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Homemade Training Treats for Dogs with Allergies

Homemade Training Treats for Dogs with Allergies

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Little Luey is going to puppy class.
Um…say it with me: YAAAAAAAAY!! That little guy is cute as woof, but ohmidog, does he need some discipline. The only problem? His allergies keep getting in the way.

Canine allergies can be a big problem when you’re looking for tasty, bite sized training treats for dogs.

homemade training treats for allergic dogs
Luey can’t have wheat…or corn…or soy…or rice…or any grains. He can’t have chicken or beef. Everything gives him an upset tummy. It’s a pain in the tail. After his post-class tummy trouble last week, the Mama was determined to make him something that wouldn’t make him sick.
These bite sized treats can be made from whatever meat your allergic pup tolerates best.
For Lu, that meant these were venison dog treats. Felix wanted buffalo dog treats. Mr. “Garbage Guts” Kolchak wanted any/all the meats. These homemade dog treats are super easy to make in the dehydrator or in the oven.

Danned Dog Food Dehydrated Dog Treats


  • 1 lb. lean ground meat or your dog's favourite canned dog food
  • water
  • 1 piping bag & a Wilton #18 tip (or a tip #12 or no tip at all! We're very flexible)
  • parchment paper


Line a baking sheet or dehydrator trays with parchment. If using the oven, preheat to 150F.

In a pan, saute the meat until lightly browned. In a blender or food processor, puree until smooth. Press meat paste through a strainer to remove all "chunks". Feed chunks to your resident taste tester.


Skip this step and use pate style canned dog food.

Fill a piping bag with meat paste/canned food. Pipe 1/4" dots onto the parchment, evenly spaced. (Don't worry about crowding, these will shrink as they dry.) Use Wilton tip #18 for "fancy pants" swirls or Wilton tip #12 for plain dots.

Oven Method:

Place trays in oven and bake for 6-8 hours, shaking the trays once or twice to "flip".

Dehydrator Method:

Turn on the dehydrator to the "meat" setting or 150F. Dehydrate for 6-8 hours.

Makes ~1/4 lb. of tiny treats (about enough for one class + practicing after hours)

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Tuesday 12th of April 2022

I made my puppy these treats now she won't eat the wet food .. she won't even eat them rehydrated is this harmful?


Saturday 18th of June 2022

There isn't anything harmful about removing the water content from canned food; unless your dog has been prescribed that food to treat a specific medical condition (ie. kidney issues for example). These shouldbe used as treats only, not a way to preserve or serve their core diet.

It could just be that your dog didn't love the crunchy version and is now a bit wary. Or that they're tired of the flavour (as an owner of a picky dog, this happens to me a lot lol)

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Friday 1st of January 2016

How long will these keep for?


Saturday 2nd of January 2016

If they are dried all the way through with no remaining moisture and stored in a cool, dry place (ie. not in the fridge or freezer), they should last up to 3 months, BUT if they aren't dry through or they get exposed to moisture along the way, they will spoil faster.

Barbara Rivers

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

I just looked up & printed your homemade training treat recipe! Thank you for sharing it :-)

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