Published by: Gourmet Sleuth
Last Updated: 05/24/2014
Making dog treats at home can be fun for you and your children. Because each pet may have special needs make sure to review each recipe to insure it is appropriate for your pet. Remember these are treat recipes not "dog food" so they should not be used in excess.
Cookie cutters are available in countless shapes, sizes and themes. Make treats that are suitable for the size of your pooch. If you prefer to not buy cookie cutters you can use the open end of a juice can, a small glass or or a biscuit cutter if you have one.
The most readily available dog treat cutters are tin, like those shown here. They are plentiful, inexpensive and comes in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Their main downside is that they are prone to rust. Make sure to dry them well after each use and don't allow them to soak in water for long periods of time.
Copper is an excellent choice but quite a bit more expensive. There are some plastic cutters available as well. They tend to be less expensive but less choice in shapes and sizes. A newer option includes silicone molds. There are several molds on one silicone sheet. These are great, easy to clean. You just need to select a recipe with soft dough that will form well in mold.
Find cutters at pet stores, and online. See sources on this page.
One of the benefits of making your own treats is that you can control the quality of what goes in the treats. We suggest using the same quality products as you would if you were making food for yourself. For example use natural peanut butter rather than products with a lot of added sugar. Use organic flours and meals if they are available to you.