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Learning how to make homemade dog treats is a great way to treat your pooch without having to worry about their health or safety. With recent dog treat recalls, we can’t be too cautious about what our canine companions are snacking on.

When you prepare your pet’s treats at home, you don’t have to worry about where the ingredients come from or how they’re processed. You can control the quality of the ingredients, as well as how they are prepared and stored.

Dog treats shouldn’t be a large part of your pup’s diet, so many owners don’t consider the quality of treats that important. If you are one of these owners, unfortunately, you are wrong.

They may not make up a huge part of their diet, but over time the toxins, chemicals, artificial ingredients, and fillers found in low-quality treats can lead to serious adverse health effects. You should pay as much attention to the treats you feed your Fido as you do to the dog food he eats every day.

Learning how to make homemade dog treats gives you peace of mind that your pooch is getting a healthy and safe snack.

How to make homemade dog treats

How to make homemade dog treats

1. Choose quality ingredients

Choosing the best ingredients is obviously the most important part of learning how to make homemade dog treats. You should buy the best ingredients you can afford. The higher quality the ingredients, the healthier the treats are for your dog.

Look for ingredients that are organic, fresh, and all-natural. If you’re using a protein source (like meat, poultry, or fish), try to buy hormone-free and antibiotic-free products. It’s best to look for local sources such as a health food store, farmer’s market, or butcher shop near you.

2. Find flavors that attract your dog

Dogs have taste preferences just like we do. Some dogs like the taste of peanut butter, while others prefer beef or chicken flavored treats. If your dog has lived with you for a long time, you probably already know some of these preferences. If not, worry now!

Trial and error is part of the fun of learning how to make homemade dog treats. As I mention in my video guide, I just found out that our chocolate lab loves the taste of carob. I made some carob powder treats this week and she comes running as soon as I open the bag.

If you find flavors that your dog likes, try using them in his treats. You may be able to substitute some of his favorite ingredients, or just look up recipes that use these products.

How to make homemade dog treats

3. Stay on budget

I often hear pet owners say that making your own dog treats would cost too much money. When you compare homemade treats to commercial treats of the same quality, they aren’t more expensive at all.

In fact, learning how to make homemade dog treats is probably a bit cheaper!

You can save a lot of money by buying seasonal products. If the recipe calls for out-of-season ingredients, simply substitute dog-friendly fruits or vegetables. Some options you might consider are:

  • mango
  • sweet potato
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • pineapple
  • broccoli
  • cucumbers
  • apples
  • carrots
  • celery

…and there are many more. There are many fruits and vegetables that are toxic to dogs. So be sure to ask your vet or do your own research if you’re unsure.

You can also grow your own produce. If you live in a rural area, consider creating a large garden with lots of fruit and veg for everyone in the family (even the furry ones). You can also raise your own meat and poultry.

This wouldn’t be possible if you live in an urban area, but you could still grow enough food to reduce your budget on homemade dog treats. You could plant a few veggies in a raised bed or patio box. You’ll be surprised how much money this can save you on your dog treat expenses.

How to make homemade dog treats

4. Store homemade treats for dogs

There are two major downsides to keep in mind when learning how to make homemade dog treats. First, it’s a lot more inconvenient than grabbing a bag of treats from the pet store shelf. However, I think the health and safety benefits far outweigh this disadvantage.

The other is the lack of preservatives in homemade treats. Store-bought treats can last for months and are usually stored in some of those cute-looking dogs treat jars. However, homemade dog treats only last a few weeks, if at all. Most homemade dog treat recipes need to be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I usually make a double batch of treats and only cook 1/4 of them. I store the cooked treats as above, but save the rest for later baking. If you place the uncooked treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, you can easily freeze them.

Once frozen, place the treats in an airtight container and they will keep in your freezer for months. When you run out of goodies, just pull a container out of the freezer and bake. This is an easy way to prepare treats ahead of time; You just have to have the storage space in your freezer.

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