4 Ingredient High Quality Homemade Puppy/Dog Training Treats

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Yesterday (March 23rd) was National Puppy Day! This day was established by Colleen Paige in 2006.

National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.

– Colleen Page, www.nationalpuppyday.com

My husband and I recently welcomed a new puppy into our home! We have a 3 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain dog named, Snugglepumpkin (Snugs for short), and we felt it was time for her to have a sister. Orla was born on January 9, 2019, and she came home with us on March 1, 2019.

Snugs and Orla (March 2019)

If you are here, I’m sure you know how fun AND difficult it can be to train a new puppy. Everything is a brand new experience for them, and they are continually learning!

When 1 1/2 year old Snugs came home with us, it took us about 4 months to fully train her. Unsurprisingly, we are still in the process of training Orla. Thankfully, she has potty training down!

Buying training treats all the time can be very expensive, and many of the ingredients used in the treats are not very wholesome or “natural”. In an effort to save money, and to feed our girls a more healthy treat, I set out to make my own homemade dog treats.

Dogs Focusing on Homemade Dog Training Treats
Look at the drool bubble on Snug’s tongue! They LOVE these treats!

I found this recipe from McCann Dog Training, and my dogs LOVE it! They really gravitate to the smell of the treats, and they LOVE the taste! These are a high quality treat for our dogs, and they are quick and easy to make.



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Flour is used as a binder in the treats. As long as you use a flour that is not inflammatory for your dog, it can be perfectly fine to feed to your dog.

When I made this recipe for my dogs, I used all purpose flour. Some dogs may have allergies to different kinds of flours. So, monitor your dog when giving them treats made with flour. Suitable flour options for your dog may include:

  • Whole-grain
  • Oat
  • Nut
  • All-purpose


Tuna is a high-protein ingredient used in this recipe, and it works well as a training tool for dogs because it has a highly pungent smell! The smell of these treats attracts dogs’ attentions, and it can help direct your dog to take certain actions when training.

Using a low-sodium tuna packed in water is a healthier choice for your dog because they are not ingesting all the salt in traditionally packed canned tuna. If the tuna is packed in only olive oil, I would feel comfortable giving it to my dog. Otherwise, I would avoid using tuna packed in different oils as they can be inflammatory to dogs.


In addition to tuna, cheese is a good source of protein, and it is also smelly. The “stankier” the cheese, the more the dog will be attracted to the cheese. I like to use sharp cheddar in my treats (that I grate myself), but feel free to use any cheese your dog likes.

Grab and Go Training Packets

Ken from McCann Dog Training provides a very helpful tip for using these treats. He recommends packaging these treats in individual portions in your fridge. So, when you are ready to work on training your dog, the correct portion for your dog is all ready to go! It makes the treats very convenient and easy to work with.

My dogs love these treats, and I’m happy I have found a less expensive and healthier treat for our furry family members.

Let me know if you try them, and let me know if your dogs love them! Happy training!

Dog and Puppy Wanting Homemade Dog Training Treats
That puppy energy! Am I right?!

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4 Ingredient Homemade Dog Treats

Save money and feed your dogs with these high quality homemade treats for your dogs! They are quick and easy to make with only 4 ingredients you probably already have on hand. Great to use as rewards while training your dogs. 
Course Snack
Keyword Dog Food, Dog Treats
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Clean Fingers Laynie


  • 1 cup Flour *
  • 1/2 cup Cheese, grated **
  • 5 oz Tuna, canned
  • 1 large Egg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grate cheese, and add all ingredients into a medium sized bowl. 
    4 Ingredients for Homemade Dog Training Treats
  • Mix well until a dough forms. (I like to use my hands and really knead the dough together). 
    Dough Ball for Homemade Dog Training Treats
  • Coat 8″ x 8″, oven-safe, baking dish with cooking spray. Press mixture into an even layer into baking dish. 
    Dough Pressed Into Baking Dish for Homemade Dog Training Treats
  • Bake for 20 minutes, and remove the mixture from pan onto a cutting board. 
  • Cut mixture with a chef’s knife, or pizza cutter, into small pieces (about the size of a thumbnail). 
    Cutting Homemade Dog Training Treats
  • Return cut treats to baking dish and bake at reduced temperature of 275 degrees for an additional 40-60 minutes. Check dog treats at 40 minutes, and every 5 minutes thereafter, until treats are dried and golden brown. The treats will continue to dry out as they cool.
    Cut Up Homemade Dog Training Treats in Baking Dish
  • Let treats cool and give to your furry friends! 


*Some dogs may have allergies to different kinds of flours. So, monitor your dog when giving them treats made with flour. Whole-grain, nut, or all-purpose flours may be suitable for your dog. 
**I like to use sharp cheddar cheese for these treats, but the smellier the cheese used the better! 
Storage: treats can be refrigerated for up to a week, or they can be frozen for up to a month!

UPDATE: Since the recipe was originally posted, it has become Clean Fingers Laynie’s number one post! So, I shared another recipe for 3 ingredient, Homemade Gluten-Free Dog Treats. To see how Snugs and Orla are doing, and to find the recipe, click here!

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All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am NOT a doctor, nutritionist or registered dietitian. Please check with your veterinarian about any concerns regarding your pets’ nutrition. CleanFingersLaynie is not responsible for any adverse effects from following the advice provided.

13 Replies to “4 Ingredient High Quality Homemade Puppy/Dog Training Treats”

  1. 5 stars
    My dogs love these! Super easy to make and smell delicious! Mine were are lot thinner though because I spread them out in a bigger baking dish. But still turned out great and made more.

    1. So glad your pups love these as much as mine do! I bet you were able to get more of them since you spread them thinner. Thank you so much for the feedback!!!

  2. 4 stars
    I only had almond flour and they crumbled quite bit but my puppy loves them.

    Plan to try them again with all purpose. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These treats are great. We do LOTS of training so I use 50% oat flour and 50% tapioca flour. The tapioca makes treats much less crumbly so they stay together in your pocket or bait bag. Happy Training! My dogs say “Hi”

    1. Thanks for sharing the ratio of flour you use! I’m sure it will help someone else that makes lots of treats too! Give your dogs lots of love from me! <3

        1. When I make these treats, I like them to be drier. So, they tend to be on the crunchier side. However, they do retain a slight softness, and they will be softer if you do not cook them as long.

        2. Adding tapioca flour (I use 50/50 oat and tapioca flours) and decreasing the cheese (I use 1/4 c. parmesan) will keep these as soft, non-crumbly (but still stinky!) training treats.

  4. 4 stars
    My pups all loved these but it was a lot of work for a little yield. I next used a 12 oz. can of tuna, 270g of all purpose flour, 2 large eggs and 6 oz of coarsely grated cheddar, I mixed it up in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Then I chilled it for an hour before spreading it out in a big square on a parchment-lined rimless cookie sheet. The rest I did according to the instructions except I did the second, low-temperature bake in a 9 X 13 glass casserole. Yield 5 cups. Love knowing what is in my fur babies’ food.

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