Organic Dog Treats: Recipes And Buying Guide

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Organic frozen dog treats (caption: Organic Dog Treats Recipes)Organic dog treats have higher nutritional value than most mass produced, store bought treats. In addition to being made from natural ingredients, using organic means there are no pesticides or fertilizers used to grow the produce, which makes the treats even safer and more nutritious for your pup. Organic can mean a higher expense, but you could whip up a batch of your own organic dog treats from your kitchen and save some money in the long run for the overall health and well-being of your pet.

Article Overview

What Are Organic Dog Treats?

Organic dog treats are made using certified organic ingredients. Organic ingredients are produced without using modern synthetics like pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Irradiation, chemical food additives and industrial solvents are also avoided. In the United States, organic gardening is strictly regulated, and food producers have to obtain special certifications to assert that their products are organic.

Organic foods in the U.S. are managed by the Organic Foods Production Act from 1990 and regulations outlined in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Organic foods in the U.S. must:

  • Contain a minimum of 95% organic ingredients
  • Not genetically modified
  • Livestock must be raised without growth hormones or the application of antibiotics and should have access to pastures regularly

Why You Should Consider Organic Dog Treats

  • Reduced Chemical Exposure – Products that use organic ingredients do not use ingredients that have been exposed to chemicals that can build up in your dog’s system. No one can really know what long-term effects the chemicals used in pesticides and fertilizers can have on our pets but better safe than sorry.
  • Reduced Allergen Exposure – Many common allergens are left out of organic treats making them a good option for dogs that have various sensitivities. Common allergens that are left out of organic treats include corn, wheat and chicken.
  • Reduced Calorie Content – Companies that produce organic dog treats are often much more conscious of the overall impact of the product on the dog, and this includes calorie count. By focusing on organic ingredients such as fruits and vegetables, treats tend to have lower grain content, fewer additives and, consequently, lower calorie counts.

Easy Homemade Organic Dog Treat Recipes By Category

Be sure to pay attention to the ingredients you use. Always ensure the ingredients you purchase are certified as organic and that you avoid ingredients your dog shows sensitivities to.

You have the option to choose the size and shape of the treats. You can use traditional cookie cutters or other fun shapes like dogs or bones to create your dog treats. Or simply roll small balls of the “dough” by hand. If you prefer all the treats be the same size, try using a melon baller or ice cream scoop. You can also use a cup to create circle-shaped treats.

Baked Recipes | No Bake Recipes | Dehydrated Recipes

Easy Baked Dog Treat Recipe

Two Ingredient Baby Food Dog Treats
Photo Credit: The Midnight Baker

This recipe is super easy and only takes 30 minutes to make a batch.

Two Ingredient Baby Food Dog Treats

  • 2, 4 oz jars of organic baby food (meat or vegetable, or a mix of both, like Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food.)
  • 2 cups of organic flower, spelt, wheat germ or rolled oats (or combination of all)

Yield: Approximately 15 medium-sized treats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the ingredients to form a dough in a mixing bowl. On a lightly floured countertop or surface, roll mixture into 1/4 inch thick dough and cut out into shapes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes on until slightly golden brown. Turn off the oven and let the biscuits rest until oven is completely cool (to help dehydrate the treats).

Source: The Midnight Baker

Easy No Bake Dog Treat Recipes

Peanut Butter And Yogurt Frozen Dog TreatsThis recipe is also extremely easy and although it takes longer to freeze (vs bake) the preparation time is still relatively quick. We made these for a dog meet up and all the pups loved them (see photo). Pet parents should note though they are a bit messy for them to consume (especially in hot weather when they’ll melt fast).

Peanut Butter And Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats

  • 1 cup of your favorite organic peanut butter (Laura Scudder’s Organic Peanut Butter)
  • 32-ounce container of organic, unflavored yogurt (do not use sweetened yogurt)
  • 1 large banana (sliced)
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey (optional)

Yield: Approximately 1-2 dozen medium-sized treats

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor (or use a mixing bowl) and stir until smooth and creamy consistency. Fill a silicone mold or ice cube tray with mixture. (We tried adding little blue berries into the tops of each cube for an extra special surprise for the pups). Freeze for for at least two hours until hard. Pop out of the molds and serve.

Source: Cooking With Janica

Dehydrated Dog Treat Recipes

Sweet Potato Dog Chews
Photo Credit: Platings and Pairings

These super simple treats are a sweet and chewy way to reward your pup without the fear of calories or chemicals.

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

  • 3 organic sweet potatoes

Yield: Approximately 5 cups

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and trim the ends off each of the sweet potatoes. Slice into approximately 1/3 inch pieces length wise. You can also cut the potatoes into disc shapes. Arrange your chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or use a dehydrator. Cook for 6 to 8 hours, flipping once halfway through. Once completely brown, turn off the oven and let the potatoes cool off which will help dehydrate them further.

Source: Platings and Pairings

Where To Buy Organic Dog Treats

There are many commercially available organic dog treat options produced by a variety of companies. Here is our top pick if you choose to buy instead of making your own.

Wet Noses All Natural Dog Treats

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Founded in 1998, Wet Noses Original Organic Treats are certified organic using non-GMO, human-grade ingredients, so you can trust they are healthy and yummy. They contain no grain, corn, wheat, soy or dairy, so they’re ideal for pups with any types of allergies. They come with a 100% money-back guarantee, so you don’t have to worry whether your dog will gobble them down or not. With a cookie-like texture, your pup might never know you didn’t make them yourself.

Ingredients

They come in a variety of flavors including apple and carrots, grain-free berry, hemp seed and banana, sweet potato pie, and peanut butter and molasses. All ingredients are 100% sourced and made in the U.S. with no additives or preservatives.

Price

$12.99

Some of our other favorites include:

Always Use Caution When Making Dog Treats At Home

Keep in mind the quality of your ingredients should always be organic and fresh to ensure the highest quality dog treats. Most importantly, when making your dog treats, be aware of which ingredients you should never use when baking for your dog. There are many “people foods” that can be harmful to dogs. Refresh yourself with what foods are toxic for dogs, so you are keeping your dog safe.

What’s your dog’s favorite organic treat recipe?

About The Author:

Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and cats Lucy and Tabby. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps. Carrots and sweet potatoes are her picks for healthy treat alternatives.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

She has been covering dog-related topics since 2012 and is proud to share her latest personal experience, resources and information with fellow pet parents.

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Derek McDoogle
I found it interesting when you said that organic dog treats have higher nutritional value than most mass produced. My sister wants to teach her dog a few tricks but she has not been successful yet. I will recommend her to look for nice treats for her dog so they can encourage her dog to perform the tricks.
Rena Tedrow
I have a question…I’ve been looking thru all of your recipes for treats. As the binder, some use rice flour, WW flour, Oats… One of my dogs now has pancreatitis and has developed allergies to oats (i.e. oatmeal) and rice–we’re still ruling things out (such as chicken, beef), but it’s getting harder to find ‘something’ I can use as a filler or binder for food and treats. Can I use almond flour as a replacement for the ‘flours’ in your recipes? Or does anyone know? I’ve been looking all over the internet for that answer. TIA for your time…
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Rena, I’m not positive if you can use almond flour as a substitute for the flour in the recipes. You could perhaps try it and see how the recipe turns out and go from there? And maybe ask your vet about your dog eating almond flour to make sure it’s safe. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.
Kramer
Almonds are toxic for dogs ive heard!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
According to PetMD, almonds are not recommended for dogs to ingest. Thank you for bringing this up. Ingesting almonds whole can cause an obstruction in the esophagus. In this instance for almond flour, this wouldn’t be an issue. However, there is still cause for concern for almond flour because almonds are high in fats and cause a pancreatitis flair-up in some dogs. It’s best to avoid almond flour for your dog, but if you want you can speak to your vet about it and they may be able to offer more information to your dog and your situation.
Libra
Cinnamon is toxic to dogs
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
According to PetMD cinnamon is not toxic to dogs.
Dana
for the Baby Food Treats, how much chicken? and what kind? ground chicken?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Add enough chicken until the mixture is thick. You could do any type of chicken just as long as it’s organic. If you do breasts or something like it, make sure you tear the chicken into smaller pieces.
lynda
When you say serving size 1 to 2 dozen, sou mean yeild?
5 cups of sweet potatoe treets seems like too much.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Lynda, THANK YOU for noticing our error. Yes, we mean yield, not serving size. I’ll be sure to update that in the article!
Beverly Cook
Hi. Your Chicken cinnamon recipe says “1/4 cornstarch” Do you mean 1/4 cup, TBSP, TSP, which? Thanks in advance
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Oops! I am so sorry about that Beverly. It should be 1/4 cup of cornstarch. I’ll be sure to correct our article! Thanks for bringing that to our attention.
Keith P Lawrence
One or more of your recipes include bovine dairy. This is contradictory to other advice on what foods are safe for dogs as they lack natural GI enzymes for proper dairy digestion.

Otherwise, you have some wonderful recipes, many of which are similar to the paleo pup treats I make for my pack.

Thanks for some new ideas.