Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats Are Super Healthy!

Homemade pumpkin dog treats are so healthyToday is our sweet Jem’s 3rd birthday! And for being such a good girl the last 3 years, she’s getting pumpkin cookies today! After all… it’s officially pumpkin season, so the dogs have been asking me where their pumpkin treats are! And in honor of Jem turning 3, these cookies are only 3 simple ingredients! Pumpkin is so healthy for dogs, and they go nuts for the flavor, so these treats are a win-win.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

homemade pumpkin dog treatsI know you’re busy with the day-to-day, and complex dog treat recipes that have a long list of ingredients are just too much to handle sometimes. I like to keep things simple, easy, with as little hassle as possible. If I can make a dog treat in my own kitchen for cheaper and in less time than it takes to drive to the grocery store and back, then it’s a good day! With only 3 ingredients, these cookies are a piece of cake to make, and they’re so healthy for our pups compared to the store-bought mystery meat treats.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 Cup canned pumpkin puree 
  • 1 3/4 C brown rice flour (or the flour you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Combine Your Ingredients 

Combine the peanut butter and pumpkin first:

homemade pumpkin dog treatsThen add 1/4 C of flour at a time until the dough is no longer sticky and you’ve added a total of 1 3/4 Cups:

homemade pumpkin dog treatsMy helpers were especially interested in what was going on in the kitchen…

homemade pumpkin dog treatsThis is one of my favorite stages of making the dogs’ treats. They start to hear the noises coming from the kitchen, they smell the ingredients getting mixed together, and before long there’s 2 powerful noses seeing what I’m up to.

homemade pumpkin dog treatsTheir lickers are a great help with the clean up too! Somehow I think they know when I’m making a treat for them, and they can hardly stand to wait! 

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Step 3: Roll & Shape The Dough

IMG_0045If you want these treats to be super quick, then roll pieces of dough into balls and smash them flat on the baking sheet. No need for fancy shapes since the dogs won’t stare at them long enough to notice before chomping away. 

homemade pumpkin dog treats If you’re feeling creative like I am today because it’s Jem’s birthday, then feel free to roll the dough flat about 1/4″ thick and use cookie cutters to create shapes. 

homemade pumpkin dog treatsPlace the treats on a baking sheet, use parchment paper if you wish, and place in the oven.

Step 4: Bake

homemade pumpkin dog treatsBake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let the treats cool completely. You can store these in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and freeze for 3 months. You can also freeze the dough if your pup can’t eat all of these treats in 2 weeks and bake them whenever you have the chance. 

Step 5: Chow Down!

homemade pumpkin dog treatsThe dogs’ favorite part! And I have to say mine too… seeing them enjoy a treat so much that I made for them myself is really rewarding! Happy birthday Jem!

homemade pumpkin dog treats Once again the dogs went crazy over these treats! Zoey couldn’t contain her excitement…

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homemade pumpkin dog treatsZoey likes to enjoy her treats on the rug…

homemade pumpkin dog treatsWhile Jem scarfs them down one after another without wasting any time…

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Jem truly had a great birthday filled with cookies, licking the baking spoons, and tonight she’ll get a couple bites of steak! It’s a little tradition her daddy started on her 1st birthday. 

How do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? And does your dog love homemade treats as much as Zoey and Jem?

 

6 thoughts on “Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats Are Super Healthy!

  1. I just love your post to my email.plan to make many treats.However I am still looking for a better daily dinner food for them.This is very difficult.My Dad had a Pitt Bull that lived to 18 yrs. on Pedigree.This is what I feed my two dogs now but reviews are not good.They get dry and I split a can of wet.Can you help?I don’t want to feed them healty treats and bad dinners.

  2. Just wanted to say you guys post the very best tips and recipes of any of the dog websites I read regularly. Thanks so very much for all the honest info. Our dogs love, love, love the pumpkin treats you shared made with pumpkin, flax seed, & turmeric. I am a holistic user type of person and these were easy and affordable to make. We ordered a ramp that was long enough to make a doable incline into the back of our 4X4 truck years ago from you as it was the only place that sold them long enough! So glad for that purchase that we became acquainted. Keep the good stuff coming!

  3. Thank you so much for your kind words, Deb! We also believe in Organic, Holistic, and Natural alternatives, so I’m glad we can provide that information to you! To hear that you enjoy our articles so much is so wonderful to hear, and I’m very happy that we were able to provide your family with a ramp that fits your needs. Thanks for commenting!

  4. I also struggle with understanding which dog foods are healthy, and which ones are only pretending to be. It’s a serious problem in our country/world right now, and consumers are struggling for answers! I’ve been doing my best to research this, but it’s hard to find information that I can trust. I donated to DogFoodAdvisor.com to receive their list of healthy dog foods. They fund their own private laboratory testing so there aren’t any corporations paying for lab results that are falsified. I would suggest donating in order to receive this list as well as a good starting point. That is how I discovered Darwins raw food, which is what I currently feed my dogs – and I’m so glad I made the switch! It’s the best dog food I’ve ever used. In the meantime, I’m working hard to continue researching this, and I promise I will create a post for you and the other readers once I know more!

  5. Cute and informative as usual. I was quite surprised to discover a dog can eat a raw pumpkin. If I saw my dog eating a raw pumpkin like that, I would panic. Now I know it’s perfectly safe if that should ever happen. Thank you. Cute cookie cutters too!

  6. Thanks Lyn! Everything in moderation :) That’s the key. She would have loved to gobble up that entire mini-pumpkin, but it’s not recommended that dogs consume a great deal of raw pumpkin. She had her little snack, and that was the perfect compromise.

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