Many pets prefer soft dog treats over crunchy biscuits. Some dogs simply need a softer treat, like those with dental problems or missing teeth. No matter what type of treat you offer your dog, be sure they're made with quality ingredients. This soft dog treats recipe is made with pumpkin, peanut butter and a few other nutritious ingredients.
Making your own dog treats is more time consuming, but it's also the best way to avoid harmful chemicals and potentially toxic ingredients. The biggest problem with commercial dog food and treats is the lenient health requirements. While there are a few rules and regulations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not nearly as stringent about pet food as it is about food for human consumption.
Homemade dog treats eliminate the risk of unsafe ingredients. You'll be able to choose which ingredients you want to include and how they are prepared. You can cater homemade dog food and treats to your pet's specific nutritional needs and their personal preferences.
Soft Dog Treats Recipe with Pumpkin
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
Beat the pumpkin, peanut butter and milk on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add 2.5 cups of old fashioned oats while mixing on low speed.
Roll the mixture into 1″-2″ balls depending on your dog's size. You can also use a small cookie scoop. Coat each ball with oats and place them on a plate or cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Refrigerate the dog treats until firm (about 2 hours).
Once they've hardened, you can feed them to your pup. Remember that these treats will add a few extra calories to Fido's diet, so only feed him 1 or 2 treats per day. You can store leftover treats in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
If you'd like to make this recipe in bulk, you can also store the cookies in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. I like this option because it means that I can still provide homemade treats for my dogs without having to take the time to make them every few days.