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5 recipes for do-it-yourself dog treats

Store-bought dog treats can be expensive. The alternative of making them yourself is even more appealing because you control the quality of the ingredients you use. You can also choose the recipes that are best suited to your four-legged friend's taste and body type. And finally, you can use the leftovers from your meals so you don't throw anything away. To inspire you, we present five easy-to-make and easy-to-tailor treat recipes that will delight your dog.

Precautions to take with dog treats

Treats can be used to train dogs. If you do, you'll be giving your dog treats quite often, so it's important to include treats in the daily ration to avoid inappropriate weight gain.

In general, do not feed your dog raw food. Beware of certain foods that are harmless to us but dangerous to the dog: cocoa, onions, raw garlic and shallots, grapes (dried or fresh), avocado, nuts and dried fruit, yeast, cabbage, radishes and leeks... Avoid salt. High-fiber ingredients can also cause intestinal problems in dogs. Lactose is not well digested either.

You should also be wary of dried liver, which is rich in vitamin A. As this vitamin is stored in fat, it is not easily eliminated by the body: overdose is therefore possible, leading to hair loss, pain, lethargy, skin disease.

If you start making treats without having accustomed your pet to them since it was a puppy, it is preferable to make small quantities beforehand in order to test its reactions to the different cookies you offer it.

1- A recipe for chicken dog treats

Ingredients:
  • 210 g wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of unsalted chicken stock
  • 160 g chicken fillet, cooked and cut into small cubes
  • 250 ml of hot water
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 180 °C
  • Dilute the chicken stock in the hot water
  • Mix flour, egg and water to obtain a homogeneous paste
  • Add the chicken pieces and knead until the pieces are evenly distributed in the dough
  • Roll out the dough to a thickness of 0.5 cm and cut the cookies into the shape you want
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake until golden brown

2 - A recipe for tuna dog treats

Ingredients:
  • 1 can of natural tuna
  • 125 g breadcrumbs
  • 30 g spelt flour
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 egg white
Preparation:
  • You proceed as in the previous recipe: preheat the oven to 180 °C, mix all the ingredients, mix, spread the dough and cut the cookies before baking them.

3 - A recipe for apple and banana dog treats

Ingredients:
  • 200 g of rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 apples
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Preparation:
  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C
  • Peel the banana and the apples, remove the center of the apples and especially all the seeds
  • Blend the fruits
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix to obtain a homogeneous paste
  • Pour the batter into small pans
  • Bake until the cakes are golden brown

4 - A recipe for beef and carrot dog treats

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whole grain flour
  • 1 cup of pureed beef
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Mix all ingredients to form a homogeneous dough
  • Take small balls of dough and roll them out by hand on a floured work surface to form rounds of 2 cm in diameter and 0.5 cm thick
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake until golden brown

5 - Make dried sausage strips for dogs

Ingredient:
  • Turkey sausages
Preparation:
  • Cut the sausages into thin strips and then cut the strips into 0.5 cm wide strips
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Place in a 70°C oven for one day (about 10 hours). Make sure that the sausages do not burn, the aim is only to dry them out
  • Throughout the process, if the fat rendered by the sausages is too abundant, you absorb it with paper towels. At the end, the strips have a leathery appearance. Store them in a plastic box.