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
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.
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.
Store them in the fridge or freezer because if you leave them out they could get moldy.
Then the real fun begins……giving them to your dog.
Our dog Comet LOVED these treats so much.
He sat down, knowing treats were in store….and enjoyed every bite.
Homemade Dog Chews
- 2 Sweet potatoes or yams
- 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.
- 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.
- Store them in the fridge or freezer because if you leave them out they could get moldy.
- Then the real fun begins......giving them to your dog.
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Comments & Reviews
I will need to bake them for less time next time because they got really over cooked here in Colorado, But they were a huge hit! Even the crunchy ones.Dog Ranko
will need to bake them for less time next time because they got really over cooked here in Colorado, But they were a huge hit! Even the crunchy ones.
How long do these last on the counter or in the fridge?
It sAys freeze em. How are we supposed to cut the things? So hard. Good way to cut a finger off. Just bake theN cut n airdry.
healthy but hi natural sugar so I doubt a diabetic dog gets one.
Monica Valentino says
How are these treats for a diabetic dog?I would like to give them to my friend’s pup but I don’t want to give her something that’s unhealthy.
Amy Amey says
Has anyone used a dehydrator and if so, what settings were used?
I haven’t tried it myself but I’m sure it would work wonderfully!
130° for about 6-8hrs depending on how crisp you want them and how thick you slice them.
Denice Ornelaz-Perez says
This is my question too. Have you tried a dehhydrator yet? I have an Excalibur.
I haven’t tried a dehydrator as I don’t have one, but I bet it would work great!
Can I use a toaster oven dehydrated to make these? If so, what temperature?
How long do the chews last? Long like a rawhide does?
My pup absolutely loved these. I will need to bake them for less time next time because they got really over cooked here in Colorado, But they were a huge hit! Even the crunchy ones.
HI, could you do these in the air fryer? Thanks
I haven’t ever tried it. Has anyone out there tried it out?
Diane Malatesta says
I would think carrots would work also….gonna try both for my grand dogs…
Have you tried any other dehydrated root vegetable or fruit?
Hi, what’s the temp to bake it?
Cook it at 250 degrees.
Bunny Ayers says
I have a long hair Chi,She is very picky si I will definitely have to try these!
Donna Courtney says
My question is about Sherry’s comment, about putting in mason jar. I live in Florida and I’m worry about the treats getting moldy, would this happen? I don’t give my dog to many treats. I have lots of mason jars and if that works it would give me more room in my freezer.
Hello, This is such a great idea. I was wondering if these would be a good option for my dog who is missing several teeth? It’s so difficult to find something for him to chew that won’t injure his delicate mouth, because they all seem so hard and brittle. Thank you.
Brianna N Ruedy says
A simple Google and you’ll find the skin on sweet potatoes is not good for dogs.
Only if you don’t clean them and don’t cook them. Since these are dehydrated they’re good for dogs. As for cleaning them, well, I hope that you clean all your food before eating it.
If you’re worried, peel them first
Will these stain carpet?
I haven’t had a problem with it.
Thanks for the recipe! Will try them soon!
My dachshund Bella loves these treats. She has tummy issues and “store bought” treats didn’t agree with her at all. So easy to make in large quantities and store. I use a mandolin to get the right thickness. We both thank you for this recipe! It’s also helped with her bouts of constipation.
I make these often for my lab and she loves them. I like that they are cheap and healthy. Rawhide chews are so dangerous for dogs with the chemicals on them, plus pieces of rawhide can swell and get stuck in their intestines. My dog thinks these are a great treat. Btw I live in humid FL but I store them in a mason jar on the counter with no problem.
Frances Thompson says
Thanks Sherry. Haven’t made these yet, butI live in humid FL too so the mason jar hint is helpful. Thank you