Home Cooked foods

This is the place to share your best homemade dog food and treat recipes with each other! Remember to use caution if your pet has allergies and to make any diet changes gradually so that your dog's stomach can adjust to the new foods you are introducing.

Smokey Schaefer

Barked: Fri Jan 27, '12 9:43am PST 
Does anybody know of some simple cookies to make for my dog, they can't be to hard though. thanks

we currently have him on turkey/fish/lamb/veggies/etc.. What kinds of veggies should I be concerned about.

Edited by author Wed Feb 1, '12 12:26am PST


I own zero, but- I'm seldom- dissatisfied
Barked: Fri Feb 3, '12 9:30pm PST 
Hi all,

I used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/basic-cookie-dough/

But I tripled the volume of milk, halved the sugar, omitted the vanilla, and added two heaped teaspoons of Vegemite.

I got that funny-looking human who lives with us to use his hands to roll the dough out into long fingers (about 1/2 inch+ thick) on a floured surface, then bake on an oiled tray at 210 deg C for 20 mins.

You can break the baked fingers into whatever size pieces you like.

My two hound buddies and I are of every shape and size and we all have our own preferences. We all like these.

I'm triple- superior MAD- now!
Barked: Fri Feb 3, '12 11:03pm PST 
The only veggy to avoid is onion as far I can recall. Macadamia nuts and grapes are dangerous foods too.

I like making tuna cookies just because I have the ingredients on hand all the time.
A can of tuna in water, undrained
1 egg
Small chopped clove of garlic or a sprinkle of garlic powder
Mix well then mix in plain old all purpose flour to a sticky dough and turn into a very well greased cookie sheet and pat out to a thin layer and cook through at 350* for 15-20 minutes. You could cut the cookies out and bake again for a crispy cookie.

Or you can turn that sticky dough out on a floured board knead until a fairly non sticky bread dough, roll out, place on cookie sheet and bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes. I like this because it makes a dough that is easy to pinch off for training treats.

I also made rice cookies for Sassy. I ground raw rice in a cleaned out coffee mill, mixed with an egg and flavoring, lined an 8x8" pan with parchment paper and baked until bouncy and cooked through in the middle. Try 2/3 cup of rice ground, 1 egg and one of the following, 1/2 a banana mashed up well, 4 ounces of oysters pureed, 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin or 1/2 cup of any sort of liver, pureed. I added a small clove of garlic to the savory flavors and sprinkled cinnamon on top of the sweet flavors.

I am very allergic to peanuts, bet peanut butter would work well with the rice but no way was I going to bake peanuts, I would get so sick!


In Rememberance- of 911
Barked: Sat Feb 4, '12 8:00pm PST 
blue dog thanks for all the helpful ideas for cookies and treats, my mom wants to make us some home cooked treats and dinners too, does anyone have any good ideas for like a basic home cooked meal for like every day for us mini doxies...we love to eat..but wer're getting real tired of the dry food mom's giving us...any ideas would be helpful..thankscheer

I own zero, but- I'm seldom- dissatisfied
Barked: Sat Feb 4, '12 9:59pm PST 
My wet-food recipe is here: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/7348 31

Edited by author Sat Feb 4, '12 10:02pm PST


I'm triple- superior MAD- now!
Barked: Sun Feb 5, '12 7:39am PST 
Here is one recipe I made up using chicken bone like Dougal's recipe. Don't put in the egg shell I just did it to make me feel right about the all important calcium level, just use the mushed up chicken bone. Cook that chicken by itself until you can mush most of the bones up, then add in the other stuff and cook until veggies are mushy. Not only would they smell horrible overcooked some of the nutrients would be damaged if cooked that long. I am very intrigued by this but haven't done it. Love not throwing any food away.

This one is super easy and very nice.
As is this one.

I didn't put in calcium here, just add 1 tsp if you cook the whole recipe. Save the skin on the chicken and add in a little more each time you cook this up to increase the fat, this is a very low fat recipe.

Her e is a pretty cool recipe somebody made up with quinoa and pork.

This one is super charged with protein and minerals, great to add to the menu if you usually want to feed just cheap low mineral/vitamin content chicken.

Ba sically feed mostly meat. Ground meat is easiest as you don't need to deal with bones and extra fat and chopping. I hate chopping! Red meat like beef, pork and lamb is more nutritious than chicken. Use a little beef liver with that meat. Use a little canned or fresh fatty fish for omega 3, salmon/mackerel/sardine/herring/anchovy/smelt are some. Add in 1/2 tsp of powdered egg shell or 900 mg of calcium per pound of food and done.

Do watch how much fat goes into the dog. Fat is really good for them but needs to be introduced a little at a time, many dogs have bad pancreases but the condition isn't discovered until there is a fat heavy meal offered up. The ND charts show % of fat CALORIES, that is about twice the fat BY WEIGHT shown on dog food bags. If you are feeding 15% fat kibble that is about 30% by calories. Fat has twice the calories per gram than carbs or protein, right? Very annoying that dog food bags and ND do it differently, wanted to explain that a little. I wanted to increase Sassy's fat intake to at least 40% by calories but her gut refused to deal with more than 30-35%. Max gets about 60% fat by calories on raw and it has improved his skin and coat health tremendously.

Sassy preferred a chunky food so I sizzled the meat in a pot until it smelled good, dumped in the veggie and grain and covered with water. I could bring it to a boil, turn off the heat and leave on the hot burner and it would cook perfectly without sticking to the pot. Add in any canned foods and calcium, mix up. A stick blender is awesome for blending hot food in the pan if your dog prefers a puree. You can also cook it, mix in an egg and bake in a muffin pan, loaf or casserole dish and cut into meals for a firmer meal. Or even mix up the raw stuff and bake but I never did.

All these are protein rich. I have seen such an improvement in my dogs when they get about 1.5 grams of protein per pound of dog I don't want to suggest less than that. I started with 20 calories per pound of dog but Sassy ended up needing 25 and Max only needs 15 calories per pound.

Use a bit of liver and a bit of fish but you can mix up the types of meats and veggies used as you like, red meat preferred. Eggs and dairy can be used but don't depend on dairy for calcium. 38 pound Max needs as much calcium as an adult human and 1/3 the calories, dairy won't work for calcium!