6 Ridiculously Simple Ideas for Dehydrated Dog Treats
Homemade dog treats are very inexpensive to make, and a much healthier alternative for your dog than packaged dog treats that are packed with preservatives and tend to be high in fat. But not everyone is a whiz in the kitchen or wants to spend hours over the stove whipping up treats for their pup. Dehydrated dog treats are very easy to make and just require a little patience as you need to wait a few hours to dehydrate.
If you can slice up vegetables, you have the skills to pamper your pup with some healthy treats. To prepare the treats, you can use a countertop dehydrator or even an air fryer in dehydrate mode. Here are a few ideas of some tasty treats that are sure to get your dog’s tail wagging.
Idea 1: Sweet Potato “Rawhide” Chews
If your dog is a big chewer, they are going to love gnawing on a sweet potato substitute for rawhide. It’s a healthy treat for dog any day.
The chews can be made with either sweet potatoes or yams. Leave the peel on as your dog won’t care and many of the nutrients can be found in the peel.
Scrubs the potatoes and trim off any green areas. Slice them widthwise in 1/8” to 3/8” pieces. Place on dehydrator trays. Dry for 3-12 hours on the lowest setting.
The sweet potatoes are done when they can be twisted without breaking. Thicker slices will take longer to dry.
Idea 2: Doggie Banana Chips
Bananas are a tasty and healthy snack for anyone. If your dog hasn’t tried them yet, she or he is going to love these. My dog prefers these over store-bought treats.
Pick bananas that are firm. Avoid ones with soft spots. Cut them into 1/8” to 3/8” slices. Place on dehydrator trays. Dry for 3-12 hours on the lowest setting.
For a change of pace, try dipping them in melted peanut butter before drying.
Idea 3: DIY Chicken Jerky
Most dogs love jerky treats. They are so easy to make at home, you’ll wonder why you ever bought them at the store. Since you pick the chicken out yourself in store, you can guarantee they are of high quality.
The easiest way is to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Trim off any fatty parts.
Cut with the grain into 1/8” to 3/8” slices. Place on dehydrator trays, ideally using parchment paper so it doesn’t stick. Dry for 3-12 hours on the highest setting.
To check for doneness, cut a piece in half. The inside should be even in color and should be dry and free of all moisture.
If you want some ideas for doggie chicken jerky flavors, check out this video:
Idea 3: Organ Meat Treats
Organ meat tends to be very inexpensive at any butcher, since they are often considered less desirable meat. Dogs don’t mind at all though, and organ meat makes very tasty treats for dogs. You can organ meat from any animal: pork, beef, lamb, or even game meat if you have access to it.
Cut meat into 1/8” to 3/8” slices. Place on dehydrator trays, ideally using parchment paper so it doesn’t stick. Dry for 3-12 hours on the highest setting.
Note that the smell of drying organ meat can be very pungent, so you may want to do this outside or at least open a window!
Idea 4: Crunchy Dried Green Beans
Is your dog on a diet? Don’t worry, many of us are embracing weigh loss as a resolution this year! Green beans are tasty and low calorie, and dogs will love the crunch they make they are dried.
Slice off the ends of the green beans. Place on dehydrator trays. Dry for 3-6 hours on the lowest setting. You’ll know they’re done when they snap apart easily.
Idea 5: Homemade Fish Chunk Treats
Many dogs go crazy for the smell of fish. They love the pungent odor and will sometimes even try to rub their face on it.
These super easy dog treats are as simple as opening a can. They’re perfect for when you want to make a homemade treat for your dog but don’t have a lot of time on your hands.
Purchase a can of bone free canned fish chunks (any fish works fine.) Break apart into chunks using your fingers and place on a parchment-lined dehydrator trays. Dry for 6-12 hours on the highest setting.
Idea 6: DIY Meat Sticks
This is another incredibly easy treat for those days when you feel overwhelmed or just plain lazy. Buy thin, plain turkey sausages without any added spices. Make sure you don’t get the thick ones, the thin ones work best.
Place sausage on trays and dry for 6-12 hours on the highest setting. You’ll know they are done when they’re flexible, but have no moisture in the middle and are an even color throughout.
Have you ever made dehydrated treats for your dogs? Leave a comment below!