Christmas is almost here! What are you getting for your dog? Chances are, you’ve been too busy to think about dog presents; not when there are trees to decorate, presents to wrap and, of course, a feast to cook and bake. You can’t really share your holiday foods with your dog (it could make them sick), and the stores are packed with people. So what do you do?
Never fear: Try one of these homemade Christmas dog treat recipes. Not only do they make a perfect gift for your pup, but they’re made with many of the same ingredients you’ll be using to cook for yourself.
1. Candy Cane Christmas Treats
Nothing says Christmas like candy canes. Your dog can join in on these holiday treats with these baked candy cane dog treats from Cupcake Girl. Use vegetable food dye to make the candy canes red and green, and you’re on your way to giving your dog the true Christmas experience.
Watch the video above to learn how to make these treats.
2. Homemade Holiday Dog Treats With Sweet Potato
My German Shepherd River loves sweets. If I have anything sweet, such as a plain cupcake or baked goods, I have to watch to make sure she doesn’t eat them. Knowing her sweet tooth, I bet these homemade dog treats from Lemons and Basil would be a hit with her. Filled with sweet potato, peanut butter and cinnamon, they’re healthy too!
If your dog likes sweets, too, then try this recipe from Lemons and Basil here.
3. Gingerbread Treats For Dogs (And Horses!)
Want to whip up a treat your dog and horse friends will love? These gingerbread treats from Baking Mischief are easy to make and take only 25 minutes tops. And since they’re horse friendly, too, you can make several batches and share them with all the dogs and equines in your neighborhood.
Find out how to make these gingerbread treats over at Baking Mischief here.
4. Savory Dog Christmas Cookies
Many of dog treat recipes are people friendly, too, if you want to snack with your dog (or trick your friends). These treats from Panko Bunny, however, are made with mozzarella and sardines and definitely not meant for humans. Your dog is going to love them, though, and with a little dash of red sprinkles, they make the perfect Christmas gift.
Watch the video above to learn how to make these cookies.
5. Snowflake Cookie Dog Treats
I live in the part of California where it never snows. That means it’ll be a while until I have a chance to drive to the mountains so my dogs can experience snow for the first time. That’s why I love these Snowflake Cookie Dog Treats from Pretty Fluffy. Not only are they snow shaped, they look just as light and fluffy as snowflakes can be. When I give them to my dogs, it’ll be their first experience of snow.
Find out how to make these easy treats over at Pretty Fluffy here.
6. Gingerbread Dog House
Do you have a holiday tradition of making gingerbread houses? Now your dog can join in with this miniature do-it-yourself dog-friendly gingerbread house from Gone To The Snow Dogs. The treats are completely edible for people, too, though they won’t be as sweet. Pair it with some dog-friendly decorations, and your gingerbread house can have a gingerbread dog house. (If your dog doesn’t eat it first, of course.)
Watch the video above to learn how to make these gingerbread houses.
7. Snickerdoodle Dog Treats
Snickerdoodles are one of those cookies that are great all year, but especially around Christmas. Your dog can enjoy these classic Christmas treats with a dog-friendly version from Two of a Kind. If you want to make the snickerdoodles more festive, use red or green vegetable dye to change their colors. One batch can make up to 50 cookies, so share them with all your dog friends too!
Find out how to make these cookies over at the Two of a Kind website here.
8. Dog Eggnog
Who doesn’t love a cup of eggnog on Christmas? Now your dogs can share in this holiday treat with their own dog-friendly eggnog from also from Gone To The Snow Dogs. This recipe only has four ingredients, and with a quick spin in a blender, your dogs are ready to celebrate with Christmas cheer.
Watch the video above to find out how to make this recipe.
9. Bacon And Peanut Butter Glaze Dog Treats
Who doesn’t love bacon on… well, any day? My dogs certainly do, and I know they’d go nuts for these homemade dog treats from Pinch of Yum. These instructions show you how to make dog bone-shaped treats, but you can cut them into Christmas-themed shapes, such as a Christmas tree or snowman, using holiday cookie cutters. The magic is in the bacon and peanut butter glaze, guaranteed to send any dog’s tail wagging.
Find out how to make this recipe at Pinch of Yum here.