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27 Things I Make Instead of Buy to Save Money

Are you looking for ways to save money? You're not alone! It can be tough to keep up with when you have surprise expenses.  By changing some of our daily habits, my family started to make some of our household items instead of buy them to help use reduce waste, save money, and frankly because it can be more convenient. I added the items on this list bit by bit over the years. Please do not think you have to make everything all at once! Sometimes I don’t have to make more of something because I made a bit too much the first time and we are still going through it (looking at you Must Can All the Jam! bender a few years ago.) Other times, it’s a one and done kind of thing like sewing on a button, and sometimes I buy the item instead of making it (like yogurt) because I’m too busy with other life things to keep up with the supply and demand.   Save this list of money saving ideas to your Pinterest Boards for later! Share it with your friends!  In othe

10 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes - Including Allergy Free

Baking is my moment of Zen. I really mean moment – it takes about a moment to dump a bunch of stuff in the bread maker and turn it on.

Well that’s not entirely true. I like to bake cookies and eating them even more. I just lost some junk from my trunk and while I want to bake, I don’t want to eat extra sweets.

Fortunately, I now have someone who likes homemade cookies that I will not be tempted to eat – meet our new dog Lacey!

Hello. My name is Lacey.

 Lacey is a fear aggressive Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dachshund mix. You can read Lacey’s story and the amazing act of love that brought us together here.

We are working with a behaviorist to help Lacey using positive reinforcement training. When I catch Lacey doing something right, I praise her and immediately reward her with a treat.

Lacey like positive reinforcement training very much.

Lacey has issues. I am going through a lot of treats.

Let’s bake some!

6 Allergy Free Dog Treat Recipes

Our dog professionals recommend we do not feed treats or food containing corn to a dog with behavioral issues. Do you know how hard it is to find treats without corn? Corn is in everything! The selections are even smaller if your dog cannot eat wheat either.

Instead of reading the ingredients on every package of treats for sale in the store (been there, done that, left the store empty handed) it is easier to make allergy free dog treats yourself.

Dried Sweet Potato Dog Chew Recipe  Rawhide chews are slathered in broth containing wheat or corn or both. The dehydrated sweet potato treats in the store are allergy free – and expensive. I make them in the oven – no dehydrator needed!

I make these for all the dogs on my Christmas list. Yes dogs get Christmas gifts. I'm a sap.

Liver Training Treats   I can’t imagine how good liver smells drying in the oven but if your dog flips for liver, brave the smell for this grain free treat. No dehydrator needed!

Lactose-Free Frosty Paws Dog Treat Recipe  I created a lactose free version of frosty paw frozen dog treats to cool off my lactose intolerant long haired pup Blitzkrieg.

I use what I have. I have skull ice cube trays.

Allergy Free Apple and Banana Dog Treats  I grind oatmeal into flour in my blender to make these treats. Nom! Nom!

(Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Cherry Treats Dogs can be gluten intolerant too.

These treats look good enough for humans to eat!

Ham & Cheese on Rye Dog Cookie These treats are wheat free. The recipe uses rye flour instead.

4  Dog Treat Recipes  

If your dog can tolerant wheat, try baking these sweet treats.

Frozen Meatball Dog Treats  If your blender won’t grind kibble (mine won’t) you can substitute whole wheat flour.

Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats If you don’t have a bone shaped cookie cutter, try using a small jar instead.

Peanut Butter Dog Bones  Did you know peanut butter is the most popular dog treat ingredient? Treat your pup to a peanut butter with peanut butter treat.

Bacon Breath Don’t let the name fool you. Sure, this treat has bacon but it also has parsley and peppermint to combat bacon breath too.

If you want more healthy dog treat recipes or would rather buy than DIY dog treats, check out the options below!

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Wow, this is such a helpful post for dog owners! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project/recipe at my brand new link party, starting this morning!! Hope to see you! http://domesticsuperhero.com/2013/03/07/domestic-superhero-sharing-thursday-1
Lindsey said…
Thank you for featuring our PB & Banana Dog Treats! I am really excited to try some of the other ideas you linked up... Especially the dried sweet potato chews!

Thank you for stopping by Domestic Superhero Sharing Thursdays to share this!
Anonymous said…
Peanut butter and banana were a hit!