20+ Healthy Dog Treat Recipes + Books

August 15th, 2012

20 natural homemade dog treat recipesImages via RatherFetching and Curbly

Making your dog their own treats isn’t too uncommon these days. Homemade pet treats are the perfect alternative to preservative-filled, commercial brands of pet treats sold in supermarkets. Baking your own dog treats enables you to control the ingredients, giving a dog with allergies or weight issues the same indulgences while satisfying their dietary requirements.

I’ve rounded up 20+ of the most popular homemade dog treats recipes I’ve either created myself or found online for your convenience. I’ve taken into account recipes that feature gluten-free ingredients as well as those that can be baked in as little as 2 steps. Be sure to check with your vet about which foods are appropriate for you to share with your pet before baking these tasty treats.


Pumpkin Muffin Doggie Treats – A vitamin-rich, fiber-rich pumpkin treat recipe that is both flavorful and healthy.

Healthy Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats – A healthy and delicious gluten-free peanut butter and pumpkin dog treat recipe.

Sweet Potato Dog Treats – This quick and easy adaptation of a fall favorite is sure to have your pups tail wagging!

Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats {Gluten-Free}  - Easy, healthy, and natural are adjectives to describe these gluten-free dog treats.

Martha’s Dog Food - This Raw pet food delicacy might be a good alternative to processed food.

DoggIY: Easy Two-Ingredient Homemade Dog Treats – This two-step recipe is an easy way and delicious way to spoil your pup.

DIY: Healthy Homemade Dog & Cat Treats – This recipe calls for organic or all natural peanut butter, satisfying your pups craving for this yummy ingredient.

(Wheat-free) Sweet Potato Chicken – Got a dog with a sensitive stomach? These chicken biscuits will hit the right spot.

Lip Smacking Good Dog Treats! – These gobble-worthy treats are a healthy alternative to store bought brands.

Pup’kin Puppy Bites – Pumpkin Molasses Doggie Treats – I really want to try out this simple and nutritious pumpkin recipe. It’s a helpful ingredient for dogs experiencing stomach issues too.

Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits – This treat was baked to cure the stomach issues this blogger’s dog was experiencing. A quick treat that’ll leave them healthier and satisfied.

Izzy’s Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits – Associate food producer Courtney Knapp shared this recipe from her mother, Marcia Knapp.

Apple & Cheddar Pupcakes – Whether its a birthday or any occasion, these pupcakes deliver.

Sparky’s Doggie Treats – One reviewers praise of these treats: “Any dog will be sure to love these doggie biscuits. They have just the right amount of peanut butter flavor to please your four-legged friends!”

K-9-Ingredient Meatballs – Packed with plenty of nutritious vegetables and protein, these canine-friendly meatballs make a perfect snack.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe – Many reviewers mentioned their dogs loved these flavorful yet healthy dog treats.

Dog Biscuits I – These crispy and toasty treats will ensure no crumbs are left behind.

Nutty Bacon Dog Treats – What dog doesn’t love bacon?

Chicken Dog Treats – These all natural treats can be used as a much needed reward.

Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats – This gluten-free recipe from Whole Foods includes parsley for breath freshening.

Diabetic Dog Treats – A happy reviewer had this to say: “If you have a diabetic dog like we do, then you know it is hard to find a treat that will do no harm. This is one of those treats. It is easy to fix, and even dogs without diabetes will enjoy them.”

(Wheat-Free) Carob Crunchers – Doggy Dessert Chef developed this recipe for wheat-sensitive pups.

Bacon-Flavored Dog Biscuits – Your pups will enjoy  these bacon-flavored dog biscuits.

Homemade Flax Seed Dog Biscuits – A great recipe accompanied by priceless photos from White on Rice Couple.

Bachelor Dog Treats – Spago Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard shares her recipe with LA Weekly.

Flea Terminator Dog Treats – The brewers yeast and garlic in these treats will please your pet, and repel fleas.

Dog Biscuits – All all-around great homemade alternative to the classic dog biscuit.

dog treat recipe books


A number of books are on the market aimed at pampering your faithful companion with only the best nutrition. Here are some of the best:

You Bake ‘em Dog Biscuits Cookbook: More than 50 recipes ranging from special occasion goodies to training treats to healthful snacks for pooches with special needs.
The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man’s Best Friend: Recipes include Peanut Butter-Honey Nut Cheerios Balls, Taco Treats, Birthday Blueberry Pupcakes, Halloween Treats, Frozen Magic Meatballs, and more.

The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook: Over 100 “Tail Wagging” Recipes: Tasty 100% organic ingredients comprise this dog biscuit recipe book. A great compilation for those concerned about their pets healthy and happiness.

Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way: Three Dog Bakery has baked tasty treats for pampered pooches around the world. This 60-recipe book focuses on simplicity by using human-quality ingredients usually found in your pantry.

The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love: 50 safe, nutritious, and appealing recipes for every type and size of dog are neatly laid out in this handy guide.

The Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats: An eight-week program to optimum health for dogs and cats featuring quick and easy recipes for home-cooked meals and treats, an introduction to natural supplements, and a practical guide to grooming and play.

Interested in making our own dog food? I’ve come across this helpful video which will get you started.


If you’ve tried or are are planning on making one of these recipes, please let us know the results in the comments! I’ve picked out a couple I’m eager to make myself.


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  27. Dogica says:

    Great article! Thank you : )
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  28. Tera says:

    Thanks for sharing all these great recipes and resources. I think my dogs will love the Healthy Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats the most, because they REALLY love peanut butter and pumpkin. :)

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