So you're ready to give homemade treats a try, and you want to put the healthiest ingredients into your first batch so that your dog gets added nutrients and antioxidants.
You're probably thinking, 'Where do I begin? There are so many ingredient combinations to try. Blueberry and peanut butter...carob and oats...And should I add flaxseed for extra nutrition? What about some kind of antioxidant in the treats as a preservative?'
Don't overthink it. If you're new to baking dog treats or this is your first homemade batch, just go for a simple and tasty treat because dogs just care about flavor.
Your homemade treats don't even have to be packed with nutrition, because a treat is just a supplement to a healthy diet.
Sure, added nutrition is a bonus, and maybe down the road you can figure out which healthy foods your dog actually likes. But if you just want to reward your dog every once in a while with a tasty treat that they're guaranteed to love, go with a flavor that's classic, and universally-liked by canines, like cheese, peanut butter, or chicken.
You've got a busy schedule and don't have time for a lot of measuring, mixing, and kneading. Or maybe it's the middle of the summer and you simply don't want to turn the oven on and heat up the kitchen.
Here are some easy dog treat recipes that will give your dog a tasty treat without too much work:
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls (Glucosamine can be added to any no-bake recipe if your dog suffers from arthritis.)
Did you know dehydrated crunchy chews are good for teeth and help treat bad breath?
Dehydrators are great for making large batches of treats that can be as simple as pieces of meat or vegetables.
If you have a dehydrator and want to treat your dog to a fresh and simple treat, try one of the following: