DIY Holiday Dog Treats for Every Pet Parent: Simple to Swanky



While you're making your final preparations this Christmas Eve, don't forget to make a little something for the dog!Here are 5 great DIY dog treats for pet parents looking for simple to complex, all-hands-on-deck to easy-clean-up!

1. The "Earth-Conscious Pet"


These organic "Cheese Please" dog treats are sure to please green pet parents and their pooches. Check out


for the recipe.

2. The "I'm Hungry, Too"


That's right, treats that both dogs and people can eat! Just hold the salt and pepper for your dog's portion. Get the recipe for Rachel Ray's

Peas-on-Earth Cakes


3. The "Let the Kids Have Some Fun"


Animal Planet's

Buckwheat Bone Biscuits

 are designed to get your kids in on the action -- put them to work kneading the dough and teach them a bit of math at the same time.

4. The "I Already Have All the Ingredients"


Cesar Millan's

Leftover Trail Mix

will clean out your fridge of the holiday excess and delight your pet at the same time!

5. The "Festive Use of Appliances"


Two paws up to Sugar the Golden Retriever for these lovely (and simple!)

Banana Pizzelle Snowflakes


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DIY Pet Projects: How to Make Pet Supplies, Treats, and More From Scratch

Owning a pet can get expensive. Toys, treats, foodโ€”it adds up! But it doesnโ€™t necessarily have to. With a little creativity and some elbow grease, you can fashion a lot of what your pet needs, and for next to nothing.

RELATED STORY: 7 Money-Saving Steps to Having a 'Green' Pet

Take a look at all these DIY pet projects you can undertake to save a small fortune on pet paraphernalia!


One way to ensure that your pet is receiving all their essential nutrients is by making pet food yourself. Here are a few recipes and tips to get you startedโ€”just remember to collaborate with a vet or a board certified veterinary nutritionist before starting your pet on a homemade diet.

DIY Pet Remedies

Did you know that there are a bunch of remedies for mild conditions that can be fashioned out of things you probably already have around the house? Rather than shelling out the big bucks for pharmaceutical treatments, why not try a simple, safe, and inexpensive home remedy? Again, be sure to check with your vet before giving your pet a treamtent.


Toysclothesbeddingโ€”these types of pet essentials can end up costing you a pretty penny. However, with a little ingenuity you can craft some entertaining toys and adorable outfits for your furry friend. And, since you are making the gear yourself, you can tailor the design to your petโ€™s specifications. Win-win!

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