Looking for the perfect homemade mini training dog treats recipe?
You’re going to love this super simple idea!
It only has three ingredients and all of them are right in your grocery store.
Read on to learn how to make it!
Prefer something hypoallergenic? Try these Limited Ingredient Treats!
Mini Training Dog Treats Recipe
Training treats are a must for positive reinforcement dog training but it can be hard to find just the right ones in the store.
For one thing, they always seem to be made for chihuahuas!
While we don’t need big treats for our big dogs, we definitely want to do more than just fill half of their tooth!
Another problem: store-bought treats are loaded with preservatives and unnecessary fillers.
By making them yourself, you not only control the ingredients but also the size.
Now, let’s check out the recipe. Keep reading after because I have some tips on choosing ingredients and making this a hypoallergenic treat.
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How to make these mini training dog treats
Check out the table below for a quick list of what you’ll need to make these training treats (you don’t HAVE to buy the brands I recommend, they’re just what I use):
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and smash together using a fork.
- Once mixed well, switched to using your hands to knead the dough.
- Place dough ball on a flat, floured surface and roll out to about ¼ of an inch thick using a rolling pin.
- Using a ¾ inch to an inch cookie cutter, cut out as many pieces as possible with whatever shape you desire.
- Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Heat oven to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 12-15 minutes or until hard.
- Let cool before serving to dogs.
Tips for Choosing the best ingredients
While bananas are pretty much standard and self-explanatory, below you’ll find some tips on choosing the right peanut butter as well as swapping out the wheat flour.
What is dog-safe peanut butter?
By dog-safe, we mean xylitol-free, as xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs.
Fortunately, very few brands contain xylitol and they’re all specialty brands (like Nuts ‘N More).
Think top-shelf or health food store PB, not middle-shelf grocery store.
If you stick to national brands like Jif & Skippy or generic store brands, you should be fine.
Just make sure you check the ingredients list. Some brands list it as a “natural sweetener,” followed by “birch xylitol” in parentheses.
Ideally, you’ll also want to use a no-sugar-added PB, like Spread the Love. It only has one ingredient- peanuts.
However, if you’re not really keen on spending $10+ for a jar of PB, honestly, Jif is fine.
I make my dog peanut butter treats with plain old Jif, Skippy, or even Walmart brand PB and she hasn’t grown an extra head yet! 😀
As long as you’re feeding your dog these treats in moderation you shouldn’t have an issue.
Is whole-wheat flour really okay?
Contrary to popular belief (and up until a few days ago, my own belief), grains are not bad for dogs.
A recent study even found that a grain-free diet may contribute to heart problems.
Now, I’m not quite ready to dump my dog’s grain-free food into the garbage, but I do think it’s fine to include some quality grains in her treats.
However, if your dog is allergic to wheat, then obviously you’ll want to avoid it!
In that case, you can use something like coconut flour or opt for one of these treats instead:
- No-Bake Hypoallergenic Coconut Dog Treats
- 3-Ingredient Hypoallergenic Sweet Potato “Jerky” Dog Chew Treats
- Hypoallergenic Veggie Dog Treats
What do you think of these mini training dog treats? Share your thoughts below!
Last update on 2022-10-10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API