Have you ever reached into the cabinet to give your dog a treat and discovered an empty bag? Who feels the most disappointed in that moment? You or your dog? While you might instantly think your dog, you know you are going to be bummed you can’t reward them like you want to. This is why you must know how to make dog treats at home!
Once you know how to make dog treats, you won’t ever have an excuse as to why you don’t have any in your home in the future. We break down the steps, so you know exactly how to make dog treats in your kitchen. This way, your dog never needs to be without a delicious treat at any time of the day or night.
How to make Dog Treats at Home
1. Find the Perfect Dog Treat Recipe
There are many different dog treat recipes out there online. Most of them utilize rolled oats, which need to be ground up into a fine powder using a food processor. In the beginning, you may want to find a few different recipes to try out, so you can see which dog treats your dog loves the most.
2. Gather Your Ingredients
Hopefully, you have all the ingredients in your kitchen for making your own dog treats. Most dog treats use ingredients like rolled oats, peanut butter, banana, and pumpkin.
3. Mix the Ingredients Together
Once you have all your ingredients, you will measure them out and mix everything together in a bowl.
4. Create the Dog Treats
There are a couple different ways to create your dog treats. If you are short on time, you can use a small cookie scoop to place balls on a cookie sheet. However, you should probably roll the dough out and cut it into shapes. A bone cookie cutter will be perfect for this option.
5. Bake Your Dog Treats
It doesn’t take long to bake dog treats, so you can have these ready for your puppy quickly when you need them. The longest, and most agonizing, step of making your own dog treats is waiting for them to cool.
6. Store Your Dog Treats Properly
Once your dog treats are made, you must store them properly. Since they are not filled with preservatives, they will not keep forever. On the counter, you can keep your dog treats in an airtight container for approximately one week. They will last for one month in the refrigerator and a few months in the freezer. We recommend only keeping the dog treats out that you know your dog will eat within a few days and replenish as needed.
You may think that your dog goes crazy over store bought treats, but homemade dog treats are so much better. Therefore, be prepared for your dog to beg a little more often when you are in the kitchen and near these yummy treats you just prepared. We urge you to make sure you tuck the dog treat container away someplace safe too, or your dog may figure out how to open it when you are not around!