healthy homemade dog treats

by Amy on 8 October 2010

i came across sweet potato dog chews in a natural pet store + in a moment of what can only be described as lunacy, plunked down $13 on a bag of them. of course, they became my dog’s favorite treat (she has expensive taste) + rather than go bankrupt over her snacking habits, decided to recreate them at home.

sweet potato dog chews

note: a 1 lb sweet potato makes approximately 15 chews


sweet potatoes


preheat oven to 230 degrees

peel the entire sweet potato. slice the sweet potato into ¼’’ thick lengthwise slices using a knife or mandoline.

place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.

bake at 230 degrees for 3 – 4 hours, flipping once about halfway through. at 3 hours, they’ll be chewy, like dried apple slices, which is how skylar prefers them. closer to 4 hours, they’ll be crispy, like potato chips.

cool fully before giving to your pup. no dog needs a burned tongue!

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1 Jessica @Lemon Tree Creations October 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

How fantastic are these! Thanks for stopping by LTC to check out my Picture Pawfect Display. Moose will certainly love these! Thanks for sharing!

2 Heidi Alberti and Atticus October 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Great idea, Amy!! I am definitely making some sweet potato chews for the boys this weekend! Atticus loves baby carrots as a snack, but I’m sure he’ll like these even more.
Skylar is gorgeous & what an interesting mix of breeds! You can really see both of them in him.
Thanks for the great tip!
Ciao and chow
Heidi & Atticus

3 Amanda + Cookie August 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

My baby Cookie is also german shorthair pointer. However i am about to lose her because she has cancer that is too far along to save her. So until she tells us she is ready to go Cookie is getting lavishly spoiled. she has been having trouble eating so she really only eats treats. These are a great healthy option and i will gladyly give her as many as she wants. Thank you so much for sharing :)

4 amy August 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

hi Amanda. i’m so sorry to hear that your darling Cookie is ill, but I’m glad to hear that she’s getting all sorts of spoiled + of course, showered with love. I hope she loves these treats + Skylardog + i wish you both the best. hugs, Amy

5 evette January 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Thank you so much for posting this. I have a dog who is allergic to everything and on a very strict diet. Finding treats for her is nearly impossible and very expensive. Now she and my other dog will be able to have treats again. :) Love this, one ingredient. Do they stick to the pan, should I bake them on parchment? How long will they stay fresh do you think?

6 amy January 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm

yay, so glad you found the recipe + they’ll be a good treat for your pups! mine didn’t stick to the baking sheet much, but you could definitely do them on parchment to be safe. ours kept for about 10 days in a ziploc bag. hope that helps!

7 Jesse McAvoy September 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I am excited to try these for our new puppy Huntr. However, in doing a little research I’ve read that potato skins are not healthy for dogs (in fact can be poisonous for smaller dogs), I confirmed this with our vet. You might want to consider editing your post so that people know they need to peel the potatoes. Thanks!

8 amy September 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Thank you so much, Jesse – I edited the post to reflect that. Thanks!

9 get fit and healthy December 22, 2018 at 9:36 am

Very useful post, sir! Thankyou so much for your work!

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