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


I’m a no-nonsense type of gal so when it comes to making homemade dog treats I need something super simple. It’s fun to make some homemade treats for Maui and Emma but I’m not the type to put a ton of time into them. I want them to be super healthy and nutritious but I’m just not into 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 dog’s 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 of 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 to roll out the dough and cut it into little shapes.


Mini Pumpkin Dog Treat Cookies

I was looking for a recipe that was just pumpkin. We adapted a recipe I found online and came up with these little cookies of pumpkin deliciousness. 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!

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Do you have a favorite pumpkin dog treat recipe?

What did your dogs think of these?

Let Maui and Emma know by leaving a comment below!




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!


  • Celeste says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I had no idea pumpkin has so many health benefits for dogs! For me, nothing is more important than making sure the treats I give my dogs are healthy. I occasionally make my own dog treats but I often don’t have the time so the fact that these recipes are so simple and quick has a real appeal for me. 

    Thanks for the interesting article, I will definitely will be using these to keep my doggies in the festive spirit 🙂

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Celeste, Yes, pumpkin is an awesome food for dogs! I would love to be patient enough to take the time to make those cute little treats but truth be told, I just am not. Dogs don’t really care what they look like anyway and both Maui and Emma love the taste of these treats!

  • Michael says:

    wow I wish I had seen this recipe a few years back when my dog was still alive. This looks both fun to make as well as a healthy / tasty treat for our pets!

    If I can a new let i will be sure to test this out, as I had no idea pumpkin was so good for dogs.

    I was wondering thoufh, can we eat these treats as well or are they made specifically for dogs?

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Michael, Well, when you get your new dog you can give these treats to try 😉 They were fun to make. The only problem we had was that the does were a bit sticky but you can do that by adding a bit more flour or maybe some other dry ingredients. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking us out!

  • Stew says:

    I’m always looking for different natural or recipes for dog treats and these sound good.  We have a rather large Boxer who loves pumpkin.  He ate some of our Halloween pumpkin and bugged us all evening for more.

    The recipes are simple with few ingredients and sound very tasty.

    Thanks for those.  We never give our dogs unhealthy food and I screen captured these to keep.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Stew, these recipes are super simple and pretty easy. I did have some trouble with the dough being a bit too sticky to work with by hand but if you have that happen to you as well, adding a bit more flour should help out. I really like the ones that are just pumpkin, cinnamon, and flour. There’s probably even enough pumpkin in those treats to make a beneficial difference in your dogs diet. Thanks so much for screen capturing them and let us know if you give them a try!

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