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  • Posted on August 13, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    We all want to give our pups the very best - and sometimes that means doing it yourself so you are in control of the ingredients or materials. BUT, doing it can also be time consuming and take time away from actually enjoying the process and the time you get to spend with your pooch. We have collected our homemade dog treat recipes that are both healthy and easy {and fun} to make. Most of the ingredients can even be found in your pantry without a trip to the store!

    Heathy and Easy Homemade Dog Treats #PoochPawty

    1. No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

    This is everyone's favorite recipe! With only 3 ingredients, a mixing bowl and a spoon, you will have a fabulous treat for your pup. The kiddos can even get in there and roll them up! MAKE IT >

    Easy Homemade Dog Biscuits #PoochPawty

    2. Banana Biscuits

    With banana, cinnamon and peanut butter, your dog will be drooling over these biscuits. (wanna know a secret - we even ate them!) MAKE IT >

    Pupcake Treats For Your Dogs Birthday

    3. Pawty Pupcakes

    Applesauce and honey make these pupcakes deeee-lish but beware if you pup has a wheat allergy because they use flour. MAKE IT >

    {Puppy Recipe} Peanut Butter Cheerio Bites

    4. Cheerio Bites

    These homemade dog treats need to be baked but we promise the extra time is worth it! Better yet, they even include a free printable! Download and print your own Doggie Bag topper. MAKE IT >

    5. Pup-sicles

    It's the dog days of summer but you can beat the heat with this great frozen dog treat. MAKE IT >


    Don't forget fluffy - make your kitty these fab cat nip treats. These take a little more time and a little more planning but hey, doesn't everything when it comes to those finicky cats? MAKE IT >

    Homemade Cat Treat Recipe #LoveMyCat


    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Chevron Boy Party Ideas, Get Party Trained, Recipes

  • Posted on May 20, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    Summer is finally here! Everyone including your pup is ready to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. After enjoying some summer activities, treat your pup to a banana and peanut butter pup-sicle. Pup-sicles are a refreshing dog treat for summer parties, especially for outdoor bruffday pawties or hot diggity dog grilling parties.

    Peanut Butter & Banana Pup-sicles Recipe - #dogtreats #pupsiclerecipe
    {Banana & Peanut Butter Pup-sicle Recipe}

    What You’ll Need:

    16 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
    3 Tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter
    2 Tablespoons Honey
    1 Banana
    1 Ice Cube Tray

    How To Make It:

    1. Mix Greek yogurt, peanut butter, honey and banana together.
    2. Divide mixture into each section of the ice cube tray.
    3. Let the pup-sicle freeze for at least four hours.
    4. When you are ready to serve the pup-sicles let them thaw for a couple minutes before popping them out of the tray.

    I got to enjoy a summer afternoon with our neighborhood pups and treat them to some pup-sicles. Check out some pictures from my afternoon with Cali and Duncan below.

    Summer Fun For Your Pup & Pup-sicle Recipe
    {Bonus} Dog Days of Summer Activity Ideas

    Enjoy a day at the beach. Let your pup enjoy the water, sand, and plenty of play time at the beach. Don’t forget to bring a dog life vest if your puppy is a beginner swimmer.

    Take a hike. Enjoy bonding time with your dog by going for a hike at a local park.

    Plan an extra special doggy date at a dog park with a picnic. Pack the picnic basket with a bunch of your dog’s favorite treat for him/her to enjoy after a couple laps around the dog park.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Recipes

  • Posted on May 8, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    Celebrate your pup’s birthday with these delicious and easy doggie pupcakes. These treats will be the hit of your bruffday party, all of the pooches will be drooling over them and begging to take one home. You can decorate the pupcakes with personalized cupake picks and sticker kits from Not only will your pupcakes be yummy, they will also look amazing! Happy Baking & Pawty Planning!

    Doggie Pupcake Recipe{Doggie Pupcake Recipe}

    The Details:

    Yield: 6 Pupcakes
    Prep Time: 10 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 to 15 Minutes
    Keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days

    What You’ll Need:

    1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour or All-Purpose Flour
    1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
    1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
    1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
    1 Egg
    2 Tablespoons Honey

    How to Make It:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Spray standard muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or use six paper liners in the muffin tray.
    3. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.
    4. Add applesauce, vegetable oil, egg and honey to the mixture, and gently whisk together.
    5. Divide batter into six muffin tins.
    6. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
    7. Let pupcakes cool and add Peanut Butter-Yogurt Frosting.

    Pupcake Treats For Your Dogs Birthday

    { Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting}

    What You’ll Need:

    3 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
    1 ½ Tablespoons Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

     How To Make It:

    Add an extra touch of detail to your pupcakes with yummy peanut butter yogurt frosting. Stir the yogurt and peanut butter together and frost the pupcakes.

    Doggie Pupcake Recipe with Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting

    Recipe inspiration from 

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Recipes

  • Posted on April 28, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Give your guests some inspiration at your build your own hot dog station when you use these fun recipe cards. Perfectly complimentary to our Hot Diggity Dog theme, these party signs will fit any 4x6 photo frame and are a great way to get your guests chatting while they wait in line at to build their own dog.

    Hot Dog Party Supplies: Hot Diggity Dog Free Printable Signs #BigDot #HappyDot

    We created a fun hot dog station with these signs, then added little flags so our guests could proudly display their favorite hot dog recipe. To create the individual flags, we used blank address labels and a black marker, then attached them to a red food pick with red craft paper behind them.

     Hot Dog Party Supplies: Hot Diggity Dog Free Printable Signs #BigDot #HappyDot

    Be sure to get your free downloadable hot dog recipe cards here, then hurry up and plan your hot dog party before summer is over - it's fun in a bun you won't want to miss!

    Hot Dog Party Supplies: Hot Diggity Dog Free Printable Signs #BigDot #HappyDot

    See the entire collection of Hot Diggity Dog everyday party theme #BigDot #HappyDot #PartyIdeas
    Hot Diggity Dog Cupcake Wrappers #BigDot #HappyDot #PartyIdeas Hot Diggity Dog Garland Banner #BigDot #HappyDot #PartyIdeas Hot Diggity Dog Personalized Treat Boxes #BigDot #HappyDot #PartyIdeas Hot Diggity Dog Everyday Party Invitaitons #BigDot #HappyDot #PartyIdeas

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    This post was posted in Free Printables, Everyday Parties, DIY Party Ideas, Birthday Parties, Baby Showers and was tagged with Hot Diggity Dog Party Ideas, Everyday Party Ideas, DIY Party Ideas, Birthday Party Decorations, Free Printables for Parties, Baby Shower Decorations, Recipes, Free Printables

  • Posted on April 14, 2014 by Big Dot

    It’s spring time finally in good ol' Wisconsin which means it’s time to clean! After you have cleaned the house from top to bottom you might notice that doggy smell a little bit more. I found a recipe that could help eliminate some of that odor your dog is tracking around to help! / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)


    1/2 cup baking soda
    2 cups water
    2 drops lavender oil
    1 bandanna or article of clothing sized to fit dog


    • Fill a large bowl with two cups of water, add two drops lavender oil, then stir in baking soda until dissolved.
    • Place bandanna in the water and thoroughly soak.
    • Dry the bandanna or article of clothing in the sun.

    Once dried thoroughly, you can tie the bandanna around the dogs next or put on the clothing. Because it was all soaked in baking soda, this will help absorb your pup’s ‘doggy smells.’
    You can use baking soda in general for around the house to help eliminate those smells. Sprinkle a little on the floor then vacuum up or wash away. Or just by having an open box of baking soda helps as well! Now when people come to my house, they don't smell dog..they smell our dishes!

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Recipes

  • Posted on March 28, 2014 by Brenda Knutson

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    Giving your dog different food treat rewards for good behavior is a fun and effective way of training. Using a variety of treats will also help keep your dog from getting bored, and keep him interested in training.

    Training treats are best if they are tempting and delicious, small or easy to break into small pieces, easy to carry, and healthy. It is also good to have some that mean less to your pup (like his dog food) and more valuable treats (like meat) so you can reward less important or more important reactions appropriately.

    Use your dog's regular food as treats:

    • Dry dog food: If your dog likes his dry food enough to do tricks for it, you can use it for training.  This works for less important training, not as valuable reactions, and dogs on a diet. One way to make dry food more exciting is to put it in a paper bag with some small pieces of bacon for a few hours to let it soak up some of the scent.
    • Wet/canned food: You can put this in a jar or bowl, and give one bite or lick per trick.

    "People Food" makes great dog treats:

    • Chopped fresh meat: You can dry fresh meat out a bit in the microwave by cooking it uncovered for 30 seconds at a time. Any meat works well. If you are, however, using a high fat meat like sausage only use a small amount or your pup can get an upset tummy.
    • Jar baby food, meat flavored: Give your dog one lick per trick. You can even reuse the jars by refilling them with yogurt or peanut butter.
    • Cheese: Mozzarella, Cheddar and Colby work well as they are not sticky or crumbly. String cheese is also great for training since it is convenient & can break into small pieces easily.
    • Chopped veggies, like green beans: Some veggies, like raw carrots, are not always digested well but are healthy and may just "come out" looking the same as they went in. This makes them great for a dog on a diet!
    • Chopped fruit, like apples: Dogs love fruits, and it is also a healthier option. You should always check to be sure a fruit is not dangerous for a dog before using, for example grapes, peaches and apricots are NOT good for dogs. Some good options are apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries and watermelon.

    Store Bought Treats: When buying store bought treats, look for high quality, healthy ingredients like meat, cheese, eggs, nuts, etc. and try to avoid ingredients that you are not familiar with.

    Homemade Dog Training Treats: A great way to save money on treats and keep your dog healthy and happy is to make your own training treats.

    Tuna Training Bars:

    • 1  6-oz. can tuna in water, undrained
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup rice or oat flour
    • Parmesan cheese

    Mash the tuna and water in a bowl with a fork to get the clumps out, then liquefy in a blender or food processor. Add extra water (in very small amounts) if needed to liquefy completely. Pour into a bowl and add flour. This should be the consistency of a cake mix. Spread into a greased or sprayed square cake pan. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. When done, the edges will pull away and the texture will be like putty. Use a pizza cutter to slice into small squares. These freeze great, and dogs love them!

    Turkey Training Treats:

    • 2 pounds ground turkey (pure turkey, not turkey sausage)
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cups oatmeal
    • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

    Mix all ingredients together and pat into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool completely, then cut into thick strips as these do not hold together when slicing into small squares. Freeze unused portions and keep the portions you're using refrigerated. These have the consistency of meatloaf. When you are using the treats, break off pieces of the strips to give to your dog.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Pet Nutrition, Training, Dog Training, Recipes

  • Posted on March 24, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    When I first came across this list of safe people foods for dogs, I wasn't surprised to see some of my pup's favorites on the left side - and the usual offenders on the right side. But there were a few that caught my eye and prompted an office discussion of who's dog has eaten what.

    Of the Don'ts, the general rule of avoiding sugars and salt applies, as they will harm Fido's kidneys. The surprise came from the image of the gum - which lead to a story of a friend's dog being rushed to the ER after rooting around in her purse and eating a pack of sugar-free gum. It turns out that Xylitol, a common sugar replacer, is incredibly toxic to dogs. Even in small amounts, two pieces of gum, the chemical can induce severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and cause liver failure. Scary stuff!

    My dog is known as a purse-robbing brownie thief but has thankfully never gotten into a pack of gum. Other office dogs will do anything for a lick of peanut butter, eye up a toddlers yogurt and stare longingly at your fish dinner, but have, so far, never been rushed to the ER.

    Please share this list and let others know how harmful sugar-free gum can be!

    This infographic was created by PetCareRx. Providing quality pet meds and supplies for all your pet needs.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Puppy Care, Dog Training, Recipes

  • Posted on March 3, 2014 by Michelle Thatcher

    Tired of spending all kinds of money on store bought puppy treats? Here are a couple of quick, easy and inexpensive recipes you can make from just a few simple ingredients found right in your very own pantry. Let's start with

    Peanut Butter Puppy Treats with Pumpkin.

    Dog Biscuit Project
    danbruell / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
    Peanut Butter Puppy Treats with Pumpkin



    • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 Cup Oats
    • 3 Cups Flour
    • 3 Tbsp Peanut Butter



    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Stir together the flour and oats.
    In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter mixing completely. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
    Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut into bone shapes with a knife or cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, dusting your hands and the rolling pin with flour to help.

    Bake for appx. 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
    Place on cooling racks and cool. Treats will harden as they cool.
    *1/2 teaspoon of salt may be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.
    *Cinnamon is also optional to use in this recipe, however DO NOT use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

    As you start to make more and more of your own puppy treats you will notice that most of them have alot of the same ingredients in them.  Peanut butter is one of the most popular.  Here is another quick easy recipe for homemade puppy treats  enjoy!!

    Homemade Dog Treats-06
    pattyanne:made / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

    Peanut Butter and Banana Puppy Treats


    • 3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
    • 1 C. Oat Flour
    • 2/3 C. Rolled Oats
    • 1 Peeled Banana
    • 1 Egg Beaten


    Preheat oven to 300°F.
    Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly.
    Add oat flour, oats, peanut butter and egg and mix well to combine.
    Set aside for 5 minutes.

    Roll mixture into balls, using appx. 1 tablespoon dough for each ball; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) circle shape. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.

    These treats will keep best if you store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can freeze them to give to your furry friends later; but make sure and thaw them completely before sharing.

    As you become more and more familiar with making your own puppy treats, you will find that most if not all of the ingredients can be found in your pantry.  In general most treat recipes contain five to six ingredients and are pantry to finished in about an hour.  Oh and don't forget puppy's like to lick the spoon too!!

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Get Party Trained, Recipes

  • Posted on February 10, 2014 by Jessy Robelia

    Making your own treats for you dogs is great for your their health and for your budget. Homemade treats also gives you the chance to dress them up and makes them perfect for a Valentine's Day treat or any puppy party like we did here. We used paw-shaped & mini heart-shaped cookie cutters to make an adorable treat to make your dog's heart skip a beat. Here's how we made them!

    Valentine's Day Dog Treat Recipe #PoochPawty #PuppyShower #DogTreatRecipe #ValentinesDay

    Valentine's Day Dog Treat Recipe

    What You'll Need
    2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
    2 Different Flavors of 4 oz Jars of Baby Food

    Any flavors will do but make sure they don't contain onions or grapes. It works best if you get two flavors that differ quite a bit in color. We did a light tan Vegetables & Chicken and an orange Sweet Carrots.

    Valentine's Day Dog Treat Recipe #PoochPawty #PuppyShower #DogTreatRecipe #ValentinesDay

    How To Make It
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In separate bowls, mix 1 cup of flour with each jar of baby food.
    3. Lightly knead dough on floured surface and roll out each dough separately.
    4. Use paw-shaped cookie cutter on each dough.
    5. Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter and remove center of the paw cut-out.
    6. Take heart cut-out in one color and place in the opposite colored paw. Lightly pat them together. They will seem like they will fall apart but once baked, they will stay together.
    7. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before serving to your pups.

    Valentine's Day Dog Treat Recipe #PoochPawty #PuppyShower #DogTreatRecipe #ValentinesDay

    This is how my dog Rocko looked after eating a few so it's puppy approved! I hope you enjoy making these healthy treats for your furry pals this Valentine's Day!

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Get Party Trained, Recipes

  • Posted on February 6, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    An important part of entertaining your two-legged and four-legged friends at any party is having treats. The dogs at the party will be drooling over these dog biscuit that are perfect for treats at a puppy shower or dog birthday party, or you can use the biscuits as party favors.

    Dog Biscuit Recipe and Puppy Party Favor

    {Puppy Party Favor Idea}

    Use ribbon to tie a bone shaped cut-out or circle party tags around the dog biscuits and pass these delicious dog biscuits out to your guests as party favors.

    {Dog Biscuit Recipe}

    What You’ll Need

    1 Mashed Banana

    ½ Cup Peanut Butter

    1 Cup Rolled Oats

    ¾ Cup Apple Sauce

    1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

    ½ tsp. Cinnamon

    How To Make It

    1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
    2. Mix ingredients together until well blended
    3. Lightly flour a surface, knead dough and drop on floured surface
    4. Roll dough out and cut into desired shape
    5. Bake on greased baking sheet
    6. Bake for 10-15 minutes (until biscuits are golden brown)
    7. Cool and refrigerate before serving

    Puppy Party Favor IdeasTips

    Prep time took about 30 minutes and the recipe baked about 20 biscuits using a bone shaped cookie cutter.

    Make sure you don’t roll the dough too thin, it is easier to use a cookie cutter when the dough is a little thicker.

    If your dog is allergic to wheat you can substitute with rice, quinoa, corn or potato flours.

    Doggy Biscuit Bonus

    Did you know cinnamon is good for your dog’s heart because it improves circulation? It also helps relieve joint pain, lowers cholesterol levels and regulates blood sugar.


    Don’t forget to make a treat for your two-legged friends at the party. Puppy chow is always a hit at parties and can be used as party favors also. Our free printable buffet table signs are a great addition to your party's buffet table to highlight treats for your two-legged and four-legged friends.

    Free Printable Leopard Buffet Signs

    Doggy Biscuit Source //

    This blog was shared with Tasty Tuesday, a blog hop hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol's Notes.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Get Party Trained, Recipes

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