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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.

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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 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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Dog Bakery Spotlight – Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies

Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies

Owner: Kimbra Cranston

Location: Eagle Point, Oregon

Imagine! Healthy dog treats made using fresh home-grown ingredients!

Kimbra grows apples, zucchini, carrots and pumpkins in her own garden. She says that Southern Oregon is a large farming community, so she can easily get the freshest ingredients to bake with.

Her healthy “crunchies” are about to be featured in a local holistic vet’s office. In fact, the vet’s own dogs love her treats. Not bad for a new dog bakery!  

After bringing a new puppy home, she began to research dog food and dog treats to find the best products for her pet. But in doing so, she learned that there were many recalls and problems associated with pet treats manufactured in China. So she started making her own  natural dog treats. Kimbra says, ” I love to bake so this was a perfect hobby for me.”

She shared her homemade dog treats with friends and family and received positive responses, so she decided to try to make money doing something she loved to do. “My dog treat business became official on June 14, 2013 and so far I am doing well! I sell at local farmers markets and online through my website.”

For the business name, she credits her niece who suggested that she use her unique first name. Thus, the alliterative “Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies” was created and I am sure you will agree, quite memorable!

Two of her popular dog treats include the following:

  • Peanut butter banana crunchies
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Peanut Butter Banana Crunchies
  • Sweet potato apple crunchies:
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Sweet Potato Apple Crunchies

These healthy dog treats are made with oat flour and brown rice flour. She makes her own peanut butter and uses locally grown foods to prepare her treats.

The treats are all natural dog treats and have no soy, wheat, corn or artificial preservatives.

See more interesting flavor combinations at the website: Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies. 

Wishing her all the best as her business grows!

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

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Dog Treat Business Spotlight: The Pawtastic Barkery

The Pawtastic Barkery         

Owners: Lisa and Doug Von Heeder        

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada                                     

                                                                                        

We are a family of animal lovers who started making homemade dog treats for our two dachshunds, Kaiser and Jaeger, to make sure that they got healthy treats with all natural ingredients. 

Our boys loved our homemade treats so much, we shared them with our friends so their dogs could have healthy dog treats too. After receiving requests for more, we decided to go into business.  

We opened “The Pawtastic Barkery”, a gourmet dog treat business, to make healthy gourmet dog treats available to other animal lovers. We chose that name because it translates into “The Fantastic Bakery” in dog speak. (We speak fluent dachshund.) We wanted a name that would be both cute and memorable for our human customers as well.

Our treats are made by humans, but approved by dogs. Our most popular flavors  are the Beddar Apple Cheddar Dog Treats, and our Woofin’ Good Apple Cranberry Oatmeal (Gluten Free).  We also have a popular gluten free/vegan dog treat: Apple Pie.

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Left to right: Beddar Apple Cheddar Dog Treats, Apple Pie Gluten Free/Vegan Dog Treats, Woofin’ Good Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Gluten Free Dog Treats

We bake both soft and crunchy treats. The crunchy treats will last over 2 months when properly stored and the soft dog treats are like a fresh human bakery product, but lasting up to a month in the refrigerator. All of our ingredients are 100% human grade and contain no artificial preservatives. We bake to order to ensure the freshest product possible. 

Our products are available through our website. Our first appearance at a Farmers Market is coming up and we plan to do more in the future for local exposure.  We created a line of specialty dog treats for the markets. It was a lot of fun creating the names!

See all of our gourmet dog treats on our website: The Pawtastic Barkery 

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