DIY Yard Dog Treats.

People with pets understand the urge to dote on them. Especially if they have super sweet, soulful eyes. They look at you and you melt and want to feed them what ever you are eating…Our yard dogs have parents with strong wills. They get three kinds of treats.

1. Veg scrap. They sit at the edge of the kitchen and wait patiently for me to drop scraps of carrots or peppers. Or on a really good day, they get a piece of zucchini tossed to them. When we have too much of something they will get a little in their food dishes with dinner.

2. Ground peanuts. 1 teaspoon a day in their kongs as they are put into the kennel.

3. Dried sweet potatoes. This is the best dog treat we have found. About three years ago we switched exclusively to these and stopped buying dog treats. Dog treats are filled with chemicals, mystery ingredients, and empty calories. These are simply sliced and dried sweet potatoes. Simple as that.

Dried Sweet Potatoes.

Cut sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch slices, arrange in a single layer and dry them overnight, maybe 8-10 hours in the food dehydrator. We just have a cheapy one, but it works wonderfully for this as the potatoes keep in a sealed jar for months. If you dry them too long they will be brittle, and too little they will be bendy (and will mold). Perfectly done they will be hard, just hard and solid, you won’t feel any give if you try to bend them. **You can likely do this in the oven, I have just never tried. I have also made all of the mistakes that I warn against above, so you will have to keep trying if you don’t get it right the first time!


How do you “treat” your yard dogs?


Filed under DIY, Outside of the Box, Pups

6 responses to “DIY Yard Dog Treats.

  1. Have you ever tasted the dried sweet potatoes? They actually look pretty good!

  2. They are sooo hard. I have read that you can make them more palatable for the human tooth by tossing them in olive oil and favorite spices then baking. But you might know that ;)

  3. Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

    What a perfect dog treat! Great idea. I have to share this with my sisters, the dog lovers :)

  4. Great idea!! I often just give my pup carrot scraps or nuts here and there. I’ve never made treats just for him… perhaps I should! You have a lucky dog!

  5. Thank you so very much for linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:) I’m so happy to “meet” you! I am totally loving your blog and your posts! I really hope you make Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways a part of your Wednesdays! And keep the great posts comin’
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  6. The sweet potato is such a great idea. I don’t have a food dehydrator but I can try in the oven. We don’t feed our dog any table scrapes but she sure would love this as one of her treats.

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