Friday, 11 December 2015
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FREE Printable Christmas Dog Tags (Plus Treats!)

Free red and green paw print Christmas dog treat tags and lables

We have a little Christmas present for you (and your dog friends): a free set of puptastic printable paw label/tag elements to mix, match, and combine as you wish.


For added fun and inspiration, we have combined it with a simple but festive "matching" treat recipe that you can make for holiday gifting.  Of course we have heaps of other treat recipes ideas for you too if these don't tickle your fancy. :) 

These printables are free for your personal / non-commercial use as a little present from us to you.  It's absolutely not required, but it would be awesome and greatly appreciated if you followed us on social media, if you're not already following the fun.  We welcome social media shares and linking with love, but please link to this post, not the download direct. Thanks! :) Note: These files were revised and updated to our new freebie format in 2018, with a different design than you may see in some old/outdated pins - hope you like them!


Printable red and green dog paw Christmas dog treat tags and lables


HIGH RESOLUTION RED AND GREEN DOG TREAT TAG FILE {{DOWNLOAD HERE}}

Note: This freebie has been uploaded for sharing via Dropbox as a high resolution jpeg file (300ppi A4) to make it easy to use if/as you wish. As a jpeg, you can easily resize, crop, and/or print multiples of the items that you want. Only print what you want to use, and please remember to recycle any extra bits or offcuts when you're finished.

Red and green homemade Christmas dog cookie treats

Colourful Christmas Cookie Treats for Dogs



🥄 Treat Ingredients:
  • 2 single-serve jars of baby food in complementary flavours (see notes below)
  • Approximately 1 + 1/2 cups of brown rice flour, divided into two sets of 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Optional: Red and green food colouring and/or natural tints 
  • Water (or other dog friendly liquid) if/as needed to adjust consistency

We made this recipe a naturally orange-ish beef and veggie and a naturally neutral food, then boosted the colours.  You can achieve a similar look with a neutral base and splitting the dough before adding colouring or go for a natural tint with something like a beetroot base for red and pea/spinach for green (savoury) or perhaps a berry base for red and kiwi or melon base for green (fruity).  

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. Note that you will need two mixing bowls for this recipe - one for each colour.

In one bowl, combine a jar of baby food with a touch of green colouring or naturally green tint. Mix to combine. Incrementally mix in approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour until you have a firm pliable dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your chosen baby food and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. 

In the other bowl, combine a jar of baby food with a touch of red colouring or naturally red tint. Mix to combine. Incrementally mix in approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour until you have a firm pliable dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your chosen baby food and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. 

Roll one colour dough into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently with your hand.  Place a small ball of the contrasting colour on top of your flattened cookie, and press flat (we used two perpendicular fork presses for a nice look and texture). Mix and match for colourful variety. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Baby food is a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion. For this simple dough recipe, you can choose any dog-safe food flavour that you think your pup would enjoy. 
  • Alternatively, you can substitute an equivalent amount of dog-safe cooked pureed fruit and/or veggies.  We like to make and freeze batches of cooked veggies to have on hand for easy dog (and human!) use.  Pumpkin is a favourite.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.
Dalmatian dogs eating red and green homemade Christmas dog treats

2 comments:

  1. These were so easy to make but looked fancy. I used one jar and split it for coloring to have a little batch of treats for my dog and some of our friends. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My daughter and I love your dogs!

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    1. Thanks ever so much! :) So glad to hear that you (and your dog/friends dogs) enjoyed the recipe and I will pass along some virtual pats to Oliver and Humphrey from you and your daughter.

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