12 Homemade Dog Food and Treat Recipes

1. The Master Recipe

The master recipe is your blueprint for any meal or treat for your friend. It comes in handy for when you don’t have specific ingredients on hand or for when you want to get creative and try new combinations for your dog to try.

Whatever your situation, simply knowing this master recipe will allow you to feed him homemade food anytime, even if you have no recipes available.

Ingredients:

  • raw or cooked meat or eggs.
  • raw or cooked vegetables.
  • cooked white rice or oatmeal (optional).

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and serve.

Notes:

When cooking food for your dog it’s best to not use added oils or fats to it. Boiling, pan frying, or grilling are all acceptable ways to serve your dog meat and vegetables. Your dogs meat will have plenty of fat in it and likely the extra grease will upset his digestive system.

Your dogs meal should be made up of primarily meat with the vegetables acting as filler. I would shoot for a minimum of 50% meat, 30% veggies, 20% white rice or oatmeal.

2. Dinner in the Raw

Dogs are wild animals at their very core, and when dogs are in the wild they are primarily raw meat eaters. This recipe will help your dog get back to his natural roots, while adding in a few vegetables for balanced nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • uncooked beef or rabbit.
  • uncooked carrots.
  • raw apple.

Directions:

  1. Cut your uncooked meat, carrots and apple into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Mix all ingredients together and serve.

This dish should be made up of at least 1/2 meat with the remaining filler comprised of carrots and apple.

3. Basic Leftovers

This homemade dog food contains protein, fat and carbohydrates. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, so you are assured that your dog is getting a balanced meal.

While you can follow this recipe exactly, the point is to demonstrate that you can essentially serve your dog the same meal that you are having (the meat and vegetables). Whatever you had that night simply give your friend some of your left overs.

Ingredients:

  • Cooked meat (Beef, lamb, or chicken).
  • White rice.
  • Carrots.
  • Peas.

Directions:

  1. Slice the cooked meat into small, bite-sized pieces. Meat can be cooked by boiling, frying without extra grease, or grilled.
  2. Cut carrots into small cubes.
  3. Add all the ingredients, as well as any meat juice that developed from cooking, to the cooked rice and mix.
  4. Gently warm if desired or serve at room temperature.

4. Bacon & Cheese Bites

A meal that will definitely be considered as a sure treat by your dog. Dogs love bacon and fortunately, it is a good source of protein and fat. It’s rounded out with a little carbs and tasty cheese.

Ingredients:

  • Bacon strips.
  • Cheese.
  • White rice.

Directions:

  1. Cut bacon strips into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Grate the cheese.
  3. Cook the rice.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well. Heat in microwave for one minute or until cheese melts.
  5. Scoop out a small palm-full of the mixture and roll like a meat ball.

Serve.

5. Doggy Burger

A healthy doggy burger that will leave your dog wanting more! This doggy burger contains a little bit of everything from protein, fiber, carbohydrates, potassium and other vitamins.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb chopped liver or ground beef.
  • 1 potato, peeled and boiled.
  • 1 egg, raw.
  • 1/4 cup Carrots, shredded.
  • 1/4 baby spinach, chopped.

Directions:

  1. To a bowl, add the raw meat,  egg, cooked potato and raw carrots and spinach. Mix well to combine ingredients.
  2. Once combined, form the mixture into several small and flat burger patties.
  3. Bake on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes at 350o.
  4. Serve when cooled to room temperature and save the rest for future meals.

6. Chicks & Beans

For dogs that are sensitive to wheat and dairy (even though that really shouldn’t be a significant portion of their meals anyway) this recipe can make a tasty alternative to the boring meat and veggie concoctions your friend’s used to. If the beans bother your dog either cut back on the quantity or leave them out all-together.

Ingredients:

  • Kidney Beans (1 cup).
  • Black Beans (1 cup).
  • Carrots (grated or diced).
  • Chicken Broth (2 cups).
  • Tomato Sauce (1/2 cup).
  • Chicken Breast (4 pcs).

Directions:

  1. Boil or grill chicken and cut into small pieces.
  2. Heat the chicken broth until it comes to a boil.
  3. Add the beans, carrots and tomato sauce to the broth and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Add the chicken while it is hot.

Cool and serve.

7. Turkey Mix

A healthy dog food substitute that you can feed your dog on a daily basis! It is packed with protein (turkey meat) as well as vitamins and minerals from the vegetable mix.

Ingredients:

  • Rosemary, dried (1 tsp).
  • 2 cups vegetable mix (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots).
  • Ground turkey (1 pound).
  • White rice (2 cups).
  • Turkey broth (4 cups).

Directions:

  1. Add the rosemary, turkey, white rice and broth to a large sauce pan and stir until evenly mixed.
  2. Cook over high heat for 10 minutes and then over low heat for another 10 minutes, or until the rice is cooked.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the vegetable mix into small pieces.
  4. Add the vegetable mix to the cooked rice and ground turkey mixture. Stir until the vegetables are mixed well with the rice.
  5. Cool for 20 minutes and serve.

8. Dog Treat Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Treats

This recipe sounds so good you may like to try one too…

Ingredients:

  • Plain, Greek yogurt  (32 oz.).
  • Natural peanut butter (1 cup).
  • Bread crumbs (1/2 cup).

Directions:

  1. Melt the peanut butter by heating it in the microwave oven.
  2. Once the peanut butter is melted, add yogurt and mix.
  3. Add bread crumbs to the yogurt-peanut butter mixture for added crisp and flavor.
  4. You can put this mixture in cupcake cups or any bone-shaped containers, if you have any.
  5. Put in the freezer until frozen and then serve.

9. Dog Treat Recipe: Dog Biscuits

A crunchy and flavorful dog treat that your buddy will definitely enjoy! This treat is packed with carbohydrates and protein that is sure to give him an instant energy boost!

Ingredients:

  • Whole Wheat or All-Purpose Flour (2 ½ cups).
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon), 1 piece medium-sized egg.
  • Milk (1/4 cup).
  • Beef, lamb or chicken.
  • Broth/stock.
  • Bacon.

Directions:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt) and set aside.
  2. Mix together the wet ingredients (milk, egg, broth/stock).
  3. Now, mix both the dry and wet ingredients together and knead the mixture until it forms a ball-shaped dough.
  4. Roll the dough until you reach your desired thickness.
  5. Cut the dough using bone-shaped cookie cutters (or any shape you want).
  6. Put the dough in a cookie sheet.
  7. Heat the oven (350 degrees) and bake for about 30 minutes, or until it is ready to eat.

10. Dog Treat Recipe: Meat Cakes

Delicious meat cakes to be munched and enjoyed by your dog. This will provide all of his needed nutrients such as potassium, beta carotene, carbohydrates, fiber and protein.

Ingredients:

  • White rice (1 cup).
  • 2 potatoes.
  • 2 carrots.
  • Eggs (2).
  • Salt (1 tsp).
  • Oats.
  • Ground beef (1 cup).

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease at least 10 muffin tins.
  2. In a saucepan, cook the rice according to directions.
  3. Grate the potatoes and carrots well until they become fine.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix in the grated potatoes and carrots, eggs, salt, oats and ground beef.
  5. Add the cooked rice to the mixture.
  6. Fill the muffin tins with the mixture and bake for about 45 minutes.

Cool and serve.

11. Dog Treat Recipe: Wheat-Free Doggie Cookies

A wheat-free and crispy dog treat that will make your dog ask for more! This dog treat is packed with fiber and carbohydrates that will instantly provide your dog’s calorie needs.

Ingredients:

  • Rice flour or chickpea flour (3 cups).
  • Hot water (2 ½ cups).
  • Oatmeal (2 cups).
  • Potato starch (1 cup).
  • Natural peanut butter (1/2 cup).

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Make sure that the hot water and peanut butter are mixed well to form a mixture with a water-like consistency.
  4. Pour the wet mixture in the center of the dry mixture and continuously fold and stir it until it turns into a dough.
  5. Add starch occasionally if you feel like your dough is too watery or sticky. On the contrary, add drops of water if you feel like your dough is hard and cracking.
  6. Use a roller to spread out the dough.
  7. Cut the dough according to your desired shapes and sizes.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until it becomes golden and crispy.

Let it cool and serve.

12. Dog Treat Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Balls

A delicious snack for your pup which is also rich in vital nutrients. It contains Vitamin A, iron, potassium, beta-carotene and fiber that help in keeping him healthy.

Ingredients:

  • Canned pumpkin (½ cup).
  • Water (4 tablespoons).
  • Molasses (4 tablespoons).
  • Baking soda (¼ teaspoon).
  • Baking powder ¼ teaspoon).
  • Whole wheat flour (2 cups).
  • Coconut or olive oil (2 tablespoons).
  • Cinnamon – optional (1 teaspoon).

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix water, oil, pumpkin and molasses in a bowl.
  3. Add baking soda and powder, cinnamon and flour into the the bowl from step 2. Continue stirring until a soft dough is produced.
  4. Scoop small spoonfuls of the soft dough. Roll them into balls using your hands. To get the best results, consider using wet hands when rolling the balls.
  5. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set the rolled balls into it. Flatten the balls using a fork.
  6. Bake for around 25 minutes. A sign that it is already cooked is when the dough hardens.

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