Easy Dog Food & Treats

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If you plan on serving your dog a regular homemade diet, check with your veterinarian first. Dogs have their own nutritional needs that should be met to ensure a healthy pet.

Crockpot Recipe:

Begging For Treats1 fryer chicken (cut up)
1 package chicken organs (hearts, livers)
1 cup barley
2 medium potatoes – cubed
4 carrots – chopped
2 stalks celery – chopped
1/2 head garlic

Optional additions: Bone Meal (for calcium)
Toppings: Olive Oil & Parsley

  • Place potatoes in the crockpot, add chicken pieces, then cover with the rest of the vegetables and ingredients. Top with water until covered. Cook in the slow cooker for several hours until chicken is cooked and vegetables are done.
  • Take the chicken out and remove all the meat from the bones. Using a food processor, or a blender, or hand masher–mix all the meat, vegetables & barley together. You could have a puree or a thick mash, both are fine. Add some broth from the crockpot to get the consistency of thick chili.
  • Separate into serving portions and mix in 1 TBS of bonemeal for each portion. Freeze the portions in separate containers or freezer bags.

Before each serving: Sprinkle 1 TBS parsley and drizzle about 1 TBS of olive oil over the food.

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups per serving for a 15 lb dog.

Chicken Liver Treats:

In our family the chicken livers do not get eaten. Here’s a recipe to use those up, just freeze them until you have enough (chicken livers are quite cheap to buy if you want to splurge on your pup).

Ingredients:

1 cup chicken livers
2 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 TBS parsley

Directions:

  • Boil or saute livers until fully cooked. Set aside to cool.
  • Chop cooked livers into small pieces, then mix with rest of ingredients.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Keep refrigerated.

*If too dry, add a bit of water or another egg until recipe binds together. You could also use beef liver instead of chicken.

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Published: April 27, 2007
Updated: February 9, 2012

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7 Comments to “Easy Dog Food & Treats”
  1. Eric says:

    Once every week and a half. I cook a whole bag of rice in a large pot, Boil a bag of chicken breasts with no bones, and boil 3 large bags of chopped carrots. I let them cool and then combine the whole lot with concreted chicken broth made from bullion cubes. Lastly I use my vacuum sealer, and individually seal around 25 bags to keep in the back of our freezer. This allows us to microwave our dog’s food on the go lasting a week and a half. I takes an hour to prepare and seal, but in the end; It’s nice to have quality food for our dog on hand.

    • Korah says:

      Hello,
      I have a question. I am new to making homemade food for my pups and I was wondering how much to feed them.. I have a 8 lb chihuahua mix and a 6lb Pomeraniam… I would really like to start making them homemade food, but if you could help me at with portion size that would be great..
      thank you so much for any advice you can give..

  2. Timmy says:

    This is a good recipe.You can also make substitutions for variety.You can use basmati or other low-starch rice,you can use breasts instead of fryer parts or organs,you can use flax oil or sunflower oil instead of olive,etc.You can also alternate vegetables.You can use peas,green beans,broccoli,etc.You can also add snippets of fresh barley grass just before serving.I do this to provide live nutrients and to curb the dog`s tendency to graze.

  3. Cinny says:

    I’ve read that garlic is toxic to dogs (onions, too). Any thoughts about this? Also, this recipe, although yummy sounding is very soft. Doesn’t crunchy dog food assist in keeping dogs teeth clean or is that just dog food manufacturers’ hype?

    • TipNut says:

      So far from what I’ve read, the garlic = toxic to dogs is based on internet hysteria that was published as fact on one site or a community chat group and then replicated repeatedly with no further research…no actual scientific study has confirmed this (from what I can find). In fact, garlic has been used for many, many years to treat a variety of health issues in dogs with no apparent consequences (treat fleas, etc.). If I’m wrong and there is a study to confirm this, feel free to send it to me via the contact form to check out.

      Crunchy food *does* help with dental care but there’s no need to avoid soft foods because of that. Feed your dog crunchy treats or give him dental toys to chew on.

  4. Heather says:

    Well, I disagree about the garlic thing, because I found a health conscious
    dog food recipe website and it says to use two whole cloves of garlic.I’ve
    used the recipe to make treats for my dogs, and they’re the healthiest dogs
    in the neighborhood.

  5. Soozin says:

    1 year ago my 15yr old mini schnauzer stopped eating ANY dog food. Desperation caused me to start preparing all of her meals. Well, she just had her 16th b-day :D so take the time to cook these recipes (& do some research to create your own) for your 4-legged family members! (Fresh garlic is NOT good for dogs) FYI-if your dog suddenly turns her nose up at food she used to love, time to go to vet. Even a mild infection can effect appetite. And dogs love nourishing sweet potatoes! Once you learn the basic required nutrients, so easy to create endless recipes, and so worth it.


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