How to Make Goat Milk Gummy Dog Treats

Homemade goat milk gelatin gummy dog treats with silicon moulds

Tasty goat? We love it tots!  Goat milk has become a favourite for Humphrey and  his visiting furfriends. We usually offer it as a little puppuccino, and I’ve also used it to make kefir for pupsicles and other treats.  Today we’re mixing it up with another absolute favourite and making a special batch of goat milk gelatin gummies! Drool your way through our post to learn how to make easy goat milk gummy dog treats with our recipe, instructions, variations, tips, tricks, and more.

Goat Milk Considerations

Goat milk seems to be getting a lot of hype in the pet world recently, but we didn’t hop onto the goat milk wagon for special health claims. The reason we switched to using goat milk for puppuccinos was simply that the nutrient profile vs. cow milk, especially taurine, when we were adjusting Humphrey’s foods to support his heart. We currently use a plain 100% goat milk powder, diluted, and only as a treat in small quantities. It’s rich and we’re working to keep Humphrey at a healthy weight. All things in careful consideration and careful balance. 

If you’re shopping human-grade products for your pups or for sharing together, make sure that it’s plain or that any extra ingredients are dog-safe. There are also dog-specific goat products available, some of which are raw/unpasturised and/or supplemented with other ingredients. As with any food product, make sure you’re comfortable with the product and source, and follow the instructions on safe storage and use.

As noted in our Tips and Tricks below, although goat milk is often considered to be more digestible, it does still contain lactose and may not suit dogs with sensitivities or allergies. As a rich food, it may also not be suitable for dogs on a weight management diet or with special digestive issues. Not into goat milk? Not to worry! We have lots of other dog treat ideas and different ingredients for you to explore.

Customising Your Goat Milk Gummies

Liquids vs. Powders

We’re making our gelatin gummy treats with plain goat milk powder. Shelf-stable 100% goat milk powder has become our go-to way to buy and use goat milk. It’s a convenient fit for the way we use goat milk for Humphrey (and friends) without taking up extra fridge space. It’s also a great way to add goaty goodness to treats without extra liquid, which makes it very easy to add to our standard liquid:gelatin ratio for gummies. And you can combine it with different dog-friendly liquids for flavour combos, too! But not to worry, furfriends who prefer fresh. We’re including variation guides for using liquid milk instead. Either way, these are very easy to make milky white gummies for a special treat.

Shapes vs. Slices

I wanted to make gummies using my snowman mould during the holidays, so these gummies were made in moulds (affiliate link) as individual shapes which is my favourite way of making quick cute gummies. Gummies can also be made as set-and-slice treats in a pan. The process is the same for either method, other than slicing of course. When made with plain goat milk and water base, these gummies are naturally a creamy white. The mixture can also be tinted with compatible flavoured natural colourings (or a dog-safe food colouring) before pouring the prepared gelatin mixture into your moulds, if you wish. Remember that milky bases tend to tint pastel when planning colours.

Downsizing the Recipe to a Smaller Small Batch

The listed ingredients below are for our standard small batch gummy mixtures, using 1 cup of liquid. Eagle eyes might notice in the collage that I partly filled my three different moulds for a variety of shapes without upsizing the batch. We go through treats rather quickly with Humphrey and his other big dog buddies, but we still like small batch treats for fresh snacks. Because these gummies are milky, you might want to make an even smaller batch to ensure they’re enjoyed fresh. Goat milk may have a shorter best-before when mixed/opened than some other types of treats and treat ingredients. Dividing by 1/2 or 1/3 are both easy options for the math on the measurements below.

Goat Milk Gummy Dog Treat Recipe

How to Make Homemade Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats with Goat’s Milk

Treat Ingredients:

See the paragraph above about reduced batch sizes if you’d prefer to make a special smaller batch for fresher feeding.  

  • 1 cup cool water or alternative dog-friendly liquid
  • 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
  • 1 tbsp plain goat milk powder 
You can use more water and less goat milk powder, if you prefer. If you’re using liquid goat milk instead, you can either use it undiluted as a base liquid instead of water, dilute it with water (or another dog-friendly liquid), or split your base liquids. Those who like using raw goat milk or prefer to minimise heat exposure will probably want to do the latter. I often split bases, especially if using yogurt or kefir. Keep the total liquid ratio at 1 cup per 3 tbsp of gelatin (or the reduced batch equivalent). I also like to use a pan instead of a pot, as it’s easier to sprinkle the larger surface area to hydrate and bloom, which is extra helpful if you’re splitting and blooming on a reduced quantity of liquid.
Step-by-step collage showing how to make goat milk gummy dog treats

Making the Treats: 

  • Measure the water (or your chosen dog-friendly liquid) into a small pan.
  • Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
  • Wait and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom / gel. 
  • Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat. Heat can reduce the setting strength of gelatin.   
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Measure your goat milk powder into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
  • Slowly combine the prepared gelatin with the goat milk. When mixing gelatin with powders, I like to start with a very small quality of liquid, create a slurry, and then incrementally add more liquid. Stir as you go to minimise any lumping or clumping in the mixture.  
  • Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
  • Chill to set fully before removing from the moulds. Store in the fridge and enjoy while still fresh. See tips below. 
Homemade goat milk gummy dog treats in a bowl

Gummy Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks

  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency. 
  • As noted in the post, milky treats may have a shorter life than some other ingredient types. This isn’t an issue when we’re making small batches for Humphrey and his many furfriends, but you could easily make a smaller batch by dividing the recipe. Or freeze as above. 

Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks

  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid makes firm gummies. If you prefer, you can use more gelatin for added supplementation or less for a jigglier jelly treat with lower gelatin content. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger / weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog. There are notes in the post about adjusting for smaller batches.
  • Goat milk has a different nutritional profile than cow’s milk, and is often considered an easier milk to digest. It does still contain lactose and may not suit some pups. If your dog is sensitive to lactose or goat milk, check out our other gummy recipes for alternative ideas.
  • Check your chosen goat milk and adjust your batch size or storage methods if needed to ensure the gummies are enjoyed at their best.
  • Love the look but not into goat milk? You can create a similar looking milky white using yogurt or kefir, like our yogurt gummy hearts

Hungry for more tasty treats?  There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can use the category and tag labels to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. 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.

Recipe and instructions for how to make goat milk gummy dog treats

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