Dog lovers know that dogs are generally quite responsive to rewards, like praise and petting. But if you’re training your dog, treats are a even better motivator.
Unfortunately, many commercial dog treats contain additives that can be harmful to your dog’s health, including artificial colorants, preservatives, and flavorings.
Baking your own dog treats is an easy alternative. These treats are made with natural ingredients, that are dog safe. They can be broken into small pieces for training.
Bananas and yogurt are healthy additions to these treats. Bananas are rich in vitamins & minerals, including vitamins B6 + C, potassium & magnesium. They contain dietary fiber which helps boost digestion. Yogurt is also nutritionally beneficial for dogs, providing minerals like calcium.
I used our own homemade goat milk clabber (naturally fermented milk that becomes thick & creamy, like yogurt) in this recipe. If you are buying yogurt, make sure it is unflavored and avoid brands with artificial sweeteners — especially xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
*Note: These treats are not intended to replace meals or to be fed to your canine friends in large quantities. They are best used in moderation, as training tools.
Banana Yogurt Dog Treats
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/4 cup lard
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Place the bananas in a large bowl and mash til smooth. Add the yogurt, lard & baking soda and mix well. Stir in the oats. Then add the flour, a half cup at a time, until the dough is too stiff to stir. Then knead in the remaining flour.
Next, roll the dough out about a centimeter thick on a flat surface, lightly coated in flour. Use a cookie cutter to cut out treats the shape & size you desire.
Spritz a cookie sheet with oil and lay your treats out on it. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the edges turn golden brown, about 12-20 minutes.
This recipe makes about 12 fairly large dog biscuits.
*Since these treats are made with all natural ingredients & no preservatives, they only keep for about a week at room temperature. To lengthen the shelf life, put biscuits in a clean, air tight container and store in the refrigerator.
“Healthy Foods Checklist: Yogurt for Dogs.” PetMD. April 15, 2017. https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/healthy-foods-checklist-yogurt-dogs
Henriques, Julia. “Can Dogs Eat Bananas?” Dogs Naturally. October 20, 2020. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/can-dogs-eat-bananas-get-the-facts/