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4 best cookbooks under $16 for DIY dog treats

If you’re ready to make DIY dog treats but don’t know where to begin, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll go over a few of the best dog treat cookbooks for any pup-friendly home. Want to know the best news? They’re all under $16, so you won’t have to break the bank just to try something new for your doggo.

While there are many fun, healthy cookbooks for dog treats, these are some of our favorites. They each have their own take on canine cuisine, so it’s worth a browse to see what fits your needs the best.

a chocolate labrador sniffs the heart shaped cookie held out to them
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Three Dog Bakery Cookbook by Dan Dye 

It doesn’t get more nostalgic than this. This 1998 doggy cookbook classic is 80 pages of adorable artwork and creative recipes, including aptly named indulgences like “SnickerPoodles.” Three Dog Bakery aims to use natural, whole ingredients in creating culinary masterpieces for man’s best friend, and this book contains a few of their secrets.

Dan Dye’s book is a great way to introduce anyone to the kitchen, including your kids! They’ll love this cute book just as much as they’ll love bonding with their pup. It’s truly a cookbook for everyone.

The Ultimate Homemade Dog Treat Cookbook: Tasty and Healthy Treat Recipes Your Dog Will Love by Anthony Boundy 

As the name of this book implies, there are all kinds of treats to be found here: breath-freshening snacks, refreshing frozen treats, and more! Boundy mentions that the negative health effects of commercial dog food are what inspired this book and the whole-ingredient, health-conscious mindset that went into it.

The first chapter begins with recipes like the Carrot, Zucchini, and Spinach Dog Treats, which are classic bone-shaped biscuits. There are tons of easy recipes for even the most beginner dog cooks, but you’ll find plenty of more complex treats to try making as well!

The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook by Jessica Disbrow Talley & Eric Talley

As well as being organic and health-conscious, these recipes were thought up by some of the best. The folks at Bubba Rose Biscuit Company have compiled 25 of their most sought-after recipes for you to make right in your own kitchen. With chapters like “The Sandwich Board” and “5th Ave Decadence,” this canine cookbook has ideas for any flavor, texture, or occasion.

As if the human-tested and dog-approved snack recipes weren’t inspiring enough, it even comes with a few canine-themed cookie cutters. These little tools will help keep your serving sizes consistent — and adorable!

Doggy Desserts: 125 Homemade Treats for Happy, Healthy Dogs by Cheryl Gianfrancesco 

Don’t let this book’s sweet title fool you: These treats don’t have to be unhealthy to be tasty! From special holiday treats to everyday biscuits and bones, this bakery takes you through them all step-by-step — with photographs to help! Many recipes are health conscious and ideal for dogs who may be watching their figure, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious. In fact, with recipes like granola bars and watermelon sherbet, you may want to sample them yourself!

Whether you’re looking for a special treat for your pup, or it’s just time to try something new, one of these books is bound to have what you need. These publications were all designed with pet parents in mind (and their dog, too, of course!), so you won’t encounter anything too hard to find or out of the ordinary. Only yummy, nutritious recipes here. Bone Appetit!

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