DIY Treats & Toys for Thanksgiving

Whether your holiday plans involve hosting the entire family or a small group of friends, don’t forget to celebrate with your favorite canine friends.  Here are a few fun treats and toys from the community to pamper your pup over the Thanksgiving holiday!

Pup-kin Turkey Balls

2.5 lb. Ground Turkey

1 ⅓ cup Pumpkin Puree (no added spice or sugar)

1 large Carrot (cooked and mashed)

¼ cup Bread Crumbs

½ cup Rolled Oats

1 Egg

Pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients.  Form into meatballs, and roll in flour.  Shake off excess flour, and place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 25 minutes or longer depending on the size of the meatballs.  Let cool before serving.

Sweet Potato Puppy Pies

Pie Filling:

2 cups   Sweet Potato

½ cup Yogurt


3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup Quick Oats

1/4 cup Applesauce (no added sugar)

3 – 4 Tbsp Water


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine oats and flour and slowly stir in applesauce.  Slowly add water until a ball is formed.  Roll out the dough, and cut out circles that fit the size of your muffin tin.  Press the circles into a greased muffin tin.  Bake for 8 minutes.  Let crusts cool in the pan.  For the filling, cook and mash the sweet potato.  Combine with yogurt.  Once pie crusts have cooled, scoop in the pie filling.  Drizzle with real maple syrup and serve!

Thanksgiving Toys

Turkey Tug-of-War

  1. Choose your favorite Thanksgiving-themed fabric (something durable).
  2. Choose a rope material and diameter that works for your dog’s size and preference.  A ¼ inch nylon rope works better for smaller dogs and a thicker hemp rope works better for dogs that love to chew.
  3. Cut the fabric and rope to the same length.  Cut the fabric into thin strips.  Use a lighter to melt the ends of the rope.  Braid the rope and fabric together.  Use extra strips of fabric to tie off the end of the braid.  Add a pet-safe glue to secure the ends as needed.
  4. Enjoy hours of tug-of-war!

Holiday Sock Ball

  1. Pick out a holiday sock that you’re willing to turn into a dog toy.  Longer socks work better.
  2. Insert a tennis ball into the end of the sock.  Tie a knot to secure the ball.  With the remaining open end of the sock, cut into at least 9 thin strips, and braid each set of 3.
  3. You’ve got a versatile toy for fetch or light games of tug-of-war!

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