All natural dog treats

Natural Dog Chews

Expand your healthy dog treat offerings by including natural dog chews in your product line. The best choices contain a single all natural ingredient.

These natural dog treats are becoming a popular choice among savvy pet parents looking for healthy dog treats made in the USA that do not contain ingredients they can’t even pronounce!  

Natural chews are easy to make.

All natural dog treats
Sweet potato dog chews

A quick and easy way to make chews if you do not have a dehydrator is to put strips of the food product into the oven on a very low temperature (200 degrees F or lower). 

Let it bake until the strips are dried out. It could take from three to four hours or even longer in a regular oven.

Examples of popular commercial chew ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Salmon skin (shown at the top of the post)
  • Exotic ingredients like rabbit, kangaroo, ostrich and crocodile will make up the natural chews you will soon see from some of the large dog chew manufacturers.

With news of recalls of pet treats especially from certain countries like China, dog lovers are becoming more interested in making their own homemade dog treats. However, it can be a lot of work, so think about offering natural chews to satisfy your customers’ desire for healthy dog treats.

Take this test. Do your pet treats stand up to the following descriptions?

  • Natural
  • Free range or grass-fed
  • No preservatives, additives or fillers
  • No hormones
  • No antibiotics

These are the trending descriptions. Not all customers will be concerned. If you have a particular clientele, it will be important that if you have to say no to any of these parameters, some of your customers may be saying no as well.

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Dog treat business

Dog Bakery Spotlight – Barkley’s Bakery

Can’t find healthy dog treats? Make your own and turn your passion into your new dog bakery! That’s how these entrepreneurs got started.

Barkley’s Bakery

Owners: Julie Chalmers and Carrie Morgan Heinze

Location: Macungie, Pennsylvania

Pet parents today prefer to give their beloved pets healthy dog treats, and not just any bulk treats.

gluten free dog treats
Gluten free sweet potato dog treats

So when long time friends Julie and Carrie could not find the specialty treats they wanted, such as gluten-free dog treats, sugar-free, or organic treats, they decided to start making their own.

They baked a batch of dog biscuits  and their dog lover friends asked to try some. As the saying goes, the rest is history. The biscuits were a big hit and orders started coming in. The y impressed their first customers and subsequent word of mouth kept them busy.

They offer various gluten-free treats such as the mouth-watering sweet potato dog treats shown in the photo. There are apple cheddar, peanut butter, blueberry, cranberry, banana biscotti, and more!

Marketing dog treats
Marketing dog treats

They got their business license and started selling at farmers markets and other similar venues, to start spreading their name locally.  Dog cakes and gift baskets for dogs are now added to their product line as the business continues to grow.

So how did Julie and Carrie pick the business name? Julie says, “We picked the name Barkley’s Bakery because of Barkley from Sesame Street! We couldn’t figure out how to use both our own dogs’ names. (I have a pittie named Liza and Carrie has a bull mastiff named Dozer.)”

Hopefully, a brick and mortar dog bakery is in the future.

Follow these two busy ladies and see their tasty treats on Facebook and on their own website soon: Barkleysbakery.com. 

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 Visit K9Cakery.com for dog bakery supplies and the award-winning Fido’s Frosting, the all natural, sugar-free, yogurt dog treat frosting and icing that does not melt!

 

Christmas gifts for dogs

Instant Dog Gift Baskets

Frosting FranMake dog gift baskets in an instant for a memorable Christmas!

Have you thought about what Christmas gifts for dogs you will offer this year through your dog bakery business?

Based on a survey of pet owners, dog treats and toys were at the top of the gift list and the gift givers indicated they would be willing to spend from $20.00 to $50.00.

Those of you who make dog treats might want to consider offering dog gifts baskets or specifically a dog treat gift basket filled with assorted tasty treats for your customers to give as holiday gifts either to their own dog or to family and friends with dogs.

It may or may not come as a surprise that people volunteered that they were more inclined to give pet gifts rather than to family, friends, or….a boss.  And, they considered giving out gifts for pets because they saw the suggestion in an advertisement.

Dog Christmas gifts for the dog’s best friend are also a popular choice. Consider this in your advertising! You may want to make up some pet gift baskets that have a feminine theme and some with a masculine theme.

A interesting twist on the gift basket is to use the foil bone-shaped cake pans that come with lids.

Dog gift basket
Instant dog gift basket!

These can be packed with treats and/or other items as well. As an added bonus, the foil pan can be used to bake a dog cake so they are essentially getting two gifts in one!

One last interesting tidbit: The surveyed pet owners preferred to make up their own stockings for their pets rather than to buy the pre-filled ones. For those of you who exhibit at Farmer’s Markets, think about offering smaller healthy dog treats or other small items as a Christmas stocking package for dog lovers to have unique stocking fillers that the large chains like Petco and PetSmart will never carry!

Go to K9Cakery.com for the foil bone shaped cake pans with lids and make Christmas memorable for your customers and their pets!

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Dog treat business

Dog Bakery Spotlight – Lazy Dog’s Cafe

Lazy Dog’s Cafe

Owner: Elizabeth Hobbs

Location: Wellington, Colorado

Elizabeth received a special surprise birthday gift for her 21st birthday – a beautiful six-week old boxer mix puppy! She named the dog Frayja, after a Norse goddess, and Frayja’s Pupcakes launched in 2011.  The small dog bakery in Athens, Georgia (Go Bulldogs!) was Elizabeth’s solution  for a common client concern. “While I was working at an animal hospital, many of the clients were concerned about the quality of the dog treats manufactured in other countries.” News reports about recalls and animal deaths were frequent.  She realized there was a market for healthy and natural dog treats and her bakery would fill this need.

Peanut butter dog treats
Peanut butter dog treats with Fido’s yogurt icing

“My job made it easy for me to market and gain clientele via word of mouth.” She started out making dog treats available to dog rescue organizations, dog adoption events, other charity events and helping clients with dog birthday parties.

But there was one small problem. Customers had difficulty pronouncing the name of the business! One year later, while lying in bed with her “pack” which now included a new rescue dog named Turbo,  the “aha!” moment appeared: “We were a bunch of lazy dogs!” The new business name stuck.

She sells her healthy dog treats through her Etsy shop. You can find colorful,  all natural peanut butter dog treats decorated with yogurt dog treat icing like the ones shown in the photos.

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Healthy peanut butter dog treats decorated with Fido’s Royal Icing

Elizabeth drizzles all natural sugar-free royal icing for dogs on her treats for decoration.  She offers this caveat: ” I CAN’T believe how many people say they are using a yogurt icing on dog treats when they are really using real sugar-filled royal icing! They have confided that their icing has NO yogurt in it.”

Customers can choose the colors for the icing, and there are are a variety of dog cookie shapes to choose from as well. Treats can be shipped which makes for a great dog gift idea or a pet gift basket.

Elizabeth has some great ideas for dog treats in the works and hopes to expand soon to cat treats with her own home-grown catnip!  She says, “Our goal is to always use all natural, human grade ingredients that are safe and healthy for our pups.”

So, gather your dogs, be “lazy”, and surf on over to Lazy Dog’s Cafe and see what new offerings are baking up!

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 Visit K9Cakery.com for dog bakery supplies and the award-winning Fido’s Frosting, the all natural, sugar-free, yogurt dog treat frosting and icing that does not melt!