DIY Christmas Dog Treats

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Treat your furry best friend this Christmas with these DIY Christmas dog treats!

Remind your pup how much you love him this holiday season – as if he doesn’t already know – with these DIY Christmas dog treats! Made with peanut butter, banana and brown rice flour, these fun Christmas dog treats are colored with beet powder for that holiday red! You can find the recipe to make these Christmas dog treats over at Sprinkle Bakes blog here. (Or, search for dog treat cookie cutter ideas here.)

Remind your dog how much you love him this Christmas with these homemade Christmas dog treats! Plus learn how to make your own homemade dog Christmas cookies with a recipe via Sprinkle Bakes!

No time to make your own? Shop from some these amazing DIY Christmas dog treats on Etsy: Mini 8-Piece Dog Treat Assortment from Dog Park Publishing / Grain Free Organic Star Wars Inspired Dog Treats from Pawbaby Biscuits / Pup Truffles Dog Treats from Linda’s Bowwow Biscuits / Winter Wonderland Christmas Dog Treats from Bobby + Bambi’s Gourmet Dog Bakery.

For even more homemade Christmas dog treats as well as gift ideas for dog lovers be sure to check out all of my pet related favorites on Etsy here. You can also follow my For the Dogs board on Pinterest for more pet related products, recipes and DIY’s.

50 Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Need gift ideas for your human companions? Then check out this blog post with 50 unique DIY Christmas gift ideas you can make for friends and family! Or for more homemade holiday gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Christmas gift boards on Pinterest.

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Natural Flea Repelling Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

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This dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas.

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem oil works to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog's coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem and tree oil work to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

Natural Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. pure neem oil
.5 oz. colloidal oatmeal
.75 oz. bentonite clay
.25 oz. calendula flower powder
3 ml rosemary essential oil
1 ml peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the arrowroot powder, neem oil, colloidal oatmeal, bentonite clay and calendula flower powder for this dry dog shampoo recipe and combine in a food processor or coffee grinder.

Using graduated transfer pipettes then measure out the essential oils and add them to the other ingredients.

Mix well using your food processor or grinder until thoroughly combined then transfer into a sifter bottle or other container.

To use apply a generous amount of dry dog shampoo to your dog’s coat and massage in with your hands. Then brush out using a dog brush.

Like this homemade dry dog shampoo recipe? Then also be sure to try my DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs also with neem oil! Or click here for even more recipes that use neem oil including homemade soap recipes, salve recipes and cream recipes. Alternately you can also purchase pre-made dry shampoo for both cats and dogs at Mountain Rose Herbs here. Made from botanical ingredients they’re dry shampoo contains no harmful chemicals, no essential oils, and no artificial fragrances.

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DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs

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This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Does your dog’s breath kill trees from a hundred paces? Then perhaps consider this DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs.

Let me begin by stating I have a miniature dachshund. His name is Jasper. And like most dachshunds he has some of the worst breath ever. No, seriously. Ever. That said I’ve tried all kinds of things to freshen his breathe including all those silly tooth brushing bones and minty dog treats. And while they might help keep tarter and plaque at bay, they seem to do absolutely nothing for the state of his breath.

Over Christmas my brother told me about a tarter control and fresh breath gel for dogs that he had been using. Not only did it work great on his dogs, but it also had neem oil as one of the ingredients. As neem oil was one of my favorite discoveries of the past year I decided I had to try this out. But instead of buying a gel tarter control and breath freshener I decided to try making something similar with ingredients I already have in my stash of soapmaking ingredients.

I looked at two popular products when trying to decide which natural ingredients to use. Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Clean Teeth Gel is one such popular product. It’s made with Purified Water, Natural Derived Alcohol, Natural Mint, Glycerin, Natural Cleanser, Carbopol, Chlorophyllin, and Green Tea Leaf Extract. The other is Nutri-Vet’s Tartar-Defense Spray for Dogs which is made with Water, Grain Alcohol, Peppermint Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, and Neem Oil.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

For my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs I sort of combined select ingredients from both of these products. I was leery about using grain alcohol – aka moonshine – and water in my recipe as this was basically an “edible” product and I wasn’t entirely sure what to use an emulsifier to keep the oil and glycerin mixed with the alcohol without using propylene glycol. (I also wasn’t entirely sure about rubbing alcohol on my dog’s teeth.) So instead I simply used natural vegetable glycerin as the main base. This still encourages dogs to lick their teeth like the commercial brands to help prevent tarter. But as my main concern was fresh breath and getting my dog not to run and hide when I went to rub it on his teeth, I chose to use glycerin which makes for a sweet alcohol free base that can be easily administered.

I also used neem oil for it’s awesome anti-bacterial properties and essential oils for their anti-bacterial and breath freshening properties. Additionally my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs also incorporates liquid grapefruit seed extract for its anti-oxidant properties – an ingredient that Nutri-Vet states on their product helps to reduce inflammation – and grapeseed oil. There are a few easy substitutions you can make, however, if you don’t have a product on hand or for specific properties you’re after. For example, you could easily sub the grape seed oil – an edible oil which I chose for the pleasant flavor – with coconut oil which is used in the oil pulling method to remineralize and strengthen teeth. (I used refined coconut oil as it has a lower melt point than unrefined coconut oil.) You could also easily play around with the essential oils to see which ones work best for your dog’s breath and/or his taste buds.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.8 oz. vegetable glycerin
.1 oz. liquid grapefruit seed extract
.1 oz. grapeseed oil (or refined coconut oil, melted)
6 drops 100% pure neem oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops spearmint (or peppermint) essential oil

Instructions:

If you don’t have grapefruit seed extract you can substitute it with more of the grape seed oil or with refined coconut oil. You can also try using 4 drops rosemary eo, 4 drops peppermint eo and 2 drops thyme eo in lieu of 6 drops each of the rosemary and spearmint essential oils.

Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the glycerin, grapefruit seed extract and grape seed oil into a small glass jar or bowl. Use a plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper to add the drops of neem oil and essential oils. (If your neem oil has solidified due to cold temperatures simply place the bottle into a bowl of hot water until it liquifies.) Mix with a utensil to combine.

Now use a funnel to combine in a 1 oz. amber glass bottle with a dropper. Shake well once more for final measure.

To use add a few drops of this fresh breath gel for dogs to your finger or a toothbrush and rub onto your dog’s teeth.

Click here for more recipes that use neem oil including homemade soaps, salves and creams. Or, for more home remedies and DIY ideas like this one be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my new posts and recipes by following on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+.


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Natural Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

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Homemade Natural Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe - Great for Troubled Scalps and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Looking to kick your commercial shampoo that contains sulfates and parabens? Then you’ll love my natural rosemary mint shampoo recipe. This all natural homemade shampoo recipe is suited for dry to normal hair and is an excellent alternative if you suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis or other stubborn skin and scalp ailments. Unlike traditional shampoos, this natural shampoo is a cream shampoo and a small amount will go a long way. Use it as often as you like and share some with your favorite pooch too!

Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe

Natural Cream Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4 oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap (or organic unscented Castille Soap)
.3 oz. refined shea butter
.3 oz. liquid lecithin
.25 oz. argan oil
.2 oz. macadamia nut oil
.15 oz. neem oil
2.5 ml rosemary essential oil
2 ml peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter in a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at reduced power in the microwave or a double boiler just until melted then weigh out the soy lecithin and stir into the melted shea butter. Weigh out the liquid soap, macadamia nut oil, argan oil and neem oil and stir into the shea butter and soy lecithin.

How to Make Natural Homemade Cream Shampoo

Now using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and the essential oils. Mix well and set aside to cool completely. You can hasten this process by placing the container in the refrigerator. Once the shampoo has cooled and thickened whisk with a fork until the consistency of the natural cream shampoo is smooth then spoon into your container of choice.

To use simply scoop a small amount into your hands and massage onto wet hair then rinse. Follow with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse made from equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Follow with your favorite conditioner if desired.

For your furry friends, use this shampoo up to once a week on your dog’s coat to gently cleanse his coat and calm skin irritations.

For more natural homemade shampoo recipes as well as homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’, Facebook, TwitterTumblr, and Instagram so you never miss a post!


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DIY Liquid Soap Recipe with Neem Oil for Dogs and People with Problem Skin

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DIY Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe with Neem Oil and Shea Butter for Dogs and People with Problem Skin - Great for Skin Conditions Like Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Dandruff and Athlete's Foot

I have a miniature dachshund who is, unfortunately, prone to some not so pleasant skin conditions much like eczema in people. With this of course there is itching and some flaking. Often times giving poor Jasper a bath actually makes his skin worse. So I decided to try a natural dog shampoo with neem oil. While I initially concocted this liquid soap recipe for my dog, it also works well on people. You can use it as a facial wash or a body wash to help with conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff – even athlete’s foot. The neem oil is super effective at combating these skin conditions, however, it does stink to high heaven so be prepared.

DIY Natural Homemade Dog & People Body Wash with Neem Oil

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8 fluid oz. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons Organic Neem Oil
.5 oz. Shea Butter (or about 1 1/2 Tablespoons)

Instructions:

Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the shea butter. Melt the shea butter in the microwave, then combine with the liquid soap and neem oil and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Then use a funnel to pour into a container. I upcycled a Method liquid soap bottle for this purpose. (And yes, I buy soap even though I make soap. I just fell in love with the Orla Kiely designs. Allow to cool completely then use as you would a regular dog shampoo, face or body wash.

If you can’t stand the scent of the neem oil, you can tone it down by adding a small amount – up to .16 oz. (or 2%) – of another essential oil such as lavender or lemongrass. This recipe is specifically for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and athlete’s foot. For dandruff or acne, use up to .4 oz. (by weight) or up to 5%  per 8 oz. (by weight) of liquid soap or shampoo. Neem oil is also excellent at deterring fleas.

To help soothe eczema and psoriasis out of the tub or shower, be sure to try my natural lanolin and neem salve recipe. I gifted some of this to someone at work who suffers from severe psoriasis and he found it did a lot to help his psoriasis. He also found it very soothing.


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