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20 Easy Dog Treat Recipes That Will Save You Money

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Dogs' Delights

We all love treats — including our four-legged best friends. But since a healthy dog will devour many things without knowing if it's good for them, it's up to us to make sure they get the good stuff. Using these easy and inexpensive recipes and hacks to make wholesome dog treats is a smart way to do it. Just stick to whole foods in the recipes and avoid using ingredients such as salt, sugars, and corn syrup, artificial colorants, vegetable oil, nitrates, and even brewer's rice or white rice that can play havoc with their blood sugar levels.

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Peanut Butter Treats

Peanut butter biscuits are always a winner. "From the moment the peanut butter scent comes out of the kitchen, they know they're in for a treat," says co-founder and editor-in-chief of Animalso Alexandra Seagal. "I also use brown rice flour because it's more nutritious and a good alternative for wheat-based products."

Recipe: Fountain Avenue Kitchen

Related: 18 Things You Didn't Know About Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Sweet Ginger Apple Dog Treats

The go-to gluten-free recipe for Sweet Ginger Apple Dog Treats used by Emma Williams of Our Fit Pets "contains pumpkin, rich in vitamin A and potassium, which will help regulate your pup's blood pressure and improve their muscle health. Your dog won't be able to resist the sweet goodness."

Recipe: Our Fit Pets

Related: 13 Things to Do With Pumpkin Guts

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Training Treats

Training treats are usually smaller, easy-to-carry nuggets. "Dog treats can be crazy expensive, and dogs have definite preferences about what foods they find rewarding, so we were so excited that a member of our community shared this DIY training treat recipe with us," says Jessica Yergin, co-founder of the online dog training community Tails of Connection.

Recipe: Tails of Connection

Related: The Easiest and Hardest Dog Breeds to Train

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Chicken Soup

CBD hemp oil is an approved supplement for a dog's diet, and collagen-rich chicken combined with the healthy oil nets a flavorful "soup" for a dog featuring chicken bone broth and fresh broccoli.

Recipe: Pet Releaf

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Goat Milk Yogurt & Banana Parfait

A smashing "dessert" for a dog? Better than sugary ice cream, this recipe is a three-ingredient creamy frozen treat loaded with vitamins, potassium, and fiber — just what the vet ordered on a hot day.

Recipe: Pet Releaf

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Apple Mint Dog Bones

These Apple Mint Dog Bones were created as a healthy treat for the holidays and beyond. The mint aids digestion and helps control bad breath, while the broth supports bone and joint health. Give it to dogs who can tolerate wheat and a tiny bit of dry milk.

Recipe: Brutus Broth

Related: 32 Facts You Didn't Know About Dogs

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Cottage Cheese Dog Biscuit

A favorite of Kiki Kane, dog chef and Rover blogger, combines five ingredients including cottage cheese and oatmeal: "I like to make this with coconut oil as a swap for the flaxseed oil for its creamy smooth flavor," Kane says.

Recipe: Rover

Related: 10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy for Less

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Egg and Oyster Delight

Oysters and eggs give a double protein punch with loads of trace minerals "This recipe provides something new and delicious to train my dogs. It's great for rewarding behavior because it's aromatic and delicious and it cuts nicely into small squares and doesn't crumble," Canadian pro dog trainer Kristi Benson says.

Recipe: Kristi Benson

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Chicken Dog Treats

Real chicken, broth, parmesan cheese, and shredded carrots accompany wheat flour and egg — for dogs who have no dietary issues with the ingredients — for a savory treat by Sues Anderson, a Boston-based lifestyle blogger.

Recipe: We Are Not Martha

Related: 50 Cheap and Easy Chicken Recipes

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Sweet Potato and Leftover Turkey Homemade Dog Treats

You can do a lot with holiday leftovers, but Shelley used it to treat her dogs. She calls them "the perfect way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or any time of year with leftover chicken."

Recipe: Two Healthy Kitchens

Related: 15 Ways to Spice Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Baked Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin, egg, and peanut butter is whipped and baked in a standout recipe from Alex Willen, founder of Cooper's Treats.

Recipe: Cooper's Dog Treats

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A Fruit or Vegetable a Day

A fresh fruit or vegetable can also be a dog treat. "Obesity is a huge problem in dogs," and overfeeding of treats is often a culprit, says Rachel Barrack, of Animal Acupuncture in New York. "Try something different, like apples, bananas, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkin — no canned pumpkin pie filling — and watermelons."

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