One of the easiest ways to show our furry companions affection is by rewarding them with yummy treats. Even when your dog or puppy is with us at Bark Avenue for dog day camp or kennel boarding, we will give your pup the treats you send per your instructions. After all, the way to a dog’s heart is often through his stomach.

But how much is too much? If you treat your dog too often, it can be harmful to your dog or puppy’s health. Veterinarians recommend following the 10% rule, where you cap treats at 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake. Treats can be divvied out in a variety of ways. Some prefer to give their pet one large biscuit per day, while others give a handful of kibble throughout the day, a couple of pieces at a time. They are also great when used as rewards for dog training. Dog treats may seem like a minuscule addition to their daily intake, but it can gradually lead to obesity. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight lowers the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, and more.

If you want to treat your dog without overdoing it, there are plenty of healthy dog treat recipes to explore. They are just as easy to make as a batch of cookies, and you can even make them into fun shapes with cookie cutters! Here are some healthy dog treat recipes your dog will love and that will give you the confidence of knowing you are doing good for their health.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

With plenty of 5-star ratings, your pup will definitely give these treats two paws up! All you need is whole wheat flour, eggs, canned pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, cinnamon, and water.

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Banana and Honey Dog Treats

With simple ingredients and little prep time, this recipe cranks out 7 dozen dog treats. The effort is well worth it.

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Tango’s Treats

Named after the beloved dog who inspired its owner to create the recipe, these treats are full of simple and healthy ingredients. Your pup will get to enjoy Tango’s favorite combination of carrots, apples, and peanut butter.

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Whether you live in Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, St Charles, Elgin, or Schaumburg, call us at (630) 289-8470 or contact us here to book your dog or puppy for kennel boarding, dog grooming, dog training, or doggie day camp with us at Bark Avenue Daycamp.