The healthiest, cheapest, easiest DIY dog treat recipes


Dehydrate your own dog treats


Dehydrating your own dog treats are the most cost effective and healthy option for your dog.

I strongly recommend that you give it a try. Your dog will love it! Once your dogs yummy treats are dehydrated you can store them in a bag in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for 3 months.

If you do not have a dehydrator you can use the racks in your oven at 140 degrees F. Be sure to flip or turn your items.

DIY Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Scrub sweet potatoes or yams. Slice into 1/8″ to 3/8″ pieces. Lay out on your dehydrator trays and dry for 3 – 12 hours. (They thicker your slices, the longer they will take.) Sweet Potatoes are done when you can twist and flex them with out the chew breaking apart or, if you prefer a crunchy chew made from thinner slices, when the chew breaks crisp.

Liver Dog Treats

Buy your liver in any animal you like.

Slice into 1/8″ to 3/8″ pieces.

Lay out on your dehydrator trays and dry for 3 – 12 hours. (They thicker your slices, the longer they will take.) The middle should be dry and moisture free, with the same colour throughout.

Banana treats

Firm bananas.

Slice into 1/8″ to 3/8″ pieces.

Lay out on your dehydrator trays and dry for 3 – 12 hours.

Get creative and toss the banana pieces in melted peanut butter or coconut oil before drying.

Dried Green Bean Cruncher Dog Treats

Cut or snap ends of beans, lay out on dehydrator trays and dry for 3 – 6 hours.

Beans are done when they snap crisp.

Homemade “Pupperoni” Sticks * My dogs favourite *

Buy plain, unspiced low fat sausage.

Lay out the sausage on they trays and dry for 6 – 12 hours until they are flexible, but the same colour all the way through with no moisture in the centre.

For smaller bite sized treats?

Slice the sausages into 1/4″ rounds instead of leaving them whole.

Canned Dog Food Training Treats

For dogs with allergies or diet restrictions, finding treats can be so difficult. Taking your dogs favourite canned food and dehydrating it makes for an easy treat. Spoon 1/4 tsp. amounts onto your dehydrator trays or usa a piping bag and squeeze out small equal size treats for 6 – 8 hours.

Tuna or Whitefish Chunk Dog Treats

Bone free canned fish, break it into chunks with your fingers and toss it onto your dehydrator trays. Dry for 6 – 10 hours until it’s dried all the way through a great high value smelly treat.

Chicken and Beef Jerky Treats

Use boneless chicken breasts or beef slices.

Slice 1/4″ thick slices from top to bottom.

Dehydrate for 3 hours

Once dehydrated you can use scissors to cut the liver into smaller pieces.

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