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How to Make Dog Treats to Sell from Home

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Do you love spending time with your dog? Do you want to learn how to make dog treats to sell from home? Maybe start your dream business and find a way to make some money while spending time with your furry friend? If so, making and selling dog treats may be the perfect opportunity for you!
 

In this guide, I will teach you how to make dog treats to sell from home that are both delicious and healthy. I will also provide you with tips on how to sell your treats. Let's get started!

How to Make Dog Treats to Sell from Home and what you will need to start

To begin your own dog treat bakery business, to make dog treats to sell from home, you will need to have a clear idea of what it is that you want to bake and how much time you will have to dedicate to your new dog treat business. 

It is best to start with a dog bakery business plan. Be sure to calculate your start up costs so you will know how much money you will need to get started. After you have your business plan started, you can continue to add more business expenses to your overall plan as you grow and decide which direction you want to go in order to successfully grow your dog treat business.

You will also need to price out the costs to register your new business with your state, and how much any additional licenses and permits will cost. You should also look into costs associated with hiring a financial professional and/or a business attorney to be sure you start your dog treat business correctly.

 

Here is a great sample/starter list of items to price out and include in your dog bakery business plan:

 

  1. Stand Mixer 

  2. Rolling pin

  3. Cookie cutters

  4. Small mixing bowls

  5. Measuring cups and spoons

  6. Spoons to mix ingredients

  7. Folding table for events

  8. Tent/Canopy

  9. Weights for Tent/Canopy legs

  10. Banners and/or Tablecloth

  11. Logo Design

  12. Packaging

  13. Department of Agriculture treat registration fees

  14. Feed Lab fees

  15. Secretary of State fees

  16. Event/Farmers Market vendor fees

  17. Ingredients; such as, flours, eggs, peanut butter, fruits, meats, etc… 

  18. Hand mixer if you plan to frost doggy cakes and/or cupcakes

  19. Food Colorings safe for dogs

  20. Dog treat icing that dries hard without refrigeration

  21. All natural frosting mixes for dog cakes and cupcakes

  22. Dog friendly sprinkles made with all natural, sugar free food colorings
     

 

How to decide on dog treat recipes

When it comes to deciding on what to bake when you are thinking about the which dog treats to sell from your home, you will need to start experimenting with different flours and icing safe for dog treats.

 

Ideas on dog safe flour to use for homemade dog cookies:

-All purpose flour (if you choose to not be wheat or grain free)
-Rice Flour (wheat free)
-Oat Flour (wheat free)
-Buckwheat Flour (grain free)
-Coconut Flour (grain free)
 

Ideas on where to sell doggie treats:
 

-Farmers Markets
-Craft Shows
-Dog Treat Truck
-Open a Brick and Mortar Store
-Wholesale to other stores
-Website/Online

-Church Bizarres

-Holiday Fairs/Events

Sample Dog Treat Recipe

Homemade dog treats are a lot of fun but you will need to be very careful on which ingredients you use. Be sure you look at the ingredients, in peanut butter (for example), to be sure there is no xylitol in it. Below is a sample of what a dog treat recipe can be made out of, but I encourage you to create your own secret recipes.

dog treat dough

Prep time

10 min

Cook time

10 min

Category

Dog Treats

Origin

United States

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
  • ½ cup of oats
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 large egg

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather ingredients including a baking sheet, stand mixer, rolling pin and cookie cutter(s)

Step 2

In a stand mixer combine flour and oats using a dough hook; set aside.

Step 3

Add peanut butter, honey, water, and egg and mix until a dog treat dough forms

Step 4

Roll dough and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Place the cut out treats on a baking sheet.

Step 5

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

dog treat dough

How to Package and Sell Your Dog Treats

There are a few key things to remember when packaging and selling your dog treats. First, make sure the packaging is sturdy and can protect the treats from damage. You'll also want to make sure the packaging is attractive and catches the customer's eye. Try to stay away from using a lot of plastics, we all know they are not good for the environment but they also trap in moisture which might cause your treats to grow mold.

Additionally, you'll need to include information about the ingredients and nutritional value of the treats on the packaging. This information is not only what makes your treats legal to sell but can help attract customers looking for healthy dog treats. You can receive this information directly from the commercial feed lab when you send in your treats to be analyzed.
 

Conclusion: Making your own dog treats is a great way to make some extra money. Not only are you providing a valuable service to other dog owners, but you can also charge a fair price for your treats. Be sure to market your treats well and get yourself some good packaging! 

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