Monday, 17 September 2018

{RECIPE} Pumpkin and Herb Puppy Paw Print Dog Treats

Pumpkin dog treats stamped with a paw print design

These pawesome paw print dog treats combine the yummy tastes of pumpkin with healthy herbs and irresistible cheese.  The dough works well for roll-and-cut treats, but you can also make simple flattened balls or use our shortcut for making "cut" dog treats en masse. Easy peasy!

Pumpkin and Herb Puppy Paw Print Dog Treats

My pumpkin treats were made with pumpkin baby food instead of puree (see tips and tricks below for substitutions), but these treats can also be made using plain bought or homemade puree.  Since I was using baby food, I went with pumpkin and beef over plain pumpkin to make the treats extra doggone tempting.  They can also be made using other non-pumpkin based dog-safe baby food flavours.

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 egg
1/2 cup pumpkin baby food or equivalent substitute (single serving jar, measured to 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup low fat milk powder (optional)
2 tbsp ground flax or LSA (optional)
1 tbsp dried rosemary (optional)
1 tbsp turmeric (optional)
Sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1/4 cup finely shredded cheese (optional)
Approximately 1+1/4 cup of brown rice flour or equivalent substitute

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Mix the egg, pumpkin/baby food, milk powder, and optional add-ins/seasonings. Incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. Flour quantity may vary with your wet ingredients and optional add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of water or a very small amount of olive oil to adjust. 

Roll on a floured surface and cut, then place on a prepared baking sheet.  Alternatively, the dough can simply be rolled into small balls and flattened gently if you want to skip the rolling/cutting or you can use a shortcut cutting method.

Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cool before serving and storage.

Stamping homemade dog treats with paw print design

The pawprints on the pictured treats were made using a few simple kitchen tools as substitute stamps: a heart shaped mini plunger cutter for the main pad of the paw, a circle mini plunger cutter for the digital pads, and the end of a chopstick to further indent the digits.  You can create a similar design with the tools or similar substitute items (make sure they are clean and food safe) or even freestyle some simple pawprints with your finger tips if you'd like.  The dogs absolutely don't acre what their treats look like, only us crazy humans!

Tips and Tricks:
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • Always check your ingredients to ensure the contents are dog-safe if using baby food. If it is sold in your area, canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) can be used. It isn't common down here (although goodness knows why!) so I went with a pumpkin and beef baby food instead.  You can also make these with homemade pumpkin puree.  As liquid content will vary, you may need to play around with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency.
  • Turmeric is a healthy add-in for many dogs (we use it as a supplement for our senior), and has the added bonus of boosting the natural colour. Black pepper aids in absorption of the circuminoids in turmeric. Remember, turmeric stains so pick your cookware with care, clean-up any spills quickly, and keep stain-awareness in mind when giving treats. 
  • Curious about swapping in different dog-friendly herbs? Check out this little slideshow at Modern Dog for dog-friendly herb ideas.  
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs, made bigger/smaller, or you can substitute simple balls for cut treats - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!
  • Homemade treats are best consumed within a few days from baking, or frozen for longer storage. For more information, see our post on the shelf-life and storage of homemade baked dog treats.

Dalmatian dog eating pumpkin dog treats

🦴 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.

Drawstring bag with pumpkin dog treats


  1. Those look yummy! For the doggies of course! lol Will try making it for my sweeties! Your dogs are beautiful :-)

    1. Thanks, Lorenza! Yummy and simple! Probably not quite as appealing to people - hehe. 🐾 The dogs say thank you, too. :)


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