All Natural Homemade Dog Chews

DIY Homemade Dog Chews made from sweet potatoes. All you need to do is slice up some sweet potatoes and bake - doesn't get much easier than that!  Plus the price at pet smart for natural sweet potato treats is around $13 - I like spending $2 instead. Plus my dog is really really happy!

Anyone who’s had a dog knows they love to chew things up. Unfortunately they’re not picky about what they put in their mouth (kinda like my husband) and will chew on anything.  So instead of giving them the couch, your favorite sweater, or a kids toy, give them these all natural homemade dog chews. Buying dog chews at the store can add up and most importantly you never really know what’s in them.  So here is an awesome recipe for you dog lovers who want to treat your dog and save money.  Win for the dog, win for your wallet, and win for your now safe household items.  Everyone’s a winner!

Homemade Dog Chews

Ingredients: Sweet potatoes or yams

Homemade sweet potato dog treats

cut up sweet potatoes and bake for natural dog treats

Directions: Preheat oven to 250 degrees f. Wash and dry your sweet potatoes. Thinly slice your potatoes length-wise. 1/4- 1/3 inch wide max.

Homemade Dog Chews made from sweet potatoes. My dog LOVES these and they are so easy to make!

Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment if you have it. I was all out this time so I just placed them directly on the cookie sheet. Then bake them for 3 hours, turning them over halfway through. You want them to be pretty chewy and dry. You can also use a dehydrator if you have one instead.

Homemade Natural dog chews

Store them in the fridge or freezer because if you leave them out they could get moldy.

Homemade Dog Chews will save you SO much money! $13 at store vs. $2 making them yourselves.

Then the real fun begins……giving them to your dog.

Our dog Comet LOVED these treats so much.

Our dog loves homemade dog chews and we save so much money. Win Win!

He sat down, knowing treats were in store….and enjoyed every bite.




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All Natural Homemade Dog Chews was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by Karrie

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  1. I didn’t see the temperature mentioned for the sweet potato dog chews.

  2. I was just curious if the sweet potato would stain carpet? Any ideas?

  3. What a clever idea! Our Charlie will be very happy.

  4. Thank you for dog treats that are both healthy & no preservatives. My Nitro thanks you.

  5. I buy the zucchinies and dehydrate for our weimaraner. … she loves it!

  6. Kaylee Khoshaba says:

    How long do these last your dog? My dog goes through toys and chews like nobody’s business so I’m afraid they wouldn’t be worth the trouble of making.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      It really depends on your dog. My dog ate them up pretty quickly (within 1-2 minutes) but other smaller dogs might take longer. Hope that helps!

    • JoAnn Clemons says:

      It would depend on how many you give your furbabie. It is a treat. I give mine one, broken in pieces a day. Keeps weight down.

  7. Love this! I’m always buying treats for my dog. These look like they are easy to make and would be more healthy for my dog than the processed store brought treats!

  8. Can i store them with out freezing them or placing them in the fridge ?how long will they last if not stored in the fridge / freezer with out getting molded ?

    • No, they will mold at room temperature – you gotta freeze or keep in fridge.

      • I’m going to definitely try this and freeze them… we have a little puppy who’s right at that stage!
        Thanks for this!!

    • You can store them in an air tight container (Mason jar) on the counter or dark place if you dry them well enough (like over night in the dehydrator). I’ve never had them get moldy, but 4-5 days is the longest they have lasted before all being eaten. (I’m not sure if it affects shelf life,but I blanch them before drying.)

  9. I am new to my dehydrator. How long & what setting would you use?

  10. I’ve been buying these at nine dollars a bag! I bought a mandoline so I can make these at home. They are in the oven as we speak! Thanks for the tutorial.

    My boston terrier takes about 5-7 minutes for one of these and I wouldn’t let him chew them on anything white, they can stain a bit but only if they are chewing them a while.

  11. I love this idea. With 4 dogs, treats can get expensive and fattening. We have 1 dog with epilepsy and 1 with Addisons and I’m always looking for healthy treats for them.
    They are in the oven right now!

  12. my Merlin loves these!! I made some last week and he is so obedient to get one hehehe

  13. Sharon Donaghe says:

    Can they be made in the microwave?

  14. I love making stuff homemade! It ends up being cheaper and healthier. I’m sure my pup will love them! They’re in the oven right now! Can’t wait to give him one!

  15. I can’t wait to make this. My dog usually has one a day and what I have spent on these…….

  16. Maggie Beckjord says:

    Love this. This would be a great Christmas Gift…….

  17. are you sure sweet potato is good for dogs?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      There are a lot of good benefits from sweet potatoes that are great for dogs including high amino acids, antioxidants and high fiber for a good digestive health!

    • Absolutely sweet potatoes/yams are great for dogs as are carrots and so many other veggies. NEVER EVER give onions or grapes or raisins ever though!!!!

  18. I make homemade Christmas gifts every year for our closest family members. I can’t wait to make this an addition for this year. I will be using a dehydrator, from experience, you have to keep your eye on anything in the dehydrator. Almost everything goes over night.



    • I was thinking carrots would be yummy if they dried well, but haven’t tried that yet. Let me know if you come up with more options and try them out.

    • Rosemary Kater says:

      My dogs love liver or chicken pieces. Hydrated, they last on open air for a long time. I also use a Kong ball with different ingredients like sweet potatoes, green beans,bananas, apples,. I mix it and put it in a Kong Ball. Keeps my dogs occupied for at least 20 minutes. Cuts down on store bought food, healty and the dogs love it.

  20. This is a great idea! My dog already loves sweet potatoes, as he will eat chunks of it raw. He will pretty much eat anything. This looks like a good, healthy treat that he will go nuts for! I know what I have to make this weekend. Dakota the border collie thanks you!

  21. My dogs love sweet potatoes but with 3 of them it gets very expensive. Thank you for the information to make these healthy treats at a fraction of the price!!

  22. I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (SophieLou) who is a very pick eater but, she loves sweet potatoes and carrots. I have them in the dehydrator now. I bet she’ll love them!! Thank you.

  23. Sam Haddock says:

    I usse my dehydrator to do this. I have my frozen chicken breats cut very thin and wrap them around the sweet potato slices/stips. My dehydrator is set for 160 degrees so the chicke and the sweet potato are safe from bacteria. It takes about 3-4 hours to complete and my doge loves this treat. Have your butcher slice the chicken for you. You can then cut it into thinner strips. It’s safe and delicious….I’ve tried them!

  24. Rachel Tomsyck says:

    thank you so much for this recipe my family is always wanting to feed them a rawhide and ive done research and the kind they like can cause a lot of health problems so love this recipe so do my 3 mutts

  25. So I went for and my dogs LOVE THEM, even my dog who is a treat snob and ONLY likes Beggin Strips! I wrapped a few in bacon, those took a little longer and a lot of transferring from pan to pan bc of the grease…another reason they won’t get those as often. These were a success for my guys both ways!

    • Renda Foley says:

      I use Rachelle rays bacon sheet pan that has an insert so the grease drops away from bacon to bottom of pan the bacon gets crisp without all that grease clinging to it.

  26. My dog is allergic to grains, chicken, almost everything. The expense of finding treats without these ingredients was astronomical. My dog’s food is all – natural salmon and sweet potato, so I knew the sweet potatoes would work. I actually place the sliced potatoes on the sheet in a 250 degree oven for 6 hours. I leave a wooden spoon in the door of the oven to leave it open a crack. In 6 hours the potatoes become crunchy and completely dehydrated. My dog loves the crunch and these have no moisture, so they can be stored in a ziplock bag without being refridgerated.

  27. I tried these treats and followed instructions but they came out as hard as a rock.
    Any suggestions, maybe slice thicker?.

  28. If you have leftover sweet potato fries from your lunch, just put them somewhere to dry, my little dogs love them

  29. charlotte Marsh says:

    Thank you made these sweet potato chews my dog Basil (Morkie) loves them 12/26/2016

  30. Has anyone ever added anything to them (like a coating of coconut oil prior to dehydrating for increased taste? ) I’m not sure how the dehydrating would affect the sweet potatoes or if it would even flavor them once dried up.
    One of my dogs is not a veggie lover and I’d like to make these but make them slightly more appealing to gobble up! My other dog will eat anything, but the one older one is a little more picky .
    For instance cooked potatoes or carrots, he doesn’t really like, but if cooked with a beef roast for meaty flavor, he loves them.

  31. Has anyone elses stove smoked a little when there are baking?

  32. Dale Whiteley says:

    I read somewhere that potatoes contribute to itching in dogs. Can anyone confirm that? I have a small dog that itches constantly, she is practically hairless.

  33. Cassie Pauley says:

    What if they would last longer with desiccant packets?

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