Homemade Dog Food

Homemade Dog Food

My puppy, Cybil, is obsessed with our food.  She snatches it out of kids’ hands, off of the counter, off of the table – it’s a constant fight to keep her down and away from food.  I thought that maybe making her dog food out of our leftovers would break her obsession.  It did work some, but not entirely, but there has been an improvement.  Nevertheless, I’ve made the homemade dog food part of our daily routine.  Both of the dogs clean their bowls every time.  I had at one time thought to replace the dry dog food I buy entirely; however, I really just supplement with the homemade.


1 quart leftovers
2 cups oats
3 cups  dried beans
2 cups brown rice



large stock pot
covered container for storage


I keep a quart-sized container in the refrigerator and just put leftovers and plate scrapings in it every time I do dishes.  I’ve put everything from the fish heads from preparing fish to leftover PB&J sandwiches.


Put leftovers in the pot.

Add the oats and beans.

Cover with water.

Add 2 cups rice.

Bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to simmer.  Cook for 3-4 hours.

Let cool.  Place in container (I have a 2 gallon bucket with a lid) and store in refrigerator or freezer.


2 gallons


I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe. Did you make it? Did your animals enjoy it? Did you make any adjustments to it?


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