Easy Homemade Dog Training Treat Recipe | Soft or Crunchy

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Homemade Dog Training Treat

Little treats come in handy when you have small dogs. Or if you are trying to train your dogs such as potty training, leash training, tricks, and more. And, with the price of everything increasing lately, pet owners are looking for ways to save money.

Making your own homemade dog training treats can help you do just that. I will show you how to make these liver and banana homemade dog training treats.

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Glass jar full of homemade dog training treats with black leash to the side and paw print fabric under the jar

Dog Training Treats Recipe

While these homemade dog training treats are oven-baked to get a nice hard crunch to them. They can be given as a soft treat too!

I normally try to stick to crunchy treats as it is better on their teeth. But there are many reasons you would feed a soft training treat, such as an older dog, one with dental issues, or just as a personal preference (like, no crumbs left behind!).

Dogs go crazy for this mix of liver and banana! So they will be doing anything they can for you to give them another treat.

Dog Training Treat Pouches

Need a place to keep your treats? Be sure to check out this Travel Homemade Dog Training Treats Pouch when you are finished making these treats. You may also want to check out our Tuna Puff Homemade Dog Training Treats.

If you are not sure how to use treats to train your dog, check out our post on Dog Training Treats – Everything You Need To Know.

Dog Training Treats Recipe

Skill: Easy to make
Recipe Makes: about 5 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: about 15 minutes (less if you make smaller pieces)

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/4 Cup Liver Sprinkles
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Over Ripe Banana
  • 2 1/4 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

Homemade Soft Dog Treats for Training

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Peel the banana and add it to the food processer with coconut oil and liver sprinkles. Mix until well blended.

Then add 2 cups of flour and the water to the mix. Mix until fully blended.

dough ball of homemade dog training treat dough

With the rest of the flour dust, the counter or pastry mat. Then dump the dough mixture onto the floured surface.

With your hands, press the mixture into a ball.

Cut into strips then cut across those to make pieces

Using your hands or better yet a rolling pin if you have it, flatten the ball until it is about as double-thick as a pie crust.

Using a knife or pizza cutter (pizza cutter is much easier) cut the dough into strips. Then cut across those strips to make small pieces.

Add cut pieces to mat on cookie sheet

I made pieces about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. But you can cut to any size you want.

Put the pieces on a silicone mat on a baking sheet. Make sure to space them out so they don’t touch. I had to do 3 cookie sheets to bake all mine. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 for 15 minutes.

Note: if you cut your pieces smaller, you will need to bake them for less time. Keep an eye on them and take them out when they are lightly golden brown.

When done, remove from oven and allow to cool. Then store in an air-tight container or plastic bag.

How To Make Soft Dog Training Treats

If you are not wanting to use these as a crunchy training treat, they can be used as a soft treat too.

To use these as a soft treat, you pretty much do all the same steps but just skip a few. Follow all the same steps as to use them as crunchy, but simply skip the baking step.

This is also a great way to make even the tiniest-sized treats for small dogs or to give as just an even smaller treat.

The one thing to note about using these as a soft treat is they will not last as long as when they are baked. But if you are planning to use up within 3-4 days then they will be fine. I keep them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer

Can These Training Treats Be Used In Busy or Kong Toys?

The short answer, YES!

Depending on the sizes you cut the treats, they can be used in a wide variety of dog busy toys and Kong toys!

No more having to spend a lot of those special treats to fit those toys.

Yield: about 5 cups

Homemade Dog Training Treats - Soft or Crunchy

Glass jar full of training treats with black leash to the side and paw print fabric under the jar

Need smaller dog treats? Dog training treats are great for those times. When you are training and only want to give a nibble at a time.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Liver Sprinkles
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Over Ripe Banana
  • 2 1/4 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

Instructions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 400.
    2. Peel the banana and add it to the food processer with coconut oil and liver sprinkles. Mix until well blended.
    3. Then add 2 cups of flour and the water to the mix. Mix until fully blended.
    4. With the rest of the flour dust, the counter or pastry mat. Then dump the dough mixture onto the floured surface.
    5. With your hand’s press the mixture into a ball.
    6. Using your hands or better yet a rolling pin if you have it, flatten the ball until it is about as double-thick as a pie crust.
    7. Using a knife or pizza cutter (pizza cutter is much easier) cut the dough into strips. Then cut across those strips to make small pieces.
    8. I made pieces about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. But you can cut to any size you want.
    9. Put the pieces on a silicone mat on a baking sheet. Make sure to space them out so they don’t touch. I had to do 3 cookie sheets to bake all mine. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 for 15 minutes.
    10. Note: if you cut your pieces smaller, you will need to bake them for less time. Keep an eye on them and take them out when they are lightly golden brown.
    11. When done, remove from oven and allow to cool. Then store in an air-tight container or plastic bag.

Notes

To use these as a soft treat, follow all the same steps as to use them as crunchy, but simply skip the baking step. They do not keep as long as a soft treat.

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