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Homemade Dog Treats for Holiday Gifts (with recipes)

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Homemade Dog Treats for Holiday Gifts (with recipes)

I rarely make cookies for humans, so it was quite unusual for me to make treats for my dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, when I came across the recipe for “Pumpkin Squeaks” Dog Treats from, it looked so easy that I gave it a try. Now, I can’t believe that I didn’t start making my own dog treats sooner. Taking an hour out of my hectic day to make something healthy for them gave me great joy. The experience encouraged me to slow down and enjoy the holiday spirit instead of rushing through it. The above picture is my final result of this recipe, which is also gluten free and human grade. And, I was delighted to discover that they can be broken into tiny bites, which is always helpful for training.

Pumpkin Squeaks” Dog Treats (Compliments of Protect your Bubble pet insurance)


2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree (one low in sugar)
2 eggs (I used 3 for more moisture)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together until blended, then spread dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired cookie shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Super quick and easy recipe for Sweet Potato Chews:
Slice a sweet potato in thick slices, with a ridged cutter if you have one
Bake at low heat of 200 degrees until they have dried out.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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9:10AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you Lisa, for Sharing this!

12:10PM PST on Jan 23, 2013

You might want to try vegan dog treats made out of natural healthy ingredients :

7:18AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

i have been tempted to try something like this for my dog

5:27PM PST on Jan 14, 2013


3:33PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

excellent little treats for a sweet dog who is bought into work everyday. Thank you!

10:53AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Although some people choose to give their own dogs garlic in spite of the health dangers, I am VERY disturbed to see it in treats suggested as gifts for others. I would suggest using something harmless like sage, basil, or ginger for flavoring instead. If you choose to use garlic at least inform the recipient that you have done so and let them make their own decision. Some dogs are far more sensitive to garlic and onion poisoning than others for genetic or underlying health reasons, so please don't risk killing your friend's pet with this "gift."

6:15AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

I just copied down several of these recipes for my pooches. I won't use the garlic, though, as that is not good for dogs. I know a little tiny bit is not harmful, but any more than that can hurt them, according to the vet.

These look great, though. i've been wanting to bake my own dog treats! I look forward to it. Thanks for providing the recipes.

11:05AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

CAUTION -- one of the recipes calls for garlic powder, GARLICKY treats. According to SPCA and many other canine authorities Garlic is bad for dogs. Here is the SPCA's statement:
Onions, Garlic, Chives

These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies. An occasional low dose, such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods.

6:42AM PST on Dec 30, 2012


9:27AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Going to give them a try for friend's dogs. Thanx

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