Simple Healthy Dog Treat Recipes

Having access to a variety of healthy dog treat recipes is your first step to being able to reward your dog without the worry of feeding unhealthy or dangerous treats to your dog.  Also, you'll probably have many of the ingredients in your cupboards already so will save a ton of money on store-bought treats.

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes

If, like me, you worry about your dog's health, it's important to use only healthy dog treat recipes when baking your best friend's treats.   All our dog treat recipes contain only ingredients that are safe and healhy for your dog.

Unfortunatley, we can't always say the same for store-bought treats as we don't know exactly what's in them, or where they're made for that matter. 

Being able to control what goes into your dog is the number one reason I choose to bake my dog's (Lady) treats at home.  I stil buy treats from quality sources when I'm strapped for time, but only if I know I can trust the brand, Ultimately, I like to provide Lady's treats from good old home cooking!  Using simple recipes to make delicious dog treats keeps Lady happy and healthy at the same time.  The extra added ingredients from harmful chemicals can take years off your furry friend's life, and that's totally not worth it for me.

You know how the saying goes....."You are what you eat".  Well folks, that applies to your dog as well.  By making healthy treats, you can easily start to see positive changes in not only your dog's health but overall well-being, happiness, and behavior.  

It's never too late to start changing your dog's health for the better.  Creating healthy treats by using simple recipes can add years to your dog's life.  Start baking at home, know what your dog is eating and you'll be happy you did.

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Overweight Dogs

If you have a dog that's overweight then you've probably been told to cut down on food to reduce the calorie content and ideally help your dog lose weight.  That doesn't have to mean cutting out treats entirely.  Yes, you probably need to cut back, but by making your own healthy dog treats, you will help overweight dogs return to a healthy weight. 

Commercially prepared dog treats are often very fatty and high calorie and therefore not recommended for consumption by overweight dogs.  There are low-fat versions of some dog treats available, but these treats often compromise protein content to reduce the fat content.  This lack of protein is not necessarily healthy for your dog especially if you're trying to help them build muscle and lose fat.

If you have an overweight dog, you need to provide your dog with nutritious treats that will help them to return to a healthy weight.  A good option is definitely meat or vegetable based treats, as they aren't overloaded with sugar, carbs, or empty calories.  My dog's favorite are the liver-based treats but you can also use any of the recipes below or the ones designed for diabetic dogs.

Most veterinarians define overweight in dogs as not being able to feel their ribs.  For a dog to be at the ideal weight, you should be able to feel the ribs with only light pressure on the skin over the rib cage.  If you have difficulty feeling the ribs on your dog, they are most likely carrying excess weight.  This weight can shorten their lifespan and can also lead to hip dysplasia.  For this reason, it is advisable that you help your dog to return to a healthy weight by replacing their usual fatty treats with those created from these low fat dog treat recipes.

3 Healthy Dog Treats That Your Dog Will Love

So, now we know why we should be feeding our dog healthy snacks, let's look at some scrumptious healthy dog treat recipes your dog will love.

1 ) Cinnamon Pumpkin Ball Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, water, molasses and vegetable oil
  3. Carefully stir in whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda until mixture softens
  4. Scoop small spoonfuls of the dough and roll into balls using your hands
  5. Place dough balls onto lightly greased cookie sheet, flatten with a fork
  6. Bake in oven until hardened, about 20 - 25 mins

2) Crunchy Apple Pupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine eggs, water applesauce, honey and vanilla extract in a bowl
  3. Stir in whole wheat flour, apple chips, and baking powder
  4. Mix to combine ingredients well
  5. Pour mixture into lightly greased muffin pans
  6. Bake in over for 1 to 1/2 hours
  7. Allow to cool before serving

3) Leftover Doggie Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes - Peeled, boiled and sliced
  • Leftover meat (if seasoned, remove flavoring), shredded or sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Fruits (except grapes or raisins), sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Vegetables (except onions) sliced into bite-size pieces
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250°F
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large glass bowl and spray lightly with cooking spray
  3. Place in a food dehydrator 165°F (4-6 hours) or preheated oven (1-2 hours) until dried out.
  4. Allow to cool
  5. Place in glass jars, or any reusable container. Store in fridge.