Homemade Organic Dog Treats

Making homemade organic dog treats are quick and easy to make in the comfort of your own home. I love making my border collie, Lady. Organic dog treats as I know that every ingredient that goes into them will be high quality. There are many dogs that suffer from health problems, which sometimes can limit their diet.

By making your own homemade organic dog treats it allows you to control the ingredients and ensure nothing is going to upset your dog internally or externally. An extra bonus is it is more cost-effective in the long term.

Homemade Organic Dog Treats

We spend so much time being conscious consumers. We look at food labels when we go shopping, we prefer to buy locally, human, organic and fair-trade food - Why should it be any different for our beloved dogs? There are health benefits of baking your own homemade organic dog treats instead of buying them from your store. 

Benefits Of Organic Ingredients 

You should know how the ingredients that go into our dog treats are grown and raised. This plays an important part in homemade and commercial organic dog treats. This can have a major impact on your dog's health - Organic foods contain beneficial nutrients that are dogs require to stay healthy, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts. Dog owners who have dogs who suffer from allergies from foods, chemical or preservatives often find that their dog's symptoms lesson or go away when they have a organic diet. 

  • Organic produce contains fewer pesticides
  • Organic foods are often fresher
  • Organic farming is better for the environment 
  • Organic raised animals are not given any antibiotics, growth hormones or fed animal by-products
  • Organic meat and milk are richer in nutrients 
  • Organic food contains no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)
Dog eating organic ice creamMy dog, 'Lady' - Cooling Down With Her Organic Ice Cream

Fruits & Vegetables Where The Organic Label Matters Most 

According to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S. the following fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels so are best to buy organic.

  • Apples
  • Cucumbers 
  • Celery 
  • Bell Peppers 
  • Spinach 
  • Kale
  • Summer Squash 
  • Nectarines (Imported)
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries 

Fruit & Vegetables You Don't Need To Buy Organic 

Known as the 'Clean 15', these conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are generally low in pesticides.

  • Asparagus 
  • Cabbage 
  • Mangos 
  • Sweet Corn/Corn on the Cob
  • Papaya
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Potatoes 

Recipes: Homemade Organic Dog Treats

When you decide to make your own homemade organic dog treats at home, there are a few things you need to look out for to enable you are giving your dog the healthiest treat possible. The ingredients should always be organic and fresh to ensure the highest quality dog treats. Most importantly, when making you own dog treats, is being aware of which ingredients you should never use when baking for your dog. There are human foods that can be very harmful for our dogs. To learn more, visit this website.

Grain Free Dehydrated Ginger, Garlic and Thyme Coated Green Beans 

Ginger, garlic and thyme green beans dehydrating - A great crunchy dog treat.
Dehydrated ginger, garlic and thyme green beans. A great easy homemadecrunchy dog treat.
Nesco FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator All-In-One Kit with Jerky Gun

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh organic green beans
  • 1 Inch ginger (Ginger can help sooth an upset stomach in your dog as well as providing anticancer benefits)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 2 springs fresh thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon organic extra-virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Mix together the green beans, extra-virgin olive oil and garlic until the green beans are evenly coated. 
  2. Grate the ginger into the mixture. Mix all the ingredients together. 
  3. Evenly spread the green beans on the dehydrator tray.
  4. Dehydrate at 165 degrees for 8 hours or until the green beans are crunchy. 

Oven Baked Option: Preheat oven to 160F. Place the green beans onto a baking tray that has been lined with parchment paper and cook in the oven for 8 hours.

Strawberry and Blackberry Puppy Milkshake 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of non-fat organic yogurt 
  • 1/2 Cup of frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup of frozen organic blackberries

Method:

  1. Using a blender, blend together the yogurt and strawberries until a smooth and creamy texture is formed. 
  2. Then divide the mixture into small sized bowls, and let your dog enjoy. 

If you would like to make solid milkshake treats, freeze the mixture into ice lolly molds before serving. These are great homemade dog treats for the summer! If your dog has a favorite fruit, include this into the recipe.

No Baking - Pumpkin, PB and Bacon Oat Balls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 Cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 Cup of organic applesauce or a ripe banana
  • 1/4 Cup of organic peanut butter (smooth)
  • 1/4 Cup of organic non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 Strip of organic bacon (cooked and cut very finely) 
  • 2 1/2 Cups of organic oats

METHOD:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter and yogurt.
  2. Stir in the back pieces and oats.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop to form into uniform treats.
  4. These treats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for 3 months.

Baked Beef Meatloaf 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 LB Ground organic beef
  • 1 Cup of brown rice (cooked)
  • 1/4 Cup of organic grated carrot 
  • 1 Teaspoon of dried organic basil leaves 
  • 1 Teaspoon of dried organic oregano 
  • 1/2 Cup of organic tomato sauce, no added salt

METHOD:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine and mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an 8-inch x 4-inch loafs pan. Lightly press the mixture into the pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 50 minutes.
  4. Once cooked let it cool down before serving. Keep these treats in the refrigerator for up to one week, or 3 months in the freezer.

The Three Groups To Consider In Homemade Organic Dog Treats

USDA Qualified Organic Ingredients

Anу dog food or treat manufacture can соnѕіѕt оf a variety of brands lіkе "all natural," "healthy organic," "gаrdеn сlеаn," оr "fаrm rаіѕеd" on their food and treat packages, еvеn when they're lоаdеd with artificial flаvоrѕ, аddіtіvеѕ, what have been genetically changed, уоu nаmе іt! So іnѕtеаd of focusing оn statements оn brands, lооk fоr the circular, green USDA Natural label. Thе US Dіvіѕіоn of Farming hаѕ established a ѕеt of requirements (nо artificial plant fооdѕ, bug ѕрrауѕ, or genetically сuѕtоmіѕеd creatures allowed), and the manufactures muѕt аdhеrе to these demands tо use the ԛuаlіfіеd organic brands.

Clean, Whole Ingredients 

Shopping for organic dog treats by reading statements оn labels can bе extremely complicated and confusing. Yоu mау wonder, "Arе these treats healthy for me dog? And how can I know fоr ѕurе?" Rеmоvе all оf the misunderstandings bу neglecting statements on brands and іnѕtеаd, take a few minutes and lооk аt the ingredients on the back of the packaging. If your purchasing your organic dog treats from a store fосuѕ оn buying rеаl, whole ingredients, treats that уоu'rе 100% certain аrе natural, pure and сlеаn. These are the fundamentals, dog treats with just one single ingredients, factors lіkе fresh vegetables and fruits, dаіrу, whole rice flour, natural herbs and ѕрісеѕ еtс. Fоr расkеd dog treats that include factors like реаnut buttеr, dаіrу рrоduсtѕ, applesauce, yoghurt, cooking nut goods and рlасе ѕееdѕ, salt ѕnасkѕ, etc - You want to lооk fоr treats that contain only ѕеvеn or less identifiable іtеmѕ included оn the ingredients lіѕt.

Plant-Based Ingredients 

Sіnсе they're расkеd with healthy antioxidants and nutritional value, which helps kеер ours dogs active and brilliant, fосuѕ on such аѕ fоr аѕ mаnу organic dog treats that contain fruit and vegetables such аѕ, natural аррlеѕаuсе, pumpkin and berries.

4 Reasons Why To Make Homemade Organic Dog Treats

1. Homemade Organic Dog Treats are Safer

Chemical and preservatives can still be found in commercial organic dog treats, and these ingredients can harm our dogs according to research. Chemicals that are found in treats to impede good behavior, due to the way, the chemicals interact with our dog's delicate brain. Many of these chemicals and preservatives are not approved for human consumption, so what makes them any better for our dogs?

2. Homemade Organic Dog Treats are Healthier 

Many organic dog treats can can contain a high amount of saturated fats. You are able to manage this buy eliminating your treats at home, eliminating the worry of your dog becoming unwell. Giving your dog fat-free or reduced-fat dog treats will not only help your dog have a healthier heart, but will also help decrease the chances of them becoming obese later in their lives.

3. Homemade Organic Dog Treats are Cheaper 

Making your treats at home is an inexpensive option to provide your dog with a little treats. You save money each week by cooking for yourself and family instead of going out to eat, right? You will be surprised to know how many ingredients you already have in your cupboard, that will allow you to make your organic dog treats at home. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much money you save by making your own at home.

4. Homemade Organic Dog Treats are Tastier 

Dog treats that are made at home are much healthier and the extra bonus is that you can snack on them with your dog. Honestly, the fact that they are made from common ingredients that are in your kitchen ensures you that they are accessible and safe for our dogs and us. Which would you prefer? A batch of fresh healthy homemade cookies or cold processed store brought cookies that have been on the shelf for a few days already?


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