How to make treats for your dog

A made-from-scratch treat for your dog is a great way to show your love, as long as you are doing it safely.

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and most dog owners would likely agree that the same is true for their pets. Snacks are a great way to get a pup's attention and to show him a little extra love. For dog owners who want to spoil their furry friends, trying your hand at homemade dog treats can be a great way to up your treat game.

The do's and dont's of cooking for dogs
When you're in the kitchen whipping up something tasty for your pooch, it's important to remember how different canines and humans are. Your little guy may like to think he's a person and has likely salivated over the smells of the foods you make for yourself, but not everything you eat will be safe for him, too. 

Don't give him the wrong foods
Before giving your dog any kind of homemade food, be sure to only gather Fido-friendly ingredients. The American Kennel Club warns against chocolate, cinnamon, almonds, macadamia nuts, dairy products and especially onions and garlic, which can actually alter their blood structure, leading to anemia or other blood disorders. 

Even people food that you likely know is safe, like turkey or eggs, needs to be fully cooked and free of any seasonings that could be dangerous for your pup. 

Do put nutrition first
Dogs may love the taste of fatty foods, but they are just as dangerous to pups as they are to people. Keep him well with lean, healthy ingredients, like low sodium chicken broth or peanut butter. 

Try this gluten-free peanut butter and banana biscuit recipe from Whole Foods:

You'll need:

  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of dried parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 egg

Start by heating the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Mash the banana, then slowly stir in the ingredients in the order they're listed above. Taking a tablespoon at a time, roll the dough into balls and then set aside for five minutes. After they've rested, press them flat, place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 40 minutes.

While it's fun to spoil your pet with a homemade treat sometimes, you can't always set aside the time to make him something from scratch. Keep some Hartz® Oinkies® Stuffed with Peanut Butter handy for regular snacking. 

This content is provided by the pet experts at Hartz®. Before you invest in a new chew toy, biscuit or treat for your companion, turn to us for top-of-the-line advice and tips.

Category: Pet Supplies