Gluten Free Dog Treats

Gluten free dog treats are great for any dog owner who owns a dog who suffers from celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Your dog doesn't have to have issues that are related to gluten. Many dog owners choose to have their dogs on an organic gluten free diet as it is healthier. Making your own gluten free dog treats gives you a lot of control over the ingredients going into them. Dogs that are gluten intolerant can develop various health issues, including allergies, joint pains and epilepsy. If you think your dog has a gluten allergy, there are symptoms to look out for. For owners who are not sure what gluten is, it is a protein found in certain grains, wheat, kamut, spelt, triticale, rye and barley.

Cocker Spaniel eating a treat, while laying in the grass

When you think of cookies, the baker in you lists off a variety of ingredients, with flour likely at the top of the  list. However,  if you have a dog that is sensitive to wheat or other gluten products, flour is not an option. Dog treats without flour is very possible. There is no need for your dog to miss out on amazing treats, just because he has allergies. By making your own homemade dog treats, this allow you to give great treats to your dog without the worry of upsetting his delicate tummy! 

I have put together a list of healthy recipes for gluten free dog treats below. If your dog is fine with gluten as long as it is grain free, then try my grain free dog treat recipes. 

Ingredients Found In Gluten Free Dog Treats

  • Gluten Free Flours (see below)
  • Seeds (e.g. flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • Beans
  • Buts
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Fresh Meats, Fish and Poultry 
  • Fruits and Vegetables (e.g. pumpkin, sweet potatoes)
  • Brewer's Yeast 

Gluten Ingredients In Store Brought Treats 

Dog treats manufactures add glutеn into their treats іn mаnу ѕеvеrаl different methods. Dog treats that contain rісе, gravy оr сеrеаl аrе thickened with gluten containing flоurѕ. Glutеn can trouble many so-called "gluten free dog treats", еvеn іn dоg'ѕ medicines and natural vіtаmіnѕ. Prevent glutеn free dоg treats that contain emulsifiers, flavorings, hydrolyzed vegetable рrоtеіn (HVP), natural flavorings, ѕtаrсhеѕ and ѕtаbіlіѕеrѕ bесаuѕе these ingredients regularly contain gluten.

There is a possibility of commercial organic gluten free dog treats containing a small amount оf glutеn, but this іѕ rеgаrdеd a secure amount. In U.S the FDA uѕеѕ the term (gluten-free) іn gluten free dоg treats with lеѕѕ than 20ppm of gluten. However, ѕіnсе the tеrm "glutеn free" dіffеrѕ іn different nаtіоnѕ, mаnу dо nоt еnсоurаgе labeling оf gluten-containing items. Thеrеfоrе, brands revealing "100% gluten free dоg treats" аrе not always 100% gluten free. Ongoing glutеn visibility, even in a tiny amount, саn gradually existing ѕеrіоuѕ wellness repercussions for dogs that have a ѕеrіоuѕ problem with glutеn.

Gluten Free Flours 

  • Almond Flour (contains: manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium)
  • Amaranth Flour
  • Quinoa Flour
  • Buckwheat Flour (good source of copper and magnesium and high in fiber and contains antioxidant properties)
  • Chickpea Flour (high in digestible fiber)
  • Coconut Flour (high in fiber)
  • Oat Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour (very similar to all-purpose flour. It contains selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and vitamin B3)
  • Quinoa Flour

Dog Friendly Homemade Meatloaf 


  • 4 lb lean ground turkey 
  • 1/2 lb organic chicken liver, rinsed and diced 
  • 2 Cups pureed peas
  • 2 Cups pureed sweet potatoes 
  • 2 Cups pureed broccoli (with stems)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and divide into four 8x4x1 inch loaf pans (Each should be three quarters full)
  3. Bake in the oven for one hour. Drain off any grease. 

These treats will keep up to one week in the refrigerator. You can wrap the meatloaf up in foil and freeze for up to six months. If you do training on a weekly basis, you can cook a large batch and freeze it, then take some out the night before you plan on training with your dog - quick and easy!

Dehydrated Lamb Jerky - With Ginger, Cranberries and Medjool Dates

Dehydrated Lamb Jerky. This recipe contains ginger, fresh cranberries and medjool dates. A great festive combination.

Fresh Ginger - Can help with digestive problems, such as diarrhea, colic and flatulence. It is very beneficial to older dog's whose digestives stems are a bit sluggish. If your dog is easier stressed in certain situations such as riding in a car, ginger helps calm them down.

Fresh Medjool Dates - Dates are low in fat, so great if your dog needs to watch their weight. Dates contain a range of vitamins, fiber, calcium, iron, protein, magnesium and potassium - all which are required for your dog to live a healthy life.

Fresh Cranberries - Rich with antioxidants and nutrients that help support our dogs immune system and has the ability to decrease inflammation. It is very important to ensure your dogs has antioxidants in their diet, they play a major role in keeping your dog healthy. 


  • 1 lb organic 100% ground lamb
  • 2 oz fresh cranberries (or dried) 
  • 2 large fresh medjool dates - remove the pip
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger


  1. Place the ground lamb into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut up the cranberries and the medjool dates into small-sized pieces, then add them both to the mixing bowl.
  3. Add the freshly grated ginger and using your hands mix all the ingredients together. 
  4. Place the mixture into a jerky gun and pipe the mixture onto a dehydrator tray. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.
  5. Turn the dehydrator to 160-degrees and dehydrate for 6 hours or until you get you desired texture. 

Dehydrated Sweet Potato, Apple and Carrot Mix

This is a great gluten free treat that you and you dog can enjoy, and they are very healthy! By dehydrating fruit and vegetables, this allows the treats to keep their nutritions. The issue with oven baked treats, is they lose there nutritions. If you know you dog is not a huge fan of the ingredients in the recipe, you can mix it up with fruits and vegetables that you know he likes -  to make it extra special!


  • 1 Organic sweet potato 
  • 1 Organic carrot 
  • 1 Organic apple
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic parsley (optional) 


  1. Slice the potatoes, carrots and apples as thin as you can.
  2. Sprinkle over the parsley evenly. (optional) 
  3. Place into your dehydrator and cook for 4 hours at 135F. You can adapt the time until you have achieved your desired texture. Store these treats in a cool area inside an air-tight container.

Optional: These can also be be baked in the oven at 180 degree for 3-4 hours. Place the sliced ingredients onto the parchment paper and place on a baking tray.

This is the dehydrator that I have at home - It's cost effect and  comes with a jerky gun, 5 trays and 3  unit quick and includes a fruit roll sheet and a recipe guide: Nesco FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator 

Gluten Free Cheddar Bone Cookies


  • 1 1/2 Cups of organic white rice flour
  • 1 1/4 Cups of grated organic sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 1/2 Ounces of organic butter
  • Few drops of organic milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 325F.
  2. Mix together the grated cheese and butter.
  3. Add the rice flour to the mixture and knead into a ball (add a drop of milk, if needed)
  4. Put the dough ball in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  5. After 30 minutes, roll the dough out onto a floured surface so you have a 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut the shapes out of the dough. 
  7. Place the cookies onto the parchment  paper and then  onto a baking tray, and then place the cookies onto the tray and into the oven for 15 minutes.

* If you don't have cookie cutters, you can put the mixture into silicon molds. After 15 minutes, leave the cookies in the turned off oven for an extra 15 minutes. This will allow the cookies to become crunchier.

What About Corn & Soy?

While corn and soy are gluten free, these ingredients  are not recommended to be included in your dogs diet . Do your dog treats contain corn or soy? These ingredients are highly known to be potential allergens to sensitive dogs. As these ingredients have a sticky texture, it cause problems to the small intestine - These ingredients act like a glue and can clog the lining of the intestinal wall. 

To Sum Up Gluten Free Dog Treats 

Make sure you experience with the recipes that I have on my site. If there is an ingredient that you know will turn your dogs nose away from a treat, then replace that ingredient with something else he likes. There is no need for your dog to miss out on delicious gluten free dog treats just becuase he has allergies. 

If you want to make any other gluten free dog treats using other recipes from my site, then all you need to do is avoid using wheat flour or oats. I have a list of flours you can substitute in the recipes to make them healthier for your dog below. 

Flours You Can Substitute For Gluten Free Dog Treats 

  • Rice Flour
  • Garbanzo Beans (Chickpea)
  • Quinoa
  • Tapioca 
  • Oats - use oatmeal. Don't use for gluten free treats
  • Amaranth 
  • Potato Flour 
  • Millet Flour

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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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