A lot of people think that it has to be a ton of work to make dog treats at home.
To be honest, they can be right. If you want to make the fancy stuff, like liver filled whoopie pies or intricately marbled banana carob cookies, then sure, it’s going to be a bit of work. What people don’t realize is that there is a really easy way to make dog treats at home without ever turning on your oven. Some of the easiest treats I make and the ones my dogs love the most are made in our countertop dehydrator.
Making homemade dehydrator dog treats can be easy as easy as slicing. Anyone can slice something right?
So today, instead of the fancy stuff, we wanted to showcase a few ridiculously easy dehydrator dog treat recipes that anyone (and I do mean ANYONE) can make in their own home.
1. Homemade Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
Buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts and trim off any fat. Slice the breasts with the grain, into 1/8″ to 3/8″ thick pieces. Lay out on your dehydrator trays and dry for 3 – 12 hours (They thicker your slices, the longer they will take.) To check if it’s done, slice a piece in half. The middle should be dry and moisture free, with the same colour throughout. Want to get a little fancier? Try making flavoured homemade chicken jerky for dogs.
2. DIY Sweet Potato Dog Chews
Scrub sweet potatoes or yams. (No need to peel them, your dog doesn’t care, so why waste the time.) Trim off any green areas on the peel. 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. To make chews that will help freshen breath, try these Mint Sweet Potato Dog Chews.
3. Super Easy Liver Dog Treats
Buy your liver in any protein you like. (You don’t have to stick to the basic chicken and beef, my dogs love it when I make these from lamb or game meats) Slice into 1/8″ to 3/8″ pieces. (Kol’s Note: You can also buy liver presliced if the thought of slicing it grosses you out.) 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. Want to be a bit different? Don’t limit yourself to liver, try making dehydrator dogs treat out of any organ meat.
4. Dried Banana Treats for Dogs
Choose firm bananas. 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.) Want to kick it up a notch? Try tossing the banana pieces in melted peanut butter or coconut oil before drying.
5. Dried Green Bean Cruncher Dog Treats
Green beans are super low calorie and when they’re dried, they have a fantastic crunch that a lot of dogs love. Cut or snap ends of beans, lay out on dehydrator trays and dry for 3 – 6 hours. Beans are done when they snap crisp. Want to trick your veggie hating dog into loving these treats? Dressing them with a bit of meaty treat dust can convert even the pickiest dog.
6. Homemade “Pupperoni” Sticks
These were some of the easiest treats I have ever made and some of the dog’s favourite. Buy plain, unspiced low fat turkey sausage. (Go for the thin, regular size ones, not the crazy big ones.) 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. Want smaller bite sized treats?
Slice the sausages into 1/4″ rounds instead of leaving them whole.
7. 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 and dry for 6 – 8 hours. If you’re good with a piping bag, it’s really easy to pipe small designs.
8. Tuna or Whitefish Chunk Dog Treats
Canned fish is my go to “holy cow this is easy” meaty treat to make when I don’t even feel like slicing. Buy 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. Want to kick it up a notch? Toss with dog friendly herbs before drying.