Besides being a sweet inclusion to your dog’s diet, peanut butter treats have been shown to bring in significant health benefits. Peanut butter is a potent source of proteins and contains vitamins, niacin, and healthy fats.

As you probably know, proteins are essential for the building and maintenance of muscle. They are, therefore, critical in helping your dog perform their activities better.

Essential vitamins present in peanut butter are vitamins E and B, which aid in blood circulation and maintenance of a fresh and clean fur and coat respectively.

Healthy fats enhance metabolism and control blood sugars, whereas niacin aids in the breakdown of fats and sugars into energy.

It’s also worth mentioning that peanut butter contains antioxidants and has been shown to boost energy in tired dogs.

Is Peanut Butter Safe For Dogs?

Peanut butter is healthy and safe food for dogs when the right type is included in the proper measures.

In spite of your dog’s unsalvageable love of peanut butter treats, you ought to take into consideration a few precautions.

  • Keep in mind that not all types and measures of peanut butter are safe for your dog.
  • There have been concerns over some manufacturers sweetening peanut butter with sugars such as Xylitol which are lethal to dogs. So, it’s highly recommendable to avoid peanut butter with substances deemed unsafe for your canine friend’s health.
  • To be on the safe side, stick to natural peanut butter free from artificial ingredients, or make your peanut butter at home. Healthier alternatives are those with low content of natural salt (sodium).

5 Things You Can Do With Peanut Butter Dog Treats

1. Training

Since dogs love peanut butter, you can use peanut butter treats to ease dog training by luring your pet to do a few things.

For instance, holding a treat close to your dog’s nose and moving it gradually to the back of its head is an excellent trick of training your dog to sit. Use such methods to induce behaviors such as rollovers and sitting down.

2. Keeping Your Dog Busy

It’s pathetic watching your dog grow sad and agitated when leaving it at home. Homemade peanut butter dog treats can ease such moments.

Buy toys and stuff them with treats to keep your dog occupied as he tries to grab the biscuits from the toys.

Use the rick to keep your pet occupied as you carry out some activities at your home.

3. Introducing Your Kids To Your New Dog

If your child is having a hard time socializing with your dog, it’s time you incorporate peanut butter treats in the familiarization process. Teach your kids to feed your pooch with treats more often under your supervision to familiarize the two parties.

4. Luring your dog to take medicine

You know how sometimes it’s hard to give medicine to dogs, whether in liquid or tablet form. Some dogs are a bit difficult to deal with when it comes to taking medication. If your dog falls in this category, try the magic of stuffing medicine in peanut butter treats.

Dogs devour treats and won’t know that they are taking medication.

5. Inhibiting Mouthing In Puppies

Puppies love mouthing when they begin to teeth as they occasionally need something to chew on. However, they shouldn’t carry on with this behavior until they are mature.

Use peanut butter treats to distract your puppy from mouthing by holding them or waving them around their heads.

Top precautions to consider when feeding peanut butter treats to dogs

  • Avoid incorporating salted peanut butter in your dog’s treats daily. Excess amount of sodium is unsafe for your dog’s health. Alternatively, purchase unsalted butter for daily consumption.
  • Moderation is key when it comes to peanut butter treats. Peanut butter should not exceed 10% of your dog’s daily feed.
  • Avoid peanut butter brands that contain Xylitol, a natural sugar-replacement sweetener considered to be diabetes-friendly but utterly toxic to dogs.
  • Stop incorporating peanut butter in dog treats if you notice allergic reactions such as inflammation and itching. There may be internal bodily reactions such as breathing difficulties. It’s advisable to take your dog to a vet when such symptoms appear.

Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Recipes

1. Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups wholemeal wheat flour

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to about 175 degrees Celsius.
  • In a bowl, mix peanut butter, eggs, and pumpkin puree while stirring thoroughly.
  • As you stir, add two and a half cups of flour slowly until it gets incorporated in the mixture and subsequently add a half cup of flour when the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface and then roll to a quarter-inch thickness.
  • Cut out your preferred shapes and place them on a baking sheet
  • Transfer the sheet to the oven and bake the treats until golden brown(about 20min)

2. Peanut Butter, Bacon Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of oat flour
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup leftover bacon
  • 1 cup of applesauce(unsweetened)

Procedure

  • Blitz the bacon in a food processor to obtain crumbles.
  • Add applesauce, eggs, and peanut to the processor’s bowl and subsequently stir to combine.
  • Add oat flour in cupfuls while stirring. Leave about 1/2 cup of flour for rolling.
  • Having placed the dough on a rolling board, roll it out and cut into pieces using cooking cutters.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes when the treats turn golden brown.

3. Grain-Free Peanut Butter Dog Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Medium size banana
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ chicken pea flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder

Directions

  • Set oven to 3500F.
  • Mash the banana into a smooth consistency in a large bowl. Beat the two eggs and mix.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
  • Knead the mixture into a fine dough.
  • Roll the dough to ¼-inch thick before slicing into perfect shapes.
  •  Bake the slices for 14 minutes.
  • Wait to serve when cold.
Pro Tip: Some peanut butter products contain xylitol and thus should be avoided. Cool the cookies before serving for safe and consumption.

4. Peanut Butter Honey-Egg Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup of water

Directions

  • Set oven to 3500F.
  • First combine the flour, baking soda, and egg in a bowl before adding the other ingredients.
  • Stir and knead to form thick dough.
  • Roll the dough to ½-inch thick before slicing it into perfect shapes.
  • Bake the slices for about 20 minutes.
  • Wait to serve when cold.
Pro Tip: For a dog that’s allergic to wheat, use coconut flour instead.

5. Gus’ Peanut Butter Biscuits

Ingredients

  • ½-1 cup wheat flour
  • ¾ cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda

Directions

  • Set oven to 3250F.
  • Whisk the egg, peanut butter, and fat-free milk in a bowl.
  • Add the other ingredients and mix to form stiff dough.
  • Roll the dough to ¼-inch and cut it into perfect shapes.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Wait to serve when cold.

6. Peanut Butter Milk Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup peanut butter

Instructions

  • Set oven to 3500F.
  •  Mix the three ingredients before kneading them to a dough ball.
  • Roll the dough to ¼-inch thick before slicing into perfect shapes.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes. Wait to serve when cold.
Pro Tip: Store in airtight containers to prevent air from getting into the cookies.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats Without Flour Recipes

1. Peanut Butter, Banana Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • I banana
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 176 degrees Celsius.
  •  Blitz the oats in a mixer until you obtain consistent flour.
  • Add banana and peanut butter and process the mix until dough is formed.
  • Roll out the dough on a clean board up to 2.5 mm thickness.
  •  Use a cookie cutter to cut the roll into your favorite shapes and proceed to place them on a baking tray lined with baking sheet.
  •  Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes.

2. Non-Bake Flax Seeds, Peanut Butter Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • Grind oats and flax seeds into powder and mix the results with peanut butter.
  •  Stir the mix while adding sufficient water to create malleable dough.
  • Roll the dough in about 22 balls. You may consider oiling your hands to prevent dough from sticking to your palms.
  • Put the balls in a container and store in a refrigerator for about 1 hour before feeding them to your canine companion.

3. No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup beat pumpkin
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 cups oats
  • ¼ cup peanut butter

Directions

  • Use an electric mixer to mix pumpkin, milk, and milk for about 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add oats as you reduce the mixing speed.
  • Use a cooking spoon to make balls out of the mixture.
  •  Cover the balls with foil before refrigerating for 1 hour. 
Pro Tip: Use an airtight container to preserve the treats if you are refrigerating for more than 1 hour.

4. Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Directions

  • Set oven to 3000F. Crush the oats to a fine powder before adding peanut butter and pumpkin.
  • Blend the mixture to a thick batter.
  •  Roll the batter to ¼-inch thick.
  •  Cut into slices and bake them for 25 minutes. Wait to serve when cold.
Pro Tip: In case your dog finds the taste unpleasant, add honey to the ingredients to improve the taste of the treats.

5. Frozen Fall Pumpkin Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup yogurt (plain)

Instructions

  • Blend the three ingredients.
  • Pour the resultant mixture in an ice tray and freeze for at least 12 hours.
Pro Tip: Don’t serve when the treats are cold as it may be difficult for your dog to enjoy. Allow the preparation to sit for a few hours.

6. Frozen Peanut Butter Yoghurt Treats

Ingredients

  • 3-ounce yogurt (vanilla)
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Directions

  • Put peanut butter in a microwave to melt it.
  •  Add the yogurt to the melt and pour the mixture into cupcake folds.
  •  Put into the freezer for a few hours.
Pro Tip: Don’t serve when the treats are cold as it may be difficult for your dog to enjoy. Allow the preparation to sit for a few hours.

Final Thoughts

Homemade peanut butter dog treats are a healthy inclusion as long as you incorporate the right type and measures of butter. Including the butter in dog treats will give your dog varied nutrients, including proteins, vitamins, and healthy fats. Ensure that you keep in mind the precautions outlined above when preparing the recipes.