Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Let this list of 6 holiday-worthy dog treat recipes inspire you to whip up something special for canine houseguests.

6 Dog Treat Recipes That Are Perfect For Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is just a few days away!

If you’re hosting the holiday feast, you’ve got a lot going on these next couple of days. From decorating your house to last-minute food shopping (and then, of course, cooking the entire feast) you don’t have time for a lot of extra stuff right now. BUT, while you’re in the kitchen making yummy meals, why not take just a few extra minutes to whip up something special for your pooch (and any canine guests you may be hosting)?! 

Or, maybe you’re a guest and looking for a great holiday hostess gift! If you’re dining with dog lovers then homemade treats wrapped in a cute mason jar or pastry box is a great idea. 

The dog treat recipes on this list all feature holiday-worthy ingredients and flavors. Plus, they don’t take a long time to prep. Happy baking!


1. 4 Ingredient Mini Doggy Meatballs

These grain-free mini meatballs for dogs are the perfect Thanksgiving treat. One of the main ingredients? Turkey! They’re also packed with sardines, almond flour, and an egg. So, they’re naturally gluten-free, grain-free, and full of beneficial nutrients. Another benefit? They’re a cinch to whip up. Watch:

Get the written recipe HERE!


2. Mini Turkey Loaf Muffins

Gobble, gobble … here’s another dog treat recipe where turkey is the star ingredient. While they’re similar to the dog-approved bites I just shared above, these mini muffins also feature pumpkin puree and some veggies! 

Get the written recipe HERE!


3. Sweet Potato Puppy Muffins

These sweet potato-based bark-worthy muffins are filled with the Fall flavors many of us crave around Thanksgiving time. But the tail-wagging good taste and easy-to-chew soft texture is just the tip of the iceberg. These treats are also loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals — thanks to the sweet potato, carrots, and spices. 


Get the written recipe HERE.


4. Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites

I actually came up with this gluten-free dog treat recipe a few years back around Thanksgiving. I knew my dogs would appreciate their own special, yummy snack while us humans munched on ours! Made with pumpkin, sweet potato, a little cinnamon, a splash of organic maple syrup, and a few other basic ingredients, this puppy snack is definitely a festive one. 

Get the written recipe HERE!


5. Sweet Potato Pup Fries

As a kid, I remember thinking sweet potatoes were only in existence to live under marshmallows on Thanksgiving. Today, I love munching on them all year long. Because, along with being super tasty, they’re actually nutritious. When grocery shopping for your holiday feast, pick up an extra sweet potato and bust our your mandoline to slice um’ up into pup fries. That’s right, fries for your pup!

Your dogs are in for a real treat with these homemade plain or honey glazed sweet potato pup fries. Get the recipe on Proud Dog Mom!

Get the written recipe HERE!


6. Banana Bread Soft Chews 

These grain-free dog treats taste just like banana bread and offer up a soft interior, making them easy for both puppies and senior canines to munch. Packed with bananas, pumpkin puree, and a few other healthy ingredients, your fur babies are in for a real treat!

Get the written recipe HERE!


Have My Cookbook? Don’t Miss Out On These Recipes!

My cookbook, Proud Dog Chef: Tail-Wagging Good Treat Recipes, is sprinkled with Thanksgiving-friendly dog treat recipes that your pup is bound to love. Sure, there is an entire holiday chapter that you can turn to. But, here is a list of my favorite holiday-worthy treats to try. They’re featured throughout the entire book!

  • Peanut Butter Ginger Snaps on page 45
  • Sweet Potato Prints on page 53
  • Pumpkin Bark on page 111
  • Sweet Potato Chips on page 113
  • Apple Chips on page 115
  • Carrot Spice Cakes on page 153
  • Pumpkin Pie Paws on page 173

Happy Thanksgiving!