DIY Sweet Potato Dog Chew Treats

Store bought dog treats seem to be getting more expensive all the time! Last time we checked, a small package of a brand name dried sweet potato dog treats was nearly eight bucks. The ingredients? Sweet potato!

Ok so after a little research, it turns out these are easy to make at home and far, far less expensive than those in the stores. Here’s how…


2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed but unpeeled


2 sheet pans for baking

A sharp knife or mandoline for slicing the sweet potatoes


Preheat your oven to 250F (130C) Or, if you have one, you could use a dehydrator.

For smaller dogs, slice the sweet potatoes into rounds and for larger dogs, cut them lengthwise into slabs. Either way, make sure your slices are no thinner than ¼ inch as if they are not thick enough they become brittle instead of chewy which is the way you want them.

Either line your sheet pans with parchment paper or spray them lightly with olive oil pan spray.

Place the potato slices evenly on the trays so there is no overlap and put the trays in your preheated oven for two and a half to three hours. Flip the slices over half way through.

Bake until the slices are dried out and somewhat shrunken but still chewy. The time will vary depending on your oven.

Allow them to cool then store the chews in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep about three weeks.

Most dogs love these! And they are a great source of fiber, beta carotene, manganese plus vitamins B6 and C, all without any weird chemical additives.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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