Making your own dog treats can be fun for you, and there are many benefits for your pup as well. By making his treats from scratch, you are able to provide your pet with not only a tastier alternative to the usual dog biscuit but a healthier one as well. Most brands of store-bought dog treats have chemical additives in them to preserve them and extend shelf life. They are often made mostly of cheap fillers and byproducts. Not so scratch-made treats. Here are 12 recipes for homemade dog treats, using high-quality, natural ingredients. Your dog is going to love them!

When baking up dog treats, be sure to take into account food allergies that your pet may have. Check this list from the ASPCA of foods that are hazardous to pets. It’s a good link to bookmark if you’re a pet owner. Avoid using any ingredient that your pet has reacted poorly to in the past. If you are introducing new foods, dole out the treats to your dog in a small doses first, to see how he reacts. If the test treats go over well, you can safely graduate to an entire treat.

Homemade dog treats keep up to 6 months if you store them in an airtight container in the freezer. This does mean that you have to get the treat out in advance and allow it to thaw for 30 minutes or so before feeding it to your dog, but it’s good to be able to cook them ahead in large batches so that you always have a healthy treat on hand.

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