9 Homemade Dog Treats you can Stuff in Dog Toys

9 Homemade Dog Treats you can Stuff in Dog Toys

Since dogs don’t know how to use food puzzle or treat dispensing toys like the KONG Classic or Extreme right away, start off with something easy. Use pieces of kibble, small training treats, or small pieces of fruits/veggies that will fall out easily. This will ensure your dog doesn’t get discouraged and give up. 

Once your dog has figured out that simply flipping the toy over will result in the treats falling out, it’s time to bump up the challenge. It’s fun to fill the toy with peanut butter, mashed banana, yogurt and other pastes. Your dog will be licking his chops for quite a while. You can also stuff your toy and then pop it in the freezer to create even more of a challenge. Read below for tasty homemade dog treats that you can stuff in dog toys.

1. Fruit salad. 

Apples bananas and mango on a table

Ingredients:

  • 100g low fat mozzarella or cottage cheese or yogurt or peanut butter (only use plain or naturally sweetened yogurt—not yogurt with artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs)
  • ½ apple, 1 banana and some melon (any kind), some pineapple and some mango
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 small marshmallow

Directions:

  • Cut the fruit into small chunks, add and mix cinnamon in a bowl
  • Put the mixture into a toy until the toy is about two-thirds of the way full.
  • Holding the toy upside down, add mozzarella or cottage cheese or yogurt or peanut butter using a spoon into the remaining space.
  • Finally, finish by putting a small marshmallow into the toy.
  • Serve at room temperature or frozen.

NOTE: Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter. Be absolutely sure that you're not using sugar-free or "lite" peanut butter that has artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, as these substances are incredibly toxic to dogs.

2. Oatmeal pie. 

Oatmeal pouring out of a container

Ingredients:

  • 4 or 5 tablespoons freshly cooked pureed pumpkin
  • 100g yogurt or low-fat mozzarella or cottage cheese or peanut butter (only use plain or naturally sweetened yogurt—not yogurt with artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs)
  • ½ cup cooked oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ banana

Directions:

  • Mix cinnamon and ground ginger with cooked oatmeal.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of cooked oatmeal at the bottom of the toy to seal the small hole.
  • Then put 2 tablespoons of pumpkin into the toy. Follow with 1 tablespoon of yogurt or mozzarella or cottage cheese.
  • Repeat, layering the oatmeal, pumpkin and yogurt or mozzarella cheese or peanut butter until the toy is almost full.
  • Then add a few pieces of banana into the end of the toy.
  • Serve warm or frozen.

3. Pumpkin pie. 

Pumpkins in a garden

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup freshly cooked pureed pumpkin
  • 100g low-fat mozzarella or cottage cheese or peanut butter (only use raw unsalted peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ banana

Directions:

  • Mix basil, turmeric and parsley with cooked pumpkin.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of cooked pumpkin at the bottom of the toy to seal the small hole.
  • Follow with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or cottage cheese.
  • Repeat, layering the pumpkin and cottage or mozzarella cheese or peanut butter until the toy is almost full.
  • Then add a few pieces of banana into the end of the toy.
  • Serve warm or frozen.

4. Crumby nutty banana. 

Bananas in a paper bag on a napkin

Ingredients:

  • ½ banana, cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 20g roasted unsalted peanuts/groundnuts
  • 50g plain, vanilla or strawberry yogurt (only use plain or naturally sweetened yogurt—not yogurt with artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs

Directions:

  • Put a blob of peanut butter into an empty toy to seal the small hole at the bottom.
  • Mix a few roasted peanuts, the banana slices, cinnamon with spoonfuls of yogurt and the breadcrumbs in a bowl.
  • Add the mixture into the toy using a spoon.
  • Seal the toy at the top with another blob of peanut butter.
  • Serve at room temperature or frozen.

5. Dogomelette. 

Omelette in a black frying pan on a white single stove burner

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 30g grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 red, green or yellow bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Directions:

  • Grate the bell peppers or lightly steam them.
  • Chop the tomatoes into chunks.
  • Scramble the egg with turmeric and a sprinkle of cheese.
  • Spoon the cheesy egg and the veggies into a toy.
  • Seal the toy with a small chunk of mozzarella cheese.
  • Serve warm.

6. Warm veggie delight. 

Plum tomatoes cherry tomatoes and peas in pods

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cauliflower, 2 broccoli, 1 asparagus spear, ½ zucchini
  • 2 bell peppers,
  • 50g green beans
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 50g peas and/or 2 carrots (use any or all of the above)
  • 100g grated mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

Directions:

  • Chop the veggies into chunks, grate them or steam and mash them and mix turmeric and basil.
  • Put a few veggies into a toy.
  • Sprinkle in a spoonful of cheese.
  • Repeat, layering the veggies and cheese until the toy is full.
  • Then microwave the toy for five to eight seconds, just until the veggies are warm and the cheese is soft. Make sure the veggies and cheese aren’t too hot to eat before giving the toy to your dog.
  • To challenge him, you can freeze the toy after stuffing and microwaving it. (The melted cheese will be hard to get out after it’s been frozen with the veggies.) 

7. Itchy dog veggie mix. 

Carrots cherry tomatoes green and red pepper on a table

This recipe is for dogs with allergies on restricted prescription diets. Because dogs with food allergies usually can’t have regular treats or chews, it can be challenging to come up with ways to add variety to their diets. Using toys to feed your allergic dog can help spice up his life. The following recipe includes ingredients that many dogs with food allergies can eat.

Ingredients:

  • Your dog’s kibble
  • A few spoonfuls of water
  • 1 celery, 3 broccoli, ½ zucchini, ¼ cucumber, and/or 2 carrots (Grated, steamed or raw)
  • A few chunks of ¼ apple, ¼ banana, some watermelon, 3 strawberries, 6 blueberries or 1 section of orange
  • 1 baked or boiled sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons steamed green beans sprinkled with mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Directions:

  • First drop the fruit into the bottom of the toy for dessert.
  • Mix together your dog’s kibble, water, rosemary, basil, turmeric and the veggies in a bowl.
  • Put 1 or 2 tablespoons of the mixture into the toy.
  • Then put a chunk or two of potato in.
  • Repeat, layering the mixture and potato until the toy is almost filled.
  • Seal everything in with a dab of the steamed green beans and cheese.
  • Serve warm, at room temperature or frozen.

8. Chicken/turkey/beef pot pie.

Grilled chicken with parsley cabbage sliced cucumber and tomato on a plate

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cooked chicken, turkey or lean beef hamburger
  • 4 Irish potatoes or ¼ cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup green beans and grated raw or lightly steamed veggies (like carrots, bell peppers, fresh corn, celery, tomatoes)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Directions:

  • Combine equal parts chicken, turkey or beef and potatoes or grain, turmeric, rosemary and basil in a bowl.
  • Stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons of green beans and a sprinkle of raw, grated or steamed and mashed veggies.
  • Put the mixture into the toy.
  • Freeze the toy overnight or serve it warm.

9. Chicken stew. 

A full raw chicken on a chopping board next to a tomato parsley and potato

Ingredients:

  • ¼ chicken or fryer parts (breast and thighs)
  • 4 Irish potatoes or ¼ cup cooked brown rice or millet
  • Vegetables: Some that dogs like raw (grated or finely chopped) are ¼ cup parsley, 2 carrots, ¼ zucchini, some lettuce, 2 bell peppers (green, red, orange and yellow), some fresh corn, 1 celery and 2 tomatoes. Some veggies that dogs enjoy steamed are ¼ cup green beans, 4 broccoli, 3 cauliflower and 4 Irish potatoes.
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, cover the chicken with water, and add chopped veggies—celery, carrots, diced tomato, bell pepper, etc.
  • If you’re using potato, add that to the stew as well.
  • If you’re using grains (rice), cook them separately.
  • When the stew is done, you’re ready to combine everything.
  • Put equal parts of meat and grain or potato in a large bowl, along with a tablespoon or two of the vegetables, turmeric, rosemary and parsley. (The vegetables should amount to about five per cent of your dog’s meal.)
  • Then spoon the mixture into a toy.
  • If you’re going to freeze the toy, you can add some broth/soup as well.

All toys used must be microwave safe and suitable for freezing (if you will serve treats frozen).

If you do not have a food puzzle or treat dispensing toy, you can also serve these treats in your dog's bowl.

Information for this article was sourced from pets.webmd.com and prouddogmom.com.