With the fact that there can be additives, banned antibiotics, and more risks. In moderation commercial dog treats will pass through their systems with no problem but sometimes too many treats can cause an upset stomach and or diarrhea. Therefore commercial dog treats and rawhides aren’t always the best option and at times can be unsafe for canines.
While not all dog treats have the potential to be bad for your dog, homemade versions are an easy, effective, and healthy way to reward and love your pup without having to worry about any possible negative side effects.
Below we have compiled together 3 simple and easy home made dog treats that are not only cost effective but very taste to most if not all dogs:
Sweet Potato Chews
1 sweet potato or 1 yam
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Wash the yam (or yams if you want to make a little more than just one will yield). Cut the yams once down the middle, long ways and then cut each half long ways into very thin slices. Place on a large cookie/baking pan and bake in the oven for 3 hours which leaves them a little chewy (for a more crispier version just bake them a little longer).
Pumpkin Dog Biscuit
1 Cup Oats
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
Preheat Oven to 350 F. Combine Oats, Peanut Butter, Flour, and Pumpkin Puree. Combine ingredients until well mixed. Press dough into silicone mold, about 1/4 inch of dough per treat.
If you decide to roll out the dough, use a floured surfaced, roll dough to about 1/4 inch thickness, and use desired cookie cutter shape. Bake treats for about 45 minutes depending on size and shape. Bake until brown around the edges. Let cool. Serve to your four legged friend!
Cheddar Cheesy Dog Biscuits
Makes 4 to 5 dozen (depending on size and thickness)
1 1/2 cups (240 grams) brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups (135 grams) oat flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cups shredded parmesan, or similar, cheese
1 cup (250 ml) water or chicken broth
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir in the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined. Roll out small batches of the dough to about 3/8 of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes.
Place cookies about a 1/2-inch apart (they will not spread very much) on a a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until firm and the edges are golden brown.