You want the best for your dog, and that includes the tasty treats he or she craves. Dog treats can sometimes be expensive, and they are not always the healthiest options. You want to give your canine the healthiest (and tastiest) treats possible without breaking the bank or requiring an immense amount of time.

There are many treats on the market that are safe, but unfortunately, dog treat ingredient regulations are not monitored all that well. The safest and most reliable route would be to make your own homemade dog treats. Adog.Co offers a variety of alternatives to name-brand puppy treats. Here are a list of five easy-to-make dog treat recipes:

1. Puppy Cake (baked or microwaved)

homemade treats for puppy cake

This recipe is very simple! All you need to do is add an egg, oil and water, and then mix them together in a bowl and bake or microwave. For the frosting you just add water! You can make 8 cupcakes or a 6-inch cake for dogs, and the treat mixes are packaged 12 boxes per case. All ingredients are human grade and completely natural, so no dangerous chemicals to harm your pup.

For this tasty surprise, you don't even need to turn on your oven. Once you've mixed up the ingredients, make sure you're using a microwave-safe container and just zap it on HIGH for 6 to 7 minutes. To make sure the cake is done, slide a knife into the center; if it comes out clean it is done. Wait until cool and then frost.

2. Puppy Ice Cream

homemade treats for dogs, puppy ice cream

Puppy ice cream is a sure way to cool down your pup.

  • Add 2/3 cup of very hot tap water to the ice cream pint container (as pictured).
  • Mix the ice cream and water for 1 to 2 minutes until all of the powder is fully dissolved.
  • Place lid back on the pint container and put in the freezer for at least 5 hours.

Storage: You can keep the ice cream in the freezer with a secure lid for up to 2 months. The mix can be stored on shelves for up to 9 months.

3. Homemade Dog Biscuits

Martha Stewart has devised a healthy alternative to store-bought dog biscuits. They are quick to make and can be wrapped up as gifts for your fellow dog owners. You can find the complete recipe, with measurements, on her website at

  • Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Take the following ingredients: flour, wheat, yeast, wheat germ and salt and then mix them together in a large bowl.
  • Pour oil in a large container. Add chicken stock and flour mixture in three alternating groups, starting and ending with stock. Mix them well together.
  • <<<Roll your dough out to about 3/8-inch thickness. Shape the biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter. Be sure to make biscuits that are appropriate to your dog's size.
  • A fun thing to do would be to write your dog's name or nickname in the dough itself using a toothpick (A tip: Wet the toothpick so it won't stick in the dough).
  • Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes, then brush them with more chicken stock.
  • Rotate the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes more. Remove from oven (remembering to leave the door closed). Let them cool and then serve!>>>

4. Peanut Butter and Yogurt Treats

The perfect treat that is easy to make and great for after a hot day in the park is to whip up some quick peanut butter and yogurt treats. All you need is 32 ounces of vanilla yogurt and 1 cup of peanut butter.

  • Put your peanut butter in a bowl and microwave it until melted
  • Take out your yogurt and mix it together with the melted peanut butter
  • Pour the mixture into cupcake papers
  • Place the treats in the freezer and once they are frozen they are ready to serve

5. Puppy Power Smoothie

Puppy power smoothies are full of vitamins, healthy fats and protein. They are perfect for keeping your dog healthy and strong. You will need 4 simple ingredients: parsley, carrots, greek yogurt and almond milk. Mix them together in a blender and you have made a puppy power smoothie.

You typically give your dog treats out of sheer love for your pet. The special attention makes your pup happy, and giving it makes you feel good, too. Making sure that your treats are truly good for your dog's health is the best way to show your love for your dog.

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