How to make all natural healthy dog treats at home in a dehydrator and in a smoker.
Your dog is not just a pet. They are a member of your family. If you’re concerned about the safety of the dog treats in the grocery aisle, then you may want to start making gluten free dog treats at home.
Whether your pet has an allergy or you’d simply like to switch up their treats, then you need to know how to make all natural chicken and beef dog treats at home.
Below I have outlined a few basic ways to make sweet potato dog treats in a dehydrator along with a couple of tips for gluten free and chicken and beef treats.
How to Make All Natural Chicken and Beef Dog Treats at Home
The following instructions apply to beef as well as chicken.
- 3lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Sharp filet knife
- Wash chicken and remove fat. Pat dry.
- Place chicken on cutting board and place in freezer for up to an hour.
- Turn on dehydrator set to 160 degrees
- Remove softly frozen chicken.
- Slice from top to bottom, with about 3/8 or ¼ inch thickness
- Place chicken on food dehydrator racks
- Set timer for three hours
- Remove once buzzer goes off
- Ensure the chicken is all the way cooked by inspecting the meat to see if it is orange throughout
How to Make Sweet Potato Dog Treats in a Dehydrator
- Sweet Potatoes (4-6 full potatoes)
- Thoroughly wash and remove the skin from your potatoes
- Slice them into ¼ inch slices, cutting directly down the middle
- Dehydrate at around 144-155 degrees
- Set timer for 2 hours
- Dry for up to 8 hours, until they are dry and can bend but not break
Making Gluten Free Dog Treats at Home
Fortunately, both sweet potatoes and chicken are gluten free, but for another option consider the following receipe that can be made at home in your oven.
Pumpkin treat ingredients:
- 2 cups rice flour
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- Desired cookie cutter shape (dog biscuit ideal)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix ingredients together thoroughly
- Spread dough ¼ inch thick and use dog biscuit cookie cutter
- Bake for 10-15 minutes
- Let cool
- Store in the refrigerator
Keep your pup happy and healthy for many years to come by cutting out artificial treats and making your own. We hope these recipes help make the process easier for you!