3 DIY dog treats put to a taste test


Kaleigh Steinorth

Kaleigh Steinorth

Blog author Kaleigh Steinorth

Kaleigh Steinorth writes for PolicyGenius, a digital insurance brokerage trying to make sense of insurance for consumers.

Published August 19, 2014|3 min read

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When it comes to DIY dog treat tutorials, there’s not much you can’t find on Pinterest. The site is filled with craft ideas and ways to live well without having to spend a ton of money. While searching through the site for different pet care tips for the PolicyGenius Pet Care board, I came across a few DIY dog treat recipes I thought Ruby, the PolicyGenius Chief Barketing Officer, might enjoy. To see if the recipes were as good as they looked to be in the pictures (not saying I tried any, don’t be weird), we decided to hold a taste test for Ruby to judge.

I chose three recipes that differed in base ingredients so Ruby would not be short on options. One of the treats was protein based, with chicken broth and eggs, in case Ruby was feeling like she wanted to bulk up. Another was made with only baby food and wheat flour, which I chose for selfish reasons because there were only two ingredients and minimal opportunity to mess something up. The last recipe was sweet, with peanut butter, yogurt, honey and banana, in case Ruby felt like treating herself. She’s worked really hard with the launch of our pet insurance awareness campaign, Pawbamacare, so she totally deserved it. Check out this video to see which treats Ruby preferred:

Basic Dog Biscuit Recipe

The winning DIY dog treat, the Basic Dog Biscuit, required the most ingredients. However, none of the ingredients are very expensive and you probably have most of what you need at home. To make these, you need:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules or beef/chicken broth

  • ½ cup hot water

This treat wasn't hard to make at all, but it did take the longest to bake (30 mins). But it's still easy, and Ruby must have loved it, as she sprinted around the roof with it in her mouth for five minutes.

Baby Food and Flour Dog Biscuit Recipe

The second place treat was the Baby Food and Flour Dog Biscuit. This DIY dog treat was by far the easiest to make. I used sweet potato baby food, which Ruby seemed to enjoy! These treats are also very healthy for dogs, as the baby food is just pureed veggies and water. For these, all you need is:

  • 2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour

  • 2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food

These treats only had to bake for 20 mins, so if you're looking for minimal ingredients and a fast prep time, I would definitely recommend this treat.

Summertime Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

The last DIY dog treat Ruby ate was the Summertime Homemade Dog Treat. I totally thought Ruby would have eaten these first, and I'm blaming my bad guess on the fact that it might have been too windy and cool of a day for a frozen treat. However, she did eventually eat it, and these would be perfect for a warm summer day. They're simple to make as well - all you do is blend the ingredients together and freeze the mixture in ice cube trays. You'll need:

  • 32 fl oz plain or vanilla yogurt

  • 1 large banana

  • 2-3 tablespoons peanut butter

  • 1 tablespoon honey

DIY dog treats are worth the time and effort if your pup enjoys them. They're an easy way to know exactly what is going into your dog’s diet and keep any weird ingredients out. You can also experiment to see which ingredients your dog prefers, which is helpful to design the perfect training treat. None of these recipes were time or effort intensive, and each of them made roughly 20 treats, so you wouldn’t have to make them very often. If you don’t feel like you have time to devote to homemade treats, however, and if your dog’s taste is as sophisticated as Ruby’s, garbage is always a suitable alternative.

Have any DIY dog treat recipes you love? Share them with us in the comments section! We would love to share them on our Pet Care Tips Pinterest board.

Image: Berkay Gumustekin