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Dog Food Recipes and Dog Treat Recipes

Below are a few dog food recipes that I put together for my pup, Isabella. She adores these concoctions and always licks her bowl clean when I make them!
 

A Word of Caution: It is not advisable to feed your pup homemade dog food on a long-term basis unless you are preparing veterinarian-approved meals that are tailored to your dog's nutritional needs, size, and age. Manufactured dog food contains vitamins and other nutrients that are vital to keeping your dog healthy; these foods are a better option for pet owners who do not have a background in canine nutrition or who do not have access to a veterinarian who can properly analyze their recipes. However, you can safely feed your furry friend the following homemade dog foods, your own concoctions, or table scraps temporarily or just occasionally as a special treat. Please note that these recipes have not been professionally balanced and may not accommodate your individual dog's specific nutritional needs.

If you wish to feed your pup home-cooked dog food all the time, run your recipes by your veterinarian or use an online nutritional analysis tool such as NutritionData. You should also consider adding supplements to your dog's diet to ensure that he gets all of the nutrients he needs to be happy and healthy. For additional information on dog food supplements, visit our Canine Health section. Check out our Food Tips page for a list of ingredients you should avoid using when cooking for your dog, as well as suggestions for safe, wholesome dog foods and treats available at your local pet store.


Champion Chicken Puree

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:

  • A Crock Pot or a Large Pot & Lid
  • A Cutting Board
  • A Knife
  • A Large Spoon
  • A Food Processor or a Blender
  • 2 Pounds of De-boned, Dark Meat Chicken Pieces
  • 2 Large Baking Potatoes or 3 - 4 Red Potatoes, Chopped
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, Chopped
  • 5 Carrots, Chopped
  • 1 Red or Golden Delicious Apple, Cored, De-seeded, & Chopped
  • 2 Cups of Uncooked White Rice
  • 1/2 Bag of Frozen Peas
  • 1 Can of Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Cup of Water
Combine all of the ingredients in a crock pot or regular pot, and stir well. If needed, add a little bit of water or additional chicken or vegetable stock so that the main ingredients are submerged. Cover the crock pot, and set it to cook for 6 to 8 hours. Or, if you're using a regular pot, put a lid on it, and cook the stew on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Then, turn the heat down to low, and let the food simmer for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Once the meat and vegetables are cooked through, puree it using a food processor or a blender. This recipe makes approximately 15 servings, although this may vary depending on the portion sizes to which your dog is accustomed. If desired, you can divide the food up into multiple plastic storage containers and freeze all but a 3-day supply for future use.


Bountiful Beef Stew

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:

  • A Crock Pot or a Large Pot & Lid
  • A Cutting Board
  • A Knife
  • A Large Spoon
  • 1/4 Cup of Flour
  • 2.5 Pounds of Stewing Beef Chunks
  • 3 Large Baking Potatoes or 5 Red Potatoes, Chopped
  • 5 Carrots, Chopped
  • 2 Stalks of Celery, Chopped
  • 2 Cups of Uncooked White Rice
  • 1 Can of Beef Stock
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
Toss the beef chunks together with the flour until the beef is well coated. Combine the beef with the remaining ingredients in a crock pot or a regular pot, and stir. Cover the crock pot, and set it to cook for 8 to 10 hours. Or, if you're using a regular pot, put a lid on it, and cook the stew on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Then, turn the heat down to low, and let the food simmer for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve it to your dog in 2 to 3 cup servings, depending on the size of your dog.


Roasted Pork

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:
  • A Shallow Metal or Pyrex Pan
  • A Cutting Board
  • A Knife
  • A Crock Pot or a Large Pot & Lid
  • A Small Saucepan
  • A Large Spoon
  • A 4-Pound Pork Loin
  • 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
  • 4 Chopped Carrots
  • 3 Chopped Potatoes
  • 2 Cups of Uncooked White Rice

Place the pork loin in the metal or Pyrex pan, and broil it for 15 minutes to eliminate the excess fat. Put the broiled pork loin in the crock pot or a regular metal pot, and add the other ingredients, minus the rice. Cover the crock pot, and set it to cook for 6 to 8 hours. Or, if you're using a regular pot, put a lid on it, and cook the pork loin on medium-high heat until the vegetable stock comes to a boil. Then, turn the heat down to low, and let the food simmer until done.

Cook the rice separately in a small saucepan. When the pork loin has finished cooking, cut it up into bite-sized pieces. Mix the chopped pork loin, vegetables and rice, and serve it to your dog at mealtimes in 2 to 3 cup servings, depending on the size of your dog.


Canine Crunchies

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:

  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • A Whisk
  • 3 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Powdered Milk
  • A Pastry Blender
  • 1/3 Cup of Vegetable Shortening (plus a little extra for greasing the cookie sheets)
  • 1 Jumbo Egg
  • 3/4 Cup of Canned Chicken Broth
  • A Rolling Pin
  • A Bone-Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • 2 Cookie Sheets
  • A Wire Cooling Rack

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease the cookie sheets with a little bit of the vegetable shortening. Mix the wheat flour and the powdered milk together in the mixing bowl, and then cut in the shortening using a pastry blender. Beat the egg and the chicken broth together in a separate bowl until well blended. Combine the flour, milk and shortening mixture with the egg and broth mixture, kneading repeatedly until a sticky dough forms. Roll out the dough on a lightly-floured surface until it's about 1/2" thick. Use the bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut biscuits from the dough. Re-ball the remaining dough, roll it out, and cut out more biscuits until you've used as much of the dough as possible. Lay the uncooked biscuits on the cookie sheets, leaving a little room in between each so they can expand as they bake. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the biscuits are dry and have turned a light, golden-brown color. Let them cool on a wire cooling rack overnight.


 
 

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