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What Foods to Avoid With Your Dog Treat Maker Mold

We know you love your dog like family. From cuddles to kisses, your mutt deserves only the best. Which is why you decided to start making dog treats at home—because your pooch is worthy of the healthiest and tastiest options!
 Making dog treats at home is fast, easy, and easy on the wallet. With a dog treat maker mold, you can get started right away with ingredients you might already have at home. But keep in mind, your pup can’t eat everything you can. Read more to find out what dog treat maker mold is right for you, and what ingredients you should avoid to keep your pooch happy.


What Is a Dog Treat Maker Mold

When it comes to making dog treats at home, there’s no easier way than with the use of a silicone mold, available at Messy Mutts. With these molds, you can create all sorts of treats, from hard and crunchy biscuits to soft chews and cakes. You can bake treats, or even freeze no-bake treats in the molds for a cool goodie on a hot summer day!
These silicone molds provide an easy solution to the problem of creating a healthy homemade treat for your mutt. They are simple to use (the treats pop right out!), quick to clean, and something to be proud of. Your dog will go wild for the taste of a fresh home-baked treat—it  won’t want to go back to store-bought!

Do it yourself homemade bake or freeze dog treat maker

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Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

Making dog treats at home has many benefits, both for your dog and for you. For one, the treat is much healthier—it’s not made of overly processed ingredients and you know exactly what your pup is enjoying. Making treats at home is also much cheaper, and in many cases you can even use the same ingredients you’re eating to make matching treats for you and your mutt!



The main ingredients in many store-bought dog treats include corn or grain, meat by-products or “meal,” and very few fresh or vitamin-rich ingredients. Although your mutt will like the taste of these treats, you may not like their makeup. Unlike your human treats, these have little nutritional value.


 Your dog may also be missing vital nutrients in its diet, or it may need specialized care for health issues that could be provided via certain ingredients that don’t come in store-bought dog treats.
The best way to provide these healthy solutions for your pup is by incorporating homemade treats into its diet. With a solution like this, you can tick multiple boxes with one delicious treat—taking away the harmful, processed ingredients that may be in your mutt’s current treats, and incorporating some helpful new ingredients into their diet in an easy way they’ll love.


Cheaper and Easier

With the Messy Mutts collection of bake and freeze treat makers, the initial cost of a dog treat maker mold is hassle-free. You can shop with the peace of mind that the mold will last, and you’ll be able to make your pup treats for years! Instead of shopping at a fancy pet store for expensive premium treats that may still contain low-quality ingredients, you can buy ingredients at the grocery store, making the treats easy, cheap, and delicious.


With so many options of ingredients to choose from, it’s easy to create a custom treat that Fido will love. We recommend starting off with tried and true recipes found on reliable websites. And then, once you get the gist of it, don’t hesitate to create your very own recipes with the ingredients your dog loves!

Fun to Make

Making homemade dog treats should be fun! With so many options to choose from and experiment with, you can see this as your very own DIY project. Don’t hesitate to try out different ingredients combinations—we’re sure your mutt won’t mind being your tester!

Bright coloured homemade frozen dog treat

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Foods to Avoid When Making Dog Treats in Your Homemade Dog Treat Maker

It's important to keep in mind the quality and types of ingredients they should stay away from. One convenience of store-bought treats is that you know they won’t contain any ingredients your dog won’t enjoy (barring any allergies or picky eaters!) When you’re making dog treats at home, you’ll learn which combinations your pup likes, and which aren’t its favourites. But some ingredients should never be put in your doggy’s treats.

 Hazardous Ingredients

There are some foods that, no matter how much you might love them or they might beg for them, your dog should never eat, as they can be very harmful to dogs. You probably know to steer clear of ingredients like chocolate and alcohol, but did you know they can’t have grapes or raisins? They are known to be highly toxic to dogs, although research has yet to find exactly which substance in the fruit causes this reaction.
And as much as you love your garlic bread and guacamole, keep those avocados and garlic away from your mutt! Garlic and other members of the Allium family (including onions) contain thiosulphate, which is toxic to dogs. Avocado, for its part, is high in fat, which can lead to gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis.

Healthy Ingredients for your Mutt to Enjoy

There are so many healthy and tasty ingredients that your dog will love, which you may already have in your home. Try out some of these ingredients in different combinations, and see what your pooch likes best! Dogs love sweet potatoes, pumpkin, peanut butter, and (of course) some nice chicken or turkey in their treats.


Making your mutt homemade treats can be a great labour of love to show how much you care for them. When you keep in mind the right—and wrong—ingredients to use, making your own dog treats with a dog treat maker can be a cheap, easy, and fun way to make healthy goodies for your pooch.

Silver lab eating a frozen healthy dog treat