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Feb. 5, 2012 7:02 am 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2012 11:07 am

The best dog treat recipes your dog will ever eat, will come from your own kitchen. 

So grab your apron, select your favorite recipe and lets start baking!

One of the best things about baking your own dog treats is that you know exactly what ingredients are in there.  You can customize the ingredients to suit your dog’s own likes and dislikes.  With all the recent pet food recalls in the news, baking your own treats makes more sense than ever. I suggest using the same quality products you would if cooking for your family.  Like using a natural peanut butter rather than one with lots of added sugar.  Also use organic flours and meals if you are able.

Ingredients to avoid:

I have checked some reputable websites and books researching on dangerous food for dogs.  Not all of these foods are going to kill your dog, especially given in very small amounts.  But I would suggest however you try to avoid these unsafe foods.  Of course all dogs are different, just like we humans are.  What may not harm one dog may be fatal to another.

As always, if you suspect your dog has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your vetinarian.


Chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythms, tremors and seizure.

Raisins and Grapes

Although your pet may be able to consume small amounts of these, it’s not really worth the risk. As these can cause kidney failure.

Onion, Garlic and Chives

Whether cooked or not, these can be dangerous in large quantities. An occasional low dose, which you may find in treats or dog food is likely not to cause a problem, but its not recommended that you give your dog large quantities.  They can cause gastrointestinal irritation that could lead to red blood cell damage.


The leaves, fruit, sees and bark of the Avocado has an ingredient called Persin, which can be harmful to your dog.  It can lead to abdominal enlargement, difficulty breathing and fluid build up in the chest.


Alcoholic beverages and food products that contain alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and even death.


Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination or even sodium poisoning in pets.

Plum, Peach, Apricot Kernels, Pear seeds, apple core seeds. 

These all contain a chemical, which is closely related, to cyanide and should not be fed to pets.

Sugar Free Gum

Lots of sugar free Gum contains XYLITOL, this ingredient even in very small amounts can prove fatal.

Macadamia Nuts

Whether the actual nuts or in macadamia butter, there is a toxic substance that can cause tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hind quarters Even from as little as 6 nuts!

Raw fish

The rule on this is to avoid any raw fish that swims upstream to spawn.  Many of these fish contain bacteria that can kill your dog.

Coffee and Caffeine

These products contain substances called Methylxanthines, which are found in Cacao seeds, the part of the plant that is used to make coffee and the extract is used in sodas.  When consumed by dogs this can cause panting, excessive thirst and urination.  Vomiting and diarrhea or even death.

Other foods to avoid are potato peelings, green potatoes, yeast dough, hops, tomato leaves and stems and rhubarb leaves.

DON’T FORGET ~ Homemade dog treats make perfect gifts.  You can wrap them in plastic goodie bags, gift bags or boxes.  For a little extra flash print out labels with a list of ingredients.

I bake all of Brie’s treats and come up with new recipes constantly.  I have many submitted for publishing and one that was recently published.  A very simple recipe to get started with is this one below and only needs 4 very simple ingredients.

Simple Four Ingredient Peanutty Dog Bites<

"These quick and very simple dog bites make the perfect little snack for your pet."




Original Recipe Yield 1 Inch Mini Treats



&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;< 2 Cups Whole wheat flour

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;< 1 cup of Chunky peanut Butter

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;< 1 cup of skim milk

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;< 1 Tbsp of Baking Powder


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease two large baking trays (I use my Pampered Chef Large size stoneware bar pans)

 Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until well  combined.

Kneed on a lightly floured surface for 1 minute.

Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut using a mini cookie cutter.

   Place the biscuits onto the baking trays and cook in the hot oven for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. For a more crunchy biscuit, after the 20 minutes are over, turn off the oven but leave the biscuits in the warm   oven for a further 20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Most of my dog biscuits require the use of Wheat flour which some dogs are sensitive to, if so its so easy to modify this recipe, simply substitute one cup of wheat flour for 1-1/4 cup of rye or oat flour or ¾ cup, rice, barley or potato flour. To make crunchier biscuits, cook following the instructions and then once the cook time is over, turn off the oven but leave the biscuits in the warm but turned off oven for an additional 30-40 minutes!

Other dog treat recipes you may like to try:

Brie’s Banana and Honey Dog Treats<

Brie’s Very Vanilla Dog Treats<

Pumpkinlicious Dog Treat Bites<

Parsley and Carrot Dog Biscuits<

Brie’s Holiday Cranberry and Coconut Dog Treats<

Brie’s Calming Lavender and Vanilla Dog Biscuits<

Sunny Day Sunflower Dog Treats<

Brie’s Gingerbread Men Dog Biscuits<

Brie’s Turkey and Mozzarella Dog Biscuits<

Brie’s Turkey and Rosemary Pot Pie Dog Treats<

Brie’s Cinnamon Apple Dog Treats<

Brie’s Cranberry Apple Dog Biscuits<

Then we have my one and only published recipe!!!!

Brie's Turkey and Cranberry Dog Bones

"Nothing says Christmas more than these little dog bones. The perfect holiday treat..."<

I hope you and your pet enjoyed this blog, there will be lots more new recipes coming soon!!!!

Simple Four Ingredient Peanutty Dog Bites
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Sunny Day Sunflower Dog Treats
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Sunny Day Sunflower Dog Treats
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Brie’s Gingerbread Men Dog Biscuits
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Brie’s Gingerbread Men Dog Biscuits
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Brie’s Banana and Honey Dog Treats
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Brie’s Banana and Honey Dog Treats
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Brie’s Calming Lavender and Vanilla Dog Biscuits
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Feb. 5, 2012 8:29 am
With two new pups here, I'm very interested in baking up some of these goodies! Great information apple.strudel, thanks for sharing!
Feb. 5, 2012 8:59 am
Great info for the dog owners. I used to make my dog homemade treats when she was our gal for thirteen years. She loved them, still have the dog bone cookie cutter. Your photos are should write a dog recipe book. :)
Feb. 5, 2012 9:39 am
I started making homemade dog treats when my Suzy had her ligament repair surgery. I have a cat-shaped cutter I love to use for hers and Missy's treats!
Feb. 5, 2012 9:58 am
So glad to have all of the recipes listed in one place! I saved them all! We are hoping to have a Great Dane pup sometime in the next 2 months. We had 2 last time but are going with just the one for now from this particular breeder. Hopefully another to follow when we can find the right breeder for the next one. We are SO excited! I cant wait to have something different to bake up, too! Already bought the bone cookie cutter... lol Keep coming up with the recipes AS! :)
Feb. 5, 2012 10:01 am
Wonderful post! I don't have a dog myself [unfortunately :( ] but my sister does and I rarely get to see her. I would love to bring treats for her little guy next time. I'm wondering though, what is oat flour? This may sound silly, but can I just buzz up regular oats (like you would make almond four)and use that or is it an actual processed flour?
Feb. 5, 2012 12:45 pm
I have no four legged room-mates right now but think I may make some up for our local Rescue group. I know they would love them.
Feb. 5, 2012 1:43 pm
ROBOGRANDMA ~ Thank you for stopping by, the local rescue dogs would love them. CAROLINE ~ I always have oat flour in my pantry just because I use it for oatcakes all the time. I buy it from wholefoods. I'm pretty sure its the same as buzzing up regular oats, maybe someone else on here could help us out with this one.
Feb. 5, 2012 1:46 pm
What's for dinner, mom? ~ How exciting a new pup, I bet your family can't wait. We had Brie over 12 months now, just waiting for a little brother and sister for her. We contacted Brie's breeder and Brie's mummy is about to come into season, so fingers crossed she will have another playmate very soon. Thank you for stopping by MOTHER ANN ~ I think a cat shaped cookie cutter is about the only one I don't have.
Feb. 5, 2012 1:48 pm
*Sherri* Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind comments. I would love to have a recipe book, you never know. Hopefully AR will publish a few more of my recipes soon. Wyattdogster ~ Hope your two pups will like the treats, they must keep you busy!
Feb. 5, 2012 6:59 pm
No dog here, but how great is it that you make your own treats? Way cool...
Feb. 6, 2012 6:08 am
Great blog! I made Bane Carroty Crunches last year and he just LOVES them. It is so rewarding to fix treats for him since he gets so excited to receive them, I'm sure if he could talk he'd tell me how much he appreciates my time in the kitchen:)
Feb. 7, 2012 1:17 am
Hi Cat ~ I just love cooking for my little girl. This weekend we are going to collect a new baby, so excited that Brie is getting a little Play mate. Thank you for stopping by Magnolia Blossom. Looking forward to the get together in june!
Feb. 7, 2012 6:32 pm
Wow...thanks for all those recipes! One of my dogs is on chemotherapy right now and I'm looking for any way to help keep her healthy. I'm going to try the banana and honey treats tomorrow. Thanks again!
Feb. 8, 2012 1:19 am
ROTORWIFE ~ Thank you for stopping by, hope your doggie enjoys them
Feb. 10, 2012 6:55 am
Brie is one well-fed pooch! I have a 12 1/2 year old Chocolate Lab and have been feeding him natural food and treats for a while now...both storebought and homemade. I'll have to give some of these a try. Thanks for the blog!
Feb. 11, 2012 11:01 am
WISWEETP ~ Thank you for stopping by. I hope your chocolate labs likes the treats. Just brought my new baby home a Blue Roan English cooker Spaniel. He is just so cute.
Feb. 17, 2012 4:51 pm
I'm glad to find out that some one else makes their dog treats. My neighbors thought my Chow was spoiled because I made her treats. She was finicky like a cat, so I began making her dog treats. My Chow died and I've haven't made my new dog ( a shepherd/mini pincher mix) any treats yet. I found the info about foods to avoid giving your dog very helpful.
Feb. 25, 2012 11:07 am
lydiapurpleseller ~ It was so good of you to stop by, so pleased you found the blog useful. Hope you make some treats for your new dog soon!
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A little about me, I am a wife and Mum of two gorgeous boys aged 18 and 23, and now mummy to two adorable English Cocker Spaniel puppies named Brie and Henri. We have been living in the US now for 5 years. (You will also see me on - AR's UK site). I guess like most other European’s I don’t eat to live, but live to eat!!! One of my great passions in life is food. Good home cooked, fresh produce. Especially if it is sourced locally. I truly believe that it is so important at the end of the day for a family to sit down and eat a home cooked dinner together. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen now, which always amuses my husband. A few years back we had a small public house and restaurant in the Derbyshire Countryside (England). Never once would I venture in the kitchen. With all those professionals there was certainly no need for an amateur! Should you wish you can contact me at
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