Easy, Quick Training Treats
by Vicki (Texas)
Some ingredients to add for flavor
I love making homemade treats for my Lab and Pit Bull, but they are time-consuming and I always have to buy lots of ingredients. So I came up with this recipe that literally takes 5 minutes, and you don’t have to buy anything special. The best part is you can make them whatever flavor you want, depending on what your dog likes best.:)
- Dog food (a cup or two of kibble)
- Flavor. You will need a heaping spoonful of whatever flavor you pick. This can be anything from peanut butter, applesauce, yogurt, or even shredded cheese. Sometimes I scrape off a corner of a beef bouillon cube for extra-special flavor.
Preheat oven to 400 F or 200 C (gas mark 6). Combine dog food and flavor in a bowl and mix well. Put in a cake pan and cook for 2-5 minutes, or until food pellets look relatively dry.
Give to your canine friend once cooled. Store the training treats in the fridge if you used a refrigerated flavor (cheese, yogurt, applesauce, etc..)
My Lab loves the PB ones, my Pit loves the cheesy ones.
Editor’s note: Hello Vicki, and thank you for submitting this quick training treats recipe. I like that they are dry rather than moist for easy handling.
I would suggest that these be combined with something else that you’re baking in the oven since they bake for such a short time. Or you could wait until something else has finished baking at that temperature, remove that item, put your treats in, and turn the oven off. If you forget to check on them, they won’t burn…
BTW, I hope that you’re feeding your dog a high end kibble – even if it costs more, a kibble with better quality ingredients generally keeps dogs far healthier and therefore cuts down on vet bills and owner stress/distress…
All the best and feel free to add more ideas! Jo
First, buy a bag of Purina cat food, and put it in some water and let it soak for a while. Second, smush the softened mixture with your hands, then divide it into balls. Third, put a piece of hot dog or turkey in the balls. Last, put the oven on about 300 degrees and let the Pixie Treats cook for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure these treats are cool before your dog gets one. I hope your dog enjoys them!
P.S: I named these treats after my dog named Pixie; she’s 15 years old.
Editor’s note: Nicole, thank you for this tasty idea. How neat that you named this dog treat recipe after your dog! It sounds like this might work with dog kibble as well. Of course, you would want to give a dog only one or two of these dog treats in one day as they would not have good nutritional value.
Cheap Treats For Dogs
- 3 cheese singles
- 2 hot dogs (not your dog!)
- 1 tablespoon of non salted peanut butter
- half of a cup of crushed milk bones
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cube the hot dogs and set aside in a bowl.
- Cut the cheese into strips of four and set aside.
- Melt the peanut butter in the oven or microwave and set aside.
- Evenly spread out the hot dogs on a small cake pan, and then put the cheese strips in an even pattern onto the hot dogs.
- Put this into the preheated oven for about 8 minutes.
- After you get the mix out of the oven, sprinkle the crushed milk bones over it and glaze it with the peanut butter…
- When cool, cut the cheap treats into whatever shapes you like.
- Thank you for trying my recipe – Megan, 11 yrs old 🙂
Hello, Megan, and thank you for taking the time to submit this recipe to us. Kudos for specifying unsalted peanut butter. It would also be a good idea to look for the healthiest type of frankfurter that you can find.
Please feel free to submit more recipes! Jo
by Catherine W. T.
(Santa Ana, LA, United States)
- 2 cups of dog food
- 1 cup of hot milk
- *chicken, meat, sausage or
- any type of meat
Mix the dog food with the hot milk for 5 minutes, then take out the dog food and put it in a cup, grab a plate and turn the cup around to make a “sandcastle” with the dog food, decorate with the meat you chose and put some candles on it.
Editor’s note: Thank you, Catherine – sounds like most dogs would find this yummy!
We do have some cautions though. One is to make sure the candles are removed before any dog has access to the cake. Another would be to regulate the amount a dog gets of this cake – if your dog normally eats more than 2 cups of dog food a day, this could substitute as a meal. A third thing we would suggest is to use low-fat or nonfat milk, since dairy products high in fat may upset some dogs’ digestive systems.
Dog Breakfast Omelette
Is your dog tired of dog food for breakfast EVERY morning? Well, here’s a special breakfast for that special dog!
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup dog food, blended w/ 4 tbsp.water(if not the gooey kind)
- 1-2 sausages, sliced
- Cheese-cube or pea (optional)
- Scramble the egg and cook well. Leave on a plate and cool for 15 mins.
- Put the dog food and sausages on one side of the egg.
- You may put the dog food on one side and sausages on the other, but it will be more difficult to do the next step.
- Now, fold the egg.
- Add a cheese-cube/pea.
- Serves 2 medium-sized drooling dogs.
Editor’s note: Noriz, that sounds yummy! Note that we took the toothpick part out as that could hurt a dog’s mouth or insides. Thanks for sending in the idea!