So many dogs have problems with mass produced dog treats that people are looking into alternative options. While you can certainly buy organic treats, not only are those expensive, but sometimes the taste isn’t one that most dogs like.
Still, your dog deserves treats. Plus, they’re one of the best ways to train a dog to encourage good behavior and put a stop to poor habits. One of the best ways that you can have delicious, nutritious treats for your puppy, adult or senior dog is to make them yourself.
By making treats at home, you can help senior dogs who might be experiencing weight issues. You can help adult dogs with their oral hygiene when you have homemade treats on hand.
Puppies need homemade dog treats because their immune systems aren’t yet on the same level as adult or older dogs. By making their treats at home, you can eliminate many of the common allergies triggered by mass produced dog treats.
Making dog treats at home is easy because you don’t have to have all those fillers and other items used in store bought treats that offer your dog nothing nutritious. You can mix food or create one particular food in a dog treat.
There’s no limit to what you can make for your pet. Many human foods are just as nutritious for dogs to have as treats and are better for them than what you can buy from the dog food aisle.
Not only that, but in the end, you’ll save money, too. When you make homemade treats, you want to focus on baking with natural ingredients. You can create jerky treats from chicken.
All you have to do is cut thin chicken strips and bake them on a low temperature until the meat has the texture of jerky. You can also make treats from vegetables like sweet potatoes.
Just put the thinly sliced potatoes in your dehydrator until they’re chewy or crispy whichever your dog likes the best. Another treat that you can make for your dog using your dehydrator or oven is liver treats.
Just put thinly sliced pieces of beef or another type of liver in your oven or dehydrator and cook until it’s done. You’ll usually have to change cooking times based on the thickness of the meat slices.
Dogs also like banana slices that have been dried out or tuna chunks. Some pet owners make peanut butter treats for dogs using flour, baking soda, salt, peanut butter and honey or molasses.
But you have to be careful because some dogs have allergies to peanut butter or flour. You’d want to make sure you knew if he had those allergies before giving him such a treat.