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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipes That Will Make Your Tail Wag!

 

We have been promising some recipes for homemade pumpkin dog treats for a couple weeks now, and the time has come! We had intended on posting them much earlier in the month but somehow November slipped by in the blink of an eye, especially as we got closer to Thanksgiving!

If you’ve taken a look at the other homemade dog treat recipes I have posted, you can tell I’m a no-nonsense type of gal. It’s fun to make some homemade treats for Maui, but I’m not the type to put a ton of time into them making them look super cute. Call me lazy or call me practical, I don’t know.

I think if we all sit down and think about it we know that dog treats are made to look cute to satisfy our human eye; dogs don’t care what treats look like as long as they smell and taste awesome!

My version of these homemade pumpkin dog treat recipes may not win any awards for being super cute, but they certainly do win kudos from Maui and Emma for being yummy! They were both crawling all over me to get more after they tried the first ones!

So let’s have some fun and make some easy homemade pumpkin dog treats!

 

Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs

Pumpkin is safe beneficial for dogs as long as it is pure pumpkin; you don’t want to use canned pumpkin pie filling as it often has added sugar and spices that dogs don’t need.

Pumpkin is low in calories, high in fiber, and a good source of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium, iron and vitamin C!

Not only is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A), it can actually help your dog if they have diarrhea OR constipation. Yep, it helps with both!

Pumpkin can also:

  • help your dog lose weight
  • help maintain a healthy urinary tract
  • be good for your dogs skin and fur
  • be used as a natural remedy for parasites
  • be used as a natural remedy to help your dog stop eating its poop!

 

Drop Pumpkin & Banana Dog Treats

This recipe is super simple and uses common ingredients you probably have around your kitchen.

This recipe is easy, but I have made a couple changes to simplify it even more for my no-nonsense kitchen.

 

The original recipe comes to us from SweetPaul.com  where they take the time roll out the dough and cut it into little shapes.

 

Mini Pumpkin Dog Treat Cookies

I was looking for recipe that was just pumpkin. We adapted a recipe I found and came up with these little pumpkin dog treat cookies. This dog treat recipe has only three ingredients!

The inspiration for this recipe came from prouddogmom.com’s Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites recipe.

 

What Maui and Emma Think

Maui and Emma both absolutely love both of these pumpkin dog treat recipes.

Both recipes came out a little chewy, but the dogs don’t mind at all! They both cling to me like flies on flypaper when I have some of these in my hand!

There’s not much that rates higher than extreme love from your puppy 🙂

 

Have fun making these recipes and watching your dog thoroughly enjoy them!

Love the pumpkin,

Lynne and Maui

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know if you try either of these recipes!

Have any tips or tricks that might make them better?

How much did your dog love them?

Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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Ridiculously Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats Recipe!

 

I have been wanting to do a post about homemade frozen dog treats but somehow the summer has slipped away too quickly! It is already heading towards the middle of August and I haven’t posted my incredibly super-simple one ingredient (two if you include the water) frozen easy homemade dog treat recipe!

If you read my other posts about homemade dog treats (Homemade No Bake Dog Treats & Amazing Homemade Dog Training Treats), you know I like recipes that are easy and do not require a lot of ingredients. Call me lazy, I don’t know. I enjoy making made treats for Maui but it seems strange putting a ton of effort and multiple ingredients into a little treat that might not even be chewed more than twice before it is swallowed.

The goal of making treats for your dog is to obviously make them something they will enjoy. This doesn’t require five or 10 ingredients, special cookie cutters, or a whole afternoon. It means finding the things your dog likes and making treats out of them. This following recipe is about as simple as it can get and Maui absolutely loves them!

 

Creation of the Recipe

You can find a lot of really awesome frozen dog treat recipes on the Internet. I’ve looked at a lot of them. I was about to give some of them a go and realized a few things –

  • I didn’t want to spend money on cute little freezing trays.
  • A lot of the freezing trays create small frozen treats. Maui is a big dog which means she would likely chew these frozen treats. Who wants to chew a frozen treat? Brain freeze!
  • Many of the recipes call for yogurt which I didn’t have at the time so I opted for water as the liquid ingredient.
  • I wanted to create a frozen treat that Maui could lick instead of chew.
  • I wanted three ingredients maximum, with less being better.

 

Choosing the Liquid Ingredient

These frozen dog treats consist of two ingredients.

As I mentioned above, a lot of frozen dog treat recipes include yogurt. Yogurt is an awesome food for dogs and Maui actually gets a little bit every day but in creating this super simple summer dog treats I opted for water. I did this for three reasons …

  1. I didn’t have any yogurt at the time.
  2. Maui likes to lie down when she working on something she can’t just gulp down in a few chews. This means whatever I make for her will be lying right in front of her getting all over her mane (chest fur). I envisioned quite a mess on her fur and did not want to clean that up.
  3. Water is good for everyone.

You can certainly use yogurt, it’s an excellent source of calcium and nutrients. You can even use bone broth, which is a really great source of nutrients and even have some healing properties. You can read about the benefits of bone broth here.

 

The Second Ingredient

I wanted to use natural, fresh, wholesome fruits or vegetables as the second ingredient. All I did was think about what fruits and vegetables Maui enjoys the most and which of those I currently had in the refrigerator.

She loves carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and apples, amongst other fruits and vegetables. She of course also loves peanut butter.

We chose to o a broccoli, an apple, a peanut butter, and a carrot frozen treat! See what she thinks of them later in this post!

 

What to Make Them in

There are lots of super cute candy molds you can buy so you can make treats in the shape of paw prints, dog bones, or little hearts. I love them and almost purchased some until I remembered the fact that I wanted something big enough for Maui to lick and not just chew.

I shopped around on Amazon and found a mold that makes 2 ½ inch sqHim him him him him him him him him crap for me uare ice cubes. Now we’re talking!

If your dog likes to go after rolling balls I also found 2 ½ inch sphere ice molds! You could literally make an ice ball treat for your dog to lick on and chase around (certainly don’t throw it as I’m certain they would crack teeth, but rolling it around could be fun).

If you have a super big dog or a voracious chewer you could even use something like a plastic container from Cool Whip or ice cream and make a gargantuan frozen blended treat!

 

Making the Treat Cubes

The cube tray has four slots so we tried four different vegetables/fruits, one for each spot.

I have a Nutri Ninja Professional personal blender that I use for my own smoothies so I used this to create a slurry for these frozen treats. These little guys are not all that expensive and they work really well! I looked it up on Amazon and they are actually on sale right now, so it would be a good time to swoop in and grab one if you need it.

I loaded about half a cup of carrots and about 2/3 cup water into the blender cup, tightened on the blender lid and blended for about 30 to 60 seconds.

 

We then just poured the slurry into one spot of the freezing tray.

We repeated this process making a broccoli slurry, and apple slurry, and a peanut butter slurry. Each went into their own location in the freezing tray.

We filled these a little too full; they ended up overflowing into each other. I’d recommend not filling them right up to the top; leave about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch.

 

 

Place that full freezing tray into the freezer until frozen (how many times can I say some form of the word freeze or frozen).

That’s it.

Pure and simple.

 

Final Result

We’ve had some pretty hot days recently here in Minnesota so I broke out these frozen treats so Maui could give them a try.

We soaked the tray in some warm water for a few minutes to melt them just a tad so they were easier to get out of the tray.

 

 

Maui quickly chose her favorite! Peanut butter! Since she was so focused on the peanut butter frozen treat, we put the other three back in the freezer for another day.

Maui chased that treat across the driveway until it was gone! She loved it!

She went back looking for the other three and seemed disappointed they were gone. Need to distribute the yum, though!

 

Give them a try and let us know what your pup thinks!

Share your story!

Lynne and Maui

 

 

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Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes – No-Bake Dog Treats!

 

It’s getting to be the middle of summer and it’s hot outside! I don’t know about you but when it’s hot outside I do not feel like heating up the oven to make it hot inside, too.

I will be first to admit I am not one that thrives in the kitchen. I can take a recipe, we can make that recipe, and that about does it for me. I’m not the creative one that comes up with exciting new ideas in the kitchen. But, I was thinking about blogging today and wondering what sort of easy no-bake dog treat recipes are out there that are simple enough for even me.

As I said, I’m not especially creative in the kitchen but there are some awesome food bloggers out there that have some great recipes for homemade no-bake dog treats that I would love to share with you.

 

My Kitchen Criteria

Today was just a hot day and I did not want to crank up the oven but was thinking about making some homemade dog treats. I hope I’m not the only lazy one out there but I definitely have some requirements for this venture into the kitchen to make dog treats.

My requirements are:

  • super easy
  • require very few ingredients
  • no cook/no bake
  • no expensive kitchen tools or gadgets
  • not a huge time commitment

 

Common Ingredients

oatsOatmeal: In scouring the net for some awesome no-bake dog treat recipes it is easy to notice that a lot of them use old-fashioned oats.

Oatmeal is generally thought of as a breakfast food for us humans but it can have some benefits for dogs as well, as long as they don’t eat too much of it. Oatmeal is a great source of carbohydrates, linoleic acid (a type of omega-6 fatty acid), and soluble fiber.

Pumpkin: Puréed pumpkin tends to be very common as well, which is great because pumpkin is really good for dogs! Pumpkin can help tremendously with diarrhea and constipation.

Canned pumpkin is usually the go-to item but you want to be sure to get canned pumpkin that only contains pumpkin. Check the label and be sure that you are not buying the stuff with added sugar and spices for pumpkin pie. There are some brands out there that are just pure, puréed pumpkin.

Pumpkin also has a lot of fiber and beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A in the body). As a side note, never feed your dog too much pumpkin as too much vitamin A is toxic to dogs.

Peanut Butter: Dogs love peanut butter so it is no surprise to see it as a common ingredient not only in no-bake dog treat recipes but dog treats in general!

Peanut butter is an awesome source of protein! It also contains vitamin E, vitamin B, niacin, and heart-healthy fats.

Definitely stay away from peanut butter (or anything) that have artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, as these are toxic to dogs. I recommend going with an organic peanut butter with limited ingredients. Cesar Milan recommends choosing raw, unsalted butter.

Yogurt or Milk: Yogurt or milk is also a common ingredient in homemade dog treats. I prefer Greek yogurt as it is a healthier option but unless your dog is lactose intolerant either should be fine.

 

Ingredient Substitutions

Sometimes you find a recipe that it looks good and it looks easy, but there is an ingredient in there that your dog cannot have. It doesn’t mean you have to completely ditch the recipe! Just like when you make a human recipe you can substitute in different ingredients based on what your dog can or will eat, or what you have available.

Here are some easy substitutions that may work for you and your dog:

 

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats

From Chungah at damndelicious.net

This one requires about 20 minutes and 4 ingredients

  • pumpkin purée
  • peanut butter
  • milk
  • oatmeal

Making these I might substitute yogurt and a bit of water for the milk. To find her amazing recipe click on the photo below.

 

 

 

Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

from showmetheyummy.com

This one is still super simple but has a few more ingredients. It will still only take about 20 minutes of your time and includes these ingredients:

  • pumpkin purée
  • applesauce
  • peanut butter
  • yogurt
  • a strip of bacon
  • oatmeal

I definitely recommend unsweetened applesauce, natural peanut butter, and Greek yogurt.

To be directed to this delicious recipe click on this photo below.

 

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Banana Truffle Dog Treats

from petcouponsavings.com

The word truffle might make this one sound more difficult but it’s really pretty simple and uses common ingredients you probably have around the house already like:

  • a banana
  • peanut butter
  • cinnamon
  • oatmeal
  • honey

If you want to roll the truffle treats in something to make them less sticky, some options are:

  • carob powder (DO NOT USE CHOCOLATE or COCOA, it is toxic to dogs)
  • shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • flour (not too exciting but it will make the truffle balls less sticky)

To be directed to this recipe click on the picture below.

 

 

Hope you enjoy making these quick easy dog treats!

 

Happy no baking,

Lynne and Maui

Do you have an easy dog treat recipe?

Share it with us below!

 

 

 

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Amazing Homemade Dog Training Treats | High-protein, Low-fat Dog Training Treat Recipes!

 

I often focus on talking about training treats for dogs in this blog. I do this for a couple reasons. We use a lot of training treats here! Maui is my service dog and every day we review some commands just to keep them fresh in her memory. Training can mean a lot of extra food and calories so I like treats that are small, healthy, and low in calories. Training treats fit this bill.

Another reason I talk about training treats a lot is that dogs don’t need a large treat to be happy. Maui is often just happy to get something; she doesn’t need a huge biscuit to be happy.

Training treats are also great if you have a smaller dog. Calories can add up fast and if you have a smaller dog and treats can take up a good portion of their calorie intake for the day rather quickly if you are not careful.

Lately, I had been wanting to make some homemade dog training treats for Maui. So, we tried a couple super easy recipes to make some delicious, inexpensive, high protein homemade dog training treats. Now, we are excited to share them here with you!

 

The Hoopla

When you head out to the store there are a lot of dog training treats available. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. It’s easy to get persuaded by the attractive packaging; the cute dog on the front of the bag; or the little proclamations on the bag declaring their excellence.

Sometimes I go to the store with the best intention of purchasing only limited ingredient, wholesome treats with natural ingredients but I too get pulled into the marketing hootenanny and sometimes end up purchasing a bag of treats for the sole reason that the dog looks happy on the front of the package. I get home and realize I fell victim to clever marketing and purchased something I didn’t really want.

 

The Cure

Pick Me I'm cool voice bubbleEverything you see for sale in the store is strategically packaged, marketed, and placed to attract your attention and get you to buy it. Marketing draws you in, making you want to purchase their products because you remember the talking Golden retriever that wants bacon or maybe the dog running across the floor supposedly saying Kibbles ‘n Bits, ‘n Bits, ‘n Bits.

A great way to not get caught up in the marketing strategies that are out to get you is to stay home and make your own great homemade dog training treats. This way you know exactly what ingredients are in those treats; where the ingredients came from; the cleanliness of the kitchen and cooks; how the treats were made, and you choose ingredients that are safe and your dog will love!

 

The Benefits

A great benefit to making homemade dog training treats is that (as I mentioned above) you know and are in control of exactly what ingredients are in those treats. If you decide you want to make a peanut butter treat for your dog you control if you want your dog to have organic, natural, chunky, creamy, Skippy, etc.

Making treats at home from scratch also means there are no added preservatives. While some preservatives are naturally occurring and not bad for your dog, some preservatives are NOT good for any living animal. Making your dog’s treats at home means you can eliminate preservatives altogether.

If your dog has a special condition such as food allergies, diabetes, sensitive stomach, skin irritations, being overweight, etc. you get to be in control of selecting ingredients appropriate for your dog’s situation.

It’s cheaper! Most of the time you’re going to find it is much less expensive to make your own dog training treats at home rather than purchasing them at the store.

It’s fun! Especially if you get the kids to help!

 

How to Decide

You browse the Internet for recipes to make your own dog treats and there are a ton of them out there and most of them look amazing! I’m going to fess up and admit that when it comes to baking and cooking I am pretty darn lazy. Some of the treat recipes I found contained multiple ingredients, some of which I don’t keep around the house or they just take more finesse than I feel a dog treat needs. I mean really, does a dog care if the treat is in the shape of a little bone or has fake frosting on it? I don’t think so.

I opt for recipes that are incredibly simple and have few ingredients, all of which I likely have at home already and don’t need to make a run to the store for. Here are a couple awesome high protein, low-fat recipes I found that Maui loves.

 

 

Lean Jerky Bits

Ingredient

  • Meat (Preferably a lower fat meat)

Instructions

  1. I find it much easier to cut meat when it is still partially frozen so I recommend taking it out of the freezer and letting it thaw a bit until it is still firm but no longer hard as a rock.
  2. Preheat oven to 175°F.
  3. Cut off and discard excess fat.
  4. Cut meat into small equal sized pieces. Keep in mind these are training treats and the meat will shrink when cooked. The size you choose certainly can depend on the size of your dog but I chose to cut the beef shown in this picture to approximately half inch pieces. I happened to have a pack of stir-fry beef in the freezer which worked out nicely as they were already cut up into fairly small pieces with some only needing to be cut in half.
  5. Allow the meat to thaw completely.
  6. Pat the meat dry with paper towels after it thaws.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper and distribute the pieces of meat evenly.
  8. Dry the meat in the oven for 4-5 hours or until it becomes dry and leathery. Rotate the sheet occasionally throughout the baking time.
  9. Take the jerky bits out of the oven when they appear to be completely dry. Actual drying time will depend on the size and type of meat used.
  10. Blot off any oil that may remain and let it cool completely before sharing it with your dog!
  11. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate to extend shelf life.

I cooked Maui’s jerky too long so they are more like beef crunchies than beef jerky, but Maui absolutely GOES CRAZY for these! You can see the absolute joy on her face!!

Tuna Bits

This one comes to me by way of Ken Steepe at McCann Dogs. He uses these homemade dog training treats at his dog obedience school routinely and dogs love it! I love that they are high protein and low in fat. You can make them even lower in fat if you eliminate the cheese but then watch your cooking time. Cheese adds moisture and grease so without it the treats may bake quicker.

Ingredients

  • 1 can of albacore tuna in water (do not drain)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ¼ cup of cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Spread combined ingredients evenly in an 8 x 8 lightly sprayed cooking pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Turn oven down to 275°F.
  6. Use a spatula to remove the entire sheet from the pan and turn it over onto a cutting board.
  7. Using a pizza cutter or knife cut treats into thumbnail (or smaller) pieces.
  8. Place pieces back into the cooking pan.
  9. Bake for an additional 40-60 minutes. Start checking treats at 40 minutes for crispness.
  10. Once crisp, remove from oven.
  11. Break treats into even smaller bits and store in baggies in the fridge.

 

 

Remember

When cooking the jerky bits remember that the cooking time may vary depending on how big the pieces are and what type of meat you are using. It’s also a good idea to just keep an eye on things when you bake as baking times may vary depending on your oven.

If you won’t use up the treats in a fairly short amount of time, you can freeze these for later use. This will extend their freshness and shelf life considerably.

 

Nom nom,

Lynne and Maui

 

If you make these delicious treats please let Maui know how it went and if your dog likes them!

Do you have a favorite dog treat recipe?

You can leave a comment for her here!

 

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