These locally made dog treats are so good, humans eat them, too. Woof! Find them in Traverse City at the Dog Bakery by Pets Naturally. 

It takes a team of three bakers to make approximately 4,000 dog treats each day at the Dog Bakery, located inside Traverse City’s Pets Naturally. Flavors such as cinnamon swirl, honey bear, thin mint, bark BQ and applejack are all handmade in small, eight-pound batches with wholesome foods; Michigan-made honey, Michigan cherries, Great Lakes whitefish and local free-range eggs are staples in the kitchen.

“All of the treats can be tasted by humans,” says owner and dog lover Kathy Hyland. “The girls in the bakery like to eat the oatmeal soft bites fresh out of the oven!” (With ingredients like whole oats, molasses and cinnamon, we want a bite, too!)

Once the treats come out of the oven, the decorating crew takes over, using colorful, yogurt-based icing to add paw prints, hearts and custom messages like “Happy Birthday Bella!” (They do birthday cakes and cupcakes, too!) Then, the treats are off to be packed, shipped and delivered to hundreds of small businesses across the U.S. In Traverse City, find the treats at Pets Naturally, Peppercorn, Benjamin Twiggs and Oryana. They are also available at Friske’s Farm Market in Charlevoix.

“Pets Naturally and our on-site Dog Bakery is the only shop of its kind in Northern Michigan,” Kathy says. “Our team is dedicated to helping you make healthful and safe choices for your pet.”

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner