DIY PUPPY TREATS: Do-It-Yourself Home-Made Puppy Treats for Your Furry Friend

If raising children is challenging enough then I don’t know what you call raising children and dogs simultaneously. Most well-meaning parents only want their kids to grow up with good manners, and so do most well-meaning and responsible dog owners.

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If you truly have a heart for dogs, I bet it you would find it unthinkable to lock up your pet in a cage so it doesn’t chew on your kids’ toys, leave a mess on the living room carpet or play dangerously rough with your very small children. Dogs are by nature pack animals and they are happiest when they live close with other members of their family and when they are happy and loved all they ever want is to please their human. This is why it is important to teach them proper manners expected of a dog.

Experts agree that rewarding good behavior is far more effective than punishing negative ones. Dogs that are beaten for misbehaviour tend to be more aggressive and resentful and cannot be trusted around children. It is best to keep an eye on your puppy while he is small and watch out for good behavior so you are able to reward him for each acceptable behaviour he displays. For this reason you can’t afford to get caught without a handful of treats in your pocket; you just have to have a constant supply of puppy treats on hand.

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Commercial puppy treats can be bought from pet stores but they can be expensive in the long run. Using left over food from the fridge can save you money but you can’t mince or cut them into pieces and store them in your jacket pocket without leaving an oily residue. This is why my kids and I thought up some deliciously beefy puppy treats recipe that smell and taste good but not greasy to touch. Here, we’re sharing with you how it’s done.

HOME MADE MEATY PUPPY TREAT RECIPE

2 Cup All-purpose flour

1 Cup left over beef, pork or chicken (I use left over fried chicken, roast pork or beef steak), finely chopped

1 cube beef bouillon cube, finely chopped

1 egg

¼ Cup grated cheese (I use left over Quezo de Bola from the holidays or cheddar. This is optional but it can certainly make your treats taste extra special)

About ½ Cup water

Some left over queso de bola from the holidays. Grating it and adding it to this recipe is a great way to recycle leftover cheese.
Some leftover queso de bola from the holidays. Grating it and adding it to this recipe is a great way to recycle leftover cheese.

In a big mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup finely chopped meat, 1 beaten egg, chopped beef bouillon cube.

Our Little Puppy Treats Chef enjoys spending time with mom in the kitchen, kneading dough and baking goodies for his furry friends.
Our Little Puppy Treats Chef enjoys spending time with mom in the kitchen, kneading dough and baking goodies for his furry friends.

Gradually add water and mix well. I don’t add all of the water immediately so I can check the consistency. It has to be moist enough to form into balls but not too moist that they stick on your hands or the bowl.

If the dough sticks to your hands like this, it means you have added too much water. It is best to gradually add water instead of pouring everything in at once.
If the dough sticks to your hands like this, it means you have added too much water. It is best to gradually add water instead of pouring everything in at once.

When it’s well combined enough to form one whole ball of dough, you can begin to divide them into smaller balls the size of marbles (or smaller). Place the balls of treats on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 170 degrees celcius for about 8 minutes or until it’s done but not burnt. One recipe yields about two cupfuls of meaty, cheesy treats.

I use this toaster oven to bake my puppy treats.

My kids and I love to have fun with our treats, so we add some color to make them look exciting (as if the colors matter to the dog).

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A cocktail of round and irregularly-shaped bite-size pieces puppy treats that are dry to the touch and won’t leave an oily residue on your hands or your pocket.

You can try this yummy recipe at home or if you live somewhere near our place, you can ask our Little Puppy Treats Chef for a bag of treats. He’s not going to give it away for free, of course, as he’s saving for a new outdoor tent so he can take his fur buddies out on a camping trip but he can give it to you at a minimal cost.

Enjoy teaching your puppy new tricks!

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