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Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Baked dog treats in a crock
Close up of baked dog cookies
Baked dog cookies on the counter

Dogs love treats but as they get older their digestive system is happier with less fat and more fibre.
Here’s one way to give your pet a crunchy, healthy treat that is easy to make and tasty.
And the recipe has many kid-friendly activities in the steps.

Tip: make this recipe whenever you have half of a cup of leftover pumpkin and freeze the treats.

Tan and white dog staring at two treats on the floor
On some days even favourite store-bought treats aren't tasty enough

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned, steamed, or boiled unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  •  2 tablespoons of Psyllium husks* 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

*Psyllium husk comes from the herb,  Plantago ovata and is known to lower cholesterol and blood sugars, help with managing diarrhea and constipation and is a prebiotic.

Australian Shepard head popping up from grass

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Wood spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Small cookie cutter or a sharp knife
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking tray
  • Oven mitts
  • Cooling rack
  • Airtight container
  • Labels
  • Optional: freezer-safe container

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Steps

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes
Makes: 60 treats, depending on thickness and size.

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)

  • Add eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well mixed.
  • Add flour, psyllium husks, salt, cinnamon, and turmeric.
  • Stir until the dough forms a ball.

    Tip: add a little water if your dough is stiff and dry or crumbly.
ball of dough after being mixed

Tip: If the dough is a little too sticky, either dust the rolling pin with a little flour or use a second layer of parchment paper to roll on.

If you're using parchment paper

  • Measure out and tear off enough paper to cover your baking tray. 
    Tear one length off for the countertop and another for under the rolling pin, if you’re not using extra flour.
  • Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the kitchen counter and place the ball of dough in the centre.
  • If, instead of flour, you’re using a second sheet, place it on top and lightly flatten the dough with the palm of your hands. 

Tip: using parchment paper makes an easier cleanup.

Rolling pin on top of parchment paper which covers the dough

If you're using flour

  • Lightly dust your rolling area on the counter with flour.
  • Place the ball of dough in the centre.
  • Lightly dust your rolling pin before you begin.
  • When the dough becomes sticky, re-dust your rolling pin.
Two dogs on a bridge in the rain

TIPS:
If your dog is small to medium-size, roll the dough out to an even 1/4″ thickness for approximately 80 dog treats.

If your dog is bigger, roll the dough out to 1/2″ thickness.  Approx: 60 dog treats.

If you have a Furbo, make the treats even smaller.  

Note: The number of treats is approximate, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
If you’re using a knife, simply cut your pieces into 1/2″ x 1/2″ squares.

cute heart shaped cookie cutter on dough
  • Transfer cookies to the parchment paper on the baking tray.

Find out which fruit is safe for dogs with this easy teachable chart.

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Cut out of heart shape ready to bake
  • If using a cookie cutter,  gather all the scraps, reform the dough into a ball, and re-roll to the thickness you require.
    Continue cutting cookies until there is no more dough.
  • Bake until treats are hard, or about 40 minutes.
  • Halfway through, rotate the tray for even baking.

To test for doneness:
Press into the centre of each treat.  The outer edge of cookies will cook quicker than those in the centre.
The treat is baked when the centre is hard.

  • Test and transfer all baked treats to a cooling rack.
  • Leave softer cookies on the tray and bake for 3 more minutes.
    Re-test and transfer all baked cookies to the cooling rack.
    Leave any softer cookies on the tray and put back in the oven.
    Turn the oven off and leave the door open until they harden.
  • When cool, store treats in an airtight container, and add a label.
    To maintain freshness, freeze the remainder until needed.
Birds eye view looking down at dog treats in a crock on the counter
Two happy dogs on the back seat of a car. One dog is black, the other is tan and white

Gift ideas for your newly-made dog treats

Personalized dog treat jar

This personalized dog treat jar makes a fabulous doggy gift that kids will love for their pet.
Fill with a batch of homemade treats and add the recipe!

Personalized favour bags

You can get lots of miles out of  personalized favour bags

Hand these bags filled with homemade treats to family and friends who have a dog for:
~ birthdays
~ Valentine’s Day
~ seasonal holidays
~ public holidays like the 4th of July.
List the ingredients for any pooch or owner with allergies and include this post so they’ll pop over and grab the recipe!

Treat bag

These sturdy treat bags are a must-have for puppy training
They’re made from waxed canvas (waterproof) and the brass swivel hook easily attaches to either the leash or belt loop on your pants.

Psyllium husks

Psyllium husks add more fibre to your dog’s diet.
I add 2 tablespoons of psyllium husks because in the summer they’re outdoors swimming and get hungrier much earlier.
And in the winter when they’re less active the psyllium husks keep their digestive system moving and excess weight off.
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Furbo!

Now for the ultimate in fun and safety! 

You can have Alexa ask Furbo to toss a treat on your command AND take a video or photo!

You don’t even have to be at home which is perfect for anyone missing their pet or if your pet suffers from separation anxiety.
The Furbo is designed for small treats (under 0.4 inches) so you could make your cookies the same size. 
So far Furbo has saved over 500 dog lives because of the Bark Alert feature.

Pumpkin Turmeric Dog Treats

These homemade baked dog treats are low fat, high fibre, and all-natural. Easy to make and healthy and a great way to use up any leftover pumpkin. Add treats to a favour bag or personalised jar and you've got the perfect gift.

Course Dog treat
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, high-fibre, kid-friendly recipe, low-fat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 60 cookies
Calories 24 kcal
Author Heather

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin pure, unsweetened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp psyllium husks
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175° C)

  2. Whisk eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl until blended.

  3. Add flour, psyllium husks, salt, cinnamon, and turmeric. Stir until well mixed. Add a little water if needed.

  4. Roll the dough to 1/2" thickness and cut into 1/2" squares or ue a cookie-cutter.

  5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until hard in the centre.

  6. Store in an airtight container. Freeze the remainder until needed.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Turmeric Dog Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 24 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 91IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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