldn't eat the same snack every day as I would get bored, this is the same with our dogs! 
  4. There are many health benefits of using herbs in your dogs treats. Modern Dog Magazine lists the 'dog safe' herbs and describes the benefits of each herb. You will be amazed what herbs can help with common dog health problems

Tasty Meat Treats Recipes

Meat based dog treats are very popular, and it is important to include meat in your dogs diet as it contains 'Protein'. There are loads of easy homemade dog treats that you can make, which contain meat. Amino acids in proteins are vital to your dog's diet as they help build and replace body tissue, organs, hormones and supports your dogs immune system.

It is a great feeling feeding your dog a homemade 'meat' treat, knowing that it helps their overall health. For easy homemade dog treats that are high value and great for training treats, I would highly recommend checking out the Liver Treats page.

Varieties of Meats to Choose From, When Making
Easy Homemade Dog Treats

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Buffalo
  • Rabbit
  • Venison
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Ostrich 
  • Quail 

Varieties of Fish to Choose From, When Making
Easy Homemade Dog Treats

  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Sardines 
  • Mackerel 
  • Herring
  • Anchovies 
  • Trout 
  • Catfish 

Dehydrated Marinated Chicken Strips   

I will always recommended purchasing organic meat as it is much healthier and doesn't contain any pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Don't ever be embarrassed to buy meats that are on offer or discounted, it's a great way to keep your costs down. You can buy discounted meats that are coming to their end of sale date and freeze it until you are ready to make a new bunch of treats.

Chicken strips marinating in honey, chicken stock, water and dried basil.
Chicken strips cooking in the dehydrator
Dehydrated Chicken Strips - Ready to eat
Nesco FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator All-In-One Kit with Jerky Gun


  • 3 Large Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Cup of Honey 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Chopped Basil (If you don't have fresh, dried will be fine)


  1. Thinly slice the chicken into strips.
  2. Mix together the water, chicken stock, honey and fresh basil. 
  3. Place the chicken strips in a shallow bowl or plastic bag and cover the chicken with the marinade you just made.
  4. Place the chicken in the fridge and marinate overnight. 
  5. Place the chicken strips into the dehydrator at High/160F for 6-12 hours. Dehydrating times will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken strips.

Tip: Cut a chicken strip in half to test for dryness. The chicken is done once there is no moisture in the center of the treat and it is the same color throughout. 

Beef and Potato Chunky Patties 

Cooked beef and potato chunky patties, in a bowl. These treats have a little crunch to them.'Beef and Potato Chunky Patties'


  • 6 oz ground beef
  • 1/2 Cup of Grated Carrots
  • 1 Cup of Instant Mash Potato Mix 
  • 4 Tablespoons of Powdered Milk (This can be found in the cereal aisle in the grocery store) 


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Puree the beef and carrots in a blender, until smooth. 
  4. Gradually add the powdered milk and instant mash mixture with the beef and carrot, mix together. 
  5. Roll the mixture into small sized balls, then press into patties and bake in the oven for 25 minute or until firm.

Crispy 'Baked' Carrot Sticks

Crispy baked carrot sticks in a bowl. Carrots are full of nutrition's that will benefit your dog in many ways.'Crispy Baked Carrot Sticks'


Option One:

  • 1 Large carrot 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of parsley
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of coconut oil 

Option Two:

  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1 Small Saucepan of cooked meat juices


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. Peel the carrot, and trim the ends. 
  3. Cut the carrot in half, then cut these into thin strips.
  4. If you are doing option 1, Place the carrot strips onto the baking tray and sprinkle the carrots with parsley and place the coconut oil in the tray.
  5. If you are doing option 2, place the carrot strips into the meat juices for 10 minutes and then place on a baking tray.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn them over - repeat this 3 times. 

Healthy Fruit and Vegetables Recipes 

Fruit and vegetables are great low calorie treats. If looking for a new, fun and cheap way to rev up your furry companions diet, adding fruit and vegetables can be a healthy way to do just that. Check out the table below for the 10 best fruit and vegetables to give to your dog and consider adding them to your dog's meal routine.

Of course, just like us, some dogs are going to prefer certain fruits and vegetables to others. Scroll down to find easy homemade dog treats that contain a variety of fruit and vegetables - If the recipe includes an ingredient that you know your dog doesn't like, just substitute it for something else.

10 Best Fruit and Vegetables for Dogs

  • Asparagus 
  • Watermelon 
  • Blueberries 
  • Sweet Potatoes 
  • Pumpkin 
  • Apples
  • Spinach 
  • Green Beans 
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Brussels Sprouts 

Frozen Peanut Butter and Yogurt Desserts


  • 1 Cup of Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup of Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt 
  • 1 Silicon mold Tray or Ice Cube Tray


  1. Fill each individual mold half way with peanut butter, and then top it up with yogurt to achieve a two-tone effect.
  2. Place in the freezer overnight.  

Dehydrated Marinated Parsley Sweet Potatoes

Tasty, healthy sweet potatoes dehydrating
A bowl of dehydrated sweet potato slices.
German Sheppard enjoying a healthy homemade dehydrated sweet potato treat.


  • 2 Sweet Potatoes 
  • 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Parsley (optional)


  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1cm strips (the skin can be kept on)
  2. In a dish, mix together the olive oil, salt, garlic powder and parsley. Then add the cut sweet potatoes into the dish and cover them with the mixture.
  3. Place them on to a dehydrator tray.
  4. Dehydrate for 7 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are at a desired texture at 135F .

Tip: You can use other fruit and vegetables that your dog enjoys. This recipe allows you to play around with the ingredients and textures of new treats. This recipe is 100% human safe.

Dehydrated Apple and Cinnamon Chips 

2 Ingredients. Two apples and a pinch of cinnamon.
Apple and Cinnamon Slices Dehydrating
Dehydrated Apple and Cinnamon Chips


  • 2 Fresh Apples
  • 1 Tablespoon of Ground Cinnamon 


  1. Cut the apple into thin slices - make sure you do not include the apple pit.
  2. Place the slices onto a dehydrator rack, lightly sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  3. Set the dehydrator to 135F and allow the apple slices to dehydrate for 6 hours or until your desired texture. My dog prefer them when the are extra crispy.

As these treats are human safe, you and your dog can share them. I normally share this snack with Lady in the evenings. It's very healthy for you and your dog!

Beetroot and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Beetroot and Peanut Butter, pumpkin shaped cookies. A great healthy Halloween dog treat.'Beets and Peanut Butter Halloween Cookies'

Beetroot provides your dog with many health promoting nutrients and are low in calories. They are packed with natural vitamins that our dogs need to keep them healthy and are an excellent source of antioxidant manganese. This is what makes this vegetable so antioxidant rich.


  • 1/2 Cup of cooked red beetroot, unseasoned and pureed 
  • 1 Medium sized egg
  • 4 Tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
  • 1 Cup of rice flour (approx.) 


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook the beetroot and puree. (keep the water which you used to cook the beets and put aside)
  3. Add the egg and peanut butter to the beetroot puree and mix the ingredients together. 
  4. Gradually add the flour to the mixture, until the dough has a nice working consistency. If you find that the dough is dry, add a little bit of beetroot water. If the dough is too sticky, and a little more flour. 
  5. Roll your dough out onto a floured surface. Then cut out the shapes using your choice of cookie cutters
  6. Place the cookies on parchment paper and put them into the oven for 10 minutes. Then turn the cookies over and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes. (Cooking times will vary based on size, so keep a eye on the oven)

Optional: With the dough that is left over, roll into small sized balls and place on parchment paper. Gently press with a spoon and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Beetroot Water Treats - Pour the water that you have from when you cooked the beetroot into ice cubes trays and freeze overnight. These treats are very tasty, and are great in the summertime.

To Sum Up Easy Homemade Dog Treats

Easy homemade dog treats are not only for dogs that have health problems. Everyone likes to save money each month, right? Store bought dog treats can be highly-priced and contain questionable ingredients.

It may be an easy option to pick up a bag of packaged dog treats from the grocery store but if you're looking to save money and be in control of your dog's health, you may want to consider making your own instead. 

Luckily, there is no shortage on easy homemade dog treats you can try. These type of treats can be adapted to suit everyone. If you have a busy lifestyle and don't have much time on your hands these are great. If you want to have some fun and get creative, get the kids involved in some baking.

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ABOUT ME 'Sarah'

Hello, I’m Sarah, the owner of Pure Dog Treats! I started my website in 2016 when myself, my husband and our border collie ‘Lady’ moved to the US from the UK.

My passion is making a variety of wholesome, natural, tasty dog treats in the comfort of my own home. I provide a range of homemade recipes and recommendations for healthy, diabetic, homemade, organic,  vegetarian dog treats and much more. I have learnt that it can be confusing and challenging to find healthy dog treats, and would like to pass on my knowledge and passion onto other dog lovers.


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