How to Make Dog Treats on a Budget

Easy Homemade Dog Treats

This is definitely different from any of the other posts but if you are a fur mama it will be helpful!! About a year before T and I became parents we rescued our fur baby, B. We spoiled her so damn much she really became our first baby and always will be treated as such. She is the happiest pooch around but what motivates her isn’t love or affection or to be a people pleaser. Nope. It’s food. So being a DIY-er I just had to figure out how to make her treats without going broke (or her getting fat). I had been giving her baby carrots and fresh green beans but I wanted to change things up. Below are 2 of my B’s favorite recipes.

Dehydrated Treats:

Supplies:
Sweet Potato and/or Banana
Knife
Dehydrator

Steps:
1. Peel the sweet potato
2. Cut sweet potato in to even slices, the thinner they are the faster they dehydrate.
3. Place the potato slices on the dehydrator.
4. Peel and slice the banana.
5. Place banana on the dehydrator (I have mine on two separate shelves I made 2 potatoes).
6. Cover and turn on your dehydrator. My potatoes took about 5 hours and bananas closer to 7.

You will know they are done when they are hard and don’t bend when you try to break them. Some dehydrators settings are different so be sure to read your manual for more in depth times and suggested settings.

Cheddar Treats:

Supplies:
1 cup of 100% Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Bowl
Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet
Cookie Cutter
Rolling Pin

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare work space. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. I also put parchment paper down on the counter for easier clean up but this is optional.
2. Mix flour, water, and shredded cheese. It should resemble cookie dough. If it seems sticky still add a tablespoon of flour in at a time until it is no longer sticky.
3. Sprinkle some flour on to your workspace so that the dough doesn’t stick to the paper (or your counter).
4. Place dough on floured surface and squish down then use rolling pin to roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick.
5. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes for your treats. I always repeat steps 4 and 5 until the dough is all used up.
6. Place treats on your cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

They will be a golden brown and cheese oozing out a bit when done. Be careful not to use too much flour on your surface as they won’t look done (like the flowers below) you can just brush off the excess flour before baking to prevent this.

Our pup is totally spoiled rotten but we wouldn’t have it any other way. If you have any favorite recipes you like for your fur baby we would be happy to try them out you can share them in a comment below or contact us on Facebook! Are you a crafty mama? You will love our DIY Photo Canvas and How to Make Your Own Hair Bows!

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