Keeping plenty of treats on hand for your new puppy will soon become second nature—but you don’t have to spend a fortune on shop-bought versions. It’s easy to create your own homemade treats using some of our simple recipes.
Whether you use treats as a high-value reward when training or just to let your puppy know you love them, they’ve probably already become an essential item in your home! Shop-bought treats can be great, but making your own is also very easy. As well as being cost-effective, it also means you can be sure of exactly what’s going in your puppy’s food.
We’ve rounded up four of our favourite recipes for homemade puppy treats. From easy no-bake treats using just two ingredients, to a fun frozen treat for a hot summer day, our recipes use ingredients you’ve probably already got in your kitchen.
When feeding treats, remember to account for these in your puppy's daily allowance, so they don’t end up gaining too much weight.
Before you start creating some delicious treats for your puppy, make sure whatever you’re using is safe for them to eat. When using peanut butter, it’s very important to choose a xylitol-free brand, as this ingredient is extremely toxic to dogs. Avoid other toxic foods like chocolate, onions, or macadamia nuts. If your puppy has any allergies, speak to your vet before you make any homemade treats.
Four recipes for homemade dog treats
1. Baked peanut butter bones
These are quick and easy to make and are the perfect substitute for shop-bought crunchy treats.
- 285 g wholewheat flour
- 285g peanut butter (xylitol-free)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until it forms a stiff dough. Place on a floured surface and roll out until around half an inch thick. Use a bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out individual treats (or simply cut into small rectangles). Place on a baking sheet and bake at 180°C or gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes.
Store in an airtight container. These treats will keep in the fridge for up to one month, or in the freezer for up to six months. If frozen, make sure to defrost completely before use.
2. No bake pumpkin treats
With just two ingredients and no baking, you can have these treats whipped up in a flash. You can make your own pumpkin puree by boiling peeled and cubed pumpkin before mashing or blending to a puree. You can also find it in cans, or as baby food. Just make sure a shop bought version is 100% pure pumpkin.
- 225g pure pumpkin puree
- 110g rolled oats
Use a food processor to blend the oats until they’re smooth. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and use the palms of your hands to roll the mixture into small balls.
Store in an airtight container. You can keep these for up to one week in the fridge, or up to a month in the freezer. Defrost well before use.
3. Frozen blueberry yoghurt treats
These make the perfect summertime treat. You can substitute the plain yoghurt for probiotic yoghurt if you prefer, and the blueberries for most other fruit or vegetable that your dog loves! However, not all fruit and veg is safe for your pup – avoid grapes, raisins, avocado, cherries, citrus fruits, dates, and of course, cacao or chocolate as these are all toxic for dogs.
- 110g plain yoghurt
- 110ml water
Mix together the yoghurt and water until smooth. Pour into an ice cube tray (or you can use a silicone mould) until each compartment is ¾ full. Sprinkle around six blueberries into each compartment. Place in the freezer until fully frozen.
These treats can be kept in the freezer for up to six months.
4. Soft chicken liver training treats
Puppies LOVE chicken liver, and this recipe makes great use of a cheap ingredient. These are the perfect high-value rewards for training sessions.
- 60g wholewheat flour
- 220g chicken liver
Use a food processor to blend the flour and chicken liver together until it forms a puree. spread the mixture into a silicon tray with small sections, and bake at 180°C or gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes.
This recipe works best if you bake it in a silicone mould with small sections, each around 1.5cm square. If you don’t have a mould, use a baking tray and then cut this treat into small squares while it’s warm out of the oven.
These can be kept in the fridge for up to a month, or for up to six months in the freezer.
If you’ve tried one of our recipes, let us know on social media, using the#PethoodStories tag. We’d love to see your puppy enjoying their homemade treats!