While the kids are out trick-or-treating, you don't want your dog to miss out.
You can help your pup celebrate Halloween with a batch of specially-made Halloween dog treats. Made with healthy ingredients that are safe for dogs, these ideas are fun, festive, and delicious. Dogs don't even have to dress up and go door to door to take advantage of the most treat-filled day of the year--but we all know a doggy trick-or-treat night would be the best.
Whip up these five healthy dog treat recipes for your fur-monsters, and if there are any left over, share these homemade dog treats with all the neighborhood pups you know. From chewy dog treats to small dog training treats, this DIY options give you a great selection of treats suitable for Halloween as well as for everyday consumption.
- 1 cup oats (old fashioned, 1-minute oats, or instant) , plus more if needed- see instructions
- 1/3 cup pumpkin pureé (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- Grind the oats into a fine powder in a food processor.
- Add the pumpkin and peanut butter and blend together until it's a sticky dough.
- Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. (If your dog is sensitive to wheat, use brown rice flour.)
- Use a cookie cutter (skeleton bones or dog bones?) or cut the dough into squares with a knife and transfer them to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until the dog biscuits are dry and hard.
These treats can be ideal if your dog is on a limited ingredient diet and can only have pet food and treats that don't contain meat.
- 2 1/2 cups of coconut flour
- 1 cup of applesauce
- 1 1/2 cups of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- Mix coconut flour, pure pumpkin puree, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, and eggs into a large bowl.
- Roll out the dough into a sheet about a quarter-inch thick.
- Use your favorite cookie cutter and place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
These grain-free pumpkin dog treats are delicious and good for your dog's GI tract!
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cups apple sauce (I used Mott's Natural)
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 4 Tbsp honey
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup chopped apples (about 1 apple)
- Mix water, apple sauce, vanilla, egg, and honey together in a large bowl with a whisk.
- Combine whole wheat flour and baking powder before stirring them into the wet ingredients.
- Fold chopped apples into the batter.
- Put a spoonful of batter into greased muffin tins.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.
4. Chicken Pops
- 4 bully sticks
- 2 oranges
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 lemon
- 1 cooked chicken breast
- 1 Tbs honey
- 3 cups water
- Make the top layer of this chicken recipe by combining the oranges, banana, lemon, and water in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Make the middle layer by combing the chicken, honey and water in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Hold a bully stick upright inside a plastic cup and pour in the top layer mixture until the cup is a quarter full. Freeze for 30 minutes.
- When the bully stick stands on its own, pour the rest of the layers while allowing each to set for 30 minutes in the freezer.
- After pouring the last layer, freeze the entire pop for eight hours. Run warm water around the cup to remove the pop when you're ready to treat your dog.
These frozen treats are a fan favorite and include real chicken!
- 2 Tbs canola oil
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- peanut butter, for serving
- Combine canola oil, peanut butter, and water in large bowl.
- Add both types of flour.
- Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Knead dough into a ball and roll flat to about 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut out small circles and place them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes
- When the cookies are cooled, sandwich peanut butter between two cookies and serve.
Dogs love peanut butter dog treats!
Sweet potato treats are also super popular and you can find more dog treat recipes here.
Changing Up Your Dog's Treats
There are plenty of store-bought treats available, and your dog may already love Greenies, Purina, Milk-Bone, Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Pill Pockets, or any one of the many other commercially available treats. When you make your own dog treats, though, you have the chance to customize the treats with fun shapes to suit your needs - and the holiday. Because you can change the shape of the treats, these recipes can work whether you have a small breed or a large dog. Making your own savory dog chews and treats is also fun, and it gives you a chance to show your dog how much you love him.
Your pup's stomach will be rumbling in anticipation, but remember the secret to good treat-giving is to not overfeed. Don't let a few too many Halloween dog treats ruin their healthy diet and keep them from eating their dog food. Feel free to give your four-legged friends a treat after dinner or for a job-well-done after training, but everything is best in moderation. Healthy dogs are happy dogs and these tasty dog treats are the answer!
Have you tried any of these DIY pet treat ideas? Let us know in the comments.
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