It is time to reward the dogs! They are not always good. But, when they are, rewarding them with something healthy and homemade is the best way to “show the love.” Our Homemade Fishy Dog Treats are easy to make and we guarantee your dog will love them. We have used these treats for potty training, crate training, and basic commands. We have also broken them into smaller pieces and used them as rewards when are dogs were into agility training. They are easy to make and are perfect every time.
Since our fishy treats are soft, they can easily be broken and you can also cut them into any size. They work for any size dog – even the big ones! Big dogs do not need big treats. There is no added sugar, salt, or any preservatives. Right from the start you know what the ingredients are and know they are fresh and healthy for your pet. They are human grade and very bland. And, don’t ask me how I know that. 🙂
My sister actually puts an individual treat inside ice-cube trays and then fills them with water and freezes them. Her dog loves crunching on the ice-cube to get to the fishy treat inside as an added bonus. Plus, with the extra water from the ice he gets added hydration. A win-win!
I call these “fishy treats” because the base is salmon and tuna. Our dogs respond to those words and come running when they hear “fishy treat.” Of course, I make other homemade treats, as well. They likely just respond to that TREAT word!
These are simple with the only other ingredients being wheat flour and beaten eggs. The flour does add carbs but they can tolerate the small amount since the batch makes so many small treats. Our dogs eat a strict diet of my homemade healthy dog food that is very low in carbs and high in protein so this little treat does not hurt them.
I use one large can of salmon (14 3/4 ounce) and one small can of tuna (7 ounce) with water. There is no need to drain the tuna. You can easily use any combination of salmon and tuna and even add sardines if you like. The two cans that I used equals 2 1/2 cups, so you can go by that. Either way, your baked treats will be pliable, yet not crumbly. They cut and then break easily.
Preparation and Storage Tips
Stir the treat mixture by hand. There is no need to use a mixer. Spread them evenly on a 13 x 16 inch baking pan (cookie sheet pan) and make sure the pan is lightly greased. They will be golden when baked and are very easy to transfer from the pan to the cutting board. Forty minutes at 350 degrees works well to produce a perfect dog treat.
I cut the treats into 1/2 inch squares, but you can make them any size you want. When training we will even break the 1/2 inch treat into smaller pieces since that usually requires rewarding for repetition and too many of the treats at one time could cause a digestive issue. We put about 50 in a plastic bag. One bag hits the refrigerator and we freeze four other bags for later use. One bag will last us about a week, but our “furry daughters” are very good and love their rewards. The Homemade Fishy Dog Treats will freeze perfectly.
Homemade Fishy Dog Treats – Ready for A Treat?
If you are looking for a healthy treat for your dogs that is easy to make with simple ingredients then give my “Fishy Treats” a try! Just like my homemade healthy dog food, I consider this a “labor of love!” I know they enjoy the taste and they appreciate the effort. Most of all, I know I am giving them a tasty treat with healthy ingredients!
- 1 can Salmon (14 3/4 ounce)
- 1 can Tuna in Water (7 ounce)
- 4 Eggs (beaten)
- 2 cups Flour (whole wheat)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the salmon and tuna in a medium bowl. No need to drain. Add the beaten eggs followed by the flour. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
- Spread evenly in a lightly greased 12 x 16 baking pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes and cool briefly. Cut into 1/2 inch squares and divide into 5 storing bags.