‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin and spice and everything nice. While most people who celebrate the holidays do so with human family members in mind, our furry friends are often left eyeing our delicious meals hoping for a bite of their own. So why not crack open that can of (pure) pumpkin puree and get cooking for your dog?
Here are four types of holiday treat toy goodies that will be sure to put the “pup” in “pupkin season.”
1. Holiday Dog Biscuits
Who doesn’t love a good biscuit on a cold evening? Dogs are no different than humans when it comes to sinking their teeth into something tasty, and the best part is that holiday biscuits are fun, easy to make, and can be made with all kinds of healthy ingredients for dogs!
You can use cute baking molds shaped like autumn leaves, turkeys, acorns, Christmas trees, or even candy canes. Just make sure that the molds you use are made of high-quality silicone for optimum baking.
Holiday Biscuit Recipes
Let’s check out a few yummy dog biscuit recipes fit for the upcoming seasons:
Sweet Potato and Turkey Dog Biscuits
Leave aside a bit of that sweet potato and turkey from your Thanksgiving meal and toss them together to make the most delicious dog treats for your pup. Twohealthykitchen’s 5-ingredient biscuits are ridiculously easy to make, and your dog will love them.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
It’s pumpkin and peanut butter—what’s not to love? Allrecipes has created the best of both worlds for dogs. Here’s how to make this mouthwatering treat:
- 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of pure canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted peanut butter (free of xylitol, as this ingredient is toxic to dogs)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Whisk the eggs, flour, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl. You may need to add water to make it easier to work, but don’t let the dough get too moist.
- Once mixed, roll the dough into a roll that is around 1/2 an inch thick.
- Cut the roll into 1/2-inch bits.
- Bake for around 40 minutes.
- Allow the biscuits to cool before putting them inside a treat finder.
2. Soft-Baked Dog Treats
For dogs with sensitive teeth, sometimes harder dog biscuits might not be a good fit for your dog. Instead, try a soft-baked dog treat. Get out the same holiday molds that you would a hard biscuit, and get ready to be creative in the kitchen.
Soft-baked Holiday Treat Recipes
Check out these flavorful soft-baked dog treat recipes:
Soft Pumpkin Dog Treats
Pookspantry has a pumpkin dog treat recipe that’s great for older dogs or dogs who need a gentle holiday treat. Here’s how to make them:
Soft-Baked Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cookies
Yum, this soft cookie is a fan-favorite from The Dog People. With super simple ingredients, you’ll love how easy it is to make a treat for your fur baby. Here’s how to do it:
- 1 3/4 a cup of oat flour
- 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree
- and 1/2 a cup of xylitol-free peanut butter
- First, preheat your over to 350F.
- Add all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Using your hands, roll the dough into 2-inch balls or place it in a mold.
- Bake on a parchment paper-lined baking tray for around 20 minutes.
- Cool the cookies before giving them to your dog.
3. Frozen Purees for Dogs
For dogs who love to lick treats out of their treat dispensers, what better than to make a simple pumpkin puree to go inside? You can create all kinds of fun combinations for this one.
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Ice Cream
Dogtipper has really outdone itself with this super simple ice cream recipe. Here’s how to make them:
- 3 to 4 ripe bananas
- 32 ounces of plain, low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup of xylitol-free peanut butter
- Blend all of the ingredients in the blender until well mixed.
- Pour the blend into an ice tray and put it in the freezer.
- Simply pop one out and insert it into a puzzle treat finder.
4. Holiday Meals for Dog Toys
If you don’t mind a little mess, you can also cook up an actual meal for your doggo and put it inside a toy dispenser or onto an enrichment licking mat while the family is having a holiday feast. No more puppy-dog eyes watching you forlornly, and no more kiddos sneaking food to the dog under the table!
Holiday Meal Recipe Ideas
A few yummy, dog-friendly holiday meals that you can put inside your dog’s favorite toy include:
- Mashed sweet potato and green bean roast with coconut oil stuffing
- Freshly cooked turkey with breadcrumb stuffing (avoid onions, garlic, or raisins)
- Cooked veggies like broccoli, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, or sweet potatoes
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