How to Make Pumpkin Dog Treats

By Jess Fellows

Pumpkin is a great source of fiber not only for people, but also for dogs. If your dog has tummy issues, adding a scoop of pumpkin to his dry food could help calm the belly and firm up any loose stools. But some dogs simply don't enjoy the taste of plain pumpkin. For those finicky pups, you can take a stab at baking your own pumpkin dog treats. Not only is baking for your pets fun, but homemade treats are free of additives and preservatives which makes them healthier than store bought treats. See how much this cute doggie, Murphy, loves his treats!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pumpkin, egg and cinnamon in mixing bowl.

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Combine pumpkin, cinnamon and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl if you are mixing by hand. Mix until blended.

Mix until stiff dough forms.

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Add flour 1/2 cup at a time into the bowl until stiff dough forms.

Roll out dough on a slightly floured surface.

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Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.

Fun cookie cutters make your treats festive!

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Use small cookie cutters to cut the dough into bite sized treats.

Don't worry about spacing the treats close together.

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Line dog treats 1/2 inch apart on a non-greased cookie sheet. These treats won't expand so you don't have to worry about them being so close together.

Cool treats before storing.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes or until treats are golden brown. Turn the oven off and leave the treats in the oven for 1-2 hours to allow them to become crunchy. Then remove from the oven and let cool.

You can store treats in a cute jar for gift giving, too!

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Store treats at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks, or store in the fridge for up to a month.