Spoil your furry friend with these irresistible homemade duck dog treats. Made with duck meat, sweet potato, oats, and oat flour, they are a tail-wagging delight.
You’ll be proud to share these homemade dog treats with your furry friend. They are made without artificial colors or preservatives, so you’ll know they are good for your dog.
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Why You’ll Love These Duck Treats For Dogs
You’ll love how easy it is to make a tasty treat for your dog with wholesome ingredients. If your dog has food sensitivities, then this is the perfect recipe! It’s naturally gluten-free and made with all whole ingredients.
Instead of worrying about the safety of store-bought dog treats, take a bit of time and make some treats at home. It’s as easy as making cookies – and yet they are full of rich nutrients.
Benefits of Duck for Dogs
Just like other types of animal protein, duck is a fantastic source of fatty acids and protein. In fact, it’s a great novel protein that provides diversity for your dog’s gut. Duck also has an amazing taste and supports your dog’s joint health.
Read more about dogs and duck and learn about the health benefits of this bird for dogs.
The complete list of ingredients, quantities of each, and directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post – including nutritional information. First, I want to share more information about the ingredients I used in the treats.
- Duck Meat – from a roasted whole duck
- Sweet Potato – adds a sweet flavor and fiber
- Oat Flour – an easily digestible flour for dogs
- Old-fashioned Oats – for texture and fiber
- Egg – binds the dough and adds protein
- Coconut Oil – a healthy fat
- Water – adds moisture to the dough
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
You can make oat flour by placing uncooked old-fashioned oats in a blender or food processor and blending until it has the consistency of flour.
You can substitute all-purpose flour or a 50-50 combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour for the oat flour. The amount will have to be adjusted since those flours will cause the dough to have a different consistency. It will take less of those flours than oat flour. Because whole wheat flour is denser, it’s not a good substitute to use by itself.
You can substitute sweet potato with plain pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix).
You probably have most of the kitchen items you need to make these treats. You can use any cookie cutter of your choice but cute cookie cutters, dog cookie cutters, or ones shaped like dog bones give these treats a fun look.
How to Make Duck Dog Treats
These are the recipe steps and some photos of making the treats. I hope they help you make these duck treats for your dog. There is a printable recipe card below.
- If the duck is frozen, thaw it in the fridge overnight. You can also cook a sweet potato and store the mashed flesh from it in the fridge so it will be ready to use.
- Remove the giblets and neck. Set the duck on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake the duck at 200°F for 5 hours.
- Let the duck cool completely then remove the skin and fat layer. Remove enough meat to make 1 cup. Note that duck breast meat is the leanest.
- Use a food processor to finely chop the meat.
- Combine the oat flour and oats in a medium bowl.
- Combine the sweet potato, duck meat, egg, water, and coconut oil in a large bowl.
- Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture.
- Stir to combine the dry and wet ingredients until a dough forms.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out the treats. Place the treats on a cookie sheet or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes.
- Cool the treats to room temperature.
How many homemade duck treats should you give your canine companion? That depends on how much food and other treats you gave your pet to eat that day and the size of your dog. Large dogs can consume more than smaller dogs.
Even though they are healthy treats, they are still treats and should be included when you consider your dog’s daily caloric intake. Make sure you don’t exceed the recommended amount for your dog. That amount changes for each dog breed, size, and activity level.
Dogs shouldn’t have too many treats, including these tasty ones. For this reason, I suggest only giving your spoiled hound one treat per day.
However, you can use your judgment or consult with your veterinarian regarding how many treats are right for your dog.
Also, keep in mind when adding new foods to your dog’s diet to start with small amounts to ensure your dog has no allergic or adverse reactions.
How to Store and How Long They Last
These treats should be stored in an airtight container or airtight bag. Because they are made with meat, they need to be refrigerated or frozen. Do not store them at room temperature.
These duck treats will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. They will last up to 4 months in the freezer.
Can people eat these duck dog treats?
Yes, all the ingredients are safe for human consumption. I doubt folks would enjoy them unless they enjoy a savory and meaty cookie or cracker.
More Meaty Dog Treat Recipes
- Beef Dog Treats
- Chicken Dog Jerky
- Chicken Pot Pie for Dogs
- Meatloaf for Dogs
- Turkey Dog Treats
- Venison Dog Jerky
Find lots of easy recipes for dog treats with meat right here on Spoiled Hounds!
Duck Dog Treats
- 1 cup Cooked Duck Meat from 1 duck – see instructions
- 1 cup Old-fashioned Oats
- 2 cups Oat Flour
- ½ cup Mashed Sweet Potato
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil melted
- 1 large Egg
- ½ cup Water
- Preheat the oven to 200°F.
- If using a frozen whole duck, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the giblets and neck.
- Place the duck breast side up on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. This is to catch the fat that comes from the duck and allow it to not sit in the fat while cooking. Score the skin on top of the breast.
- Bake for 5 hours at 200°F. Once finished, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely. While it is cooling you can boil, microwave, or bake a sweet potato if needed. Mash the cooked potato flesh.
- Peel away the layer of skin and fat from the duck. Remove enough meat to make one cup.
- Place the meat in a food processor and pulse until the meat is finely chopped.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the oats and flour in a bowl and stir or whisk to combine.
- Place the sweet potato, melted coconut oil, egg, water, and duck meat in a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients mixture and combine until a dough forms.
- Roll out the dough and cut shapes with your favorite cookie cutter. Re-roll and cut until all the dough is used up.
- Place the cutouts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.