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How to make homemade dog treats

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Make some tasty, homemade treats that your dog will love. You can even use these treats to help teach your dog a new trick!



  • One 3.5-ounce jar of strained-meat baby food (no salt added), beef or veal recommended.
  • 1/2 cup powdered skim milk
  • 3/4 cup wheat germ


dogtreat-1Step 1: In a cold oven, move rack to top third of oven. Preheat to 275 degrees.


dogtreat-2Step 2: Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter or cooking oil (spray-on oil works well).


dogtreat-3Step 3: Mix ingredients in a medium-size bowl.


dogtreat-4Step 4: Scoop morsels out of the bowl with teaspoon-size measuring spoon. Fill the teaspoon evenly, not heaping.


dogtreat-5Step 5: Drop morsels onto greased cookie sheet about one-half inch apart. (They don’t spread while cooking as regular cookies do.)


dogtreat-6Step 6: Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, but watch carefully so the bottoms don’t get too brown.


dogtreat-7Step 7: Remove from the oven and place pan on wire rack to cool. Makes approximately 45 doggie cookies.



Place a small number of morsels on waxed paper on a plate and cover with another plate turned upside down. Microwave on high 2 to 4 minutes,depending on power of microwave. Take top plate off as treats cool or they might get soggy. Let the treats cool completely.


Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Put extras in plastic bags in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.


Use your treats to teach your dog to spin around.

  • Each training session for a new trick shouldn’t last much longer than five minutes. Try another five-minute session later in the day to refresh the dog’s memory.
  • With both of you standing, face your dog.
  • Hold a treat in front of your dog’s nose without letting him touch it.
  • Have the dog follow the treat around in a tight circle. Go in the same direction each time.
  • When the dog completes the circle, give it the treat and lots of praise.
  • After some practice, hold the treat so the dog can see it and say, “Spin,” but don’t lead the dog around in a circle. If he starts to turn in a circle by himself, praise him verbally until the trick is finished and only then give the food reward.
  • In a couple of days, your dog will spin as soon as you bring out the treat.

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25 Comments on How to make homemade dog treats

  1. Cookie baker // October 24, 2008 at 8:02 pm // Reply

    I wish I was a dog!

  2. I wanna make these for my pomeranian! I bet I could teach her to spin…

  3. Do you think my paraket wouid eat a few ?…………………………..No she did not like the dog treat.

  4. Our dogs are allergic to wheat. Can you make these with oats?

  5. looks good to eat?

  6. I train my dog every day and he knows a lot of tricks but i dont use these treats…

  7. the game7123 // September 5, 2008 at 4:35 pm // Reply

    my puppies love these homemade dog treats

  8. do you think cats could eat this?

  9. these sound like people food

  10. awesome:) 🙂

  11. fluffy puppy // July 21, 2008 at 5:18 am // Reply

    these sound awesome!!!!!!!! 🙂

  12. ♥KiTcHeN♥ // June 16, 2008 at 8:14 pm // Reply

    My golden retriever will just love these “HOMEMADE” dog treats, because he loves dog treats!!!

  13. My mom LOVES our dog and I think she will love to be able to make “dog cookies” on her own.

  14. Does anybody know what a wheat germ is?

  15. nice!

  16. My dog loves dog treats! I hope yours too.

  17. I ate mine. They taste good!

  18. This is awsome. I will definately try it!!! I have a Black Lab and I think he will love these.

  19. CRAZY BOY // May 3, 2008 at 6:29 pm // Reply


  20. Barbed Wire // April 13, 2008 at 9:28 am // Reply

    This is so cool I’m defnately gonna try them!!!

  21. Awsome!!! I’ll try that!

  22. my dog will love it!

  23. James Bond // March 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    Thats kinnda kool but my dog does that anywaty

  24. cool

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