Our dog is an important part of our family and, just like I love making treats for my human family members, I also love making homemade dog treats for my dog, Toby. I know exactly what ingredients are in them and I can make them with my dog’s favorite flavors in mind.
Two of my favorite homemade dog treats come from this sweet potato dog treats recipe that is super easy to make in the microwave and this yummy pumpkin dog treats with peanut butter and oats recipe. Keep reading to get the recipe for the latest addition to our dog treat staples.
This year my Toby will be having something new with this Homemade Dog Treats Recipe Perfect for Valentine’s Day that were provided to us by Coupons.com and Lori Pace, along with some ideas for Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for your dog! (Keep reading below.) These heart-shaped dog treats are easy to store, nice and chewy, and full of flavor for even the most discerning dog.
Check out these great gift ideas for your dog and then keep on reading for the homemade dog treat recipe!
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Dog
Valentine’s Day is a time for giving gifts to those we love. You love your dog, right?!?! Here are some fun ideas that will make your favorite pooch’s tail wag! (Note: All prices listed are those at the time of writing. Be sure to confirm the current price before adding to your cart.)
1. Grreat Choice Valentine’s “Love” Heart Dog Toy, $1.79 at PetSmart
Dogs love to chew. Particularly for young dogs, a toy that they can chew up without being told “No!” is an instant favorite! There are many out there, but I love the ones that are themed for Valentine’s Day like this one. It’s an easy way to treat your dog without breaking your budget.
2. Blueberry Pet Valentine Day Party Sweet Treats Collection Designer Dog Collar, $9.99 at Amazon
It’s fun to dress up our pets, but I know my German Shepherd is NOT a fan of cutesy sweaters or any other pet clothing. A new collar is a fun gift they can wear all year round, plus they’re inexpensive and help keep your pup’s identification readily available should he or she wander off.
3. Elevin Princess Pet Bed, $15.99 at Amazon
Is your pet a princess? My oldest girl cat has claimed the princess spot in our house, but I think I treat all of our pets like royalty. You can shower your furry friends with love and the proper pet bed for royalty with this frilly and pink fancy bed. They might just let you snap some photos while they enjoy it!
4. PetCube Bites, $179.
Petcube Bites is an all-in-one Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in treat dispenser that lets you train and reward your pet remotely. You can see, talk, treat, and train from your phone. You can also get PetCube Play, which is an interactive pet camera that lets you see, talk to, and play with your pet.
5. Now Designs Dog Biscuit Tin, $11.79 on Amazon
Whether you decide to make our heart-shaped Homemade Dog Treats Recipe above or you plan to buy some biscuits for your pup, you can store them in this pretty dog biscuit tin that will look great on your kitchen counter.
6. PupCrew Light Pink Pocket Hoodie, $11.29 at Petco
If your dog IS one who likes to dress up and stay a bit warm during the chilly days of February, having a Valentine’s Day sweater or coat on hand can make that brisk morning walk more comfortable and fun for you and your pup.
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Homemade Dog Treats Recipe
4 strips crispy bacon, crumbled
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 large eggs
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the bacon, cheese and oatmeal. You can use a mixer with a paddle or a chopper to make the pieces small.
Add eggs and blend until sticky.
Lay out on a layer of oats on a cutting board to prevent sticking and top with treat mixture. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to form as desired.
Bake approximately 20 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool.
Optional Dog Treat Icing Recipe
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon honey
3-5 drops of food coloring, if desired (or you can naturally color with beet juice)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Paint onto the treats and refrigerate to set!