Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Have you had those moments, fleeting as they may be, where you think about making your own homemade dog treat recipes at home? You know, you have the thought, but then move it to the 'one of these days" piles?

Why not make that day today? Seriously, I promise you. making healthy homemade dog treats at home is a lot of fun. And easier than you may think.

Not to mention that your furry 4-legged always happy family member will adore you more than he or she already does.

We have three such family members at home, and they just know when I am whipping up a batch of homemade doggie treats just for them. Even before the pan is in the oven and the savory aromas fill the air, they. just. know.

As a doggie parent, the best part about making healthy dog treats at home is that I know exactly what they are eating. They love the flavors plus, I really think they feel loved even more somehow. Aaanyway, if they could, I am sure my three furry family members would definitely give 3 paws up to these savory homemade dog treat recipes.


Picture Credit: Reluctant Entertainer

My dogs love carrots (sadly, I cannot say the same about my kids.) Especially our Anatolian Shepard, Ringo. If you have a carrot in your hand, expect to see Ringo amble on over and give you his best rendition of sad puppy dog eyes. If he could vote, I have little doubt this carrot apple dog biscuit recipe would win, paws down.


The Little Epicurean

These DIY dog treats made with baby food are so easy to make, plus you will end up with a healthy batch of these delectable doggie treats!

Whip up this easy recipe for homemade sweet potato dog biscuits with a couple of jars of sweet potato pureed baby food, and a few other all natural ingredients.

Since this recipe will yield about 4 batches of these yummy treats for your dog, you can consider this budget-friendly recipe as an extra way to save money. A win-win, in my book!

An extra note: If you use baby food as a base in dog treats, make sure to choose baby foods that do not contain onions, grapes or raisins, as these ingredients can be toxic to dogs.

Check out the recipe at The Little Epicurean.


Image Courtesy of NellieBellie

Our dogs are part of our family, for sure. So when one of them gets anxious or stressed (usually our oldest dog, Lola) I feel bad. It can be a loud storm or a lot of holiday activity in our home, for example, that can cause our dogs to get anxious.

So I was thrilled to come across this recipe from NellieBellie, which uses lavender and chamomile, calming ingredients that can naturally calm an anxious dog.

You can freeze these homemade dog treats so they last a long time. Just grab some out of the freezer when you want to treat your dog with a calming biscuit.

And of course, they are delicious with or without the lavender and chamomile (which are entirely optional.) With a combination of peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce, whole wheat flour, and oats, these homemade treats will get any dog's tail wagging in no time.


Picture From Irresistible Pets

One of the best ways to keep your dog cool in the summer is with a yummy frozen homemade dog treat straight from the freezer.

This 3-ingredient dog treat recipe is made with apple slices, yogurt, and water. If your pup is lactose intolerant, go ahead and skip this recipe.

When choosing yogurt for a dog treats, make sure to use yogurts that do not contain any artificial sweeteners, as sweeteners can be toxic to dogs. (Here's a list of potentially toxic ingredients for dogs from ASPCA )

Check out the recipe at Irresistible Pets.


Picture From Dog-Milk

These super easy healthy dog treats are made with just two ingredients, a perfect recipe if you are just getting started at making your own dog biscuits at home.

So what are the two ingredients? Organic whole wheat flour and pureed baby food. (Again, make sure to not use baby food that contains onion, grapes or raisins.)

You can also substitute rolled oats for the flour, or use chickpea flour or buckwheat if you are looking for a grain free recipe.

And that's it. Of course, the real fun of starting out with such a simple basic healthy dog treat recipe is that it is easy to add ingredients and flavors to create your own custom recipe as you become that awesome dog treats connoisseur we talked about earlier!

Check out this recipe at Dog-Milk.

Must Try Crafts Toddlers Will Love To Make For St. Patrick's Day

Busy parents need complicated crafts for their kids like they need another parent-teacher conference (I am sorry to all teachers out there, just kidding!)

Really, I have nothing but love for kids crafts, really!! It is just that I a special place in my heart for easy kid-friendly crafts. Especially for busy mamas of toddlers and preschoolers.

So sticking with the theme of EASY, here are some of the cutest sweetest St. Patrick's Day crafts for toddlers that are EASY to make and will provide lots of laughs, giggles, and smiles for everyone!

P.S. There is also one Lego themed St. Patrick's Day activity that older kids will probably enjoy as well!

Paper Plate Rainbow Craft

 This cute rainbow craft is a fun activity for preschoolers this St. Patrick's Day, as well as a perfect way to celebrate spring. Hang this masterpiece in a nice sunny window to enjoy the sun rays all spring long.

Get the directions at Messy Little Monster.

Shamrock Felt Puppets 

Toddlers and preschoolers will love making these cute shamrock puppets, and I am thinking parents will love how easy this preschooler craft really is!! All you really need to get for this kids craft are popsicle sticks, felt, pipe cleaners and googly eyes.

Get the directions at Typically Simple.

St. Patrick's Day Lego Fun

St.Patrick's Day Lego Challenge

So this idea falls more in line with fun St. Patrick's Day activities for kids than a craft, per se, but I really like this idea. And bigger kids, find out how to trap a Leprechaun using Legos!

Get the Directions for the St. Patrick's Day Lego Challenge at No Time For Flashcards.

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Play Fun For Toddlers 

Using Lucky Charms Cereal for Sensory Play at B-Inspired Mama

Using cereal for sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers this St. Patrick's Day is a brilliant idea! And who does not love the idea of incorporating a bowl of Lucky Charms into their St. Patrick's Day fun? Get the details for creating your own sensory bin using cereal over at b-Inspired Mama!

Over The Rainbow Craft Using Cereal

Let your mini Picassos create their own St. Patty's Day rainbow using Fruit Loop cereal and cotton balls. I love this cute kids craft idea from Amy Latta Creations!

Mickey Mouse Leprechaun Hat 

So while this may not fall under the category of traditional type St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids, it is just too darn cute to not share! Besides, after you print out the template, putting this adorable Mickey Mouse Leprechaun Hat together will be a fun activity/craft time for parents and kids do together.

Get the free downloadable template at Disney Family.

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5 Easy Valentines Day Crafts for Preschoolers

Valentine's Day is one of the best reasons to have fun crafting with your little ones. Special handmade Valentines for Grandparents, teachers, and friends are always the best gifts of all. And what preschooler or toddler does not love to make fun and easy crafts?

And just so you know, I personally think crafting time is even better when there are delicious Valentine's Day Desserts to share, just saying.

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Heart Finger Print Tree

pink fingerprint tree valentine craft preschoolers and toddlers can make

Little ones love to fingerpaint and this heart-shaped fingerprint tree could make a super cute Valentine's Day card! Get the directions at Easy Peasy and Fun.

Butterfly Heart Flutter Valentine Craft 

pink construction paper butterfly wings with handprint stamped on  and popsicles stick craft for preschoolers to make for Valentine's Day

Nothing makes a sweeter homemade gift for parents and grandparents than a kids handprint craft in my opinion. Seeing those little hands year after year is a precious and sentimental Valentine's Day gift that will always be treasured. You can get easy directions for making this super cute flutter butterfly craft at Teaching Mama.

Ladybug Footprint Valentines Day Craft

easy art craft for kids ladybug cut out using black construction paper stamped with pink painted feet

Okay, so this footprint kids craft is as sweet as the kids' handprint art project above. Just remember your kids will have red paint on their feet at one point while making these special Valentine's Day keepsakes, so plan ahead with extra paper towels and old sheets. Get the step by step details on how to make a Ladybug heart craft at Sunshine Whispers.

Love Bug Hats

White construction paper headband hat with red writing, red pipe cleaner antennae, and stickers, paint, for decorations
Image From Do It Yourselves Divas

 These Love Bug hats make adorable easy toddler Valentines crafts that little ones will love to make and decorate for Valentine's Day. This project is simple, fun and ridiculously cute! You will find the directions and even more cuteness at Do It Yourselves Divas.

Valentines Noodle Necklace 

easy craft for preschoolers painted pasta strung on string or yarn tied at ends for cute pasta necklace
Image From The Allison show

This is one of the cutest Valentine's day projects for toddlers (and maybe a messy one too, but they will have so much fun!) These colorfully painted noodle necklaces would make cute homemade valentine gifts for kids classmates, teachers, and grandparents.

Kids can get crafty making Valentine cards to go with their gifts using supplies around the house or easier yet, download these free Valentine Day cards, as well as the step by step instructions for making the noodle necklace at The Allison Show.

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