Homemade Dog Treats are so much easier to make than I would have ever thought a few years ago.

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For a while now, whenever the notion strikes me, I like to bake a couple of batches of dog treats for our dogs as a special little goodie.

Let me just tell you, my dogs love these homemade dog treats so much more than any store-bought treat I’ve ever given them!

I’m very particular about what my pets eat, too. I only feed them the dog food that was recommended by our veterinarian and a few extra little things occasionally that he told me was okay to feed them.

So, when I found a recipe from Cesar Milan, even though I trusted him as a great resource, I still checked the ingredients against those that I’d been told by my veterinarian were safe for my dogs before I made it.

I modified the recipe for simplicity of ingredients as well as for things that I knew I’d have on hand in my pantry and refrigerator.

 Homemade Dog Treats How To

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Four ingredients are all you need for these homemade dog treats.

Simple, right?

Oats, salt, beef bouillon or beef broth, and an egg. If you use salted beef broth, then you could cut the ingredients list even more and remove the additional salt.


Homemade Dog Treats from addapinch.com


And the instructions for making them are just as easy, making these dog treats simple enough to make on a regular basis or for giving to friends over the holidays for their pets or for celebrating.

You can use whatever cookie or biscuit cutter you have to make these, but I use this set of bone shaped cutters. The mini cutter yields about 30 dog treats and the large yields about 8. It’s great to make a variety of sizes and shapes.

Here’s the recipe for my homemade dog treats. Be sure to let me know how your pooch loves them!


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Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

Homemade Dog Treats are cheaper and easier to make than you might think! Using a few simple, healthy ingredients, these homemade dog treats will become your pet's favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 30
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 cups +1/2 half cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted low-fat beef broth or chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Add 2 cups oats, salt, beef broth, and egg to a large mixing bowl. Combine well. Add remaining 1/2 cup of rolled oat and combine.
  • Pour onto wax paper and knead dough for about 3 minutes. Let stand for about 3 minutes to begin to become firmer. Press to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Cut with cutter and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for use or store in a ziptop bag in the freezer for later thawing and use.


Adapted lightly from Cesar Milan


Serving: 1g


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    1. Please consider a rescue…Our fur baby Charlie is a full pug from our local pug rescue. He’s a great dog and there are many wonderful pets in rescues and shelters waiting for a loving forever home.

    1. Hi Judy, I’ve had them in an airtight container on my countertop for about a week before they are all gone. They just don’t last any longer than that around here. I have frozen them and then later thawed them, too.

    1. I bought steel cut oats and can’t bear to eat them besides I’m too impatient, probably, to cook them properly. How do you feel about using them in dog treats?  Thanks 

  1. I made these yesterday and they were a huge hit! The only question I have is whether they are supposed to be chewy or crunchy? Mine may have been too thick because they never got crisp.

    1. If you would like to achieve crunchier treats, dehydrate the biscuits when they are done baking. I simply lower the temperature of my oven to 250*F, crack the oven door open to allow air to ventilate through, and leave them in the oven for about 8 hours. This removes the majority of the moisture in the biscuits, which allows for a crunchy treat. It also will lengthen the shelf life of the treats. So far, I have been able to keep treats in an air tight container up to a month after dehydrating them. Other wise, they are best kept in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week or two.

  2. I made these today for my dogs since we were out of store-bought treats.

    They’re still in the oven, so I can’t say how they’ll turn out … But my dogs did love a few little bits of uncooked dough that fell while I was cutting up the treats! Cross our fingers these are a hit so I can quit buying expensive ones at the store!

    Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  3. Just made these for my rescued Pug (from PugPartners, NE) and of course he loves them!!! I make his food also so I can’t see buying any “bad” food!
    Thank you.

  4. I love making my furry demon child homemade dog biscuits, and with all of her food allergies, it’s the only way. The only things I would recommend is omitting the salt and using low-sodium broths. Salt is poisonous to our furry children. “Eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death” (Scott, 2011). Plus, dogs can’t actually taste the difference. So while salt enhances foods for us, it does nothing, taste wise, for dogs.

    Also, for anyone else whose dog is allergic to eggs like mine, you can replace it with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (it’s important that it’s unsweetened because sugar isn’t healthy for dogs), or 1/2 mashed banana.

    Here’s the reference:
    Scott, K. (2011, September 14). Foods your dog should never eat. pets.webmd.com. Retrieved from website: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

  5. I have been making my own dog treats for about a month now. I have made peanut butter, pumkin and peanut butter/banana. All have been a hit with my dog as well as some pickier canine’s I know! So much better than store bought which are expensive and not as healthy. My dog knows now when I am making them and stands by the kitchen waiting for them to be done. I can’t wait to give these beef flavored ones a try!!

  6. This looks like a great recipe for dog treats! I haven’t made them yet but I will tomorrow. I’m sure my dogs will love them!

  7. My Lil guy is … not picky but… snobby about the things he eats, but I can already tell these will be his favorite treats from now on! They are still baking but he keeps circling the oven sniffing in the air. I did change a few things thought, like I used pork broth then added peas and yams to the mix! Then I used a bunny cutter to shape them (Topher likes to sit and trimble at the window while watching the bunnies that often come into our yard, so I thought the bunny shape was fitting) I wish I could post a picture of how they turn ou!

  8. Thanks for this recipe! Currently making a double batch and although the dogs haven’t had the finished product yet, my older dog is driving me insane! He keeps running to the kitchen to bark at the oven. Think these are going to be a massive success!

  9. I love this recipe! Super easy and ALL of my dogs ( I have one that is oddly picky) love this!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. My oldest chihuahua was just diagnosed with congestive heart disease and I was looking for a healthier treat… All 4 of my dogs go crazy for these. I did omit the salt and used low sodium stock.

    1. I’m sorry for you and your Chihuahua. My baby girl Princess was diagnosed with it at 3. She was on heart and lung pills for her whole life.When I lost her, I lost the huge part of my heart.
      Now I have two wonderful pound rescues! They were supposed to be Chihuahuas too, but they grew up as Terrier/Schnauzer mixes and are the most loving fur babies! They will never take Princess’ place, but they have their own place in my heart. I think God gave me a huge heart because I love animals so much. I can’t imagine every living my life without them. Those that do miss the most loyal love they could ever have!
      Wish more humans were as kind and caring as they are. lol

  11. I would like to try to make these healthy treat for my two dachshunds. Would adding oat flour work as well? How much would I add to this recipe for oats and oat flour? Was thinking about adding shredded carrots as well. How much would you recommend? Trying to add more nutrients! Thanks

  12. I make my own treats as well., but I have my own recipe. We find the meat broth unnecessary.
    You have to watch the salt and sugar in recipes for animals because dogs can get high blood pressure and diabetes too!
    I keep my baked cookies in the fridge (OMG, they don’t last long enough to though! lol) and any leftover batter goes into the freezer until I need it!
    My girls LOVE them!
    Merry Christmas, Hanukkah or other!

  13. I love how simple this is and how few ingredients are in them! I’m just curious, but what of brand oats did you use? Have you ever tried using Gluten free oats (like Bob’s Red Mill)? I wonder how much I would have to adjust the recipe… Thank you!

  14. If you want to make it even easier to make a healthy treat for your dog, roll out the dough and then cut in rows (both ways) with a pizza cutter before cooking. I’m pretty sure your puppy won’t mind that this wonderful treat is a square rather than a bone shape! They break apart easily once cool.

  15. I just made these on Sunday for our new puppy Tsuki (a Shiba Inu). I used pork broth from the roast that we had cooking in the crock pot. Tsuki absolutely loves them! I know this because when we take her outside and she knows we have one of these treats, she purposely sits and waits so we have to say, “come Tsuki” so she is rewarded with a bite! She also jumps into the fridge when we open the door cause she knows the treats are in there somewhere! I love that this recipe is so simple. I omitted the salt per Miria’s post, used organic rolled oats, and farm fresh eggs.
    I tried to cut out shapes with my mini cookie cutters but abandoned this as the shapes were not very well defined and just cut the dough into small squares. Tsuki doesn’t mind 🙂

  16. Excellent recipe. Our greyhound Zoe, loves them. On our second batch – this one is wetter as I used a ex large egg. Easy to do and healthy for her.

    I omitted the salt as the no -salt added broth is already salted. I spread on some Peanut Butter when I serve them.


  17. I must say thats something what my pets are really loving, i have tried many recipes but my pets are so choosy but finally i have got succeed. Thanks

  18. I wanted to make some dog treats. But my flour was expired and we were out of peanut butter! But I did have rolled oats. I searched for a flour less dog treat recipe and this recipe pulled up. So easy to make and my three dogs loved them. Thanks!

    1. Try substituting a mashed up banana for the egg (1/2 banana per egg, I believe). There are tons of other recipes for dog treats online involving sweet potatoes, peanut butter, mashed up blueberries, and things like that that you should be able to use to make dog treats!

    1. I make this recipe about once a month. They only last about 4 days with 2 malamutes and two 6 lb dogs. I read that coconut is good for dogs. Was thinking about adding a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of shredded chips to recipe. Anybody try adding something to there recipe?

  19. I make a very similar recipe often but was wondering how long these keep for on the counter? I used to make them with shredded cheese added and after a week or so they started to mold. I omit the cheese now but will be donating these to a bakesale benefit and would like a better idea of how long they keep in the fridge ans counter.

  20. Making them today for the first time. Have left out the salt, used chicken broth, and added 1/3 C of peanut butter. After letting the dough set, I pressed it into a rectangle (about 1/2″ thick) on parchment then slid the parchment onto a baking sheet. Baked for the time above, then turned off the oven to let it “dry” about 20 minutes as the oven cooled. After cooling on the counter, I cut them into squares, with a very attentive pooch sitting nearby – he’s loving them! Can’t wait to use beef broth next time!

  21. Its my first time making dog treats. i want to know do i have to keep tham in the refrigerator or can thay stay out in a container.

    1. Hi Leida,
      I only keep out a few at a time – what I’m going to use that day – and store the rest in an airtight container in the freezer. I just remove what I plan to use in a day from my freezer container and allow about 15 minutes to thaw the treat before rewarding pup with it.
      My dogs love these – I hope yours do as well!
      Thanks so much! xo

  22. i would suggest you leave out the salt. people often don’t realize that animals, just like people, get plenty of salt naturally because it is in all of the ingredients. you don’t need to add any. furthermore, one of the reasons that i don’t buy a lot of foods- both for myself and my pets – is because of salt content. senior dogs and chihuahuas, for instance, can’t handle much salt. just as seniors often have a degree of heart failure and salt causes water retention, it can also mess with your dog’s health causing bloating and even more serious problems.

    otherwise, i could suggest some additional ingredients, depending on the need of your pets. i have a hard time getting my dog to eat pumpkin, although he loves sweet potato. however, he needs pumpkin for the healthy effect on his digestive system. with the oats masking the pumpkin (he loves the oats) i am going to try this recipe with pumpkin added. hopefully i will be able to get some pumpkin down him.

    my dog also loves certain nuts. he isn’t allowed to have very many, but chopped up, a few are ok. his favorite is peanuts (actually a bean). in moderate amounts they are good, but other nuts are harmful so i don’t give those to him.

    dogs tend to gulp their food, so you have to make sure you grind the nuts to prevent obstruction. some of the things i usually add to my treats to make them more healthy are greens (my dog loves veggies), carrots, and bone marrow meal. i like to make my broth myself from meat that includes bones – and no salt.

    1. Hi Katy,
      I’ve not used steel cut oats in this recipe, so I’ve not tested the changes that would be needed to use them here. xo

  23. I have 3 chihuahuas and I just made these. Rolled them out and cut them with the pizza cutter. They love them. Thanks. 

  24. Made these for my daughters dog……Its late so I wont let her sample till tomorrow. I added a 1 tbsp.. peanut butter, omitted the salt, and baked it in a rectangle.. sliced into squares….Looks good!!!

  25. What about using coconut flour? we don’t use regular flour in our home, only coconut and almond flour,

    1. I’ve never tried them with coconut or almond flour. You’d also need to check to see if those flours are safe for dogs as I’ve not looked into it since I don’t use it for these treats. Thanks!

  26. These are excellent and so easy to make! My dogs love them! Salt is not necessary. I keep them in the freezer and defrost for 15 seconds in the microwave. They’re excellent as Kong stuffers, too.

  27. My 2 Pomeranians love the treats. I make them into small cookies so it is easy for them to eat them. The recipe is easy to make. I was buying treats at Costco but they never kept them is stock and the boys were very disappointed when I was out of treats. This way I can always make more. I did discover that letting the dough mix slack longer helped with forming.

  28. I’m so very happy I e found this site with all the recalls and scared from buying treats much less the prices I was almost ready to experiment on my own thank you so much I’m making my first batch today after work 
    Is there a decent alternative to rawhides or any kind of chew 
    Thank you 
    Rita Bledsoe 

  29. I must be too vigorous in the kneading!  Anyone else pulling pieces of waxed paper out of the mixture? Maybe just knead with my hands and forget the waxed paper?

  30. Could you please let me know how long a batch of cookies can be left in air tight container ie 3, 5, or up to 7 days without refrigerating and/or frozen? Thank you.

  31. Will make these this week. My 110lb silver lab, Tulip, has cushings disease, and I need low fat healthy treats for her.  I love the idea of boiling bone marrow bone chunks (instead of bouillon broth). Tulip loves carrots so give her a big, whole one and she lives it.  This will be a nice alternative snack!  Im off to the grocery to get the ingredients!

  32. I picked this recipe because it was super easy with ingredients I had in the home. I shared them with about a dozen dogs at a dog walkers get together in the park. ALL the dogs loved them! The dough was easy to work with. I will definatly make them again!

  33. I have made this recipe many times. For my own little dogs I roll out the dough and use a small cap to make small little bites for them. I haven’t met a dog that doesn’t like these treats yet! I make them for my sisters dog all the time. This is a larger dog so I just roll the dough into balls and then push them a little in the middle which makes a much larger bite for her. She just loves them. Tomorrow I’m making a batch for my neice that lives in Idaho. My sister (her Mom) is going there this weekend so I’m sending treats for her dog Rusty and the recipe so Bailey can make them as well. Bailey is a Vet Tech and would probably like to take these in for the whole gang at work. These treats are easy to make, all natural products which I love and dogs love them. Thanks for the recipe!!

  34. I made them for my dog love them.. I did add half teaspoon of very fine salad beacon bits to them ,…she love them ,she is allergy to store treats ..Thanks for the Easy recipe

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