Attractive packaging can help you sell a lot of treats, so we’ve got 2 options that you can use or build-on for your own homemade dog treats. Before we give you those, a vacuum sealer will be needed, as this is your best way to keep your products fresh.
That said, for packaging, look for boxes similar to the kind that checkbooks come in, as you can simply print ingredients for the back, company address name and contact info, along with the product name, on the front, and then put in your vacuum sealed treats and mail them off. Stickers to seal the box ass the final touch.
A second option that is much less expensive is to invest in different sized paper bags, as well as a rubber stamp with your company name and address information, and you’ll need to print up your ingredients and nutrition labels.
Stamp the front of these bags with your logo and address, put the ingredients sticker on the back, and after you put the sealed treats in the bag you can fold it with 3 small folds like a charming little sack lunch for dogs!
In the article we’re going to give you tips about selling your homemade treats as a business. We’ve collected popular questions from people just like you so that you’ll have useful information at your disposal, such as how to keep treats crispy, what you should know about FDA involvement, and more.
Let’s take a look at what you need to know when selling your own line of dog treats!
Table of Contents
- How do you preserve homemade dog treats?
- Can you sell homemade dog treats?
- How do you package frozen dog treats?
- How Long Will homemade dog treats last?
- How do you keep homemade dog treats crispy?
- How do you keep homemade dog biscuits from getting moldy?
- What is a natural preservative for dog treats?
- Do dog treats need to be made in a commercial kitchen?
- How do you label pet treats?
- Do dog treats have to be FDA approved?
How do you preserve homemade dog treats?
The easiest way to preserve your dog treats is to invest in both a dehydrator and a vacuum sealer. If your treats may be safely dehydrated, then do this first, and this will help against mold and even make your treats crunchier in the process!
Next (or first, if your treats have wet components), vacuum seal your dog treats and put them in the freezer or ship them immediately. The vacuum seal should keep them fresh for up to 8 months in the freezer and will help to ensure when you ship the treats that they arrive nice and fresh.
Can you sell homemade dog treats?
Yes, you can sell homemade treats, both online and at local Flea and Farmer’s markets, but you will need a business license and depending on your state, further requirements such as a commercial/licensed kitchen or specific labelling may be required.
Check with your local health department to be sure, as it definitely varies from state to state.
You will also need licenses to ship to other states, so be sure to research and obtain these in advance, or consider marketing to Canada only in the beginning – they have a lucrative market for dog treats and only require that you be licensed according the laws of your state.
How do you package frozen dog treats?
Vacuum sealing is best, with your second option being an airtight container until you can seal them with your own preferred method. While freezers are great for keeping your dog treats fresh, they are full of ice and thus there is moisture potential if your treats are sealed away safely.
So, vacuum seal them or at least stow them in an airtight Ziploc or comparable container to help keep your treats fresh until shipping time, after that a vacuum seal is really going to be your best bet to get the treats to them fresh and in good shape.
How Long Will homemade dog treats last?
That really depends on the treats… dryer treats last the longest, but any wet components in your treats can be an invitation to mold and will require immediately freezing if you won’t be shipping them right away.
That said, in general, most treats will be good for 2 months in your fridge, and approximately 8 months in an airtight container in your freezer.
How do you keep homemade dog treats crispy?
An airtight container will keep homemade dog treats crispy for up to 10 days on it’s own, and up to 8 months in your freezer. You can make them crispier and longer lasting with a dehydrator, in most cases, and that makes them a good investment if you will be shipping out crispy dog treats for your customers.
Finally, even without a dehydrator, a vacuum seal will keep moisture out and should extend your treats shelf-life appreciably.
How do you keep homemade dog biscuits from getting moldy?
Vacuum sealing is your best defense against mold, though dehydrating the treats first is even better. Once you’ve packaged the treats, you want to prepare them for shipping right away, or stick them in the freezer and mark the date so that you know at a glance which stock needs to move first.
What is a natural preservative for dog treats?
Before you vacuum seal your dog treats, try adding rosemary or even better, powdered egg whites into the package to help preserve it a little beyond the sealing alone.
Egg whites are nice because they do the job while adding a little bonus protein to your product, just make sure that this addition is recorded faithfully on your label.
Rosemary also works, and some dogs like it, but egg whites are usually going to be the best for dog treats unless you feel the rosemary adds a little ‘ambience’ to your product that might attract a certain type of customer.
Do dog treats need to be made in a commercial kitchen?
A licensed, commercial kitchen is usually only required for human food – that said, some states and online vending mediums may well require this. You’ll need to check your state and local laws, both for your home location, and any of the U.S. states where you will be shipping your product.
Dog treats are in a bit of a gray area legally, in that each state has their own laws in regards to it. While many will just be happy with an honest ingredient label, you need to check in advance or better, hire a lawyer, to make sure you are compliance with state-specific pet food shipping laws.
How do you label pet treats?
Labelling your pet treats is not as tricky as it sounds and you can even look in your pantry to get a good idea of the basics. That said, here is what you want to include at a minimum:
- The name of the product
- Intended consumer – for instance ‘Dog Treats’ or ‘Intended only for consumption by dogs’
- Net weight
- Nutritional information per serving size (optional, but you won’t sell many if you don’t include this!)
- Any special feeding instructions
Do dog treats have to be FDA approved?
While your dog treats won’t have to be pre-approved by the FDA before you start selling them, they are still regulated and there are some rules that you must follow to avoid running afoul of the FDA and risking fines or worse.
Your product cannot contain harmful substances, but must be completely and safely edible, and it must be prepared in sanitary conditions. You will also need a full list of ingredients and it needs to be accurate. Make sure that you meet these minimums, as you definitely don’t want trouble further down the line.