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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. Cool

  2. Yum! Yum!

  3. awesome

  4. pretty cool

  5. cool, my dog likes treats!

  6. Wow! How interesting!!

  7. my dog dosent like many differnt treats but ill try

  8. I think I would use this because my dogs realy love all treats. My mom might like to have my dogs like her cooking, too.

  9. my dogz love them thanks 4 the recipe

  10. these treats are awsome!

  11. I am going to make it

  12. BIONICLE 674 // January 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm // Reply

    My yellow lab loves dog treats. Im trying it.

    I’LL TRY IT!!

  14. i made one so big it was 12,12

  15. My dog loves treas so im goin to make thease for him

  16. Kinda cool but my teddy Bear Might not like them she likes canine carry outs (Teddy Bear Shitzu Bishon frisse mix They are cute🙂 )

  17. sunny BL Girl // December 20, 2008 at 11:51 am // Reply


  18. i think my stuff will work!

  19. B- doing woods maker // October 24, 2008 at 8:25 pm // Reply

    Woof! I’m gonna see how they are felling when I’m a dog!

  20. Spider - Man // October 24, 2008 at 8:22 pm // Reply

    I wanna be a dog so I can eat ’em up!!! I can’t wait!

  21. But my spoof pokemon can’t eat hot dogs! Pikachu eats katchup! Sometimes pokeblock.

  22. My dogs don’t like food at all!

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