How to Prepare Healthy Natural Dog Treats at Home

Dog treat made at home

Here at Barxie, we know you love your dog and want to provide him or her with only the best sources of dog food and dog treats. But you may have heard about the recent case of dog treats being laced with rat poison. While all countries can have stringent regulations on pet and human food, it’s no guarantee that they will be followed. So, how can you ensure you give your dog(s) only healthy treats? The solution is to make them yourself.

It’s simple enough to give your pet a bit of chicken or beef at dinnertime, however, we tend to add spices, salt, and flavorings to our meals that can also make them toxic to pets. Instead, cut off a chunk of raw meat and cook it separately in the oven without the added fats, sauces, or ingredients. Once it’s thoroughly cooked, let it cool down and give it to your dog. (The cat probably wants a piece too!)

You can also bake natural dog treats in your oven with only a few simple steps. Follow the instructions below to make healthy natural dog treats.

Ingredients:

This simple recipe only has 5 ingredients.

1 cup cooked chicken, diced up into small pieces
1/2 cup cooked white rice
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 egg

Method:

Follow these steps to make your dog treats. If you’re stuck for time, prepare them when you cook your family’s next chicken dinner. Simply cut off part of the chicken for your dog, or buy deboned chicken and set a piece aside for them.

Ensure the chicken is cooked in advance, and also prepare your cooked white rice. Brown rice can be used too but might make the treats a bit too dry. You may want to add more egg if so.

Preheat your oven to 350F. While it heats up, mix all 5 ingredients together so they are evenly distributed. You can spoon them into a silicone mold, or a muffin pan. Ensure the batter is evenly distributed.

Place the pan into the oven. You’ll want to bake for about 20 to 30 minutes. Check at the 20-minute point, as some ovens bake faster than others. Otherwise, put them in for longer. You’ll want to bake until the tops are golden brown.

Allow your natural dog treats to cool on a rack on the counter. Once that’s done, remove them from the molds and share them with your dog(s).

Since naturally made at home dog treats contain no preservatives, you should store any uneaten ones in the fridge. You may also make a large batch of them and store some in a plastic container in the freezer. These treats can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days (if they last that long!) You can store a batch of them in the freezer for up to three months.

If you’re hiring a dog walker or pet sitter through Barxie, let them know where you store your healthy natural dog treats.