If you are looking for homemade dog treat recipes that your beloved pup will appreciate, then you’ve come to the right place. We take a look at two simple yet tasty treats for your dog which you can use when teaching your dog new tricks or when attending dog training classes. These recipe will surely help in building their stamina.
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
You can use pumpkin and peanut butter to make your dog some delish dog treats for their dog training classes. This recipe is fast and easy to prepare and all you need to do is add a total of 5 ingredients. It takes just 5 minutes to prepare and around 25 minutes to cook. Let’s find out.
You will need:
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup of natural peanut butter
- 2 cups of whole wheat floor
- Take a baking sheet and place a parchment paper and silicone baking mat. Then pre-heat the oven to 350F.
- Take a large bowl and add the eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, and then stir. Make sure the ingredients are completely mixed.
- Add in the floor as well as the pumpkin pie spice and then stir until completely combined.
- Take a flat surface and sprinkle with a floor. This will keep the mixture from sticking and then roll out the mixture to one-inch thickness.
- Next cut up the dough to your desired shapes and then place them onto the prepared baking sheet.
- You can bake for between 20 to 40 minutes. This comes down to the level of crunchiness that you want to achieve for your dog.
- Once satisfied, take out the treats from the oven and allow them to cool down. They are now ready to serve your pup.
Beef Jerky Dog Treats
If you are one for feeding your dog a natural diet, then beef jerky treats will be much appreciated by your pup. One of the main benefits of this recipe is that it is fast and easy. You are guaranteed to nail it even if you are trying this for the first time. Plus you can even use them as dog treats for training. Let’s find out!
You will need:
- Pre-sliced bottom round steak. You can also pick any type of lean thin sliced meat.
- Cut down the thin meat slices to the size that you want to feed your dog.
- Arrange the meat slices and pieces onto the dehydrator trays. The number of trays you will need will depend on the quantity of the meat.
- Make sure to read the instruction on your dehydrator. Some will require you to run it for 6 hours. If you are using an oven make sure to turn it to the lowest temperature. You can run it for 4 to 8 hours. Keep checking the meat and ensure it is slightly bendable but not brittle.
- They are now ready to serve.
The best treats for dog training
Just like us, dogs have their favorites when it comes to treats. You may have heard your dog trainer talk about the high-value, medium-value, or low-value treats.
Value in this instance refers to the interest and preference your dog has for certain treats. High-value treats are usually smelly and moist. While low-value treats are usually dry and brittle.
High-value treats are best when training your dog in a highly distracting environment and when teaching new behavior. You can also reward your dog with high-value treats when they respond quickly to a cue.
Medium value treats are slightly moist and smelly. They are great when reinforcing already learned behavior or when training your dog in an environment that is not excessively distracting. You can also use them as part of daily enrichment.
Low-value treats on the other hand are often also low in calories. They are a great choice when reinforcing behavior throughout the day. Plus you do not have to worry about your dog gaining too much weight.