These easy, homemade dog treats get two paws up!


Dusty Pendergast eagerly and impatiently waits for his new treat.

Sophia Pendergast, Staff Reporter

It’s always fun to celebrate birthdays, especially those of our furry friends. However, it can be difficult to find the best way to spoil your pooch for their special day without it feeling like their normal routine. Most dogs go on walks, get treats, and play with toys on a regular basis. So, how do we make their birthday special? 

With a gourmet, homemade dog treat, of course! 

This simple dog treat recipe requires just a few common ingredients that you probably already have lying around your house. You just mix all of the ingredients together, cut them into whatever shapes you want, and bake! If your dog has puppy friends, you can easily increase the measurements to make more. Not only are these treats great for a celebration, they can also be used for training. It can help change up the monotony of the traditional meat treat, and make your dog more motivated to listen to commands. 

Now, the most important part of a dog treat is its flavor. My dog, Dusty, went wild for these treats. He is a big fan of peanut butter and pumpkin, so he thoroughly enjoyed these treats for his first birthday. Did he know that he turned one that morning? No. Did he still gobble up these treats in a matter of seconds? Absolutely. When Dusty got the first whiff of these treats, he did every trick that he knew before the treat was even out of the oven. 

Something to note about these treats is that they have more of a biscuit-like texture. They are soft, but tough, making it slightly difficult for dogs to chew.We gave an entire one to my dog, who is 45 pounds and has all of his adult teeth, and even he had to drop it on the floor and chew it in smaller bites.  If you are feeding these to a dog who doesn’t chew their treats very well, is small, or is a puppy, I recommend making these using a smaller cookie cutter or breaking the treat into pieces. This can reduce the risk of your dog choking on the treat. 

Whether you’re  celebrating your dog’s birthday, trying to make training more motivating, or simply spoiling your pup for being themselves, these treats are not to be missed! 

Find these easy treats here.