Treats are great for training and you should always have some on you when you're walking your dog in case they'll try to run away or go to start a fight with some other dog. It's always a good idea to do a little training to keep up the dog's skills, to strengthen trust and to use some of that excess energy.
And, making your own doggie treats is cheaper, healthier and more versatile than buying them from a pet shop.
Here are four easy, delicious and so healthy DIY dog treat recipes:
1. Chicken & Rice Treats
1 cup of cooked rice
1 cup of cooked chicken (can use canned meat)
2-4 tablespoons of flour (rice or corn flour work great)
Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Put all ingredients in a bowl of a food processor and mix well. Then spoon into ice-cube molds, silicone molds or muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until treats are brown and crispy. You can bake them as long as you want to dry them out, just lower the temperature if they seem to get too brown. Cool down and cut into desired sized pieces.
TIP: You can also freeze these! Just add a little water or broth in the molds.
2. Easy Baby Food Treats
2 cups of flour (any flour goes, try nut and bean flours plus rolled oats too)
2 jars of baby food (per 120 grams)
You can use basically any baby food that doesn't contain ingredients dangerous to dogs. Vegetables, fruits, and meaty mixtures are all good! Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Mix ingredients into a stiff mixture. Then you can roll the dough into a sheet and use cookie cutters to make funky treats or you can roll balls, cubes hearts, you name it! Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Cool down and store in a paper or cloth bag, so that the treats won't soften. These can also be frozen to elongate their storage time.
3. Peanut butter & Seed Biscuits
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup seeds of choice
1/2 cup broth
3 tablespoons peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Mix dry ingredients, then add broth and nut butter. Add more liquid if necessary to form a stiff dough. Roll into a sheet and cut into desired shapes. Bake for 10 minutes then flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Cool down and store in a cookie jar or closed treat bag.
Be aware that not all dogs can digest seeds or nuts, so you want to consult your vet, try with a small quantity and keep an eye on your dog and their digestive habits.
4. Apple Cinnamon Treats
1/2 cup applesauce or apple baby food