DIY Dog Cookies That Will Drive Dogs CRAZY Full Recipe

The Homemade Dog Cookies That Make Dogs Go Squirrely

You know who deserves a treat? The garden protectors. Well, they may also be the garden destroyers at times–digging holes, burying bones, trampling plants, and eating the snow peas–but they are pretty darn good at keeping critters from running amok. The Homemade Oatmeal Dog Cookies That Drive Dogs SQUIRRELY

So how do I thank them? First I bark “hey you two, quit all that barking,” and then I (sheepishly) realize that they have done their jobs oh so well by keeping the squirrels away from the veggie garden.Good dog - you will get a cookie as soon as the photos are taken - recipe in post

It’s not a perfect system. They probably eat more veggies than the critters could ever stomach. My fig tree and strawberry patch gets stripped of all the ripe fruit before I can even pull out my harvest basket. I suppose that it’s my fault for introducing them to the delights of garden-fresh food.

My dog is showing great restraint in not eating that homemade cookie

Guarding the garden is a thankless job, mostly. The crows taunt them by stealing their bones and leaving them on the roof of the garage. Skunks spray and raccoons hiss. Overall, they are under-appreciated for standing guard. The least I can do is I make up a batch of these yummy squirrel cookies. They drive them almost as insane as the real thing, but in a good way.

DIY Dog cookies that will drive dogs CRAZY full recipe

Here is the recipe to make your own doggie snacks.

Note: the squirrel cookie cutter was part of a set that I bought at Ikea. Here is the whole set. I also used them for this project.


Makes approximately 48 squirrels

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup low sodium beef stock
  • Cinnamon
  • Crunchy bits from leftover dog cookies, crushed kibble, or bacon bits (optional)

Make it!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees C.

Grind rolled oats in a food processor until you get a coarse flour. Add all ingredients except the crunchies to a large bowl and mix until combined. It may be easier to use your hands to mix the dough because it is very stiff.

I like to add something with a different flavor kneaded into the dough at the end but it isn’t necessary. You can use the crumbs leftover in the pooch’s cookie jar or kibble bag, or even some bacon bits. They would LOVE that, right?

Form a ball with the dough and roll out on a floured surface to 1/2″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to make cookies shaped like squirrels, bones, or whatever you choose.Dog Cookie Recipe

Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 30 minutes.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Cool and they are ready to treat the pups for protecting the garden. Or package them up for your furry one’s pals. They will be a welcome treat for any canine family members!

Homemade Dog Cookie Recipe with oatmeal and cinnamon

If your pup is your trusty gardening companion, make sure you know how to keep your garden safe for pets.

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Karen
    KarenJuly 21,14

    thanks for the recipe! your dogs are adorable, as well as their names (: now, to find a squirrel cookie cutter!

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieJuly 21,14

    Karen, thanks! My cookie cutter was part of a set that they sold at Ikea. Here is the whole set I also used them for this project:

  3. Sarah at
    Sarah at LolaThePitty.comAugust 7,14

    Yum! These are so cute & so are the pups here! Might have to sub out the flour for our high-maintenance one ;).

  4. susan strohl
    susan strohlAugust 9,14

    what is the oven temperature?

  5. Mel
    MelNovember 26,14

    Hi, what kind of dog is the little brown/white pictured
    with the cookie in it’s mouth?

  6. Stephanie
    StephanieNovember 26,14

    Hi Mel. He’s a Boston Terrier named Meatball and he’s a handful!

  7. Tiffany
    TiffanyDecember 17,14

    How long will these treats keep? Do you know if they will keep in the freezer if I make a big batch?

  8. Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 8,15

    Hi Tiffany, they will certainly last in the freezer! Maybe for a year or so but I doubt they will last that long – your pup will gobble them up. Lucky dog.

  9. RoxAnn
    RoxAnnJanuary 30,15

    This recipe looks great. My Ginger Sue is allergic to chicken. I have had her on a healthy organic food, but treats are hard to find and limited. Looking forward to trying this. Love the squirrely’s. That’s what we call them and Ginger watches them all day long as they raid the bird feeders.Thanks

  10. Ilona
    IlonaJuly 12,15

    Love the look of the treats and think this would make the best doggie Christmas treat ever. the dogs in this post are the cutest ever.

  11. Linda B
    Linda BJuly 1,16

    I am a new subscriber, so I am catching up! Thank you for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it. We have 2 beastie dogs, a Dane and a Cane Corso. They, too, “help” in the gardens! I will probably use a little larger cutter! :)

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