Easy Seasonal Dog Treats

During the holiday season, many pet owners bake special holiday treats for family and friends. But, what about their pets? Christmas dog treat recipes, as well as easy DIY dog treats, are presented here so that pet owners can include their dogs in the holiday fun.

Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Many homemade dog treat ideas include peanut butter or pumpkin because these are two healthy ingredients universally loved by dogs. This dog treat recipe includes both pumpkin and peanut butter, as well as oats or oat flour. For dogs that can tolerate it, wheat flour could be used as well. This simple recipe is sure to please your pup, and the pumpkin adds a festive holiday taste. 


1 cup oats 
1/3 cup fresh pumpkin 
1/4 cup natural peanut butter


    • Preheat the oven to 300F (150C) and prepare a baking sheet.
    • Add all the oats to a blender or food processor and grind until the oats turn into a fine powder. 
    • Add in pumpkin and peanut butter and mix well to make a sticky dough.
    • Roll out the mixture on a flat lightly floured surface. Use the cutter of your choice to cut out cookies. 
    • Place the cookies on the baking sheet and bake it for 25 minutes. 
    • Store in an airtight container after it cools down. 

      Cranberry Biscuits with Apple and Mint

      If you are looking for Christmas dog treat recipes, look no further than these Cranberry Biscuits with Apple and Mint. These festive treats are the perfect healthy treat for your dog this holiday season or can be gifted to your dog’s favorite 4-legged friends!


      1 large egg
      1/2 cup chicken broth 
      1/3 cup celery 
      1 apple
      1/2 cup cranberries 
      2 tbs mint leaves 
      2 cups whole wheat flour


        • Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
        • Chop the celery, cranberries and mint leaves and grate the apple. 
        • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
        • Knead it, sprinkle with flour and roll out dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4" thickness.
        • Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out shapes and place them on a baking sheet.
        • Bake for 30 minutes, cool and refrigerate.

          Cinnamon & Honey Dog Cookies

          Looking for easy DIY dog treats that contain ingredients you already have in your kitchen? These Cinnamon and honey dog cookies contain four simple ingredients: honey, cinnamon, milk, and flour. Even better, they take less than an hour to prepare from start to finish!


          1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
          1/2 cup milk
          1 tsp cinnamon
          2 tbs honey


          • Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and prepare a baking sheet.
          • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix it well.
          • Knead it, sprinkle with flour and roll out dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4" thickness. 
          • Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place them on a baking sheet.
          • Bake for 15 minutes or until browned at the edges.
          • Cool and refrigerate.

            No-bake Yogurt Balls for Dogs

            Other easy DIY dog treats you can make at home are the no-bake yogurt balls for dogs. These easy-to-make treats don’t require you to turn on the oven and will satisfy even the pickiest pup. The ingredients are pumpkin, peanut butter, yogurt, apple sauce, bacon, and oats – six ingredients that dogs love!


            1/2 cup pumpkin puree
            1/2 cup applesauce
            1/4 cup peanut butter
            1/4 cup plain yogurt
            1 strip bacon cooked and crumbled
            2 1/2 cup rolled oats


            • Combine pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter, and yogurt in a bowl and mix it well.
            • Then add bacon and oats.
            • Use a cookie scoop to form into treats.
            • Store in the fridge or freezer.

              Now that you’ve included your pup in your holiday baking, you may be wondering how many dog treats a dog can have in a day. Fortunately for your pet, the treats mentioned above all contain healthy ingredients, yet still should be fed in moderation to avoid holiday weight gain. The Actijoy WiFi Food & Water Bowls are a great tool for monitoring your pet’s food and water intake during the holidays to ensure you don’t overfeed your pet in addition to tasty treats. Portion control is made easy with the Actijoy system to guarantee your pet is happy and healthy for many holidays to come!  


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              Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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