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Homemade Dog Treats for Holiday Gifts (with recipes)

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.
Recipes for dog treats from Three Dog Bakery:










Gar “Licky” french fries

4 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Pinch of paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Peel and cut potatoes into -inch strips.
Toss strips in oil and garlic powder, and spread on baking sheet.
Bake 30 minutes, turning several times, until golden.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with paprika.
Cool before serving. Refrigerate in sealed container.


Banana “Mutt” cookies

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet and flatten with fork.
Bake 15 minutes. Cool on rack and store in airtight container.


Cheesy apple nips

3 oz. low fat cream cheese
2 oz. blue cheese
4 medium apples

Beat cream cheese and blue cheese together until smooth. Core apples and fill with cheese mixture.
Chill 2-3 hours. Cut into 16 wedges
Refrigerate in sealed container.

In addition to my own dogs, I decided these would make great holiday gifts for our four-legged friends. What could a dog want more than yummy dog treats personally made for them along with music specially designed to calm dogs?

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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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4:56AM PST on Jan 20, 2015

Healthy choice for our beloved ones

6:56PM PST on Jan 17, 2015

Great recipes.

2:30PM PST on Jan 17, 2015

There is a therapy dog who visits my mother in law at the local nursing facility. Maybe some good baked goods for Rudy might be in order? Been buying Newman's Own Organic treats but home made??? Yum...not that I'll sample them or anything....

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.

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