If you’re looking for a unique reward to use in training sessions, you’ll love our homemade gummy dog training treat recipe!
With just three ingredients (all available right in your grocery store), it’s easy to whip up a batch in minutes.
They also make super cute additions to a new puppy gift basket for friends and family.
Read on to learn how to make these homemade dog treats, then check out some other fun add-in ideas.
How to Make Gummy Dog Treats
Real quick, let’s go over the very basics of how to make gummy dog treats. You’re going to LOVE how easy it is!
Basically, you just need unflavored gelatin, water, and a “mix-in.” For our recipe below, we used tuna, but there are tons of other options.
Let’s check out our tuna recipe first, though, since it gives you the overall gist of how to make gummies for dogs.
Then we’ll talk about those other options!
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Homemade gummy dog training treat recipe
Makes about 30-40 treats
- 4 Ounces of Mercury-Free Tuna, Undrained (1 Can)
- 6 Tablespoons Unflavored Gelatin (or three packets)
- 1 Cup Water + 2 Tablespoons Water
- In a blender or food processor, place your tuna and two tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth.
- In a small bowl, place ½ a cup of water and all your gelatin powder and stir thoroughly.
- Heat the other ½ cup of water until boiling and add to the gelatin mixture. Stir thoroughly.
- Add your tuna mixture to the gelatin and stir thoroughly.
- Place your silicone mold onto a cookie sheet (I used a paw one), baking tray, or hard surface so it doesn’t buckle after you fill it.
- Fill each cavity, then place in the freezer for at least an hour, or until solid.
- Store up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
That’s all it takes to make this homemade gummy dog training treat recipe! So easy, right?
Now, as promised, let’s take a look at a few variations.
More Homemade Gummy Dog Treats Options
Most of these gummy dog treats follow the same basic recipe above, except you’ll replace the tuna with the other options.
- Use bone broth in place of the water & add a bit of parsley for a tasty spin on gummy treats! Check out this tutorial for directions
- Of course, you can always go with good old chicken stock, either to replace the water or on its own with the gelatin.
- Mix in a can of chicken (like the kind you use for chicken salad) instead of tuna!
- Unsweetened apple sauce in place of the tuna makes a tasty & sweet treat for pups! Check out this how-to.
- You can also use beef gelatin and canned dog food to make a blueberry venison & sweet potato gummy.
You can also use just use the gelatin, water & some healthy herbs or spices. A few to try include:
- Catnip: not just for cats! Use it to help calm an anxious dog or promote digestive health.
- Turmeric: good for older dogs with arthritis & other aches and pains.
- Basil: another good one for joint pain.
- Ginger: add it to your gummy dog treats if your pooch has a tummy ache, it’s just as good for dogs as it is for humans.
- Thyme: a good antibacterial herb that may also reduce fungal growth.
Just remember to talk to your vet before adding herbs and spices to your dog’s regimen, especially if he has a preexisting medical condition.
Honestly, the options are only limited to your imagination (and what’s safe for dogs, so don’t go mixing up a chocolate onion treat, not that you’d want to!).
Just remember these basic guidelines for making homemade gummy treats:
- Gelatin is always your base, so grab a big jar of it to keep on hand.
- You always need some sort of liquid, be it water, broth, or something else you prefer to use.
- Your third ingredient can be anything you want (or nothing at all!) but remember, if it’s liquid, you’ll need to compensate by reducing your water.
Gelatin is fantastic for dogs, so try adding homemade gummy dog training treat recipes into the mix on a regular basis.