By Amber Kingsley
When you are throwing a dog party, the food you serve needs to be a little different than for a normal party. You have to take your four-legged friends into account and make sure there are treats they can eat. You can buy these treats from the our friends at Howl to the Chief or if you're more crafty, you can make your own. In this article, we will provide you with a list that will show you which treats to buy and how to make dog treats at home!
Before you buy or make treats, check with your guests to see if their dogs have any dietary restrictions. You don’t want anyone to be left out, so take allergies and diet into consideration. Even if your guests don’t need special food considerations, try to keep your snack choices healthy. Treats that contain peanut butter, yogurt, berries, or dog safe meat are good to look for. Remember, dogs can’t have specific foods like onions, grapes, or chocolate, so avoid those ingredients.
When shopping for dog treats at the store look for all natural, grain free, and preservative free treats. Look for treats without filers that are generally made from a single ingredient. These chews, bones, crunchies, and jerkies are great for dog and will keep them occupied for hours. Some dental chews even help keep your dogs teeth healthy and clean.
Homemade dog treats are a great way to celebrate at a dog party. Making the treats yourself adds a nice flair to the party. If you are going to make your own dog treats, you can add color to make the treat more festive. However, be sure to use natural colorants to keep the treats safe for your dogs. Coloring can be added to any of the treat recipes listed below.
This first doggy treat comes from A Magical Mess and only calls for 4 ingredients!
● 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
● 1 Tablespoon fat-free plain Greek yogurt
● 1 Overripe banana
● 1 Cup oatmeal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mash overripe banana in a bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Let the mixture rest for about 10 minutes.
Roll mixture into 1″ balls and place on your cookie sheet.
Flatten them just a tiny bit.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Let cool completely before serving.
These next treats include meat, sure to make your dog happy. However, if your dog prefers a different meat, ingredients can be swapped to their liking!
● 1 Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
● 2 cups chopped berries (blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
● 1 cup water
Mix all ingredients and puree in a blender until smooth.
Pour into molds and place in the freezer.
Freeze for 8 hours.
Run warm water around the mold to remove.
When you want a crunchy treat for your dog, look no further than this concoction from Pawsh.
● 1 or 2 moderately sized apples .
● 1/2 cup of plain, unsweetened yogurt
● 2 tbsp Brewer’s yeast
● An ice cube tray
Wash apples and cut into pieces.
Stir Brewer’s yeast into yogurt.
Spoon yogurt mixture into an ice cube tray.
Press one piece of apple into each section.
Leave overnight to freeze.
Once frozen solid, pop out a frozen cube.
Feed to your furry friend!
Baby Food Dog Treats
If you happen to have extra baby food lying around, here is a great way to repurpose it for your pup. However, make sure there aren’t any harmful dog ingredients within the food.
● 2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
● 2 4 oz. jars of any flavor pureed baby food
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Mix the flour with the pureed veggies (or baby food) to form a stiff dough. If it's too sticky add flour. If it's too stiff, add some water.
Roll out the dough until it's about 1/4" thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Place the treats about 1/4" inch apart on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
We store ours in a dog cookie canister and it sometimes makes the cookies softer but the dogs like them that way.
They keep for up to two weeks.