2 & 3 Ingredient Dog Treat Recipes – 3 Meaty Dog Treats Your Pup Will Love
My dogs LOVE treats.
It’s kind of crazy how much. In fact, for a while I let Millie and Tillie get away with all kinds of naughtiness because I was rewarding the WRONG behavior with their favorite treats. (I tell some of that naughty dog behavior story in our Dog Psychology 101 guide that you can get here for free.)
Anyhow. I do buy treats, but I also really enjoy to making them. And simple recipes are the BEST.
Each of these recipes has just two or three ingredients (YAY!) and it’s meat based, so it’s sure to be a hit.
If you want to go straight to the recipes scroll on down to the chicken, tuna and jerky recipes. But first I want to go over a couple of questions that I get on a regular basis.
Question 1. Are Homemade Dog Treats Safe?
As long as you’re avoiding foods that aren’t safe for your dogs like chocolate, avocados, grapes, and too much coconut – among others – then homemade dog treats are safe and fun.
Special note: One of the ingredients right now that can sneak in and really cause harm is Xylitol, an alcohol sugar that’s finding its way into more and more human foods, but can cause liver failure in dogs.
Read the labels on any ingredients to keep the experience of homemade dog treats safe for your pet.The ASPCA has an extensive list of unsafe food here.
Question 2.. How Long Can Homemade Dog Treats Last?
A good rule of thumb here is to treat homemade dog treats (like my pizza for dogs recipe) like you would human food.
Most of the time dog treats that you make yourself aren’t going to have the preservatives of the kind you buy at the store. That means you’ll have to use them up more quickly, so it’s a good idea to keep the batches small.
If dog treats are meat based it’s also important that you refrigerate them – especially if they aren’t all eaten right away.
Generally speaking meat based dog treats will last 3 to 4 days – if refrigerated or dried (like jerky).
And other dog treats can last from 7 to 14 days.It’s good to remember “when in doubt throw it out”.
If you aren’t sure get rid of it.Now… it’s time for the main event! Our three dog treat recipes!
Chicken Nugget Dog Treat Recipe
You can give your dog store bought chicken nuggets, but have you EVER looked at the ingredient list on those things?
They normally have all kinds of chemicals listed and that’s not very good for us or our dogs.
This simple 3 ingredient boiled chicken dog treat is simple and wholesome and something my dogs go crazy for. And best of all? Not an artificial ingredient in site.
- ½ lb chicken breasts, cubed
- ¾ cup water
- 2 ¼ cup ground flax (substitute oat bran or rice bran if youwish)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In pot, boil chicken in water; reserve cooking water.
- Add cooked chicken and cooking water to your blender. Secure lid and blend into a batter-like consistency. Add ground flax and pulse until ingredients are incorporated.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and place on baking sheet. Use back of spoon dipped in water to slightly flatten balls. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
Makes 30 treats. For smaller dogs, reduce ball size to ¼ or ½ inch and reduce cooking time by a few minutes. Will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
The recipe and instructions for this pawlicious treat were found at moderndogmagazine.com
Tuna Dog Treat Recipe
- 1 can (3.5 oz.) tuna in water (do not drain)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
- In a food processor, combine the tuna with its liquid and the eggs; pulse to blend. Add the flour and pulse until crumbly.
- Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and press into an even layer.
- Bake until set, about 5 minutes.
- Let cool for 15 minutes, then cut into 3 dozen squares.
- Once the treats cool completely, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Shout out to Rachael Ray Magazine for this awesome recipe.
DIY Beef Jerky Dog Treats
Buying these treats in the store and with only TWO ingredients making them is a breeze. You will need a food dehydrator for this recipe. If you don’t have one already, then I recommend shopping thrift stores, there are often food dehydrators sitting around for very good prices.
- 1 lb of ground beef (preferably grass-fed), turkey, chicken, or lamb
- 1 cup of beef liver (or chicken liver)
- Chop the liver into pieces and mix it in with the ground meat.
- Scoop the meat into a jerky gun and squeeze the meat mixture on the sheets of your dehydrator.
- Set the dehydrator at 165 degrees for about 3-4 hours, or until the meat is dry and crunchy.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a dehydrator. You can also do this in the oven.
- Preheat your over to 250 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.
- Spread the mixture out on the baking sheet. Bake for 4 to 6 hours, until dry.
- Let cool. Turn out the dried mixture onto a cutting board. Cut into strips.
Sometimes people ask me “is homemade jerky safe for dogs?” and the answer is yes.
It’s actually safer as long as you are following normal human food safety standards. That’s because you’re in control of the ingredients and it doesn’t have spices or chemicals to irritate their stomachs.
These two and three ingredient dog treats are fun to make, super wholesome, and fun for your dogs to chow down on. By making dog treats yourself, you can control what goes in them and help to keep your dog healthy and happy!
Thanks to pethelpful.com for publishing this tasty treat recipe.
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