When I first started making homemade dog treats in my kitchen, I always thought I had to follow others’ dog treat recipes to a tee.
But you don’t have to do that.
To make homemade dog treats, you simply need:
#1 – A base (to give the dog treat some substance)
#2 – Some liquid (to give the dog treat added flavor)
#3 – One or more tasty ingredients (that are safe for dogs to eat)
At least one of the above ingredients must contain something sticky (like an egg, honey, molasses, peanut butter) to hold everything together during baking.
DIY Dog Treat Recipe Ingredients
The only reason that this simple formula works is because dogs aren’t as picky as humans when it comes to:
- Look – how things look, in terms of color and texture; and
- Taste – many dogs are happy to ingest anything they’re given to snack on.
Whenever I want to make my own dog treat recipe using ingredients that I already have on hand, I generally follow Amy Jorgensen’s example for making homemade dog treats:
Dog Recipes Using Ingredients You Already Have
Based on all of the homemade dog treat recipes I’ve tried, following are some of the best dog-friendly ingredients you can use to make your very own custom homemade dog treat recipes.
The theory here is similar to the online tools that help you find recipes that use ingredients you already have on hand.
Remember the formula: Base Ingredient + Liquid Ingredient + Tasty Ingredient(s)
BASE INGREDIENTS That Are Safe For Dogs
- Flour (wheat flour, oat flour, rice flour, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour)
- Oatmeal (oats, rolled oats, or old-fashioned oatmeal)
Here are some great tips for flour substitutions and how much of each type of flour to use.
LIQUID INGREDIENTS That Are Safe For Dogs
- Maple syrup
- Corn syrup
- Chicken broth
- Beef broth
- Vegetable stock
Here’s what you need to know before giving your dog milk and dairy products.
TASTY INGREDIENTS That Are Safe For Dogs
- Peanut butter
Here’s the ultimate list of human food ingredients that are safe for dogs… and which ones are NOT!
If you find a recipe for homemade dog treats that you like, but you’re an ingredient or 2 short, just use the above list to find a substitute!
That way, you truly can turn any dog treat recipe into one that is based on ingredients that you actually have on hand.