How to Make Hard Puppy Treats

by Louise Lawson
    Skip the store-bought treats and whip up a few homemade treats for your pup.

    Skip the store-bought treats and whip up a few homemade treats for your pup.

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    If you’re tired of feeding your puppy the same old store-bought cookies, try your hand at making your own. Homemade dog treats are simple to make, and allow you to customize ingredients so you know exactly what your precious princess is eating.

    Step 1

    Set the temperature on your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you set the temperature any higher, the treats will burn before they dry out and turn crisp.

    Step 2

    Drop 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil onto a cookie sheet, and spread it around with a paper towel. Oil the entire sheet to stop the treats from sticking as they bake.

    Step 3

    Pour 1 cup coconut flour into a small mixing bowl, and mix in 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter. Smooth peanut butter works best because dogs have difficulty digesting whole peanuts and they may give your pampered pooch an upset tummy.

    Step 4

    Mix 1/4 cup fresh blueberries and 1/4 cup chopped apples into the dough. The blueberries may break down as you mix, but it won’t affect the dough’s texture. Apple seeds can cause severe illness, so make sure you add only the flesh of the apples to the dough.

    Step 5

    Scoop the dough onto the greased cookie sheet in 1-inch balls, and press each ball flat with the back of a spoon dipped in flour. If you do not flatten the treats, they will not turn hard and crunchy in the oven.

    Step 6

    Bake the treats for 20 minutes, and remove the pan from the oven to check for doneness. Press down in the middle of one of the treats with a spoon; if the spoon sinks into the treat, bake them for another five minutes.

    Items You Will Need

    • 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
    • 1/4 cup chopped apples
    • Cookie sheet
    • Paper towels
    • Mixing bowl

    Tips

    • Make sure the treats are cool before feeding them to your puppy.
    • Store the treats in an air-tight container.

    Photo Credits

    • Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.

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