Sweater Weather Dog Treats

Sweater Weather Dog Treat Recipe

Does your pup get bored with the treats you are bringing home?

My dogs aren’t bored as all of them will eat most anything except for my bulldog Winston. That kid is as picky as they come. It amuses me to try new recipes to see if it’s a winner by Winston’s standards and I like to do taste tests with my student’s dogs. This recipe had all paws up and everybody wanting M.O.R.E! I came upon this recipe shared by MustLuveBoxers Rescue on Facebook. I fiddled with it to make it more delish with my stinky, secret weapon!

One of the first ingredients is Honest Kitchen. I love me some Honest Kitchen dehydrated food, but all I had around were samples of SoJo’s. It is a comparable dehydrated food found in any pet health food store or online. If you don’t already have any around, I suggest buying a small box of either brand and use up the rest in a kong when company comes over for the holidays. It’s dehydrated so it keeps for a long time. You can even use it in other batches of treats. In my opinion, it’s a staple to have in the home.

The original recipe calls for ground beef, which I used, but being festive and all I think making it with ground turkey would be fun too! You could even use bits of the leftover turkey from the holidays. Make sure it’s just simple, plain meat not covered in salt, spices, and such which are not exactly good for our furry loved ones.

I always spice up my dog treats with sardines in water. It’s my signature, my secret weapon. I added one can of sardines to this mixture which I had in my cupboard from another dog treat recipe I did awhile back. I also added 1/4 cup of coconut flour for no other reason as it felt like it should be in there. I really wanted my treats to stick together so I could use them for training.

All other ingredients were thrown together as is. As for the remaining pumpkin in the can, I used it up by putting a dollop on each pups’ food for the week. They liked that quite a lot.

Here is the receipe:


1 cup dehydrated dog food – The Honest Kitchen or Sojo’s or other dehydrated food works just as good.
1/4 cup ground beef or turkey
1 can of sardines in water
1/4 cup pumpkin – use canned pumpkin. Just 100% pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling.
1/2 tsp or so of ground dried cinnamon
1/4 ish cup of coconut flour
3 pinches of sharp cheddar cheese
1 free range egg, lightly beaten (unless your dog has an egg allergy then use an egg substitute)/
1 cup warm filtered water


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Add the warm water to the dehydrated dog food and stir.
  • Thoroughly mix in all the remaining ingredients to form a batter.
  • Smash the mixture flat on wax paper because rolling into balls is tedious.
How to Make Dog Treats
  • Bake for 20 minutes or whatever looks good. I keep them slightly soft as I train with soft treats, not crunchy. Serve after cooling completely and store in the fridge as these are human grade treats and will mold if left out.

Now watch as the Quality Assurance Team tests the product. 



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