Dog Treats for the Minimalist Household – Cheap, Easy and Healthy

sweet potato slices - dog treats

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog.”

– Dean Koontz,

Even if many dogs would be just as happy with praise and a scratch behind the ears, most of us buy dog treats. They help training and are just fun to dole out.

Unfortunately, high quality dog treats can be expensive. Luckily, it’s easy to share your own healthy snacks with your favorite canine. Many dogs love these easy-to-share and healthy-for-dogs human foods:

  • Cheerios.
  • Raw veggies. Ideas include baby carrots, green beans and broccoli. Avoid onions – they’re toxic to dogs.
  • Cheese tidbits.
  • Cooked egg.
  • Fresh and dried fruits. No avocados, grapes or raisins, which are toxic to dogs. Also, take out seeds and pits. Blueberries and apples are favorites.
  • Scraps of cooked leftover chicken, pork, beef or fish.
  • Plain popcorn.
  • Plain yogurt.
  • Natural peanut butter (without added sugar).

For just a little more work, you can make some easily portable crunchy treats. I regularly make these sweet potato chews. For about a buck and a few minutes of work, you can make lots of nutritious treats. I cut some into slices for a longer lasting treat and dice some for tiny training treats.

If you give your dog a lot of treats, perhaps because you spend a lot of time training, consider giving your dog actual dog food for treats.

Some dogs will happily eat any kibble as treats. Others are pickier – try a different kind of kibble than your dog has for meals and use that only for treats, never for meals.

If that doesn’t work, another option is to give freeze-dried dog food as treats. Although this is a very expensive dog food, it’s usually cheaper than good quality dog treats.

What are your favorite easy and healthful dog treats?

2 thoughts on “Dog Treats for the Minimalist Household – Cheap, Easy and Healthy

  1. Funny you should write about this, Christy. Our vet just advised us that our dog is losing her “girlish figure” and said we should cut out the packaged treats in favor of veggies. She does like green beans! Good to know that onions are toxic to dogs. I had no idea.

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